The Sydney Harbour Bridge on Stamps, Postal Stationery and Postmarks

(Note : This article covers worldwide stamps from 1932 to c.2007. It also displays some Australian cancellations and postal stationery, but only from 1932 to c.2001

Opened in 1932 as a combined road / rail bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the premier icons of Australia, an internationally-recognized feature of that country. It appears on numerous postage stamps, miniature sheets (including sheet borders), several items of postal stationery, a Parcel label and even a Commemorative Telegram.

The listing has been produced in five sections:

Section 1: Stamp Issues of Australia to 2007.
Section 2: Numerous worldwide m/s for Olympics 2000 with identical central label with the Bridge.
Section 3: Other world stamp issues to 2007.
Section 4: Postal Stationery and a Telegram to c.2000.
Section 5: Postmarks relating to the Bridge to c.2000.

A surprising feature of the stamps showing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (SHB) is that only one of them actually shows a train - or indeed even the railway tracks, and the stamp that does, 2004 50c, shows only a distant view of a train. So, to illustrate the railway properly, please find below a very pleasing portrait of a train leaving the Bridge, reproduced by kind permission of Maikha Ly of Australia. Please note that his photograph is copyright.

Sydney harbour Bridge
K98 rolls off the bridge on a Hornsby bound service - 20-11-2002 - by Maikha Ly

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Section 1 : Stamp Issues of Australia to 2007

Gutter Pairs: Many of the Australian stamps exist in gutter (interpanneau) pairs. We have included information on these for the inaugural 1932 issue but for later issues only where the gutter is pictorial.
We should like to record our thanks to Horst Brix for his help in compiling parts of the listings in the first three sections.

Australia 1932 2d
Above: 2d Recess (optd. O S.) . . . Below: Typographed 2d (with gutter).

Australia 1932 2d

1932 (Mar 14): Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge, No wmk.
2d Scarlet ( recess-engraved ) Perf.11 (SG 141) - shades [ . ]
3d Blue Perf 11 [ . ]
5s Blue-Green Perf 11 [ . ]

Australia 1932 2d Australia 1932 2d
Left Stamp: Genuine. Right Stamp: Postal Forgery. Enlarged scans provided for comparison. In addition to the small difference in perforation, note the ragged inner left frame line and spotty appearance of the forgery.

1932 (Mar 14): Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Wmk 'Crown C of A'.
2d Scarlet ( typographed ) Perf 10½ (SG 144) [ . ]
- ditto - with vertical gutter (horizontal pair) [ . ]

POSTAL FORGERY Typographed, Perf 11, No watermark
2d Scarlet POSTAL FORGERY [ . ]
Note : This Forgery was produced to defraud the Post Office, not the collector.

Australia 1932 2d SHB

1932 (March) : Overprinted O S (for 'Official Service')
2d Scarlet ( recess-engraved ) No wmk. Perf 11 [ . ]
3d Blue No wmk. Perf 11 [ . ]

John Ash Imprint : All the 1932 values above (except for the forgery) exist with the Printer's Name (John Ash etc.) in the centre of the bottom margin of the sheet. In the case of the typographed 2d, this imprint is across the gutter.

After this 1932, there is a surprisingly long span of 47 years before the bridge appears again on an Australian stamp.

Australia 1979 stamp Lady Denman under Sydney Harbour Bridge

1979 35c Ferry Lady Denman under the Bridge [ . ]

1982 27c Stamp-on-stamp of 1932 5s Bridge [ . ]

Australia 1988 Cricket Shakespeare Sydney Harbour Bridge UK Australia Joint Stamp Issue
This was a joint issue with Great Britain, whose stamps are shown at right. The sheet format differed between the two countries.

1988 $1 Shakespeare and Bridge (issued se-tenant with $1 cricket) [ . ]

Australia Stamps 1988 Sydney Harbour Bridge on Charm Bracelet 2c Australia 1979 stamp Lady Denman under Sydney Harbour Bridge
Detail image shows the SHB charm on the bracelet (image has been rotated)

1988 2c Sydney Bridge charm on charm bracelet [ . ] (one of the more bizarre railway thematics!)
- ditto - Booklet (value 80c) 1 x 2c and 2 x 39c ( kettle ) [ . ]
Note: This stamp was ONLY issued in booklet form and is rouletted x imperf.

Australia 1992 stamp issue Yachts and Sydney Harbour Bridge
Australia 1992 stamp issue Yachts and Sydney Harbour Bridge Australia 1992 stamp issue Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race and Sydney Harbour Bridge Australia 1992 stamp issue Yachts and Sydney Harbour Bridge Australia 1992 stamp issue Yachts and Sydney Harbour Bridge

1992 SHB & Tunnel Issue:
1992 45c x 2 composite horizontal se-tenant pair Bridge ( and tunnel ) Perf 14½ [ . ]
- ditto - Perf 15½ [ . ]

1994: SHB & Yachts Issue:
1994 45c Yachts under Bridge ( se-tenant with non-Bridge 45c ) Perf 14½ Horizontal Pair [ . ]
- ditto - Vertical Pair [ . ]

1994 45c Yachts, self-adhesive single stamps, Perf 11½ [ . ]
- ditto with label : [ 50th Sydney-Hobart race . . ] or [ collect Australia stamps . . ] or [ only 10 stamps left . . ]

The yacht stamps from normal sheets (Perf 14½) were arranged within the sheet to produce both horizontal and vertical se-tenant pairs. The self-adhesive stamps came se-tenant in rolls of 100 stamps. The self-adhesives are also found with three different promotional labels from presentation packs, shown in the additional scans above.

Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp 1996 Bridge Construction

1996 $ 1 Painting of Bridge under construction [ . ]
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Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge & 2000 Olympic Games Symbol

1999 45c Olympic Flame and Bridge [ . ]
- ditto - sheetlet of 10 ( 5 x 2 ) [ . ]

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Australia stamps Expo 2000 sheetlet

2000 Stamp Expo Sheetlet 45c x 10 ( Kangaroo ) - Bridge ( twice ) in sheet border [ . ]
This sheet is a non-album-friendly A4 size Personalised Sheetlet promoting the Stamp Expo. , approx 11.75" x 8.25" ( 29.85 cms x 20.95 cms).
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Australia stamps 2000 Definitives in Sydney Harbour Bridge design 50c $1.50

2000 Two values from a set/8 with values to $10.00.
50c Opera House (Harbour Bridge behind) [ . ]
$1.50 Harbour Bridge by night [ . ]

Although definitives, the Bridge values also have Olympic rings
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Australia stamps Expo 2000 sheetlet

2002 City Rail Sheetlet 45c x 10 (Map of Australia) - Bridge in sheet border [ . ]
This is a Personalised Sheetlet promoting City Rail. It includes some detail views of the bridge in the sheet margin.
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2004 Bridges:
Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps 2004 Bridges
Sydney 2004 Bridges

2004 Bridges : Normal Sheet Stamps
2004 Set/5 bridges (all 50c ), one the Sydney Harbour Bridge, se-tenant strip/5, normal gum. [ . ]
- ditto - two strips separated by vertical gutter, with sketches related to each bridge [ . ]
Sheetlet/4 (all of Sydney Harbour Bridge). Normal Gum. Bridge also in background design. [ . ]

The sheetlet/4 comes from the Landmark Bridges 'Prestige Collection' booklet, which includes several photographs and some text on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a night view of the Bridge on the booklet cover.

Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps 2004 Bridges
Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps 2004 Bridges

2004 Bridges : Self-Adhesive
2004 Set/5 bridges but Self-Adhesive, se-tenant strip/5 [ . ]
- ditto - booklet pane with 2 each of the five bridge stamps, self-adhesive [ . ]

Note: The Lockyer Creek Bridge in this set is also railway (and also comes as a sheetlet/4 in the prestige booklet).
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Australia stamps Railway on Sydney Harbour Bridge - Pacific Explorer sheet Australia stamps Railway on Sydney Harbour Bridge - Pacific Explorer sheet

2004 'Bon Voyage' Travel Poster Issue:
50c Pacific Explorer sheetlet/10 self-adhesive 'ship' stamps - Bridge ( 3 times ) in sheet border [ . ]
$2 Aberdeen & Commonwealth Lines ship under Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

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Australian Stamps 2006 China Stamp Exhibition Koalas and SHB

2006 China 2006 Stamp Exhibition
$1.25 m/s Koalas and Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

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The 2007 $1.95 Sydney Harbour Bridge: Sheet and Booklet Stamps and Printings:

This stamp is quite complicated, with Perf, Imperf and Rouletted examples, issued in sheets or booklets in various formats and the miniature sheets existing with both national and regional/local overprints for stamp exhibitions. In addition, there are official reprints, which may be distinguished by the number of koalas in the margin.

We shall first look at the original stamps and miniature sheets, then at the booklet panes and the reprints of the booklet panes from the 'Stamp Collecting' booklets.

Original Stamps and Miniature Sheets (also local stampshow opts on m/s):
2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp
2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp

$1.95 Sheet stamp, Perforated (from normal sheets, miniature sheets or booklets) [ . ]

$1.95 Rouletted, from some booklet panes [ . ]

$1.95 Imperforate, from some miniature sheets and possibly some booklet panes? [ . ]

$1.95(x2) Miniature Sheet without Overprint, one stamp Perf, one stamp Imperf. [ . ]
$1.95(x2) Miniature Sheet with Overprint BANGKOK 2007, both stamps Perf. [ . ]
$1.95(x2) Miniature Sheet with Overprint SYDNEY June 2007 etc., both stamps Perf. [ . ]
$1.95(x2) Miniature Sheet with Overprint SBERATEL, one stamp Perf, one stamp Imperf. [ . ]

Additionally, there were at least two overprints for local / regional exhibitions, limited, numbered issues:
2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp

$1.95(x2) Miniature Sheet with Overprint MELBOURNE 2008 etc., both stamps Perf. [ . ]
$1.95(x2) Miniature Sheet with Overprint QUEENSLAND 2007 etc., one stamp Perf, one stamp Imperf. [ . ]

Booklet Panes: We know of at least two booklets containing this stamp design.
2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp

The booklet 'Bridge over Time (75 Years of the Sydney Harbour Bridge)' contains 7 of the $1.95 stamps, ALL ROULETTED, on four booklet panes, 3 panes with two stamps, one pane with a single stamp. The pane text on each pane is as follows:
Pane with ONE stamp, 'Early Days' [ . ]
Pane with TWO stamps, 'Building the Bridge' [ . ]
Pane with TWO stamps, 'The Bridge Opens' [ . ]
Pane with TWO stamps, 'Commemorative Postage Stamps' [ . ]

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2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp
The booklet cover shown is from a reprinted booklet with 'two koalas', but we think the cover was the same for all the 'Stamp Collecting' booklets (folders) containing this stamp design.

The second booklet is just a folder containing FIVE x $1.95 stamps as shown above, ALL ROULETTED in the cases of those that we have seen, but Imperforate examples may exist?
Booklet pane $1.95 (x5) ROULETTED, one koala bear in the margin (First Printing) [ . ]
- ditto - but TWO koala bears in margin (2nd Ptg) Rouletted (scan below) [ . ]
- ditto - but THREE koala bears in the margin (3rd Ptg) Rouletted [ . ]

2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge $1.95 stamp

The sheet stamps were also reprinted and the reprints are identifiable by the different number of koalas in the margin. We do not know whether the first printing has one koala in the margin, at one or more points on the sheet.

$1.95 Normal Sheet stamp, Perf, from Second Printing (2 koalas in margin) [ . ]
$1.95 Normal Sheet stamp, Perf, from Third Printing (3 koalas in margin) [ . ]

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Parcel Post Stamp ( for the Sydney area )

Australia Stamps Sydney Across Town Parcel Post

1991 ( April 2 ) Undenominated (sold at Aus $3.25) self-adhesive imperforate label 'Across Town Sydney' [ . ]

These parcel posts stamps were sold by Australia Post only in bulk quantities, we believe, principally to businesses and only for use on parcels within the Sydney area. A similar issue was made for Perth, but with the Bridge replaced by a Swan. These labels are not in the main stamp catalogues, presumably because, technically, they are Local Post stamps. The road bridge image is from a 1989 (Sept 1st) 41c Urban Environment booklet stamp (SG 1216).

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Australia after 2007
We have noted below issues of Australia, of which we are aware, from 2008 onwards which show the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In many cases they have normal sheet stamps and self-adhesive stamps and maybe some booklet panes or other additional formats of stamp issue in the SHB design. However, our listing is simply a pointer for those who wish to research these issues.

2008 Hot Air Balloons (one of the 50c values)
2008 Personalised sheetlet Wyd/Syd 08
2009 Stamp-on-Stamp (of the 5/- SHB)
2011 Sydney Stamp Expo
2012 City Transport
2012 Road Trip

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Cinderellas: A selection

Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge Cinderella Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge Cinderella Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge Cinderella

The final scans in this section are of an early airline promotional poster stamp showing the bridge and two cinderella stamps from a series for the 150th anniverary of the first fleet of British ships arriving in Australia (at what is now Sydney Harbour).
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Section 2 : Olympics 2000 Miniature Sheet 'Omnibus'

A number of countries issued Olympic 2000 miniature sheets with the same central, pictorial view of the Bridge (although the stamps in each sheet are different). We know that all of these sheets exist Perforated and that some of these m/s exist imperforate and we suspect that they probably all do. We have therefore provisionally provided check-boxes for Perf & Imperf throughout in the list below, but, for have printed the imperforate check-box in bold where we know it to exist.

Maldives Olympic 2000 m/s

[ . . ] Antigua [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Barbuda [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Bhutan [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Burkina Faso [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]

[ . . ] Dominica [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] The Gambia [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Ghana [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Grenada [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]

[ . . ] Grenada Grenadines [ Perf . . ][ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Guyana [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Lesotho [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Maldive Islands [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Micronesia [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]

[ . . ] Nevis [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Palau [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] St. Vincent [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Sierra Leone [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]
[ . . ] Turks & Caicos Islands [ Perf . . ] [ Imperf . . ]


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Section 3 : Other Worldwide stamp issues.

Sydney-Algeria 2000 Sydney-Algeria 2000

Algeria 2000 24d Bridge, Opera House & Sports Symbols [ . ]
- ditto - IMPERF [ . ]

Anguilla 1984 $ 1.00 Stamp-on-Stamp of 1932 2d Bridge [ . ]
- ditto - same with Ausipex 84 se-tenant label (interpanneau label)

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Sydney-Algeria 2000

Barbados 1999 $4.00 m/s (World Stamp Expo). Bridge in sheet border [ . ]

Belize 1984 $3.00 m/s Stamp-on-Stamp of 1932 5/- Bridge

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Sydney Harbour Bridge & Fire Central African Republic stamp 2002
Sydney Harbour Bridge & Fire Central African Republic stamp 2002 Detail from the stamp.

Central African Republic 2002 390Fr SHB & Fire in a sheetlet/6 (other 5 vals non-railway). Perf. [ . ]
- ditto - Imperf sheetlet/6 [ . ]

2002 390Fr SHB & Fire in a single stamp Úpreuve de luxe. Perf. [ . ]
- ditto - Imperf Úpreuve de luxe [ . ]

Sydney Harbour Bridge Caicos islands stamp 1988 Sydney Harbour Bridge Great Britain joint stamps issue with Australia 1988

Cocos Islands 1988 $3.00 Sydpex m/s. Bridge in sheet border [ . ]

Great Britain 1988 34p Shakespeare and Bridge (issued se-tenant with 34p cricket [ . ]
- ditto - vertical gutter pair [ . ]

This stamp is part of a joint issue with Australia (q.v. for sheet layout).
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Grenada Grenadines Millennium Issue: Sold only in sheetlets of 17 Stamps.
Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House Grenada Grenadines Millennium issue Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House Grenada Grenadines Millennium issue

Grenada Grenadines 2000 20c Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge ex Millennium sheetlet [ . ]

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Guinea-Bissau : 2001 : Olympic Winners miniature sheets with background of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Judo.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Guinea-Bissau Olympic Winners 2001

Guinea-Bissau issued a set of 10 Olympic winners miniature sheets in 2001, four for table-tennis, three for cycling and three for judo. Only the judo sheets have the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the margin. We have identified the three sheets by the winners' names inscribed on the sheet.

Guinea-Bissau 2001 SHB Judo : Gill & Inoue (top left in scan) : Perf [ . ]
- ditto - Imperf [ . ]

Guinea-Bissau 2001 SHB Judo : Tignola & Sullivan (top right in scan) : Perf [ . ]
- ditto - Imperf [ . ]

Guinea-Bissau 2001 SHB Judo : Yong-Sin & Pedro (bottom centre in scan) : Perf [ . ]
- ditto - Imperf [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Guyana stamps Barcelona Olympics issue 1992

Guyana 1991 $30 Olympic Swimmer and Bridge. [ . ]
- ditto - Imperf [ . ]

This stamp was only issued in a sheetlet/9 as shown, this sheetlet itself being one of a set of 8 quite similar sheetlets/9 for the Olympic Games.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Guyana stamps Barcelona Olympics issue 1992

Hungary c.2000 Private Philatelic Society m/s with SHB (cinderella) [ . ]
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Kiribati stamps Sydney Harbour Bridge Ivory Coast Cote d'Ivoire Sydney Olympics

Ivory Coast 2000 180f+20f Olympic Games Football & Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

Kiribati 1988 $2.00 Sydpex m/s - Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Kyrgystan 2002 stamps History of Olympic Games Sydney Harbour Bridge Kyrgystan Illegal Issue
Illustration of illegal issue at right much reduced.

Kyrgystan 2004 History of Olympics sheetlet contianing Australia 1999 45c design [ . ]

Kyrgystan Illegal Issue c.2000 Sydney Harbour Bridge on two 20c 'stamps'.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Laos m/s Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Lesotho & Lithuania
Illustration of the Laos m/s is much reduced in comparison to the adjacent stamps.

Laos 2000 Olympics m/s ( sold at 10,000k ). Bridge on sheet border [ . ]
- ditto - IMPERF [ . ]

Lesotho 1988 20s Rod Laver (tennis player) & SHB - 'Sydney' mis-spelt ) [ . ]

Lithuania 2000 m/s Olympic Medals and Sydney harbour Bridge [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Mozambique 2000 cat stamps Sydney Harbour Bridge Mozambique 2000 cat stamps
The 2000 Cats of the World set has 12 values, issued as two sheetlets/6.

Mozambique 2000 (dated 1999) Cats 4000MT(x6) sheetlet/6 with Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge New Caledonia 1981 stamp 'Le Bataillon du Pacifique' bateau ship Sydney Harbour Bridge New Caledonia 1981 stamp 'Le Bataillon du Pacifique' bateau ship - detail
New Caledonia stamp . . . Niuafo'ou partial proof of sheetlet . . . detail from New Caledonia stamp.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Mozambique 2000 cat stamps

New Caledonia 1981 29f Ship and Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]
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Niuafo'ou 1988 sheetlet/12 with Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]
- ditto - all 12 stamps with underprint ( on gum ) XX UPU / CONGRESS / WASHINGTON / DC / 1989 [ . ]

A sheetlet with identical underprint is illustrated under Tonga, further down this section.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Mozambique 2000 cat stamps

Norfolk Island 1988 37c Sydpex & Bridge (from normal sheets) [ . ]
- ditto - but m/s of 3 x 37c [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Sao Tome St Thomas & Prince stamps 2000 Olympics Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge Sao Tome stamps 2008 Bridges Sydney Harbour Bridge Sao Tome stamps 2008 Bridges

Sao Tome (St.Thomas & Prince) 2000 m/s Db.15000 Sydney Harbour Bridge (Mi.BL.387) [ . ]

Sao Tome (St.Thomas & Prince) 2008 Bridges sheetlet/6 incl. Db.15000 Sydney Harbour Bridge (Mi.3381) [ . ]
Sao Tome (St.Thomas & Prince) 2008 Bridges Db.95000 m/s, Sydney Harbour Bridge in margin (Mi.BL.644) [ . ]

Issued in February 2008, we include these, although just outside our date paramenters, as they were probably intended to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (2007).

Sydney Harbour Bridge - St.Vincent Sydney Harbour Bridge - Western Samoa

St. Vincent 1991 $6 m/s; Disney - Wilbur & Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

Samoa (Western) 1980 $2 m/s for Sydpex '80 - Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Scouts Error of Value Sierra Leone
. . . LEFT: The issued LE 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RIGHT: The Error of Value LE 1.50

Sierra Leone 1987 LE.50 Boy Scout & Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

Sierra Leone 1987
ERROR OF VALUE LE 1.50 (for LE 50) [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Slovakia & Solomon Islands
Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Slovakia & Solomon Islands Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Solomon Islands

Slovakia 2000 18Sk Sydney Olympics - Harbour Bridge on se-tenant label [ . ]
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Solomon Islands 1985 35c Runners & Sydney Harbour Bridge (from normal sheets) [ . ]
- ditto - m/s of 4 values including the 35c above. [ . ]

Solomon Islands 1988 35c Ship M.V.Papuan Chief & SHB (from normal sheets) [ . ]
Solomon Islands 1988 60c Ship M.V.Nimos & SHB (from normal sheets) [ . ]
- ditto - m/s containing 35c and 60c as above [ . ]

Note 1. The 1988 35c & 60c all but form a composite design of the bridge
Note 2. The 1988 stamps from normal sheets have a different watermark to the miniature sheet.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Solomon Islands

Tokelau 1988 50c(x5) Sydpex composite strip/5 of Sydney & its Harbour Bridge [ . ]
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Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Solomon Islands
Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Solomon Islands

Tonga 1988 sheetlet/12 x 42s including pair with SHB [ . ]
- ditto - but sheetlet with underprint for 20th UPU Congress as shown above. [ . ]

Note: A proof similar to that scanned for Niuafo'ou (higher up) probably exists, perhaps as a pair

Tonga 2000 80c( strip of 5), 4th stamp showing discus-thrower & Sydney Harbor Bridge [ . ]
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Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Solomon Islands

Tunisia 2001 500m Olympic Games with Sydney Harbour Bridge (from normal sheets) [ . ]
- ditto - 1D500m m/s in same design (only issued imperforate) [ . ]

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Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps Solomon Islands

Vatican City 1996 250L Pope John Paul II & Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]

(Western?) Sahara -
Illegal Issue? - 2000 105Pts Terrier (Dog) & Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]
There is some dispute as to whether these stamps are illegal, as opposed to 'unrecognized'. Stamps of Western Sahara have variously been described in the past as from a 'disputed territiory', 'breakaway state' or as 'propaganda issues'. More recently the term 'illegal issue' has been attributed to them. This stamp is inscribed 'Sahara Republic', but whether so inscribed or as 'Western Sahara', these are not stamps bearing the name of an internationally recognized sovereign state, issued without that country's authority, and they are therefore perhaps more cinderella than illegal.

Yugoslavia 2000 Olympics; central label with Sydney Harbour Bridge [ . ]
The Bridge appears only in one of the four sheetlets in this set.

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Other World Issues 2008-2012
During research for this article, we encountered a few other Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps, but post-2007, a point beyond which there is no plan to extend this article. The following is simply a basic listing of what we happened to encounter and is included for those who might find it useful.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Comoro Island stamps 2009 Bridges Sydney Harbour Bridge Montserrat stamps 2012 Bridges Sydney Harbour Bridge Mozambique stamps 2010 Bridges Sydney Harbour Bridge Rwanda stamps 2009 Bridges Sydney Harbour Bridge Sierra Leone stamps 2009 Bridges

Basic List of the Above:
Comoro Island 2009 Bridges (from a set - or sheetlet? - of 4) [ . ]
Montserrat 2012 Bridges (from a sheetlet/3) [ . ]
Mozambique 2010 Bridges (ex sheetlet/6) [ . ]
Rwanda 2009 Bridges (ex sheetlet/4) : unresearched, possible illegal issue. [ . ]
Sierra Leone 2009 Bridges (ex sheetlet/6) [ . ]

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Section 4 : Postal Stationery ( and a Telegram )

We should like to thank Keith Downing and Hans Eriksson for providing almost all of this part of the listing.

Note 1: Where an item is marked ' Postcard* ', it indicates that both the 'stamp' and the view side of the card include the bridge.

Maxicard Back
Note 2: The Maximum Cards ( Maxicards ) listed have a 'Paid' frank on the obverse side and a postage stamp on the reverse side, as issued by Australia Post. An illustration of a typical obverse (frank) side appears above. The reasons surrounding this double franking are not clear to us, but may perhaps involve postal regulations requiring adequate postage to be on the address side? we do not know if these cards could be purchased mint without adhesives stamps on the reverse side and, therefore, whether or not they may strictly be considered to be postal stationery.

Postcard S1 3-76
[ . . ] 18c 1976 postcard* - S1 3.76 Aerial view with Bridge

Postcard S1 4-76
[ . . ] 18c 1976 postcard* - S1 4.76 Bridge with opera house

Postcard S1 6-76
[ . . ] 18c 1976 postcard* - S1 6.76 Bridge with tree framing view

Postcard 2-N1
[ . . ] 20c 1978 postcard* - 2-N1 Night view of Bridge with opera house

Postcard 2-N2
[ . . ] 20c 1978 postcard* - 2-N2 Aerial view of Bridge

Postcard 3-N1
[ . . ] 22c 1981 postcard* - 3-N1 Aerial view of Bridge

Postcard 3-N2
[ . . ] 22c 1981 postcard* - 3-N2 Night view of Sydney including Bridge

Postcard 3-N5
[ . . ] 22c 1981 postcard - 3-N5 three views, one including Bridge

[ . . ] 22c 1981 postcard - 3-N6 Opera House and Bridge

[ . . ] 27c 1982 Postcard - 4N3 Three views including the Bridge

1988 Diabetes
[ . . ] 39c 20 Nov 1988 Club200 envelope for bi-centennial / Diabetes.

Airletter 13-2-89
[ . . ] 60c 13 - Feb - 1989 Aerogramme - Child's drawing of Bridge

Maxicard 1992
[ . . ] 'Paid' 28 - Aug - 92 maxicard - Building the Bridge

Airletter 4-2-93
[ . . ] 'Paid' 4 Feb 1993 aerogramme - View of harbour; stamp shows aircraft's shadow over landscape

Airletter 7-4-93
[ . . ] 'Paid' 7 - Apr - 93 envelope - Stamp shows Bridge ( at left )
[ . . ] - ditto - Later reprints with imprint under flap
[ . . ] 'Paid' 24 - Sept - 93 envelope - Olympic emblem added

1994 Zoo envelope
[ . . ] 45c 28 -Sept -94 envelope - Sydney Zoo includes Bridge in design

[ . . ] 55c 1 -Oct -94 envelope - Moora Centenary cachet at left (stamp as 7-Apr-93)

[ . . ] 55c 28 -Dec -94 envelope - Jamboree of Far Horizons cachet at left(stamp as 7-Apr-93)

[ . . ] 55c ?-?-95 envelope - Catalina Club cachet at left(stamp as 7-Apr-93)

[ . . ] 55c ?-?-95 envelope - Sisters of St John of God cachet at left(stamp as 7-Apr-93)

[ . . ] 55c 8-Jun-95 large window envelope - stamp shows bridge.
[ . . ] - ditto - also later version with 4 conditions (1996)
[ . . ] 55c - reissued 1997 without window

Epilepsy Envelope
[ . . ] 45c 4 - Sept - 95 envelope - Epilepsy Congress envelope; stamp shows Bridge outline

Window Env 1995
[ . . ] 'Paid' Nov 95 ' window ' envelope - Stamp shows Bridge

Maxicard 1996
[ . . ] ' Paid ' 16 - Jan - 1996 : Maxicard $1 Building the Bridge

[ . . ] 'Paid' 16 - Jan - 1997 postcard : View of Bridge with train ( 90c Australia Day stamp on picture side )

[ . . ] 'Paid' 16 - Jan - 97 maxicard - 'The Balcony' picture shows Bridge

[ . . ] 'Paid' 16 - Jan - 98 maxicard - Building Bridge

Maxicard 2000
[ . . ] 'Paid' 20 - Jun - 2000 maxicard - View of Bridge

Maxicard 2003
[ . . ] 'Paid' 6 - May - 03 maxicard - View of art galley with Bridge in background

Maxicard 2004
[ . . ] 'Paid' 2 - Mar - 04 maxicard - View of Bridge. Paid Frank on back. Scan shows attached adhesive on front.

Lady Denman Card
[ . . ] ' Paid ' ? - ? - 200? Postcard : Bridge with imprinted 35c Lady Denman stamp illustration

Postcard 50c Bridges stamp
[ . . ] 'Paid' 6 - Sept - 2004 Postcard - View of Bridge with 50c bridges IMPRINTED stamp illustration.

Postcard 45c Kangaroo
[ . . ] 'Paid' 1 - Jan - 2004 Postcard - View of Bridge with imprinted 45c Kangaroo & flag stamp illustration

2003 A3 Env.
[ . . ] ' Paid ' 21 - June - 2005 : B4 - sized envelope : Night view of bridge

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1932 Commemorative Telegram.
[ . . ] Telegram
[ . . ] Its commemorative envelope

For a scan of this special telegram form (and its accompanying envelope), produced in 1932 to permit the public to send friends a souvenir message from the Bridge, please click the link below.

Link to Sydney Harbour Bridge Telegram(opens in new tab)

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Section 5 : Postmarks relating to Sydney Harbour Bridge

Once again, our thanks to Keith Downing for providing so much of the material for the listing below:

Postmark NE Pylon
[ . . ] 19-Mar-1932 N.E.Pylon Sydney Harbour Bridge non pictorial handstamp

Postmark SE Pylon
[ . . ] 19-Mar-1932 S.E.Pylon Sydney Harbour Bridge non pictorial handstamp

[ . . ] 19-Mar-1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge -1- non pictorial handstamp (as shown on the scan of the telegram)

Postmark Celebrations
[ . . ] 19-Mar-1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge N.S.W. non pictorial slogan postmark reads 'Posted on Bridge during opening celebrations'

Postmark 13-3-78
[ . . ] 13-Mar-1978 Philatelic Sales Centre / Sydney NSW 2000 philatelic postmark shows bridge (postmark in long term use)

Postmark 19-3-82
[ . . ] 19-Mar-1982 Sydney Harbour Bridge / 50th anniversary of opening ( cranes )

Postmark 2-10-82
[ . . ] 27-Sept-1982 to 2-Oct-1982 Carlingford Shopping Square NSW 2118 / National Stamp Week Exhibition 1982 shows bearded postman with bridge

Postmark 28-9-88
[ . . ] 28-Sept-1988 Sydney NSW 2000 / First Day of Issue shows tourists with bridge behind

Luna Park
[ . . ] (from) 12-July-1990 North Sydney NSW shows entrance to Luna Park with bridge in background - at least 2 designs used (postmark in long term use)

Postmark 2-4-91
[ . . ] 2-Apr-1991 GPO Sydney NSW 2000 / First Day of Issue shows bridge

Postmark 28-8-92
[ . . ] 25-Aug-1992 Sydney NSW 2000 / First Day of Issue shows stylised outline of bridge above water and tunnel

Postmark 25-3-96
[ . . ] (from) 25-Aug-1992 Royal Exchange NSW 2000 : Bridge & Tunnel ( postmark in long term use )

Postmark 24-9-93
[ . . ] 24-Sept-1993 Sydney NSW 2000 / First Day of Issue shows Opera House with part of bridge in background

End of Philatelic Listing.

For those interested in the routes which run over the Harbour Bridge, there is an excellent rail map of the Sydney area (with access via that page's sidebar to maps of other parts of the Australian rail network) if you click on this Australian webpage (opens in new tab)

Technical Information about Sydney Harbour Bridge:
Sydney Harbour Bridge spans Jackson Port and was built by Freeman. The span of the arch is 1654 feet (504 m) and the height of the road/rail deck above sea-level is 171 feet (52 m). The deck is 98 feet (30 m) wide with 4 railway tracks, a 6-lane highway and 2 footpaths. The towers, also known as pylons, are 505 feet (154 m) high.
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