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Oceania/Australia : Australia Post Special Stamp Print ANZUS

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KG5
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04 Dec 2011
09:39:26pm
As the US President Obama visits Australia last month the powers to be order Australia Post to print a stamp to commemorate the alliance between America, New Zealand and Australia. This stamp will not be in the Australia year book. Many people have missed out on getting one of these stamps. I found out early through out local PO that this print was under way and even though I ordered on that day 30 sheetlets I only got one.


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cdj1122
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05 Dec 2011
04:18:37pm
re: Australia Post Special Stamp Print ANZUS

I think that the choice of a photo they used is/was strange.

The actual (de facto) alliance between the US, Australia and New Zealand goes back much further than the 1950s. Perhaps that was the initiating of a formal document but the written agreement they signed only formalized the alliance that existed since the early days of WW II.
It just seems like a strange choice to me.

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jillcrow
06 Dec 2011
07:07:17am
re: Australia Post Special Stamp Print ANZUS

From Australia Post:
This stamp issue commemorated the State Visit to Australia of the Honourable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, on 16-17 November 2011. President Obama visited Canberra, where he addressed Parliament, and became the first sitting US President to visit Darwin.

The stamp shows the military representatives of the ANZUS countries gathered in Honolulu for the first meeting in 1952: Lieutenant General SF (Sydney) Rowell (left), Australian Chief of General Staff, is greeted on his arrival at the airfield by Admiral Arthur Radford, US Commander in Chief Pacific (right), and Major-General Gentry, New Zealand Chief of General Staff.

Australia and the United States enjoy a strong partnership in many areas including trade and investment, science and technology collaboration and security cooperation. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Australia-United States Alliance under the ANZUS Treaty which was signed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States in San Francisco in 1951 and entered into force in 1952. This is a time of great strength and growth in the Alliance, which rests on a broad and enduring community of interests and values.

The ANZUS Treaty was signed on 1st September 1951:

http://australianpolitics.com/foreign/anzus/anzus-treaty.shtml

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cdj1122
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06 Dec 2011
09:30:19am
re: Australia Post Special Stamp Print ANZUS

Exactly my point, Jill.

The stamp shows an event in Honolulu in the 1950s,which may have something to do with the signing of a document that formalized a military alliance that had started ten years earlier.
Anyone that is even vaguely aware of the events of WW II knows that from the naval battles in the Java Sea and the Sunda Strait in late 1941, early 1942, and MacArthur's taking command of the Australian, New Zealand and US forces defending the area from the Japanese these three nations have been close military allies.
So how does this stamp commemorate Obama's visit in 2011 which as far as I can see is not mentioned on the stamps anywhere?
The choice seems to be quite strange to me.

It would seem to be like commemorating the American struggle for independence by showing a painting of the signing of the treaty of Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium, 1814, a stamp commemorating American War of Independence, hmmmm.

Historically related, yes, remotely, but nothing to connect the average viewer to the actual events of the 1770s and 1780s.

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