An official first day cover issued by the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Post Office at AUSIPEX 84 international stamp exhibition, held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 21-30 September 1984.

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands philatelic bureau had a postal stand at Ausipex 84. The islands are an Australian Territory located in the Indian Ocean. The Souvenir envelope was designed by Edwin Roberts, from Adelaide, and attached is a miniature sheet featuring an illustration of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Cocos Islands. The Cocos Islands-Ausipex first day of issue postmark features an outline of the barge Biar Berjaya which is the vessel used by Home Islanders commuting to West Island.

Ausipex 84 was held under the auspices of: The Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria; the Victorian Philatelic Associations and other Philatelic Societies; the Victorian Stamp Promotion Council, and the Australasian Stamp Dealers Association with the co-operation of Australia Post. Ausipex was the largest philatelic exhibition ever staged in Australasia. The exhibition was a combination of displays, competitive entries and trade; there were approximately 100 stands of dealers and overseas postal administrators.

Physical Description

A envelope featuring an illustration of a palm tree and boat, with an attached miniature stamp sheet and an ink postmark.

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