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FROM CROC HUNTER TO MAN OF LETTERS
News Source: The Courier-Mail (5th November 2007)

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THE late Crocodile Hunter has been immortalised on a new commemorative stamp, brought out just in time to celebrate Steve Irwin Day.

The stamp features a New Idea commemorative cover of Irwin, his two children Bindi and Bob - published after his death last September. In a trademark Irwin touch, a snake curls around the trio.

The stamp is the second joint venture between Australia Post and the magazine. The souvenir collaboration featured Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

The public was asked by the magazine to nominate a second celebrity for tribute and overwhelmingly voted for the late homegrown and world-famous wildlife warrior.

"We were overwhelmed with the response to the public poll and happy to be able to support New Idea in this initiative," a postal spokesman said.

"This is the first time that an Australian magazine cover has been made available to the general public on an Australia Post stamp product."

The Pitt-Jolie stamp was not available for public sale, unlike the Irwin souvenir, which can be purchased in 10 x 50c stamp sheets from Australia Post outlets or through the magazine.

It is available for sale from today, just in time for the inaugural Steve Irwin Day on November 15.

Proceeds from the stamps will go to Irwin's conservation charity, Wildlife Warriors.


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