On 2nd August 2011, AAT / Australia Post released a set of 5 stamps which is the first in a four-year program of stamps celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE).These stamps can also be used from Australia.
The first expedition team left Hobart in December, 1911 under the command of Douglas Mawson and returned to Adelaide in February, 1914.After departing Hobart in the Aurora, captained by John King Davis, the expedition team landed t Macquarie Island where it established a radio camp. The party then continued its voyage to the Antarctic continent, arriving at Cape Denison, the main base of the expedition team and referred to as the birthplace of Australia’s Antarctic territory. Ownership of the territory was formally transferred to Australia in 1936.
Five stamps depicts as follows:
1. The SY Aurora carried the expedition to and from Hobart.
2. Captain John King Davis, Captain of the ship SY Aurora, and second-in-command of the expedition.
3. The SY Aurora on Antarctic voyage.
4. Landing at Macquarie Island.
5. Birdlife of Macquarie Island.