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Some stamps of Western Australia were perforated with "OS" (on service) or "WA" (Western Australia) to serve as official stamps from 1903 onwards, example:
The following stamps are government consulate stamps issued from 1854-85. The hole was put in the stamps before they were supplied to the government consul to stop them being used illegally. There are both large and small holes punched. They are all postally used by the counsul office.
I have also seen this void-cancel on later issues.
In this cancel there are some vertical lines besides the number.
(Red and black '14' Albany cancel)
This cancel consists of 15 bars with a empty space in the center, where the numeral is placed, examples:
('1' in blue and '6')
('3' and '8': Fremantle cancel)
Some numeral cancels and their corresponding
1: Perth (later Daylerking)
3: Perth (later Ashburton and Onslow)
4: ? rare
7: Minninup (later at Capel); rare
9: Not attributed to any town?
10: Geejelup (later at Bridgetown)
2: Perth (later used at Kelmscott)
5: Gascoyne (later at Carnarvon)
8: Lower Blackwood (later at Nannup)
9: Lower Blackwood
10: Not attributed to a single town?
11: Not attributed to a single town?
12: Not attributed to a single town?
15: Not attributed to a single town?
18: Not attributed to a single town?
19: Preston (later at Donnybrook)
21: Moojebup (later at Kattaning)
22: Not attributed to a single town?
23: Williams River
25: Lockeville (later at Wonnerup)
26: Victoria Plains (later at New Norcia)
32: Sharks Bay
34: Not attributed to a single town? (rare)
"A" Albany and "B" Bunbury
"F" cancel, (two types, one reduced size) and "K.G.S." cancel
"G.P.O." cancels, different types, and "GPOD"
"F": Fremantle, also with a very small "F." in a small circle surrounded by bars.
"G": Guildford or Geraldton?
"G.P.O": General Post Office Perth
"K.G.S.": King George Sound
I've seen other letters as well 'D', 'GT', 'PO'.
Two crown cancels, one with "REGISTERED"(?) and another with "PAID".
Lake Lefroy, Goldfield, Cycle Mail; this stamp was printed to be used in mining settlements. It was issued by Hillier and Maskell and ran between Lake Lefroy, Coolgardie and Kalgoorie (from February to June 1897).
(Lake Lefroy Goldfiled, Cycle Mail, Western Australia)
This stamp seems to be described in the book 'Cinderella stamps of Australasia, first edition'. However I have not seen this book personally. Only 43 stamps have survived of the 1000 printed. Forgeries of this stamp exist.
An imperforate reprint was made in 1984, it has "FACSIMILE 1984" printed in two lines at the back.
(Genuine 1 Sh blue and 2 Sh 6 p blue? reduced sizes)
1 Sh blue 2 Sh 6 p blue
(Probably a forgery)
I have seen reproductions made in 1994, this could very well be one of those.
6 p green and brown 2 Sh yellow and brown 5 Sh lilac and brown
These stamps are described in the book 'Cinderella stamps of Australasia, first edition'.
I have seen a reprint sheet with the values 6 p green and brown, 2 Sh yellow and brown and 5 Sh violet and brown (all imperforate) made by the Philatelic Society of Western Australia:
I've seen a 5 Sh commemorative stamp with inscription '1893-1993' instead of 'FIVE SHILLINGS' and an additional text 'Kalgoorlie-Boulder Centenary' at the bottom.
Fiscal stamps, swan, inscription "DUTY STAMP":
(Reduced sized images)
I've seen the following values: 1 p red, 1 p red and black, 2 p blue and black, 3 p violet and black, 6 p yellow and black, 1 Sh green and black, 2 Sh red and black, 1 Pound 10 Sh brown and black (30 Sh), 5 Pounds lilac and black. Many more values exist, they were issued from 1904 to 1930.
Other revenue stamp, inscription 'INTERNAL REVENUE', swan:
The above fiscal stamp was issued in 1881. The
values 1 p, 2 p, 3 p, 6 p, 1 Sh , 2 Sh 6 p, 3 Sh, 5 Sh, 7 Sh 6 p,
10 Sh and 15 Sh exist (all in the same colour: lilac, in the
Shilling values the swan is surrounded by a circle) were issued.
Als 1 Pound, 1 Pound 10 Sh in lying format.
I've seen reprints of these stamps in blocks of four containing one stamp of the values 1 Sh, 2 Sh 6 p, 3 Sh and 5 Sh. These blocks are imperforate or perforated around the outer border of the block of four only. They were apparently made in 1979 since "REPRINT 1979" is printed at the back. I've also seen them in a block of four values with perforation all around and "WAPEX '79" pasted on a minisheet.
10 Pounds, reduced sized image
At the same time, the above design was issued for the higher values of 1 Pound, 1.10 Pounds, 5 Pounds, 10 Pounds, 25 Pounds, 50 Pounds and 100 Pounds (all in the colour lilac).
They also exist with overprint "SUPREME COURT." or "PROBATE DUTY":
Fees, Supreme Court:
More values in the above design exist, ranging
from 1 p to 100 Pounds, they were issued from 1907 to 1922. I've
seen the values: 1 p, 3 p, 6 p, 1 Sh, 2 Sh, 5 Sh, 10 Sh, 15 Sh,
1Pound, 1 Pound 10 Sh and 100 Pounds (all in red colour).
A slightly different design exist (with "PROBATE" instead of "FEES") also ranging from 1 p to 100 Pounds. I've seen the values: 1 p, 3 p, 6 p, 1 Sh, 3 Sh, 5 Sh, 10 Sh, 15 Sh and 1 Pound all in green colour. I've also seen: 5 Pounds orange, 10 Pounds violet, 25 Pounds blue and 50 Pounds black.
"FINANCIAL EMERGENCY TAX"; issued in 1932 (14 values); I've also seen 1 p blue, 3 p orange, 4 p red, 6 p grey, 1 Sh green, 2 Sh brown, 5 Sh blue, 10 Sh brown.
1881: "I R" and bar(s) in green on 1 p yellow. Also a same overprint on a 2 p orange stamp.
("I. R." and value overprint, I've also seen "I. R. THREE PENCE")
1882 These fiscal stamps in the values 1 p on 3 p, 2 p on 3 p, 3 p on 3 p, 6 p on 3 p, 1 Sh on 3 p and 3 Sh on 3 p seem to have been used occasionally for postal usage (all these stamps have the colour lilac). Other values are 1 Pound 10 Sh and 10 Pounds
"REVENUE DUTY W.A." with image of a swan. Issued in 1941.
1966, inscription "W.A. REVENUE DUTY", various designs with animals.
Some large 'Beer Duty' stamps were issued from 1901 to 1906. They are quite rare.
1 p brown 6 p violet
The cancel is a straight line with "C.L. MOORHOUSE & Co." (note that Moorhouse is spelt differently). For more Australia Parcel stamps, click here.