A stamp on our history
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.”