Return To Catalogue - South Australia - Australia - Railway stamps
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Some stamps were perforated with 'S.A.' or 'O.S.' to serve as official stamps, examples:
('OS' and 'SA' perfin)
49 of the 54 departments of the government of South Australia used overprinted stamps with the letters of the department in red, black or blue in order to prevent misuse of these stamps. All these stamps are quite rare, and forgeries of the overprints exist.
The following letters exist:
'A.' (Architect), 'A.G.' (Attorney General), 'A.O.' (Audit Office), 'B.D.' (Barracks Department), 'B.G.' (Botanical Gardens), 'B.M.' (Bench of Magistrates), 'C.' (Customs), 'C.D.' (Convict Department), 'C.L.' (Crown Lands), 'C.O.' (Commissariat Officer), 'C.S.' (Chief Secretary), 'C.Sgn.' (Colonial Surgeon), 'C.P.' (Commissioner of Police), 'C.T.' (Commissioner of Titles), 'D.B.' (Destitute Board), 'D.R.' (Deeds Registration), 'E.' (Engineer), 'E.B.' (Education Board), 'G.F.' (Gold Fields), 'G.P.' (Government Printer), 'G.S.' (Government Storekeeper), 'G.T.' (Goalwa Tramway), 'H.' (Hospital), 'H.A.' (House of Assembly), 'I.A.' (Immigration Agent), ' I.E.' (Intestate Estats), 'I.S.' (Inspector of Sheep), 'L.A.' (Lunatic Asylum), ' L.C.' (Legislative Council), 'L.L.' (Legislative Librarian), 'L.T.' (Land Titles), 'M.' (Military)', 'M.B.' (Marine Board), 'M.R.' (Manager of Railways), 'M.R.G.' (Main Roads, Gambierton), 'N.T.' (Northern Territory), 'O.A.' (Official Assignee), 'P.' (Police), 'P.A.' (Protector of Aborigines), 'P.O.' (Post Office), 'P.S.' (Private Secretary), 'P.W.' (Public Works), 'R.B.' (Road Board), 'R.G.' (Registrar General), 'S.' (Sheriff), 'S.C.' (Supreme Court), 'S.G.' (Surveyor General), 'S.M.' (Stipendiary Magistrats), 'S.T.' (superintendant of Telegraph), 'T.' (Treasure), 'T.R.' (Titles Registration), 'V.' (Volunteers), 'V.A.' (Valuator Auctioneer), 'V.M' (Vaccinations) and 'W.' (Waterworks).
(Cut of this postcard)
1 p violet and green 1 p brown (1904) 6 p brown and green 1 Sh red and green 2 Sh light green and green 2 Sh 6 p blue and green 2 Sh 6 p violet and green (1904) 5 Sh brown and green 10 Sh orange and green 10 Sh brown and green (1904) 15 Sh lilac and green 50 Sh green 50 Sh bronze and green (1904) 1 Pound bronze and green 1 Pound brown and green (1904) 5 Pounds silver and green 10 Pounds gold and green Surcharged 2 p on 1 p brown
A new serie was issued in 1916 with text only. Does anybody posess a picture of these stamps? Then please contact me!
There also exist some beer duty fiscal stamps (sorry, no picture available). Many ordinary postage stamps could also be used for fiscal purposes (Postage & Revenue).
Stamps in the above design (with Queen Victoria) could be used for postal and fiscal purposes.
2 Sh 6 p violet 5 Sh red 10 Sh green 15 Sh orange 1 Pound blue 2 Pounds brown 50 Sh red 3 Pounds green 4 Pounds yellow 5 Pounds grey 5 Pounds brown(1896) 10 Pounds brown 15 Pounds grey 20 Pounds lilac
These stamps exist with overprint 'SPECIMEN'. The higher values are almost only used for fiscal purposes.
This company seems to have issued labels from 1895 to 1900 in Adelaide.
Besides the 4 p blue and 6 p red, I have also seen a 6 p blue stamp from this company (design same as the 6 p red).
Example of a parcel stamp of this company from 1890: