Australia Post is marking the 250th anniversary of the HMB Endeavour voyage with a new collection of stamps.

29 April 2020

The new stamps, called Navigating History—250—Endeavour Voyage, were designed by Niqui Branchu and Indigenous artist Jenna Lee. They highlight cultural and scientific elements, including Indigenous artefacts, botany, and the shared use of constellations for navigation.

The designs aim to evoke curiosity and share the story of the peoples and cultures that had thrived in Australia for more than 60,000 years before the arrival of Captain James Cook and the HMB Endeavour.

The stamps also explore the Endeavour story through 5 themes—navigation, travel, arrival, science and the journey onwards. Depictions of Captain James Cook and the botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander sit alongside Indigenous icons, such as a red dilly-bag, a map of Australia with traditional trading lines and ancestors holding artefacts lost in encounters with the ship.

An image of the Navigating history—250—Endeavour voyage stamp set

 

Stamps are available online and from participating post offices from 29 April 2020.

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