Our new future King of Australia and the politics of a stamp!

This morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a future king. Kate and William’s as yet unnamed baby is not just the future King of England though – he is also the future King of Australia. Few Australians would think of us as having a King or Queen, but we do. The Royalist vs Republican issue in Australia has about as much energy as sloth in a marathon. It is so slow that Australians have almost lost any sense that we do have a monarch and we do love to follow the lives of the British Royals!

Interestingly, 2013 is the centenary of the first Australian stamp. No, I am not off topic! This stamp was at the centre of a 25 year long Royalist vs Republican stand off!

On 2 January 1913 the then Labor Government’s Postmaster General, Charles Frazer, released the first ever Australian stamp. What was on it was seen as outrageous by some. Gone was the traditional head of the King and in his place was a map of Australia along with the image of a kangaroo. In June 1913 Labor was toppled in a federal election. The new Liberal government’s Postmaster-General, Agar Wynne, announced the kangaroo stamp would be replaced by a more fitting stamp that featured English King George V’s head. Frazer was incensed saying “A postage stamp is one of the best advertising mediums the country can have!”, arguing that an Australian stamp with a British monarch doesn’t represent Australia. (source On this day in history: Australia’s first stamp released.) In December 2013 the King George stamp was released to the public. However, both series of stamps, the true blue Aussie Kangaroo vs King George V, continued to be printed for 25 years side by side up until 1938 when both series were replaced (except for the 2 shilling Kangaroo stamp which remained until 1948.

So, the debate trickles on … sort of! Do you think this baby is the future King of Australia? Do Australian’s really care?

The defiant 1913 Republican Stamp! Royalist 1913 King George V stamp!

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16 thoughts on “Our new future King of Australia and the politics of a stamp!

  1. I believe the new royal baby will be the King of Australia one day. I also think that some Australians do care about our new future King whereas others really don’t. Some people are really into the royal family and the impact on Australia, where others do not even know anything about the royal family by choice.

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  2. No I don’t think that Will and Kate’s baby should be King of Australia because he wasn’t born here and he dosent live here and we don’t have royalty in Australia.
    My opinion is that we should just stick with politics.

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  3. No I don’t think that Will and Kate’s baby should be King of Australia because he wasn’t born here and he doesn’t live here and we don’t have royalty in Australia.
    My opinion is that we should just stick with politics.

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  4. this new baby will be the new king of Australia one day but for some reason I think that this is Australia and they don’t live here so why do they get to control the land what decisions do they have, all I hear is the politics making the decisions not the king or queen, why cant Australians rule their own country?

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  5. I think that the royal baby will become king on day soon. I think that most of Australians don’t really worrie about the baby but some Australian’s take the royal baby situation very seriously.

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  6. Mate it might and might not. He might not live old enough to the date or he would live long and be a really successful king only time will tell.
    Well I don’t think that Australians really care it was a big thing and people knew about it but not that much responses came out only people that looked like they cared was the paparazzi. But other Australians do care it really matters on who you are talking about different people have different choices.

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  7. The new baby could be the future king of Australia one day, although i believe that they are not that big of a deal changing the king or queen won’t really have much effect on Australians. I believe some Australians would care about the new royal baby of William and Kate but others on the other hand wouldn’t.

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  8. I think the baby will be the future king of Australia but then again not all Australians care about the royal family. While most people know a lot about the royal family some who don’t really know or care wouldn’t know much about them Like Alex mentioned I don’t understand why Australia is not independently making decisions.

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  9. I think that they should keep the kangaroo stamp because it represents Australia better and the king and I really the future king is kind but some people don’t really care.

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  10. the baby will most likely be the king of Australia but who really cares about he will be the next king as long as they do a good job!

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  11. i think should not be the new king of Australia. The royal family don’t come to Australia often and they basically rule it. I think we just need a prime minister to rule us and that is all.

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  12. I don’t caaaare, its our future king I guess, but what does the current Queen do for us right know? Go to the races and pull a face when her horse wins.

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  13. I think he wont the be the new king .. well I hope not just because I like prime ministers and having the queen and king stamps the same!

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  14. I think Will and Kate’s baby will be the future king of Australia one, but i don’t think Australians would mind if there was a picture of the king on the stamp or the politics symbols, as long as both represent Australia.

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  15. I truly believe that we have reached a new era and that the days of kings, queens, princes and princesses have been forgotten or at least aren’t as they used to be and therefore aren’t that significant wether now or in the near future as time progresses. Or it can simply be that yes maybe in Europe the royal family are looked upon because they are noble people aging back to those days where kings and queens were a tradition. They say as time goes by so does the way people think, the way they act, the way they picture the world and so in this case how can we be for sure that this future king will follow the traditions or any other future kings that follow. Furthermore because the royal family don’t originate from Australia or don’t really live here for a long period of time they are rarely seen generally unlike England and it is like hearing that Rhianna is a good singer and all that but you don’t gain instant admiration just by hearing about them or seeing them on tv it is about seeing them or their presence with our eyes that counts (Rhianna was just a random example). In the end like Ahmed said “Only time can tell”.

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