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Note: on my website many of the pictures can not be seen! They are of course present in the cd's;
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In 1903 some postage stamps of that time, obtained perfin 'OS' to be used as official stamps, examples:
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
|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||***||*|
Several persons issued stamps to be used for their own local mail services. All these stamps are very rare.
I have no pictures from this company. Stamps should have been issued, but they must be rare. If anybody has pictures, please contact me.
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.
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.
I've seen the following values:
6 p lilac (black inscription 'REGISTERED D')
6 p green (lilac inscription 'REGISTERED C')
6 p red (blue inscription 'REGISTERED B')
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.
This company is listed under Australia by me (see there).