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1982 Australia Post FDC – XII Commonwealth Games

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Limited Edition 1982 XII Commonwealth Games Postmarkers FDC

Extra Fine condition first day cover with full set of cancellations.

This is a limited edition release from the 1982 Australian National Philatelic Exhibition held at Brisbane on October 11th-17th.

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Design

The design on the front used by Australia Post feature all 12 sports pictograms – Badminton, Boxing, Bowls , Athletics, Swimming and Diving, Cycling, Shooting, Wrestling, Archery, Weightlifting, Australian Rules Football and Table Tennis. The other four designs comprise the the two main venues in the suburbs of Chandler and Nathan and the Games Village for atheltes at Nathan, plus a postmarker used at te Brisbane G.P.O. featuring the City’s logo. This is a very scarce cover and one that any philatelics collector would be proud to own.

It is a large envelope format at 26.5 x 21.5 cm

History

The 1982 Commonwealth Games were held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 30 September–9 October 1982. The Opening Ceremony was held at the QEII Stadium (named for Queen Elizabeth II), in the Brisbane suburb of Nathan. The QEII Stadium was also the venue which was used for the athletics and archery competitions during the Games. Other events were held at the purpose-built Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler. The Chairman of the 1982 Commonwealth Games was Sir Edward Williams KCMG, KBE. Sir Edward later became the Commissioner General of Expo ’88. He was also the Chairman of the Queensland Turf Club in the 80’s until the early 90’s. The 1982 Commonwealth Games Logo was designed by Hugh Edwards, who was the winner of a nation-wide competition held in 1978. The symbol is derived from the form of a bounding kangaroo. The three bands, forming stylized A’s (for Australia), are in colours which are common to flags of many Commonwealth countries. Matilda the kangaroo mascot for the 1982 Commonwealth Games was represented by a cartoon kangaroo, and a gigantic 13-metre (42 feet 8inches) high mechanical “winking” kangaroo, who travelled around the stadium and winked at the crowd. The games were officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.

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