In 1802 Matthew Flinders
(1774-1814) and Nicholas Baudin (1758-1803), explorers for Great
Britain and France, met at Encounter Bay. The stamps issued jointly by
Australia and France mark the 200th anniversary of that meeting.
The map on the stamp honoring Nicholas Baudin is
Carte Generale de la Nouvell Hollande, plate 1 in Louis de
Freycinet's Voyage de decouvertes aux terres, published in
1811. The map shows Encounter Bay on the south coast of Australia. The
portrait is that of Baudin, and the ship is La Géographe. The
Kagaroo, of course, refers to their meeting on Kagaroo Island.
The map on the stamp honoring Matthew Flinders is
Flinders' General Chart of Terra Australis. The whole
Australian continent is shown with a red dot marking the location of
Encounter Bay. The portrait is that of Flinders, and the ship is
H.M.S. Investigator. For more information on Flinders' expedition
and stamps click here. The bird is a Port