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Australia – Up, Up and Away

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The Up, Up and Away stamp issue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first successful hot air balloon flight in Australia.

The honour of being the first to fly a hot air balloon in Australia belongs to William Dean who successfully flew 13 kilometres across Melbourne on 1 February 1858. Dean followed up his triumph by flying across Sydney Harbour in December of the same year.

Issue date: 6 May 2008

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