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The Gabba

1987 Bears Meter impression

The Bears initial franking machine was from Woolloongabba ("Gabba") so it seems that at least initially they intended to make Brisbane their home.

Upon moving back to Brisbane their mail facilities were based at the Coorparoo Distribution Centre as the Gabba post office had moved further away. The image shows their prepaid impression.

Bears Prepiad Rubber stamp impression
The move back to Brisbane corresponded with increased success both on and off the field. The stage 1 redevelopment of the Gabba with the removal of the greyhound tract and the building of team facilities meant the Bears suddenly had the best facilities in the AFL. Stage 2 saw the building of the Northern Stand Complex and the installation of lights to increase the ground capacity to 24,000 and the ability to stage night matches. The next stage was the  development of the Eastern end and finally after the granting of Olympic Soccer matches to the Gabba the Southern side was developed to give a capacity of 37,000 by the start of the 2000 season. This was beyond the Bears wildest dreams while based at Carrara.

1996 Brisbane Bears Stamps and Postmark with AFL Cover

The Centenary of the AFL saw a special commemorative postmark (PMP 642) to coincide with the Centenary Stamp Issue. It was obtainable from the Brisbane GPO and was launched with Michael Voss, an employee of Australia Post, who latter in 1996 won the Bears first Brownlow medal, the highest award in the AFL. Voss, twice the Bears Best and Fairest, shared the Brownlow with Essendon's James Hird. Voss has been appointed joint Captain since the 1997 season  along with Alaistar Lynch.

The Postmark on cover with the Bears Stamps is shown above. It was withdrawn on the 6th October 1996. Havilah Enterprises released a Last Day Cover

BCG Trust Meter

Gabba Logo
Meters for the BCG Trust