This past July 7th the Australian Post issued four new lighthouse postage stamps to commemorate 100 years of the Commonwealth of Australia’s management of lighthouses. Prior this, the lighthouses were under the management of the individual states.
Australian Post philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said, “The Commonwealth maintenance of the lighthouse service is vital and this centenary year marks an important milestone. We trust this stamp issue will resonate with those who appreciate these prominent structures, their history, and the service they provide.”
The four lighthouses shown on the new postage stamps are the Cape Byron Lighthouse in New South Wales, the Cape Leewin Lighthouse in Western Australia, the North Reef Lighthouse in Queensland, and the Tasman Island Lighthouse in Tasmania.
All of the new lighthouse stamps were designed from photos taken by long-time Lighthouse Digest subscriber John Ibbotson. To learn more about John Ibbotson’s lighthouse photos and books, go to www.lighthouses.com.au.
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary event, a luncheon was held that was attended by 300 people, which was the largest gathering of lighthouse aficionados in Australia to date.
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