Australian FDC Guide

An illustrated guide to Australian First Day Covers.

Captain Cook Bicentenary

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Issue Details

Date of Issue1970-04-20
DescriptionThis issue commemorates 200 years since Lieutenant James Cook discovered the east coast of Australia. This was a unique issue consisting of a se-tenant strip of five (5c) stamps, a large landscape 30c stamp, and a souvenir sheet (minisheet). Australia Post issued a FDC for the stamps but not the minisheet. For a good discussion of the issue and FDCs, particularly the rare "Small" cover, see http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=51902.
Stamps in Issue5 x 5c (se-tenant), 30c and souvenir sheet

AP (or PMG) Covers

Australia Post-issued covers, or covers using Australia Post (or PMG) cacheted envelopes.

"Large" Cook FDC

"Small" Cook FDC - with 30c Stamp

"Small" Cook FDC - with 5c strip

First Day Cover (generic)


Non-AP Covers

Covers issued by other cover/cachet-makers (If I have them - not a complete list).

Excelsior Cover (wide)


Seven Seas cover

Unknown Cover

Opening of Melbourne Airport Overprinted Minisheet Cover

"Small" Cook Forgery


Parade Cover red foil/yellow detail

Parade Cover gold foil/yellow detail

Parade Cover red foil/pink detail

Parade Cover gold foil/pink detail

Parade Cover large


Royal Cover (wide) blue

Royal Cover (wide) lime green

Royal Cover (wide) teal green

Royal Cover (wide) brown

Royal Cover (large) brown/red

Royal Cover (large) blue/red

Royal Cover (large) yellow/green


ANPEX Souvenir Cover (small) by WCS

ANPEX Souvenir Cover (wide) by WCS

Wesley Cover (large)

Wesley Cover (wide)


Sigma Cover


Other Images

Images of other variations of this issue, such as minisheets or gutter strips if available.