New South Wales

New South Wales was the first coloney to adopt the prepayment of postage stamps. On the 1st January 1850 the "Sydney View" stamps were issued featuring the colonies great seal, dating from 1792.
Locally printed from hand engraved copper plates, the Sydney View stamps were soon replaced by the "Laureates" depicting a more conventional image of Queen Victoria's profile.

These primitive stamps gave way to stamps printed in England as engraved issues by Perkins Bacon in 1854 and 8 years later letterpress stamps be De La Rue.

New South Wales made a significant departure from the tradition designs in the issue of the Centennial series of 1888 - 89. They were the worlds first commemorative stamps, and remained on sale like normal definitive issues.