January 2009 marks the centenary of the first expedition to the South Magnetic Pole, and this issue commemorates that milestone in polar science and exploration.
This stamp issue was designed by Melbourne-based studio Disegno. Historical images from the expedition tell the narrative of the journey, in combination with the typography, which forms a graphic element of the story. The bold white text represents the vast Antarctic landscape and its staged incline across the designs symbolises the increasing difficulty of a journey and the endurance required of the men. The sparse visual approach to the design also conveys the idea of the men at the mercy of the elements.
55c Unloading the Nimrod
55c Depositing provisions
$1.10 Northern Party camp
$1.10 Claiming the South Magnetic Pole