Complete Set of 5 nos of postage stamps on the National Stamp Week 1980 (September 29 October 5) of Australia :

AusPost during British Colonialism

Victorian Mail-Box in Colonial AustraliaAustralian Mail Delivery Man in c. 1900Australia Post FleetPostman and Victorian Post Office : British Settlement in Australia1980 National Stamp WeekIssued by Australia

Issued on Sep 29, 1980

Designer : Bruce Weatherhead, Melboune

Colour : Multi colour

Type : Setenant Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 22 cents each

Printing process and Paper : Photolitho on litho chromo paper incorporating luminescence

Printer : Asher & Co, a division of LeighMarden Pty Ltd, Melbourne

About : 

  • In the immediate years that followed the turn of the century the man with the mails was one of the colourful characters on Australian streets. He was dressed in the picturesque uniforms of the former colonial postal administrations which had combined to form the Commonwealth Postmaster-General’s Department in 1901.
  • Stately iron roadside pillarboxes were convenient recepticals for the mails. Many have stood the test of time and are still in use today.
  • Towards the end of the first decade motor vehicles were tested for suitability in transporting mails. The early PMG motor vans became the forerunners of today’s fast, efficient Australia Post fleet.