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SKU #6975226

Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles postal paid envelope

SKU #6975226

Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles postal paid envelope

$1.25
This postage paid envelope features an image of the Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, with an illustration of the Treaty of Versailles in the postage paid area.
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This postage paid envelope features an image of the Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, with an illustration of the Treaty of Versailles in the postage paid area.

The Treaty of Versailles, one of five treaties formulated at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, was signed on 28 June 1919 in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. It established the conditions of peace with Germany at the conclusion of World War I. The sanctions it imposed on Germany included disarmament, payment of large reparations to the Allies and the surrender of territory to France and Poland. The severity of these penalties helped fuel the fervent German nationalism that was a precursor to World War II. The treaty was the first major international agreement signed by the Commonwealth of Australia and resulted in Australia’s membership of the newly established League of Nations. After significant lobbying by Australia’s prime minister William “Billy” Hughes, Australia was granted a mandate over German New Guinea. British-controlled Papua, to the south, became an external territory of Australia, until the entire area gained independence in 1975 as Papua New Guinea.

Cover design: Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio. Cover images: William Orpen, The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 28th June 1919, Imperial War Museum Collections via Wikipedia (cover); Museum of Australian Democracy (Treaty in leather case)

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