Australia Post marks 150 years since the birth of one of Australia's early literary greats, Henry Lawson (1867–1922), with the release of a new stamp issue.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said, "The stamps recognise the genius of Henry Lawson through two of his much-loved stories: The Drover's Wife, and Mitchell: A Character Sketch".

A poet and short fiction writer, Lawson is remembered more for his stories than his verse, though he had many poems published during his lifetime.

Lawson's writing often expressed particular archetypes and images of Australia at the turn of the 20th century, creating characters that resonated with an antipodean republican spirit.

Lawson's narratives are recognised as focused and perceptive, summoning rich imagery while being typically sardonic or humorous in tone. His stories are known to often strike a somber note, with common themes of human resourcefulness, republicanism, rural hardship and urban poverty featuring in his stories.

The domestic base-rate ($1) and international rate ($2.95) stamps were illustrated by Sydney-based illustrators Jamie and Leanne Tufrey. The stamp designs depict two pieces of Lawson's short fiction: the very well-known "The Drover's Wife" and the lesser known "Mitchell: a Character Sketch".

The products associated with this stamp issue are a minisheet, first day cover, stamp pack, set of two maxicards, limited-edition (7,500) postal and numismatic cover, limited-edition (3,500) medallion cover, sheetlet of 5 x $2.95 self-adhesive stamps and a booklet of 20 x $1 self-adhesive stamps.

The Henry Lawson: 1867–1922 stamp issue is available from participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps from 13 June 2017 while stocks last.

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