The 2006 Commonwealth Games was held in Melbourne for the
first time. Australia has hosted the games at Sydney 1938, Perth 1962 and
Queen's baton travelled more than 180,000 kilometres and visited all 71
nations of the Commonwealth in one year and one day. This was a world first, as
no Games relay has ever visited all member nations. This makes the Melbourne
2006 Queen’s Baton Relay the world’s longest, most inclusive relay.
First Class Collectables issued a series of commemorative covers including
The Commonwealth Games Minister,
is an ex AFL Player.
"Coversplease" also issued a series of commemorative covers including
running the Victor Harbor Leg.
On the 1st March 2006 Australia Post
issued multiple items. This included a booklet, "Australia at The Commonwealth Games."
One of the pages included a photo of the
with a block of four perforate Games Logo stamps. It also included a set of
postcards, including the card above of the MCG. (This card was also issued with
Baggy Green Stamp. Compliments of Noel
Almeida). The issue also included a FDC with three
medalions including the
Personalised Stamp Sheet
including a picture of the MCG was also issued.
The generic issue is shown. Personalised photos were available. The
Canberra Stamp Show
used the Sheetlet with the Show's Logo in the
One of the
for the Game organisers also
showed a view of the MCG.
The Opening Ceremony was performed on the 15th March 2006. The 16 AFL
were part of the baton relay along the Yarra
River and culminated with Ron Barassi walking on water to bring the baton to the opening ceremony at the MCG.
First class Collectables
issued covers. Australia Post issued a commemorative
sheetlet with one of the issues showing a panoramic view of the MCG. The
Coversplease cover below shows the
MCG Stamp below the other four stamps
with Barassi walking on water.