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First Day Cover - 'Famous Australians', John & Reginald Duigan, Pioneer Aviators, 6 Cents, Australia, 16 Nov 1970 Philately Reg. No: PH 5949

Summary:
First Day Cover for 'Famous Australians' Series, Issue 2, John & Reginald Duigan, issued by Postmaster General's Department, Melbourne, Australia, 16 November 1970. The cover has 5 x 6 Cents stamps showing portraits of Reginald C. Duigan (left) and John R. Duigan (right), the latter wearing a cap and raised flying goggles.

The stamps use engraved and recess printing, they were designed by Artist's of Note Printing Branch, Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne and printed by the Note Printing Branch, Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne.

The official first day cover envelope features a graphic design on the right divided into four quarters it would have been issued by the Philatelic Centre in the Post Office at the corner of Russell Street and Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

Released in 1970 as part of a four stamp standard issue, which formed the second issue of the 'Famous Australians' series of designs. The Australians featured in series 2 where Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870), Poet; Reginald Charles Duigan (1889-1966) & John Robertson Duigan (1882-1951), Aviators; Edward John Eyre (1815-1901), Explorer; and, Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), Governor of New South Wales 1810-1821. The stamps were issued in booklet form only with perforation 13¾ x14 Imperforate.

There were five issues in the 'Famous Australians' series released as follows: Issue 1, November, 1968; Issue 2, November, 1970; Issue 3, May. 1973; Issue 4, August, 1975; Issue 5, November, 1976.
Description:
Stamps printed in blue ink on paper that was previously lithographed in pale pastel colours. First day cover envelope printed in black and 5 colours on a plain white envelope.

The envelope features a graphic design on the right divided into four quarters which depict 1) E.J. Eyre and an accompanying explorer leading pack horses under a blazing sun; 2) a stylised plan view of the biplane build and flown by John & Reg Duigan at Mia Mia, central Victoria, in 1910; 3) a stylised view of Adam Lindsay Gordon riding a horse, leaping over a water, a mound of rocks and a bush; and, 4) the two-storey house of Lachlan Macqaurie in Sydney with a rising sun behind. In the centre of the graphic design is a concentric kaleidoscope of five different coloured heads in silhouette. The postmark 'FIRST DAY OF ISSUE - RUSSELL STREET 16 NOV 1970 VIC 3000 - FIRST DAY OF ISSUE' appears in the centre of the envelope and over the stamps.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Gwynne Duigan
Discipline: Philately

More information

Tagged with: aviation, aviation pioneers, pioneer air flights, aeroplanes, biplanes
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Transport Collection, Designing & Building the First Australian Aircraft, Designing & Building the First Australian Aircraft, John Duigan's Military Service, Centenary of Australian Aviation, Centenary of Australian Aviation, John Robertson Duigan MC, Pioneering Aviator (1882-1951), John Robertson Duigan MC, Pioneering Aviator (1882-1951), Reginald Charles Duigan, Pioneering Aviator & Inventor (1888-1966), Reginald Charles Duigan, Pioneering Aviator & Inventor (1888-1966)
Primary Classification: PHILATELIC COVERS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: first day covers
Issue: Famous Australians
Issue Date: 16/11/1970
Denomination: 6 Cents
Colour: blue
Issued By: Postmaster General's Department, Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 Nov 1970
Person Depicted: Mr Reginald Duigan, Mia Mia, Victoria, Australia, 1910
Person Depicted: Mr John Duigan, Mia Mia, Victoria, Australia, 1910
Designer: Note Printing Branch, Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970

Designed by in house artists at the Note Printing Branch.
Printer: Note Printing Branch, Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970
References: Information provided by Richard Breckon, Philatelic Centre, Australia Post, Melbourne.

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