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I'll show some of the railway stamps of Australia that I have seen, it is by no means complete. Does anybody have more information about these stamps? Then please contact me!
(Government Railways, Parcels stamp, Orange, 5 p blue)
A city name seems to be printed in the lower part of the stamp. I have seen the values: 3 p violet, 4 p green, 5 p blue, 6 p red, 9 p lilac, 1 Sh red, 2 Sh red and 3 Sh green.
I have also seen the above stamps with 'STATE GOVERNMENT' in the lower part and 'O S' overprint (as such I have seen: 1 p blue, 3 p violet, 4 p green, 6 p red and 1 Sh brown). Other similar stamps with 'STATE GOVT.' and 'O S' in the values 3 p violet, 1 c blue, 2 c violet, 8 c violet, 10 c brown and 20 c red also exist. Other values might exist.
I have seen a 1 p blue in the same design.
(10 Sh green, extremely rare stamp and 1/2 p blue)
Inscription 'QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS NEWSPAPERS AND PARCELS':
(Queensland Government Railways, Newspapers and Parcels)
A 6 p green exist too.
1 p red 3 p brown 6 p green 1 Sh lilac (Other values might exist)
3 p lilac and red 6 p green and red 1 Sh red an blue (other values might exist)
Other values probably exist. I have seen the values: 5 c green, 10 c red, 20 c blue, 25 c grey, 50 c brown, 1$ black, 2 $ lilac (all with a townname in red at the bottom). The above 10 Sh grey and red stamp is the only one I have seen with the value inscription in red (as well as the townname).
The first railway stamp in South Australia were issued in 1885.
I have seen the values: 1/2 p green (smaller size), 1 p green, 2 p orange, 3 p black, 4 p violet, 6 p blue, 9 p lilac, 1 Sh brown and 2 Sh red.
In the above design I have seen: 1 p, 2 p, 3 p, 4 p, 5 p, 6 p, 7 p, 8 p, 11 p, 1 Sh and 2 Sh (all in the colour red).
I have also seen some stamp similar to the above ones, with inscription 'S.A.RAILWAYS PARCEL' with the value in cents. I have seen the following values: 1 c, 2 c, 4 c, 5 c, 7 c, 8 c, 20 c, 30 c, 40 c, 50 c, 60 c and $1.
(Value in circle, image of a train below)
This stamp was issued somewhere around 1905; I have seen the following values 1 p orange, 3 p blue, 6 p blue, 9 p green, 1 Sh 3 p brown, 2 Sh 6 p lilac and 2 Sh 6 p violet.
I've seen similar stamps issued in 1879.
(I've also a 2 p blue in the same design)
Besides the 3 p green shown above, I have also seen the following values: 1 p violet, 2 p green, 6 p red, 7 p brown, 8 p red on yellow, 9 p red, 10 p green and 11 p red on yellow. I've also seen a red '10d' overprint on a 10 p green stamp. It seems that the townnames are printed in the lower part of the stamp.
In this design I have seen the following values: 1/2 p black on violet, 1 p black on grey, 3 p black on blue, 6 p black on lilac, 8 p black on red, 9 p black on lilac, 10 p black on grey, 1 Sh black on yellow and 2 Sh black.
(1 1/2 p green)
The Silverton Tramways were established in 1886. They seem to have issued stamps upto 1966(?). I don't have any other information concerning this stamp.
I have also seen similar stamps with 'CO LTD' instead of 'LIMITED' in the lower part of the stamp; in the values 1 p red and 6 p blue.
(1 p black on lilac, issued 1918)
This company also issued stamps in 1920 with 'Pty' printed before the word 'LIMITED' (see next picture). I have seen the values 1 p black on yellow, 4 p black on violet and 6 p black on red.
There are two catalogs concerning the railway stamps of Australia written by Craig & Ingles; one for Tasmania and the other for the balance of the States. An even better catalog is the one by Dave Elsmore for Queensland (information obtained thanks to Bill Weinberger). I haven't seen these books myself.