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International & Local Stamp Shows

Ausipex 84
Ausipex 84 was held in Melbourne from the 21st to the 30th September 1984. Australia Post issued a single 30c "Kangaroo and map" stamp (Australia's first stamp) on stamp one month before and on the opening day issued a large souvenir sheet with the first stamp of each of the colonies and the first stamp of the federation.

Many countries also issued stamps, miniature sheets, souvenir sheets and covers, many with an Australian Theme. As the VFL grand final was played during the show it was only fitting that stamps with an Aussie Rules theme should be issued. Antigua and Barbuda are members of the Leeward Island group in the British West Indies. They issued two stamps (shown below) with a Fisrt Day Cover ,  one showing "Aussie Rules" and the other "Grass skiing", and a miniature sheet with a single stamp showing a boomerang. All were also overprinted "Barbuda mail".

An Ausipex Album of the stamps of all the Postal Administrations was also released.

Also issued was a cover and Miniature sheet by the Hutt River Province Principality. This is an area of Western Australian were a farmer, Prince Leonard, unilaterally declared his farm an independent country. The province issues stamps which would be considered cinderellas.

1984 Hutt River Cover

Also released at Ausipex was a Cinderella Miniature Sheet produced by stamp producer Leigh-Mardon of three cricketers with the MCG in the background. Three versions as plain miniature sheet, with numbered Ausipex overprint and with 1992 World Cup overprint.
Sydpex 88
Sydpex was held in Sydney in 1988 as part of Australia's Bicentenary Celebrations. Many overseas countries issued stamps, souvenir cards, covers etc to commemorate both the exhibition and the Bicentenary.

On the 1st August 1988 Grenadines issued a series of six stamps celebrating Mickey's 60th Birthday, the Bicentennial of Australia and Sydpex '88. The 5c stamp shows Mickey handpassing to Goofy in front of Donald Duck.

The Grenadines are a group of islands north of Grenada in the West Indies. The southern group are administered by Grenada.

The Melbourne 1989 Stamp Show
A Silk 'STERLING' Cachet of Carlton v Richmond Match & The Stamp Show PM (APM21720) was used for the 1989 Melbourne Stamp Show. The cover with an altered heading had been used for the 125th Anniversary of Australian Football.

Berri Stamp Festival
The Berri Stamp Festival was staged on the weekend of the Centenial AFL Grand Final between Sydney and North Melbourne, won by North. The Souvenir Cover was also carried on the Paddle Steamer "Industry".
Collecting Airship covers is a very popular thematic area within philately. They are commonly used by TV stations for ariel shots. This cover commemorates the Airship used in 1999 at the AFL Grand Final on the Saturday in Melbourne and again on the Sunday at the Rugby League Grand Final in Sydney.
The Melbourne 2002 Stamp Show
The Melbourne Stamp Show organising committee released  a 10 stamp Souvenir Sheet, Souvenir Cover and postmark  at the Show on the 4-6th October 2002 at the National Tennis Centre. Shown at right is the 45c Globe, map & Southern Cross Stamp with a stylised footballer in the selvedge.

First Class Collectables released a set of covers showing
Tony Lockett, David Neitz, Colonial Stadium and a Sherrin Football. Coversplease released covers showin Essendon's Jason Johnson and Hawthorn's Rayden Tallis tackling a Melbourne Player.