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1927 Issue
Opening of Parliament House by the Duke of York
Designer: Ronald A. Harrison (Artist) Note Printing Branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Engraver: J.A.C. Harrison (Waterlow & Sons Ltd.) - Printer: A.J. Mullett
Without Watermark
The design shows the first Parliament House, Canberra, this stamp was released to celebrate the opening of the new Parliament House on 9 May, 1927, by H.R.H. the Duke of York, who later became King George VI, this was the first Australian Commonwealth Commemorative stamp, a booklet was released containing 16 stamps, an official stamp punctured OS was also released for use by the Government (shown below).   At Federation (1 January, 1901) the Australian Federal Parliament met in Melbourne, while the national Capitol was established, by 1925 Parliament house was within 2 years of completion, at which time Parliament would be moved to Canberra, it was decided that a stamp would be produced for the occasional competition was gazetted in the 1 July 1926 edition of the Commonwealth Gazette, eight designs made it for final consideration,the final design (or winning design) was by Ronald A. Harrison, the design depicted a female figure sitting on the left hand side (a representation of Australia) holding a shield bearing the Southern Cross in the right hand and a palm branch extended in greeting in the right toward the new Parliament House (shown as the focal point).
Issued 9 May, with perforation 11

4-1-1 1½d Red;
4-1-1 SOS 1½d Red, Punctured OS
4-1-1a BK 2/- or 24d Booklet Cover