Australia post issued second set of stamps for the London 2012 Olympic Games to be held from 27 July to 12 August 2012 in London.
This issue, which carries the symbol of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), commemorates the performances of Australia’s athletes at the Olympic Games. Represented on the stamps is the sport of Rowing, discipline of Swimming and event of Pole Vault. These subjects are indicative of Australian athletes’ strengths at past Olympic Games: historically most medals won by Australian athletes have been in Swimming, Athletics, Cycling and Rowing.
The Australian Olympic team athletes have always been most successful in the pool, as indicated by their 168 Olympic medals, including 56 gold. Australia’s fi rst Olympic swimmer was Fredrick ‘Freddy’ Lane, who won two gold medals in 1900 in Paris. In the 1950s and 60s, swimmers such as Murray Rose, Dawn Fraser, Lorraine Crapp and Jon Konrads became household names.
Title: London 2012 Olympic Games – Australia
Date of Issue: 17 July 2012
Denominations: 60c, $1.60, $2.35