Australia – Up, Up and Away

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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