Australia Post celebrates 50th anniversary of Mawson station

The 50th anniversary of Mawson station is celebrated on this year’s set of Australian Antarctic Territory stamps. The first 50 cent stamp shows the flag-raising ceremony, with the pioneer party gathered around barge caravans. The other 50¢ stamp shows, with some artistic licence, Mawson as the station is today. The dollar stamp has men relaxing on packing crates, enjoying a tea break. The Auster emperor penguin rookery about 40 kilometres east-north-east of Mawson is on the $1.45 stamp.

Accompanied at the Australia Post function in Melbourne by several members of the founding party, Dr Phil Law launched the stamps on 13th February — exactly fifty years after he raised the flag on the rocky shores of Horseshoe Harbour.