Catalogue Number: 2384
First day postal cover for a 1948 stamp commemorating William Farrer wearing glasses
Category: Painting or other art work
Sub-Category: Philatelic item
Government body: Austrailan Post Office (Designer and engraver F D Manley)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1948
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Austrailan Post Office
Description Of Item: A first day postal cover, cream colour, 144 x 87 mm, with a block of four red 2 1/2 pence stamps featuring William Farrer wearing glasses with printed illustration featuring Farrer and wheat sheaves and the words FIRST DAY COVER, postmarked 12 July 1948 Castlereagh Street Sydney and typed address to Mrs M M Smith Liverpool Road Croydon NSW.
Historical Significance: William Farrer was born in the north of England in 1845 and migrated to Australia in 1870. He is especially remembered for developing strains of wheat resistent to rust. This stamp has been added the Kett Museum because it is one of very few Australian stamps featuring people wearing glasses. He is depicted on this stamp wearing oval-eye rimless pectacles typical of the mid- 19th C. A similar portrait appears on the Australian $2 bank note.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: Jan 2014
Location: Archive office. South wall. Cube 14. Stamp Album