The Qasr al Hosn also known as White Fort or Old Fort was built in 1761 as a conical watchtower to defend the only freshwater well in Abu Dhabi Island. The tower was expanded as a small fort in 1793 by the then ruler and became the residence of Sheikh.It remained Emir’s Palace (hence the name Qasr al Hosn meaning Palace Fort) and seat of Government till 1966.
It is the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi capital of UAE and now houses the Abu Dhabi cultural foundation where research on UAE history,archaeology,architecture is done. It has a museum displaying artifacts,pictures and weapons related to regions history.It was designated as World Heritage site in 1976. Qasr al Hosn festival is held here annually.
UAE issued a set of four stamps to commemorate the more than 250 years of this historic Fort. The stamps were issued on 25 Nov 2013.
Greetings From Australia -International Postage Stamps of Australia 2006
On 02 May 2006 Australia Post issued two stamps on theme Greetings From Australia -International Postage Stamps . The stamps featured two Icons of Australia
$1.25 -Koala – Found in eucalyptus forests of Eastern Australia
$ 1.85 Royal exhibition Building in Carlton .Melbourne.It is the first Australian building to recognised with a world heritage listing. It was constructed in 1880 and is one of the oldest exhibition Pavilions in the World.The holding hosted Australia’s First Federal parliament on 09 May 1901 and where the Australian Flag was flown for the first time.
A First Day Cover with the stamps is listed.It is cancelled at Carlton on first day of Issue.
National Police Memorial Delhi – Museum – Stamps & Philately-Police Forces
21 Oct every year is observed as Police Commemoration day in honour of 10 Policemen martyred in Hot Springs area of Ladakh by Chinese troops.Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the National Police Memorial to the Nation on 21 Oct 2018 at Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi.It is spread over an area of 6.12 acres and consists of 30 foot (9.1meter) tall and 238 tonne black granite central sculpture ,Museum and Wall of Valour. It also commemorates the 34,844 Policemen from all Central and state Police Forces of India who have laid down their lives. This is a latest , beautiful and a fantastic addition to Delhi’s rich architectural heritage.The entry to the Memorial is free. It is spread over a large area with beautiful ambience. The newly built underground museum is an excellent place to visit with artifacts ,history, badges, books ,uniforms over the ages . The wall of valour has names of all martyrs inscribed on it .
The Underground Museum has a Philatelic section where stamps ,First Day Covers and Special Covers on Police Forces are displayed.
Special Covers on Madras Day- 377th Madras Day – 2016
Madras Day – The Founding day of Madras is considered as 22 Aug 1639.It was on this day that a piece of land (where Fort St George stands today) was transacted by East India Company. The deal took place between Francis Day, his ‘dubash” Beri Thimmappa and their superior Andrew Cogan with the local Nayak rulers.
In 2005 three people – S Muthiah ,Sashi Nair and Vincent D’Souza joined together to celebrate 22 Aug every year as Madras Day . Three others joined this idea later and now it is celebrated as Madras Week.
Special Covers on Madras Day– A Special Cover was released on 22 Aug 2016 to celebrate 377th Madras Day.
The theme for 2016 was The First Madras Exchange Lighthouse.The Covers bear cancellation of First Madras Exchange Lighthouse at Fort St George. The octagonal cancellation depicts the octagonal shape of Lighthouse.
First Madras Exchange Lighthouse was built in 1796,built above the present day Fort Museum. It was octagonal in shape built of wooden frame work and and wooden plank covering.It had twelve oil wicks as shown on back of cover.The three rear sides of glass windows were made opaque so No light is seen on land side. The layout of oil wicks is also shown. Cover No TN/31/2016.
Special Cover on Jehangir Art Gallery – Golden Jubilee -2002
Jehangir Art Gallery was inaugurated on 21 Jan 1952 by the then Chief Minister of Bombay State B G Kher and dedicated to the memory of Sir Cowasji Jehangir’s son Jehangir. It is an art gallery located in Mumbai at Kala Ghoda near Gateway of India. It was designed by G M Bhuta.
A Special Cover was issued on 18 Dec 2002 to mark its Golden Jubilee.