New stamps celebrate anniversary

Australia Post has issued a set of 20 new Australian Antarctic Territory stamps to mark an important anniversary for Australia's Antarctic program. 2001 is the 50th birthday of the ANARE Club, founded in 1951 to provide a forum and network for all those who travelled south with Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE). The stamps commemorate a century of Australian achievement in the Antarctic, beginning with the first mainland wintering party of 1898-1900, through Douglas Mawson's expeditions of 1911-1914 and 1929-1931 to the modern ANARE era with a continuing Australian government program. While each stamp tells its own story, it is also a part of a continuing narrative across the century. For the first time on Australian stamps, text explaining each image is printed on the back of the stamps.