1983 125th Anniversary Australian Football

VFL official cover

As part of the 125th Anniversary Celebrations, Australia Post will publish a special commemorative Post Mark. A special envelope with a 3-color logo is being produced by the VFL to be used with the Post Mark.

These will be on sale at the Australia Post plaza on the corner of Little Bourke and Elizabeth Streets between noon and 2pm on Sunday, July 10, when League players will be in attendance to autograph the envelopes. They will also be on sale at the MCG on the day of the match or through the mail order coupon for $2.50 mailed to VFL House. (From Football Record)

The Cover is postmarked with the 125th Anniversary postmark (APM13630), on a VFL produced cover. The stamp is the Commonwealth Day, Social Justice and co-operation 27c stamp, issued on 9th March 1983. Despite players being available to sign covers, I have not seen this cover signed.

Sterling Silk Cachet Cover

A silk “Sterling” cachet cover was also produced for the Pictorial Postmark. It is commonly stamped with the 1979 2c Crimson Finch issue or the 1974 7c Australian Football Stamp.

St John Ambulance Cover

The St John Ambulance Cover and stamp (or the 1974 Australian Football stamp) is also commonly seen postmarked with the 125th Anniversary postmark.

Frankston Covers for VFL and WAFL Grand Finals

Plain Covers

27c Victorian Pink Heath PSE

The 27c Victorian Pink Heath PSE (Victoria’a Floral emblem) was also used as a cover for the 125th Anniversary postmark.

Eleven signed Legends of the Game Covers

Further players on 27c Victorian Heath PSE with 125th Anniversary postmark

Double Postmarks

The Celebrations

The actual origin of Australian Rules Football dates from a letter to “ Bell’s Life of Victoria” on July 10,1858, in which Thomas Wentworth Mills advocated a game of football in winter to keep cricketers fit during the off-season. This led to a match between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College on the afternoon of August 7, 1858, which was played on Richmond Paddock in the area between Wellington Parade and the MCG and stretching through to Punt Road, including the area of the Richmond Ground.

Highlights of the 125th Anniversary are:

  • July 10: Sale of special commemorative envelopes in Australia Post plaza and Port Melbourne v Preston (Port Melbourne)
  • July 12: W.A. v Victoria (Perth)
  • July 15: Reception at VFL House for representatives of football bodies.
  • July 16: VCFL v Australian Amateurs (Bendigo)
  • July 17: Melbourne v Geelong (MCG)
  • August 7: Old Melbournians v Old Scotch (Punt Road Oval).

1983 Football Record No 30 and 31