1988 Australian Bicentenary

Australian Football 1988 Carnival

As Australian Football is essentially an Australian Game it has lacked from the inability to play international teams. To try and replace this top eschelon of Football there have been the Australian Football carnivals.The first in Melbourne in 1908 involved the six states and New Zealand. which won two games. Victoria dominated the initial carnivals winning in 1908, 1914, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1980. South Australia won in 1911 and 1988. Western Australia won in 1921, 1961 and 1979. Initially all states played but after 1961 it became a two divisional system. The last carnival was the 1988 Bicentennial Carnival in Adelaide and since the State of Origin Concept has become more popular. Since 1995 it has consisted of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and The Allies made up of players from the other states and territories.

The Bicentennial Carnival was celebrated with a Special Cachet on the Bicentennial PSE and the Bicentennial Exhibition PSE with the Adelaide PM of the Bicentennial Exhibition. (PM 1456) It is shown above. Covers also exist with red. It took place over four days from 2 March until 5 March, and the matches were played at Football Park and Norwood Oval.

The Bicentennary

The Bicentenary was a celebration of the start of colonisation of Australia by the First Fleet in 1788. This was not universally celebrated especially by the First Australians who had colonised the country 60-70,000 years previously.

Australia Post released joint stamp issues with the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the USA. As part of this release was the production of three Booklets with each country “200 Years in Heritage in Stamps.” They included the stamp issue.

An unknown cover producer released a cachet of the 1956 Olympics on a 39c Bicentennial PSE postmarked at the Sydney Philatelic Bureau on the 28th September. It does not appear to be part of “The 200 Club”, as it is not listed, it does not have a special postmark and there is no explanatory text on the back of the cover.

Stampboards: The 200 Club for Bicentenary