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Chequebook 20 x 20 x $1 - Australian Bridges

SKU #1825251

Chequebook 20 x 20 x $1 - Australian Bridges

This chequebook contains 20 booklets of 20 x $1 self-adhesive stamps from the Australian Bridges stamp issue.
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This chequebook contains 20 booklets of 20 x $1 self-adhesive stamps from the Australian Bridges stamp issue.

While bridges have been a feature of civilisation for millennia, the development of materials, technologies and engineering knowledge has led to radical shifts in design and construction.

In Australia, the first bridge constructed after European settlement was Richmond Bridge, in Tasmania, the stone structure built with convict labour between 1823 and 1825. This stamp issue focuses not on Australia’s early bridges, but on three bridges from the 20th century.

The five-lane Tasman Bridge crosses the Derwent River in Hobart, linking the CBD with suburbs in the east. It was completed in 1964 to replace the old Hobart Bridge.

Calamity struck the prestressed concrete-girder bridge in 1975, when a bulk ore carrier delivering cargo to a company in Risdon collided with the bridge’s pylons. A large section of the bridge collapsed onto the vessel, killing seven crew and five motorists. The bridge was rebuilt by 1977.

Gladesville Bridge extends across the Parramatta River west of central Sydney, linking the suburbs of Huntleys Point and Drummoyne. It is one of a complex of three bridges, the other two being Fig Tree and Tarban Creek Bridges.

The Story Bridge is one of Brisbane’s most notable landmarks, the striking bridge built in the late 1930s and opened in 1940. It was designed by John Bradfield, who also designed Australia’s most famous bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 15 March 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 30 September 2016
  • FDI withdrawal date: 13 April 2016
  • Denominations: 3x $1
  • Stamp design: Sean Pethick
  • Product design: Lisa Christensen
  • Printer: EgoTrade Pty Ltd
  • Paper gummed: Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Paper self-adhesive: Fasson B100
  • Printing process: Offset lithography
  • Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm
  • Perforations: 13.86x14.6
  • Sheet layout: Module of 50
  • FDI postmark: Gladesville, NSW 2111

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