Stamps Commemorating the Life of Dr Phillip Law
The stamp issue marks the centenary of the birth of Dr Phillip Law AC (1912-2010), one of Australia's most experienced polar explorers. Law was a pivotal figure in developing Australia's Antarctic science program and in securing a commitment to the region.
In his 19 years as an Antarctic explorer, Phillip Law took part in 28 expeditions. Under his direction, some 5,000 kilometres of coastline were charted. He led the party that established Mawson Station in 1954 and in 1957 established Davis Station. Of all his achievements, Law considered the first landing at Larsemann Hills to be his greatest. In early 1958, after days of negotiating ice-free peaks that rose to 500 feet, the ANARE leader led the first party to land at Larsemann Hills. In his honour, the Law Base was established at the site in 1986-87.