Australian Legends

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The Australian Legends is an annual series of commemorative postage stamps issued by Australia Post since 1997.[1] The stamps commemorate living Australians who have made lifetime contributions to the development of the Commonwealth's national identity and character. Prior to 1997, the only living persons who could appear on Australian stamps were members of the British Royal Family.[2]

As examples of Australian graphic art, the stamps are designed to tell the story of events and personalities that shaped contemporary Australia. Each becomes part of a collective Australian memory which reflects Australian values and documents the development of Australia's national identity.[3][4]

In addition to the philatelic commemoration, the honour is also known as the Australia Post Australian Legends Award.[5]

Russell Crowe appears in the series despite not holding Australian citizenship.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Australia Post – our past". Australia Post. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b Australia Post: "Racing Legends are first past the post," 2007. Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "156 years collecting Australian graphic art," Priority (Australia Post), 2000. Archived 7 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "History of the Australian Legends stamp series 11 December 2015". Australia Post Collectables. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Australia Post: "Previous Australia Post Australian Legends," 2005. Archived 10 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Michael Idato (2015-03-26). "Russell Crowe rejected twice as Australian citizen". Sidney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  7. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Roy Longmore Dies; Australian 'Legend,' 107," New York Times. 2 July 2001.
  8. ^ "Legends in their lifetimes" (PDF). Australian Stamp Explorer. Australia Post (60): 4. April 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "New stamps honour five philanthropists". The Age. AAP. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Academy winners are stamped as 2009 Legends," (Australia Post), 2009 Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Schwarzer stamps his name in history". 23 January 2008. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Legends of Australian music on stamps!". Australia Post. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  13. ^ "About us - Australia Post". Australia Post. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  14. ^ "Victoria Cross Legends honoured on postage stamp". Australia Post. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  15. ^ "Australian tennis greats honoured as 2016 Australia Post Legends". Australia Post Collectibles. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-01-22.