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1. Australia Post issues stamps for use by personnel posted to the Australian Antarctic Territory (A.A.T.). Are these stamps valid for use in Australia?
2. What year was the first A.A.T. issue?
3. Why was the 1980 15cent stamp, depicting the ship SY Nimrod, reissued with a different design?
4. What did the first A.A.T. miniature sheet (issued in 1995) depict?
5. There are 4 Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (A.N.A.R.E.) bases, each with its own postmark. Three of the bases are Macquarie Island, Casey and Davis. What is the fourth?
6. Moving away from the frozen south, can you give the common name for the first stamps issued by the State of New South Wales in 1850?
7. One of the philatelic world's better known error rarities is the fourpence blue Swan, issued by Western Australia in 1855. What (erroneous) name is given to this stamp?
8. What was unique about the kangaroo booklet of 20 stamps issued on November 2, 1994?
9. The 1994 kangaroo booklet stamps created another Australian 'first', in that they are not square or rectangular. What shape are they?
10. In 1946, seven different values of Australian stamps were overprinted for use by Australian members of the post-war occupation of Japan. What did the overprint say?
11. What date did Australia convert to decimal currency?
12. Australia Post had a long-standing policy not to portray living people (other than Royalty) on their stamps. This policy was changed in 1997 with the introduction of the 'Legends' series. Who was the first famous Australian to have his exploits recognised?
13. Who was the first monarch featured on a post-federation stamp?
14. Let us take a quick trip across the Tasman Sea to visit our New Zealand neighbours. In 1958, New Zealand and Australia issued identical stamps portraying which famous aviator?
15. Since 1929, New Zealand has issued special stamps with a surcharge applied. What is the money raised from this surcharge used to fund?
16. The New Zealand Parliament building was featured on a 1975 issue. What is the nickname given to this edifice?
17. In 1996, NZ Post issued a Health stamp promoting road safety. However a VERY major mistake in the stamp picture led to the cancellation and re-design of the stamp. The original design showed a baby in a car safety capsule with a Teddy Bear beside it. What was wrong with the original picture?
18. What is the name of the quarterly publication issued by NZ Post, for the benefit of collectors?
19. When did New Zealand issue its first stamps?
20. Time for a few questions on the terminology of stamp collecting. If two stamps are attached upside-down in relation to each other, either intentionally or accidentally, what term is used?
21. Collecting by subject, rather than country, is extremely popular.(Examples are Dogs, Olympics, Trains, etc.). In America this is known as 'topical' collecting. What is the Australian term for this type of collecting?
22. Perforations are a major method of enabling stamps to be separated from each other. To a serious collector, perforation measurements can differentiate between different printings of the same stamp. What would a notation of 'perf 14' mean to a collector?
23. Is a stamp classified M.U.H. more valuable that the same stamp classed M.H.?
24. What is rouletting?
25. What name is given to Australian labels, that look like stamps, but are not actually valid for postage? Examples are Red Cross seals, bogus issues, advertisement labels, tax stamps, etc.
Source: Author ozzz2002
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