A stamp on our history

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

GARY Dif­fen’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of World War I postal me­mora­bilia is sec­ond only to the col­lec­tion at the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial.

Let­ters writ­ten by Mr Dif­fen’s grand­fa­ther Lieu­tenant Nor­man Tutton, a Mil­i­tary Cross and Bar re­cip­i­ent for his ser­vice at Gal­lipoli, in­spired him to start col­lect­ing war stamps and cor­re­spon­dence al­most 50 years ago.

This week he added five new com­mem­o­ra­tive stamps to his his­tor­i­cal com­pi­la­tion, which Aus­tralia Post has re­leased to pro­vide a glimpse into the fi­nal 100 days of World War I.

The stamps in­clude a trib­ute to Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Sir John Monash for his lead­er­ship of the Aus­tralian Corps.

“Stamps can be a win­dow for peo­ple to do re­search into the past,’’ Mr Dif­fen said.

“For me, it’s more of a so­cial history than a stamp history.

“I hope the stamps can in­spire other peo­ple to look at what ac­tu­ally did hap­pen.”

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