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1978 Issues
The initials NPB below stand for Note Printing Branch

Australia Day 1978
Designer: Cato Hibberd Design Pty Ltd - Printer: NPB

The Australian National Flag was proclaimed by an act of the Australian Parliament in November 1953, the Union Jack occupies the top left corner (representing Mother England), the large seven pointed star below the Union Jack represents (a point for each) Australia's Six States & the Territory, (New South Wales; Victoria; Queensland; South Australia; Western Australia; Tasmania & The Northern Territory), on the right are five more stars representing the Southern Cross, which is only seen from the Southern Hemisphere, the first official holiday celebrating Australia Day was in 1818.
Issued 26 January with perforation 13¼ x 13½

452-1-1 18c Australian Flag, withdrawn 26 January, 1979

Australian Aviators

Designer: Arthur Leydin - Printer: Asher & Co.
This issue gives credit to four Australian Aviators that were instrumental in establishing the Australian Aviation Industry, they are depicted with the aircraft they flew, Harry Hawker (1889-1921) & a Sopwith Camel; Bert Hinkler (1892-1933) & an Avro Avian; Charles Kingsford-Smith (1897-1935) & the Southern Cross, his Fokker monoplane; Charles Ulm (1898-1934) also with the Southern Cross, a Miniature Sheet was also produced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first Trans-Pacific flight from Oakland, California, USA to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia between the 31st May & the 8th June.
Issued 19 April with perforation 13½

453-1-1 18c Harry Hawker;
454-1-1 18c Bert Hinkler;
455-1-1 18c Sir Charles Kingsford Smith;
456-1-1 18c Charles Ulm

455-1-1_456-1-1 MS Miniature Sheet, Imperforate

50th Anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Designer: Australia Post, Graphic Design Section Artist's - Printer: NPB
This issue commemorates 50 years of the Royal Flying Doctor Service which began on the 15 May, 1928 at Cloncurry, Queensland, by the Presbyterian Church, in 1934 responsibly was relinquished, so the service could go National, the design shows a Baron Beechcraft aircraft landing at a remote station airstrip, with a Jackaroo on horseback & two men in the shade waiting.
Issued 15 May with perforation 13¼ x 13½

457-1-1 18c Royal Flying Doctor

Australian Trees
Designer: David Rose - Printer: NPB
This issue illustrates four classic Australian trees, 18c, the Illawarra Flame Tree, a semi-deciduous tree which grows up to 36 metres in height; 25c, the Ghost Gum, brilliant white bark & deep green leaves which grows up to 21 metres in height; 40c, the Grass Tree, a slow growing, long living, perennial which flowers after a fire has passed through the area; 45c, Cootamundra Wattle, grows to a maximum of about three metres as a rule, it's lifespan is considered short as trees go.
Issued 1 June with perforation as below

458-1-1 18c Flame Tree, perforation 14 x 14¾;
459-1-1 25c Ghost Gum, perforation 13½ x 13¼;
460-1-1 40c Grass Tree, perforation 13½ x 13¼;
461-1-1 45c Cootamundra Wattle, perforation 13½ x 13¼

Establishment of the Northern Territory Government
Designer: Douglas Pitt - Printer: Asher & Co.
This issue celebrates the first steps toward the establishment of Government in the Northern Territory, which first became a Federal Territory in 1911, the design shows a map highlighting the Northern Territory (top right) with a Sturt's Desert Rose as the main feature, this plant flourishes in rough stony ground & has flowers similar to the hibiscus & grows to approximately 1 metre in height.
Issued 19 June with perforation 15¼

462-1-1 18c Sturt's Desert Rose & Map showing the Northern Territory
, withdrawn 19 June, 1979

Australian Bird Definitives
Issue 1

Designer: Kay Breeden-Williams - Printer: NPB
This is the first issue of Australian Birds, they are; 5c, the Hooded Dotterel, found no-where else in the world; 20c, the Little Grebe, also called the Australian Little Grebe, a very vocal inhabitant of coastal waters throughout Australia; 25c, the Spur-wing Plover, these birds breed in the south-east of Australia, inhabiting grasslands & mudflats, they are also found close to human habitation; 30c, the Pied Oystercatcher, commonly found on Tasmanian beaches & around the mainland seashore; 55c, the Lotus-bird, also called the Lilytrotter, can be found in Northern & Eastern Australia, the only Australian bird able to pickup it's eggs & chicks with it's wings & move them to safety, there have been a number of issues of Australian birds; Issue 1, July, 1978 (below); Issue 2, September, 1979; Issue 3, Part 1, March, 1980; Issue 3, Part 2, July, 1980, Issue 3, Part 3, November, 1980.
Issued as below (in brackets) with perforation as below
  
463-1-1 5c Hooded Dotterel, (issued 17 July), perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn 29 January, 1982;
464-1-1 20c The Little Grebe, (issued 3 July), perforation 14¾, withdrawn 17 September, 1980;
465-1-1 25c The Spur-wing Plover, (issued 17 July), perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn 29 January, 1982;
466-1-1 30c The Pied Oystercatcher, (issued 17 July), perforation13¼ x 13½, withdrawn 29 January, 1982;
467-1-1 55c The Lotus-bird, (issued 3 July), perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn 29 January, 1982

National Stamp Week
Designer: Cato Hibberd Design Pty. Ltd. - Printer: Asher & Co.
This stamp & miniature sheet was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Melbourne stamp exhibitions, this one was held between 29 October & 3 November, the design is the 3d Blue Kookaburra (stamp on stamp design), the 3d Kookaburra was originally released on 29 October, 1928, a miniature sheet containing four stamps was also released.
Issued 25 September with perforation 15¼

468-1-1 20c - 3d Blue Kookaburra, withdrawn 25 September, 1979

468-1-1 MS Miniature Sheet four stamp block, withdrawn 25 September, 1979

Christmas 1978
Part 1

Designers: as listed below - Printer: Asher & Co.
This issue was released in two parts, Part 1, issued 3 October (below), Part 2, issued 1 November (below after Horse Racing), these stamps are reproductions of paintings held by the National Gallery of Victoria,they were financed by the Felton Bequest, the 25c stamp is "The Virgin and Child", after Van Eyck, the remaining two stamps are the 15c, "The Madonna and Child", Marmion & the 55c, "The Holy Child", del Vaga.
Issued 3 October with perforation 14½ x 14¾

470-1-1 25c The Virgin and Child, withdrawn 3 October, 1979

Australian Horse Racing
Designer: Brian Clinton - Printer: NPB
The designs for this issue show some the Southern Hemisphere's greatest racing horses, 20c Tulloch, New Zealand Bred winner of,the 1957 Caulfield Cup, retired in 1961 being the greatest stakes winner on Australian turf with 52 placings after 53 starts; 35c, Bernborough, a Queensland bay with fifteens consecutive wins in ten months, December 1945 to October 1946; 50c, Phar Lap, a legendary horse, long after his death, he won the 1930 Melbourne Cup, ran 41 placings from 50 starts, before going to America in 1932, on March 20, 1932 he won the richest race in the world the Aqua Caliente Handicap; 55c, Peter Pan, twice winner of the Melbourne Cup in 1932 & 1934. Issued 18 October with perforation as below

472-1-1 20c Tulloch, perforation 14¾ x 14, withdrawn on 18 October, 1979;
473-1-1 35c Bernborough, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 18 October, 1979;
474-1-1 50c Phar Lap, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 18 October, 1979;
475-1-1 55c Peter Pan, perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn on 18 October, 1979


Christmas 1978
Part 2

Designers: details as below - Printer: Asher & Co.
This issue was released in two parts, the first part was released on 3 October (listed above before Horse Racing), the second on 1 November (below), the three stamps are reproductions of paintings held by the National Gallery of Victoria, being financed by the Felton Bequest, the 25c stamp is "The Virgin and Child", after Van Eyck, the remaining two stamps (below) are the 15c, "The Madonna and Child", Marmion & the 55c, "The Holy Child", del Vaga.
Issued 1 November with perforation 14½ x 14¾

469-1-1 15c The Madonna and Child;
471-1-1 55c The Holy Family