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16 August 2018 - Captain Cook's Voyages 250th Anniversary
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail in one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time aboard HMS Endeavour with nearly 100 men including astronomers, artists and scientists. The expedition was an incredible success, during which Cook and his men initiated the first European contact with Eastern Australia, mapped New Zealand and accurately observed the transit of Venus.
Stamp: 2nd class: Joseph Banks, with Phaethon rubricauda (red-tailed tropicbird)
by Sydney Parkinson and Passiflora aurantia (red passion flower)
Card: National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Sir Joseph Banks 1808-09 by Thomas Philips (The Royal Society). Note this card is 145 x 195 mm.
Postmark: First Day of Issue, Plymouth - port where Endeavour left England for the southern seas.