Postage stamp pack and packaging, 'The Collection of 1998 Australian Stamps', paper/plastic/cardboard, Cathleen Cram / Australia Post, Australia, 1998
Product designed by Cathleen Cram, Australia Post Graphic Design Studio. Details of individual stamp designers are given on each page.
Produced by Sprintpak, a wholly owned division of Australia Post. Printed in Australia by Canberra Press Pty Ltd.
Object is in mint condition.
Given to Richard Peck by Australia Post in recognition for his efforts in "repatriating" to the National Philatelic Collection the 1932 stamp forgery plates.
In September 1998 Status Stamps auction announced the sale of 7 printing plates used to produce the 1932 King George V and Sydney Harbour Bridge design stamps as forgeries in connection with an Irish Sweepstake ticket scam. (See details in Peck & Collyer, "The 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp issue", self published, 1983). After the resulting court case these plates were apparently returned to the Australian Post Office and were discovered in their NSW historical collection by Richard Peck in 1983. Two of the plates were borrowed for a temporary display in the Sydney Mint Museum. After the return of these two plates they were sent to Melbourne.
The other 7 plates were apparently "Lost" and left in the GPO Sydney when it was vacated for redevelopment in December 1996. It is alleged that a workman discovered the plates and sold them to a Sydney stamp dealer for $50.
Richard Peck, on receipt of the Status auction catalogue, immediately notified the Australia Post investigation service who took action for their recovery. Constant contact was maintained with various levels of Australia Post administration from September-December 1998 on this issue. The plates will be featured as part of the "Australia 99" world stamp expo in Melbourne in March 1999, following which they may be lent to the Powerhouse Museum for display here.