Australia Post’s latest stamp issue on July 1st commemorates the centenary of Australia’s first domestic air mail flight.

The commencement of domestic air mail was an aviation milestone and one that  highlighted the vital role air mail had played to help keep people and communities connected.

 2014 marks 100 years since French aviator Maurice Guillaux (1883-1917) made the first air mail flight in Australia. Guillaux left Melbourne on 16 July and arrived in Sydney on 18 July 1914. The flying time was just 9¼ hours, with seven stops en route. On his arrival, Guillaux was welcomed by Governor-General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson.

 The Australia Post first domestic air mail flight stamp issue comprises one domestic base-rate stamp (70c) and one international-rate stamp ($2.60). The prestige booklet accompanying the stamp issue covers the history of Australia’s air mail service.

 This collectible product includes blocks of stamps exclusive to this product as well as the new commemorative air mail stickers.

The 100th Anniversary of First Air Mail stamp issue is available from 1 July 2014 at participating Australia Post retail outlets.

As you may know from a previous blog I wrote the Aviation Historical Society of Australia (NSW) inc Airmail Centenary Commemoration Group is staging a re-enactment of the flight. If you are in Sydney there is a special event to launch of the Guillaux commemorative stamps at the Australian Aviation Museum,  Starkie Drive, Bankstown Airport, 5pm-7pm on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 . All sorts of excellent information about the flight and event at Sadly I will not be able to be there.

Enjoy if you do go.  Best wishes… Michael