South Australia Stamps and South Australia Postal History
South Australia was originally part of New South Wales. In December 1836 it was declared a British Colony and the first postmaster was appointed in Adelaide.
One unusual feature was that the inland mail was carried by the Mounted Police at that time. Further post offices were opened in Port Adelaide, Port Lincoln,
Willunga and Encounter Bay. By 1840 there were a total of six post office and by 1860 the figure had increased to 146 post offices.
In 1840 a total of 41,000 letter and 50,000 newspapers were mailed; by 1860 these figures had increased to 1,360,000 letters and 1,000,000 newspapers.
First Stamps were issued in 1855, the 2d on 1 January 1855 while the 2d and 6d were issued on 26 October 1855. South Australia became self-governing in 1856.
In 1891 South Australia joined the UPU.
Control of the South Australia State post office was passed to the Australian Federal Government on 1 March 1901 and the stamps of each the various states
became valid for use in all other states. Stamps inscribed South Australia continued to be issued until the stamps of the Commonwealth of Australia were
issued on 2 January 1913. The stamps of South Australia continued to be valid for use in Australia until decimal currency was introduced in 1966.
Apart from stamps South Australia also had postal stationery. Postcards from 1877, newspaper wrappers from 1882, envelopes and registered envelopes from 1911.
History of South Australia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The first recorded European sighting of the South Australian coast was in 1627 when the Dutch ship 't Gulden Zeepaerdt (The Golden Seahorse), skippered by
François Thijssen, examined the coastline. South Australia was next visited by Europeans in 1792 by the French explorer
Philatelic Societies for Collectors of South Australia Stamps and South Australia Postal History
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.
Australian Airmail Society (AUSTRALIA)
Meetings 1st Wednesday of each month 7:45pm at SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Court, Adelaide
Contact address: PO Box 395, Edwardstown, SA 5039
The Postal Stationery Society of Australia The Postal Stationery Society of Australia seeks to encourage the collecting of postal stationery in Australia
and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and discussion on postal stationery.
British Society of Australian Philately (UK) The Society was founded in 1933 as a correspondence Society. It was re-formed as a traditional Society in 1946 and named
"The Australian Commonwealth Specialists Society of Great Britain" holding regular meetings in London.
In 1970 a new constitution was adopted and the name was changed to "The British Society of Australian Philately".
It embraces collectors of all periods of Australia, from the Colonies to the present day.
The Perfin Club of New Zealand and Australia (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 of all periods.
Selected Pages on South Australia Stamps and South Australia Postal History
The Post, Telegraph and Telephone Offices of South Australia and the Northern Territory
by Martin Walker, 2004
BOOK REVIEW by John Lancaster
Postage and Revenue Long Stamps of South Australia
by Ed Williams, 2003
The Postage Stamps of South Australia: a handbook and reference list
Compiled by an expert committee comprising F C Krichauff et al, edited by N R James et al, The Philatelic Society of South Australia, 1949, 128pp
A Priced Listing of the Departmental Stamps of South Australia
by A D Presgrave, Self published 1995, ISBN 0 9577835 0
Revenue Stamps of South Australia
by William D Craig, A D Presgrave and Martin J Walker, Revenue & Railstamp Publications, 1993, 21pp, ISBN 0959566023
South Australia: with notes and publishers' prices
by Francis H Napier and F Gordon Smith, 1894, Stanley Gibbons, 35pp