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1986 – Australia Post FDC – Flora of Cook’s Voyage

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Celebrating the newly discovered plants that Sir Joseph Banks the botanist discovered along with Captain James Cook on his voyage down under.

Historical and very pretty postage stamps are themed upon it.

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Standard First Day Cover from Australia Post

In 1770 Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook, in command of the HMS Endeavour, sailed along the east coast of Australia, becoming the first known Europeans to do so. On 19 April 1770, the crew of the Endeavour sighted the east coast of Australia and ten days later landed at a bay in what is now southern Sydney. The ship’s naturalist, Sir Joseph Banks, was so impressed by the volume of flora and fauna hitherto unknown to European science, that Cook named the inlet “Botany Bay”. Cook charted the East coast to its northern extent and, on 22 August, at Possession Island in the Torres Strait, took possession of the coast in the name of King George III of Britain. Cook and Banks, then reported favourably to London on the possibilities of establishing a British colony at Botany Bay.

*All details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.

History

The first day of issue is the day on which a postage stamp, postal card or stamped envelope is put on sale, within the country or territory of the stamp issuing authority.

Sometimes the issue is made from a temporary or permanent foreign or overseas office. There will usually be a first day of issue postmark, frequently a pictorial cancellation, indicating the city and date where the item was first issued, and “first day of issue” is often used to refer to this postmark.A first day cover(FDC) is an envelope whereupon postage stamps have been cancelled on their first day of issue.

Depending on the policy of the nation issuing the stamp, official first day postmarks may sometimes be applied to covers weeks or months after the date indicated.Unofficial first day of issue postmarks can also occur when a stamp collector purchases the stamps in question from a post office in the first day of issue city and then takes them (on that same day) to a post office in another city to have them cancelled, or when stamps are affixed to envelopes that are simply dropped into the mailstream on the first day and receive that day’s normal postmark.

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

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