Ausipex 84

Ausipex 84 was held in Melbourne from the 21st to the 30th September 1984. Australia Post issued a single 30c “Kangaroo and map” stamp (Australia’s first stamp) on stamp one month before and on the opening day issued a large souvenir sheet with the first stamp of each of the colonies and the first stamp of the federation. Many countries also issued stamps, miniature sheets, souvenir sheets and covers, many with an Australian Theme. As the VFL grand final was played during the show it was only fitting that stamps with an Aussie Rules theme should be issued.

Antigua and Barbuda are members of the Leeward Island group in the British West Indies. They issued two stamps (shown below) with a First Day Cover, one showing “Aussie Rules” and the other “Grass skiing”, and a miniature sheet with a single stamp showing a boomerang. All were also overprinted “Barbuda mail”. An Ausipex Album of the stamps of all the Postal Administrations was also released.

Australia issued a set of seven stamps displaying the initial stamps of each state and the Commonwealth. They were also issued as a miniature sheet. This was overprinted with emblems and text including Aussie Club, Commemorative Album, The Worlds Greatest Stamp Event, FIP (Under the patronage of the International Philatelic Federation), FIAP (Under the Auspices of the Inter-Asia Philatelic Federation) and ASDA album overprint.

Sterling Covers released a cover of the Miniature sheet postmarked on the 21 September 1984, UPU Day. The Silk cachet showed a collection of stamps including the 1974 Australian Football Non olympic Sports Issue

A very interesting cover was the combined country issue and postmarking of an official Ausipex Cover with the 1974 Australian Football stamp and the 1984 Centenary of the Gaelic Football stamp along with a cachet for the 1984 VFL Grand Final between Essendon and Hawthorn. The similarity between the games is obvious.

Also issued was a cover and Miniature sheet by the Hutt River Province Principality. This is an area of Western Australian were a farmer, Prince Leonard, unilaterally declared his farm an independent country. The province issues stamps which would be considered cinderellas.

In philately, a cinderella stamp is “virtually anything resembling a postage stamp, but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration”. The term excludes imprinted stamps on postal stationery.

Also released at Ausipex was a Cinderella Miniature Sheet produced by stamp producer Leigh-Mardon of three cricketers with the MCG in the background. Three versions as plain miniature sheet, with numbered Ausipex overprint and with 1992 World Cup overprint.