2006 50 Years on: The Melbourne Olympics

During the 1950s, Melbourne was Australia’s fastest-growing city. After the hardship and privations of the war years, this period was characterised by the materialism, optimism and innovations of postwar modernity and influenced by the ideas and aesthetics brought to Australia by immigrants leaving war-torn Europe. The Games were the catalyst for Australia’s adoption of television, and screening rights caused controversy in the lead up to the Games.

This issue comprises four stamps, designed as two se-tenant pairs. By linking the original 1956 stamps with contemporary photographs of Melbourne’s Yarra River and Collins Street, this commemorative issue marks the passage of time while celebrating the heritage of the host city and the Olympic Games.

The background showed the olympic flame and the running track at the MCG. Betty Cuthbert winning Gold for Australia in the 4x100metres Relay is the cachet.

Cuthbert and Strickland from the Olympic Legends stamps of 1998 and the reissue of 2007, are shown on the FDC with the Torch and Rings postmark.

2007 10 Years of Australian Legends

The front of the stamp pack shows Ron Clarke lighting the flame in 1956 in a similar photograph to the maxi card and the penny in the pack for the 22 March 1999 issue of the 2000 Sydney Olympics Torch Relay. The march into the stadium was shown in the cachet of the FDC for the 1998 Olympic Legends Issue.

The Vale from the Essendon Football Club for Ron’s death in 2015 shows his close connection with Australian Football. “Essendon FC mourns the passing of Australian running great Ron Clarke. Born in Essendon, Ron was the younger brother of Essendon Hall of Fame Legend and premiership captain Jack Clarke and son of former player and Windy Hill ground curator Tom Clarke. Ron who played U19s and Reserves football for Essendon was also involved in training Essendon’s players  during his brother’s years as senior coach from 1968 to 1970.”

The issue also included 4 maximum cards and the sheet layout was in se-tenant pairs in sheets of 50.