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Territorial evolution of Australia
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Postal History

  • Initially each one of the Australian states issued their own postage stamps -

  • Control of the post was passed to the Federal Government on 1 March 1901.

  • First Australian national Postage Due stamps were issued on 1 July 1902.

  • Issues of the various states were valid for use in all other states till 13 October 1910.

  • Postal rates for Australia were standardised from 1 May 1911.

  • First Commonwealth of Australian postage stamps were issued on 2 January 1913.

  • Philatelic Societies for Collectors of Australian Postage Stamps and Postal History

    Australia 10/- ten shilling grey and pink stamp SG 14 Australian Philatelic Society (AUSTRALIA)

    Society of Australasian Specialists/Oceania (AUSTRALIA)
    The Society of Australasian Specialists was founded in July 1936 by a small group of collectors interested in Australasian philately. In 1965, the American Society of Australian Philatelists, later to become Oceania, Inc. was established for the same purpose as the older SAS. In 1978, the two Societies consolidated to better serve the members of both organizations. Today, the Society has many members, not only in the United States and Canada, but also in New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, and a few other countries.

    Western Australia Study Group (AUSTRALIA)
    The WASG was founded in 1974 to promote the collection and study of all aspects of the philately of Western Australia. Postal history started in 1826 with the settlement at King George Sound as an outpost of New South Wales. The Swan River Colony was founded in 1829 and its first adhesive postage stamps appeared in 1854 followed by postal stationery in 1879.

    Australian Philatelic Federation (AUSTRALIA)

    Australian Airmail Society (AUSTRALIA)
    Meetings 1st Wednesday of each month 7:45pm at SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Court, Adelaide
    Contact P.O. Box 395, Edwardstown, SA 5039

    The Postal Stationery Society of Australia

    Postal Stationery and Postal History Society of Australia Incorporated
    The society was formed to cater for collectors who are interested in aspects of philately other than the study of postage stamps alone. Its members are interested in postal stationery, postal history and the exploration of the new areas associated with postal stationery and postal history including postmarks, airmails, military mail, Cinderella’s, literature etc

    British Society of Australian Philately (UK)

    The Perfin Club of New Zealand and Australia
    The Club was formed in 1987 and currently has about 150 members. Members' interests include the Official and private perfins of Australia and New Zealand. The Club has produced two publications: "Australian Official Perfins", by David Andersen (2007) and "Handbook of Australian Private Perfins", by John Mathews (2003)

    New Issues

    Australia Five Shilling of Australian Postage Stamps

    Australia Post
    This site has special section for young collectors, a gallery of new issues of postage stamps and details of post office operations including rate information

    Australia Stamp Agency in North America

    Selected philatelic pages for collectors of Australian Postage Stamps and Australian Postal History

    Postage Stamps and Postal History of Australia
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The 1913 Kangaroo and Map Stamps—A Controversial ‘Advertisement for Australia’
    by Richard Breckon, Gibbons Stamp Monthly June 2005
    The Kangaroo and Map stamps were the first uniform stamps issued in Australia following Federation in 1901. Background events leading to the issue of these politically-charged stamps

    Arthur Gray Kangaroos sell for $A7,158,974.00
    by Glen Stephens
    The two day auction of Australian "Kangaroo" stamps by Shreves of New York in February 2007 set several world price records. Glen Stephens flew from Australia to New York to cover the sale. This general overview attempts to give a "personal feel" for the occasion from a first-hand point of view.

    Kangaroo and Map Stamps 1913 – 1950

    Australia £2 Specimen Australian 1932 Postal Stamp Forgeries
    by Alan Sparks
    Many forgeries of Australia’s rare stamps exist and this forging is still going on. In 1932 two of Australia’s stamps were forged with the intention to defraud the Australian Post Office.

    Australian Postal History & Social Philately
    by Maurice Mishkel

    Australian Commonwealth Official CTO stamps
    from - Postage Stamp Chat Board & Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

    Australian Decimal FDC Guide
    by David Edwards
    An illustrated guide to Australian Decimal First Day Covers. This site aims to be a database of every FDC issued by Australia Post and private cover maker since decimal currency was introduced.

    Australian Paper Types - A Research Paper
    from - Postage Stamp Chat Board & Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

    Australian Stamp Booklets
    by Stephen R. Irwin
    Before Federation, New South Wales was the only state that had experimented with a stamp booklet which contained twelve 1d stamps on sale at 1/0½d. The Commonwealth of Australia first issued stamp booklets in 1904, these contained stamps from the different State.

    Australian Stamps designed by Czeslaw Slania
    by Ann Mette Heindorff

    Bass Strait Mails from Federation to WWII
    Ken Sparks

    Lord Howe Island "Paquebot"
    by Glen Stephens

    Official Airmails of Australia
    Ken Sparks

    Predecimal stamps of Australia
    by Mike Andrew

    Thursday Island Covers
    by Garry Law

    World Jamboree Stamps - Australia 1988

    Late Fee Cancels of Australia
    by L J Tyler
    First published in Australian Stamp Monthly, August 1963.

    More Than One
    by Stephen D. Schumann
    Multiple die postal stationery of the Commonwealth of Australia

    Postal Mechanisation in Australia
    Ken Sparks

    Australia and New Zealand Revenue and Railway Free Stamp Catalogue

    Australian Revenue and Railway Parcel stamps
    by Dave Elsmore
    Perfin Display at Sydney Stamp Expo 2007

    Books on Australian Postage Stamps & Australia Postal History

    Australia New Zealand UK mails to 1880; Rates Routes and Ships Out and Home
    by Colin Tabeart, self-published, 2004, 421pp, ISBN 0-9548407-0-4
    Comprehensive postal history of packet mail between these three countries. Details all of the outbound and homebound sailing of vessels in the 1860’s-70’s. Departure, arrival dates, maps and illustrations are included.

    Australian Antarctic Postal History 1911-1965
    by Roy M Milner, 1975, (also 1980 and 1986 printings)

    Australian Commercial Perfins discovered since March 1992
    by John Mathews, self-published, February 2001, 123pp
    Available from the author - John Mathews, 21 McConnel Cres., Kambah ACT 2902 Australia.
    Email for more information to

    Aerogrammes of Australia and its Dependencies 1944-1980,
    by Robert C Stein, 188pp, 1985

    Commercial Perfins of Australia
    by John Grant & John Mathews, 1992, 294pp

    The External Air Mails of Australia
    by H C Baldwin, published by Francis J Field, 1966The Early Commonwealth Period and the Kangaroo and Map Series
    published by the Australian Post Office, 1968

    The First Postage Stamps of the Commonwealth of Australia 1901–1912
    by Max Hooper, 1995, 56pp
    This work covers the neglected period of Australian philately during which stamps in the ‘Colonial’ designs were issued by the Federal Government. These, and not the ‘Kangaroo and Map’ stamps are the first of the Commonwealth. A highly detailed study that contains much information unavailable elsewhere.

    Kangaroos the last Victorian Issue
    by G N Kellow, published by Richard C Peck, 1985, 141pp, ISBN 0949177032
    Comprehensive monograph on the "Kangaroo on Map" stamps of Australia. Covers in detail the designs, proofs, dies, printing techniques, production of the stamps, use for postal stationery and full details of quantities produced from the records of the Reserve Bank of Australia

    The Postal History of the Australian Army during World War II
    by P Collas, pub Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria, 1986, 255pp

    The Postal History of Internees and Prisoners Of War In Australia During World War II.
    by P Collas, pub The Royal Philatelic Society Of Victoria, 1982, 82pp

    Postmarks of the Australian Forces from all Fronts 1939-1953
    by Stephenson Stobbs, published by Harry Hayes, 1976

    The Recess Imprints of John Ash
    by Brian Pope, published by Fagott Press, 1975

    Some Early Australian Commonwealth Postage Stamp Essays
    by Jack Cato, published by Review Pub, 1963

    Australian Postage Stamps
    by P Collas, published by The Jacaranda Press, 1965, 110pp
    General background information on the issue of the Australian Colonies and of the Commonwealth of Australia with chapters on postmarks, air mails, postal stationery and philately in Australia etc.

    Private Local Posts in Australia and the postage stamps they issued


    The Australasian New Hebrides Co had headquarters in Sydney and was subsidised by the governments of Victoria and New South Wales. They carried mail privately to the islands of the New Henrides and amongst the islands. The company traded between 1887 and 1899. Two stamps were produced in 1897. The islands called at were Anietyum, Aniwa, Aoba, Aurora, Epi, Erromanga, Futuna, Mai, Nguna, Petecost, Tongariki, Tonga, Sandwich and Vannaleva.

    Australasian New Hebrides Co
    by Bonnie & Roger Riga

    Australasian New Hebrides Company
    by Maurice Mishkel

    New Hebrides - 1897 - Private Local Post - Australasian New Hebrides Company - Interisland Postage
    by Roland Klinger

    The Australasian New Hebrides Company
    by Volker Kleiner


    Imperf stamps issued in 1854 inscribed "Forwarded by Burdell & Co's British & Australian Express. For forwarding and delivering Gold Dust, Specie, Bankers, and other valuable Packages and Merchandise to Geelong, Sydney, Adelaide, Launceston, the Diggings, and England, Ireland and Scotland." Very few copies of this stamp are known to exist today.

    Burdell & Co.´s Express
    by Volker Kleiner


    Stamps, inscribed City Express Messenger Co Ltd Despatch Stamp, were not sold but were affixed to parcels or messages after the fee had been paid.

    Boyd's City Express Messenger Co Pty Ltd

    City Express Messenger Co. Ltd
    by Volker Kleiner


    The Coolgardie Cycle Express was organised by James A Healey in 1893 following the discovery of gold in Coolgardie. The service was closed in December 1896 when the government post was established.

    Coolgardie Cycle Express Co history

    Coolgardie Cycle Express
    by Volker Kleiner


    Stamps inscribed Nouvelles Hébrides Syndicat Français Poste Locale

    New Hebrides - 1903 - Private Local Post - Syndicat Français des Nouvelles Hébrides - Interisland Postage Stamps
    by Roland Klinger


    Localpost Kermadecs Island
    by Volker Kleiner


    A service was started in February 1897 to carry letters from Lake Lefroy to Coolgardie and was closed with the opening of an official service in June 1897. A total of 1, 000 stamps were printed with a face value of 6d, less than 50 copies of this stamp have survived. The stamps are inscribed Lake Lefroy Goldfield Cycle Mail Western Australia.

    Lake Lefroy
    by Volker Kleiner


    Stamps inscribed "Murray S N Co / Victoria / N S Wales" were issued in 1872. Stamps issued were a ½d black, 1d red, 2d blue and 3d green. These stamps were used on mail carried by McCullock's steamers on the River Murry.

    6d stamps were also produced inscibed "W McCullock & Co Limited / Parcels Express"

    Australia Murray Steam Navigation Co
    by Volker Kleiner

    Philatelic Libraries

    Philatelic Association of New South Wales inc
    Philatelic Society of Canberra Library
    Ian McMahon, Librarian
    G.P.O. Box 1840, Canberra, ACT 2801, Australia

    Philatelic Society of South Australia Library
    Ray Price, Librarian
    P.O. Box 1937, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia

    Queensland Philatelic Council inc
    Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria Library
    Russell Turner, Librarian
    General P.O. Box 2071, Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia

    Public Libraries

    Australian War Memorial Research Centre

    Image of an Australian Stamp recently sold at auction.

    Magazines / Journals

    Australia Stamp News, Macquerie Publications Pty Ltd
    51-59 Wheelers Lane, Dubbo, NSW 2830, Australia

    Philately from Australia, Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria Inc,
    Box 2071, GPO Melborune, Victoria 3001, Australia