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14 April 2020

ANZAC Day 2020 — Wartime Art

Australia: ANZAC Day – Wartime Art, 14 April 2020. Images from Australia Post.

Technical specifications

Issue date: 14-April-2020
Issue withdrawal date: 31-October-2020
Denomination: $1.10 x 4
Stamp design: Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design: Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive RAF Unik
Printer: RA Printing
Printer: self-adhesive Multi-color Corp
Printing process: Offset lithography
Printing process: self-adhesive Flexographic
Stamp size (mm): 26 x 375
Minisheet size (mm): 80 x 130
Concertina sheetlet size (mm): 156 x 463
Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout: Module of 50
FDI Postmark: Canberra ACT 2601
FDI withdrawal date: 12-May-2020

Anzac Day, held annually on 25 April, marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War – the landing at Gallipoli and the attempted capture of Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey). The campaign took eight months and cost more than 8,100 Australian lives. Although a failure in military terms, it is said that the mateship, courage and endurance shown by the Anzacs helped to shape Australia’s emerging national identity.

This stamp issue features oil on canvas paintings that were inspired by the events of the two World Wars on the home front and in combat overseas. William Dargie and Stella Bowen were both employed as Australian official war artists during World War II. Grace Cossington Smith and Hilda Rix Nicholas painted subjects that had personal significance.

$1.10 Grace Cossington Smith, The sock knitter 1915
Young Sydney artist Grace Cossington Smith (1892–1984) painted the now-celebrated modernist work The sock knitter in 1915 during World War I. It represents the artist’s sister knitting socks for soldiers at the front.

$1.10 Hilda Rix Nicholas, A man 1921
A man by Hilda Rix Nicholas (1884–1961), painted in Sydney shortly after the Great War, depicts an unnamed heroic Australia soldier. It poignantly recalls the artist’s tragic loss of her husband, killed in action in France only five weeks after their marriage in 1916.

$1.10 William Dargie, Group of VADs 1942
Dargie’s (1912–2003) Group of VADs, painted in 1942, is a portrait of four civilian nurses in the Voluntary Aid Detachment at 115 Australian General Hospital (later the Repatriation Hospital) in Heidelberg, Melbourne, where they assisted in the care of convalescing military personnel.

$1.10 Stella Bowen, Bomber crew 1944
Stella Bowen’s (1893–1947) Bomber crew is a moving tribute to six Australians and one Englishman comprising a Lancaster bomber crew of No. 460 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. On 28 April 1944, the night after Bowen completed the initial sketches for the painting, the airmen were reported missing over Germany. Only Pilot Officer Thomas Lynch (back row, second from left) survived.

Miniature Sheet:

Presentation Pack:

Concertina Sheetlet Pack:

The concertina pack from the Anzac Day 2020 stamp issues, contains four unique sheetlets, one for each of the stamps from the issue. The sheetlets are attached and presented in high quality folder.

Self-Adhesive Roll of 100 and Strip of 5:

First Day Covers:

Postal Numismatic Cover:

The Anzac Day 2020 postal numismatic cover is highly collectable, featuring a pictorial envelope with the two stamps from the stamp issue and a coin from the Royal Australian Mint. The stamps are postmarked – First day of issue | 14 April 2020 | Canberra ACT 2601

Product Notice: The ANZAC Day 2020 postal and numismatic cover (PNC) (SKU #2067401) released 14 April 2020 was advertised along with an incorrect image. The coin included in the PNC is a 75 Years End of World War II $2 coin, not a 75 Years End of World War II ‘c’ privy coin.

Maximum Cards:

Gutter Strips:

William Dargie and Stella Bowen were employed as Australian official war artists during World War II. Grace Cossington Smith and Hilda Rix Nicholas painted subjects that had particular personal significance. All works are oil on canvas.


This Anzac Day issue features works of art inspired by the events of the two World Wars on the home front and in combat overseas.

Young Sydney artist Grace Cossington Smith (1892–1984) painted the now-celebrated modernist work The sock knitter in 1915 during World War I.

A man by Hilda Rix Nicholas (1884–1961), painted in Sydney shortly after the Great War, depicts an unnamed heroic Australia soldier.

Dargie’s (1912–2003) Group of VADs, painted in 1942, is a portrait of four civilian nurses in the Voluntary Aid Detachment at 115 Australian General Hospital (later the Repatriation Hospital) in Heidelberg, Melbourne.

Stella Bowen’s (1893–1947) Bomber crew is a moving tribute to six Australians and one Englishman comprising a Lancaster bomber crew of No. 460 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. On 28 April 1944, the airmen were reported missing over Germany; only one survived.

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