Festival gets stamp of approval

GRAFTON'S Jacaranda Festival is being celebrated by Australia Post with the recent release of Floral Festivals Australia stamp issue.

The five 60c stamps feature photos of five flower species − the gerbera, jacaranda, Australian everlasting, violet and tulip - representing five floral festivals.

"The Grafton Jacaranda Festival is one of Australia's most beautiful floral festivals with breathtaking avenues of jacaranda trees lining the streets of the town," said Australia Post's philatelic manager, Mr Michael Zsolt. "This floral festival is of course represented on the stamp by the jacaranda."

In 1934, EH Chataway inaugurated the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, and in the following year the first festival took place, celebrating the jacarandas that grow in the town's streets.

Grafton seed merchant HA Volckers planted the first jacaranda trees in the 1880s. By 1953 almost 3000 jacarandas had been planted.

Other festivals represented include:

  • Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (gerbera)
  • Perth's Kings Park Festival (Australian everlasting)
  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (violet)
  • Canberra's Floriade (tulip)

The stamp issue products for Floral Festivals Australia are a stamp pack, set of five maxi- cards, prestige booklet, aerogram, self-adhesive booklet of 20 x 60c stamps, self-adhesive roll of stamps and international postage-paid envelopes.

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