Joint Issue with Telecom Australia (now Telstra)
Commemorating Centenary of Waltzing Matilda 1895-1995
$10 Telecom Australia Phone Card
Premium Folder From Coverdeluxe issue, this note was issued in a joint venture with Telecom Australia (now Telstra Corporation Limited) celebrating 100th year of Waltzing Matilda. As this is a premium set, the serial number of this note is printed in red. The phone card that came with the folder has a credit value of $10 (worth $10.40). On the back of the phone card it printed with the texts - SPECIAL EDITION COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS OF WALTZING MATILDA 1895 - 1995. This card is only good at those coin/card public payphones in Australia. I am not sure if this is still valid, but one would not expect this to be used, as both the banknote and the card are sealed in the plastic sleeve and can only be removed by breaking the seal. Waltzing Matilda is an Australian folk song and is sometime referred to as ‘the unofficial national anthem of Australia’. The original lyrics were written by Banjo Paterson when he was holidaying at Dagworth Station near the Queensland town of Winton in 1895.
Issue price for the premium set was $195. These folder sets were distributed equally both by NPA and Telecom Australia. The first Premium folder was sold at auction and raised $2,300. Proceeds from the sale was donated to charity. This is the only JV issue between NPA and Telecom Australia.