50th commemoration stamps

A series of three stamps was issued in Australia in 1969 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a massive year in the nation’s aviation history: Ross Smith’s pioneering flight from England to Australia; Henry Wrigley’s pioneering flight from Point Cook to Darwin; and Hudson Fysh’s survey of potential air fields across northern Australia, which led to the creation of Qantas the following year.

The designs were created by Eric Thake, an Australian official war artist who worked with the RAAF during WWII and made aircraft wreckage a major part of his focus.