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Australia Day is an ideal time to recognise the best among us – from local community awards to national honours Australians take time to say thanks.

Each year Australia Post announce their Australian Legends Stamp Series specifically to mark Australia Day and to honour individuals who exemplify tenacity, imagination, perseverance, devotion, integrity and compassion.

Australia Post initiated the Legend Awards in 1997 to honour living Australians who have made a unique contribution to our way of life, inspired the community and influenced the way Australians think about themselves and their country.

Over the years, the series has featured remarkable Australians from scientists, artists and musicians to sporting greats and philanthropists. It was this series that saw the first living person, other than a ruling monarch, feature on an Australian postage stamp – Sir Donald Bradman in 1997 when the cricketing great was announced as Australia Post’s very first Australian Legend.

The 2015 Australian Legends will be announced in January at major Australia Day functions in Melbourne and Sydney and the stamps and associated products will be available to purchase at all Australia Post outlets from 22 January 2015.