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1849 Sydney Views

Note the special cancellation 2 p blue 3 p green

  1 p red
  2 p blue
  3 p green

For the specialist, 2 plates exist of the 1 p, 5 plates of the 2 p:

Plate 1
Plate 1 and 2 of the 1 p, first picture reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

Plate 1 Plate 2 Plate 3 Plate 5
Plates of the 2 p, plate 1 and 2 reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
1 p Plate 1 No clouds
 Plate 2With clouds (except for one position, which still doesn't have any clouds)
2 pPlate 1Background with vertical wavy lines, next to fan shading in circle
 Plate 2Background with horizontal wavy lines, date on the bale at the left
 Plate 3Background with horizontal wavy lines, no date, bale with single lines
 Plate 4As plate 3, but bale with double lines
 Plate 5As plate 3, with pearl in the fan


Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare


(A so-called butterfly cancel used in Victoria)

(Barred oval cancel used in Sydney only?)

3 p green
(Barred numeral cancel)

I don't have much information about the barred numeral cancels. I only know that the following numbers correspond to the towns:
2: Parramatta
7: Penrith
9: Bathurst
12: Cowra
16: Wellington
24: Dapto
29: Broulee
34: Bugonia
43: Gunning
46: Gundagai
49: Wagga-Wagga
58: Clarence Town
62: Morpeth
64: West Maitland
66: Singleton
82: Armidale
84: Tenterfield
93: Boyd
96: Maryborough




This is the first forgery described in Album Weeds; there is a line through the word 'CAMB'. The fan at the bottom of the circle has a six segment ornament at its base which is quite different from the genuine stamps. There are other differences. I've been told that this forgery was made by Jeffreys, but I'm not sure if this information is correct

Third forgery of the 2 p of Album Weeds:

In this forgery a city is shown in the central circle, which has absolutely no resemblance to the genuine stamp. Furthermore the inscription reads ' SIECILLUM NOV. CAMB. AUSTR.' instead of 'SIGILLUM. NOV. CAMB. AUST.' The value inscription is in colour on a white background instead of in white on a coloured background. I have seen this forgery with many different cancels; 'CORRE....' ('CORREOS'?) in a circle and mute cancels in black or red.

(Another forgery)

(Probably made by the same forger, compare the weird cancel on the first stamp and the 2 p forgery above!)

(And more forgeries)

(A lithographed forgery)

Jeffreys made forgeries of at least the 1 p (plate 1).

(Jeffreys forgeries with '49' cancel of Wagga-Wagga)

The Jeffreys forgeries are engraved and dangerous, but they do not show the plating characteristics. According to 'Philatelic Forgers, their Lives and Works' by Varro E. Tyler they exist either cancelled with the Sydney barred cancellation or the numeral cancels '43', '12', '24', '29', '34', '49', '62', '64', '84', '93' or uncancelled. But I have also seen them with the cancels '38' and '92':

(Jeffreys forgeries)

(London Exhibition Sheet)

In 1950 a souvenir sheet was issued in London for 'The London International Stamp Exhibtion'; On this souvenir sheet there is a 1 Sh Nova Scotia 1852 violet stamp, a Penny Black, a New South Wales 1 p red 1850, a Ceylon 4 p 1859 and a 4 p Cape triangle of 1853, it was reproduced by the collotype process and printed by Waterlow & Sons. I have seen all the cuts from this sheet offered as forgeries.


1851 Queen Victoria, laureated

Genuine Genuine6 p brown, forgery? Reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image obtained with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com

  1 p red
  2 p blue (2 types)
  3 p green
  6 p brown
  8 p yellow

For the specialist, there are many different types of these stamps. The values 1 p, 2 p and 3 p also exist with watermark ('1' for the 1 p, '2' for the 2 p and '3' for the 3 p):

Genuine Image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com
(Two types of the 2 p, crosses or stars in the corners)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
No watermark
2 p RRRRCrosses in four corners
2 pRRRRRStars in four corners
With watermark
2 pRRRR 



(a Barred Numeral '87' cancel used in Queensland in the Moreton Bay district)


The 2 p, 5 p and 8 p were unofficially reprinted with stolen plates. The next stamp could be such a reprint:

Is this an official reprint?:

I've heard of so-called 'Van Dyck' reprints. I have no further information about these reprints. If anybody has information please contact me!


I'm not 100 % sure that all the stamps shown above are genuine! Jeffreys and Panelli are known to have made forgeries of these stamps. The forger Takuma made a forgery of the 3 p with '2' Error of watermark.

Examples of forgeries:


(Forgery in the wrong colour 8 p blue!)

(Probably a Jeffreys forgery)

Jeffreys forgery

I've been told that the next stamps are also forgeries, I have no further information:

The following forgeries of the 1 p have a white line all the way above the word 'POSTAGE'. The genuine stamps don't have a line that goes all the way through. The 2 p below seems to have been made by the same forger, a genuine 2 p also should have some wavy lines at the inner side of the words 'NEW' and 'WALES'. Also note the very strange white shape of the hair at the backside of the head of the Queen:

Other forgery:

(I"ve been told that this forgery even has a watermark)


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