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Official stamps

In 1903 some postage stamps of that time, obtained perfin "OS" to be used as official stamps, examples:


(Reduced sizes)


Postage due stamps

1890-1906 Inscription "POSTAGE DUE"

  1/2 p red and blue
  1/2 p green and red
  1 p red and blue
  1 p green and red
  2 p red and blue
  2 p green and red
  4 p red and blue
  4 p green and red
  5 p red and blue
  5 p green and red
  6 p red and blue
  6 p green and red
  10 p red and blue
  10 p green and red
  1 Sh red and blue
  1 Sh green and red
  2 Sh red and blue
  2 Sh green and red
  5 Sh red and blue
  5 Sh green and red

All these stamps are perforated 12 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
Watermark 'V Crown'
1/2 p red and blue * c  
1/2 p green and red c c Two shades of green
1 p red and blue * c  
1 p green and red c c Two shades of green
2 p red and blue * c  
2 p green and red c c Two shades of green
4 p red and blue * *  
4 p green and red * c Two shades of green
5 p red and blue * *  
5 p green and red * * Two shades of green
6 p red and blue * *  
6 p green and red * * Two shades of green
10 p red and blue ** *  
10 p green and red * *  
1 Sh red and blue * *  
1 Sh green and red ** * Two shades of green
2 Sh red and blue *** **  
2 Sh green and red * * Two shades of green
5 Sh red and blue *** **  
5 Sh green and red ** * Two shades of green
Watermark 'Crown A' (1906)
1/2 p green and red c vc  
1 p green and red c c  
2 p green and red * c  
4 p green and red *** *  

Postal Stationary


Shield design for registered letters (1891)


"1 1/2 d" (red) on 2 p (postcard of 1892)


Envelope in the same design as postage stamps, 1/2 p red, also 1/2 p green and 1/2 p orange (all with 'STAMP DUTY').


Postal statonary in the 1 1/2 p postage stamp design


Elliptic design with "STAMP DUTY"; 1 p brown (1890); also exists in 1 p green and 2 p violet (1887). It also exists without "STAMP DUTY": 2 p red (1869) and 1 p green (1881).


Small sized design (as postage stamp); 1/2 p green


Private stamps

 

Several persons issued stamps to be used for their own local mail services. All these stamps are very rare.

Burdell's Express (1854-55)

Stamps were issued, but they must be rare.

The only information about this company I could find was found in an extract from the First Age newspaper, October 17, 1854 (found at http://www.brandis.com.au/):

" BURDELL & CO'S British and Australian Express, 99, Collins Street, opposite the Western Market, for Booking, Forwarding, and Delivering, as addressed, Gold Dust, Specie, Bankers', Solititors', and other valuable Packages, Parcels, and Merchandise, by Steamers, viz,- To Geelong, be every Steamer, in charge of a Special Messanger.
To Sydney, every Saturday, per Steamers London and Governor General, and oftener when desired.
To Launceston. by every Steam Packet. To Adelaide, by every Steam Packet.
To Ballarat daily, by Drays in Winter and Coach in Summer.To England, Ireland and Scotland by every Mail Steamer, and by quickest Clippers when necessary.
The value of all packages are covered by Insurance when desired, and are delivered by our agents immediately on arrival. Larger packages will be called for by our drays which run regularly to each Steamer. Principal Offices - Melbourne, 99 Great Collins Street, opposite the Western Market.
Geelong, Moorabool Street, Sydney, George Street, Mr Robert Campbell, Manager.
Launceston Steam Packet Wharf, Messrs. Williams and Gladman, Managers.
Adelaide, Norwich Arms, Flinders Street. Mr. John Williams, Manager.
Ballarat, Gravel Pits. E. Crossman, American Tentmaker, manager.
England, Ireland, and Scotland, Peel, Brothers, and Co., Liverpool, and Pickford and Co.
Money orders and drafts for all sums from 5 pounds upwards, payable by the Provincial bank of Ireland, the National bank of Scotland, or any of their branches, or in London.

According to http://www.ozrevenues.com/Revenue-Railway-Local-Perfin-Catalogue/locals.htm, four types of these stamps exist:
Type I: 'S' of 'BRITISH' under left side of 'D' in 'BURDELL'. Broken 'g' in 'Packages'.
Type II: 'S' of 'BRITISH' under right side of 'D' in 'BURDELL'.
Type III: Smaller capital 'A' in 'Adelaide'. 'Du' and 'st' of 'Dust' are not aligned.
Type IV: Comma after Ireland.

 

Murray Steam Navigation Co. (1864)

The text on these stamps reads: "VICTORIA MURRAY S.N.Co. N.S.WALES". A picture of a ship near a beach with palm trees has been chosen as the design for these stamps. I have seen the values 1/2 p black, 1 p red, 2 p blue and 3 p green.

If I'm well informed no more than 24 sets of these stamps are known to exist. According to http://www.ozrevenues.com/Revenue-Railway-Local-Perfin-Catalogue/locals.htm the 1/2 p exists with 'HALF PENNY' or 'HALF PENCE'.

 

McCulloch's Parcel Stamps (1860?-1880)


Reduced size

I've seen the following values:
6 p blue (red inscription 'REGISTERED A')
6 p red (blue inscription 'REGISTERED B')
6 p green (lilac inscription 'REGISTERED C')
6 p lilac (black inscription 'REGISTERED D')

Some other extremely rare labels (possibly unique) of this company (images obtained from www.premierphilately.com/ ) :


(6 p green)

The Adelaide branch of this company was taken over by Combe, Green & Co. For more Australia Parcel stamps, click here.

 

Boyd's City Messenger Service (1894)

This company is listed under Australia by me (see there).


Cancels

Butterfly cancels

Before the introduction of its own stamps, the stamps of New South Wales were used in Victoria, they can be recognized by the cancels (the 'Butterfly cancels'). Butterfly cancels were used from 1850 to 1851.


(A so-called butterfly cancel no 1 used in Melbourne)

Butterfly cancel '15'
('Butterfly cancels')

The numbers correspond to the following towns:
1: Melbourne
2: Kilmore
3: Seymour
4: Broken River
5: Ovens
6: Campaspie
7: Maiden's Punt
8: Dandenong
9: Flooding Creek/Sale
10: Alberton(?)
11: Mount Macedon
12: Mount Alexander
13: Serpentine Creek
14: Swan Hill(?)
15: Geelong
16: Barwon
17: Lake Colac
18: Timboon
19: The Leigh
20: Elephant Bridge
21: Ballan
22: Bunnenyong
23: Burn Bank
24: Horsham
25: Four Posts Inn
26: Chepstowe
27: Fiery Creek
28: Muston's Creek
29: Port Fairy
30: Warnambool
31: The Grange
32: Portland
33: The Glenelg
34: Border Post (later Melbourne?)
35: Upper Glenelg
36: Lake Wallace
37: Melbourne
38: Warnambool
39: William's Town
40: Gisborne
41: Bacchus Marsh
42: Wimmera(?)
43: Kinlochewe(?)
44: Wordy Yallock(?)
45: Bulla Bulla?
46: Crowlands?
47: Ovens
48: Melbourne
49: Melbourne
50: ?

 

Barred oval cancels

'4' cancel of Carisbrook 1 Sh blue, imperforated
('Barred oval' cancels)

Barred oval cancels were used from 1851 to 1856 (some sources say 1855). The cancel consists of an oval with perpendicular lines to it, followed by a number and 'V' in the center. The number corresponds to a town. The complete list of numbers (1 to 109) and their corresponding towns is (see also http://www.alneum-resources.com/resources/numvictoria.html):

1: Melbourne
2: Geelong
3: William's Town
4: Carisbrook
5: Bendigo Creek (now called Sandhurst?)
6: Barwon (now named Winchelsea?)
7: The Glenelg(?)
8: Bunnenyong
9: Muston's Creek
10: Kilmore
11: Burn Bank
12: Maiden's Punt
13: Pentridge
14: Ovens
15: Warnambool
16: Serpentine Creek
17: Broadford
18: Portland
19: The Grange
20: Elephant Bridge
21: Fiery Creek
22: ?
23: ?
24: Ballarat
25: Lake Colac
26: Border Post (Lindsay)
27: ?
28: Mount Macedon
29: ?
30: Alberton
31: ?
32: Chepstowe
33: ?
34: Horsham
35: Bulla Bulla
36: Bacchus Marsh
37: Forrest Creek
38: Kinlochewe
39: ?
40: Mount Sturgeon
41: ?
42: Gisborne
43: Fryer's Creek
44: Flooding Creek
45: ?
46: Seymour
47: ?
48: The Leigh
49: Upper Glenelg
50: Port Fairy
51: Sandridge?
52: Hardy's Inn
53: Brighton
54: Collingwood
55: Spring Crrek
56: Elephant Bridge?
57: Cavendish
58: Crowlands
59: Prahran
60: St.Kilda
61: Richmond?
62: Shorland's Bluff
63: Ballan
64: McIvor
65: Plenty
66: Janefield
67: Hawthorne
68: Eltham
69: Warringal
70: Waranga
71: Brunswick?
72: Elphinstone
73: Flemington?
74: Euroa
75: Woodford?
76: Campbellfield?
77: Donnybrook
78: Maldon
79: Fryer's Creek
80: Keilor
81: Wedderburn?
82: Hepburn
83: Yowen Hill
84: ?
85: Tarraville
86: ?
87: ?
88: Creswick's Creek
89: Smyth's Creek
90: ?
91: ?
92: Duneed
93: ?
94: Avoca
95: South Yarra?
96: Carlsruhe?
97: Coleraine
98: Meredith
99: Malmsbury
100: Kangaroo Ground
101: Maryborough
102: Bellarine
103: Hopwood's Punt
104: Broadmeadows
105: Murchison?
106: Longwood?
107: Mount Blackwood
108: Fiery Creek
109: Balmoral
110: ?


Forged barred oval cancel on forged stamp made by Oneglia.

 

Barred Numeral cancels

Barred numeral cancels were introduced in 1856 and replaced the barred oval cancels.

1 p green 4 p red 4 p red

This type of cancel was used from 1856 to 1906. The numbers '1' to '2100' were used. There appears not to have been a consistent type for each number. Some numbers even exist in several sub-types. Also duplex cancels exist (numeral on the right with round circular town cancel attached to the left).

Some examples of numbers and their corresponding towns (mainly the numbers I've seen personally):
1: Melbourne
1W: Melbourne, Market Street ('W' below '1')
2: Geelong (I've seen a framed duplex cancel)
3: Castlemaine
13: Apsley (duplex cancel)
19: Brighton (unframed duplex cancel)
23: Bunnenyong
32: Coleraine (unframed duplex cancel)
46: Hamilton (at least two types of duplex cancels)
51: Horsham (unframed duplex cancel)
57: Kyneton (unframed duplex cancel)
61: Maryborough
70: Queenscliff (unframed duplex cancel)
71: Richmond (unframed duplex cancel)
93: Ararat (unframed duplex cancel)
95: Ceres
124: Inverleigh
125: Kew (unframed duplex cancel)
136: Eaglehawk (unframed duplex)
153: Linton
156: Mansfield
162: White Hills
173: Daylesford
176: Learmonth
180: Avenel
184: Skipton
185: Brown Hill
193: Koroit
204: Merton
207: Kerang (unframed duplex cancel)
219: Carapooee (several types)
224: Kingston
229: Pyalong
239: Dunolly
243: Violet Town
265: Stawell (unframed duplex cancel)
270: Deep Lead
272: Allansford (several types)
295: Dartmoor
302: Huntley (several types)
309: Corinecha (several types)
315: Redcastle
333: Redbank
338: Wannon (several types)
352: Barkly
355: Warracknabeal
358: Dean
362: Newham
366: Eddington
378: Killarney
384: Jan Juc
407: Bunninyong
417: Donnelly's (several types)


'440' Rochester unframed duplex cancel

440: Rochester (unframed duplex cancel)
461: Hochkirch
468: Newington
500: Winslow (several types)
524: Brighton East
537: North Geelong
542: Kevington (several types)
559: Woorndoo
565: Bulumwaal
566: Pipers Creek
587: Cobden
591: Lawloit
592: Langley
600: Natte Yallock
605: Ulina
638: Glenluce
647: Eurobin
675: Greytown (several types)
684: Percydale
706: Bontherambo
713: Nareen
714: Morwell
717: Dunah (several types)
720: Toolern
734: Selbourne
738: Nirranda
740: Rosebrook (several types)
742: Koloka
744: East Geelong
753: Richmond South
759: Blakeville
779: Lower Buckland
787: Diamond Hill
821: Trunk Lead
830: Corryong
827: Kialla
835: Torrumbarry
837: Denicull Creek
841: Kewell
844: Sebastion
846: Balmattuming
854: Bonang
863: Bobinawarah
865: Mandurang
877: Stradbrook
879: Tatura (unframed duplex cancel)
880: Mitiamo
888: Minyip (several types)
893: Illowa
902: Cohuna
906: Mount Blackwood
940: Gunbower (several types)
954: Yan Yean Rly Stn
972: Laen
983: Yarrawalla


"944" and "M6" (1006) cancel


M4 (1004, the '10' was replaced by 'M' in the following cancels): Lake Mundi
M6 (1006): Hinnoounjie
M19 (1019): Little Hampton
M20 (1020): Lardner
M27 (1027): Catumnal
M28 (1028): Strathdownie
M29 (1029): Vermont
M32 (1032): Wycheproof (several types)
M36 (1036): Barrapoort
M39 (1039): Mokgan
M40 (1040): Congupna Road
M41 (1041): Springmount
1044: Tarrayoukan (did not use the 'M' notation)
M55 (1055): Top Creek
M74 (1074): Tantarboo
M78 (1078): Strathbogie
M80 (1080): Pootilla
M94 (1094): Archdale
M0 (1100): Koroop


1101 (MC1), 1108, 1153 (MC53), 1256 (MCC56) cancels

MC1 (1101): Musk Creek
MC23 (1123): Marnoo
MC33 (1133): Shoreham
MC53 (1153) Woorak
MC85 (1185) Gooramgong
1108: Yielma (several types)
MCC56 Flynn's Creek


MD55 (1555) of Loy Yang

MD13 (1513) Garfield
MD55 (1555) Loy Yang
1599 Carrajung (several types, the type I've seen has '1599')
1671 Caulfield East
1975 Sea Lake
2003: Tallandoon
2018: Curyo
2066: Ecklin South
2087: Dalyston
2100: King Valley

Literature:
H.M. Campbell: Australian Numeral Cancellations: A compendium, Melbourne (1983).
H.H. Freeman, G.T.White: The numeral Cancellations of Victoria'; Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria, Melbourne, 2001 (420 pages).
http://www.alneum-resources.com/resources/numvictoria.html

1 Sh red 4 p typical cancel
Other duplex cancel 'MELBOURNE' in circle and 'VICTORIA' in bars to the right of it.


Travelling post office cancel "UP TRAIN VICTORIA"

Other travelling post office cancels consist of single circle cancels with "T.P.O." followed by a number on top, the date in the center and "VICTORIA" at the bottom.


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