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South Australia Railway Fee Stamps

ISSN 1836-0084

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VR Essays 1885

 

Essay Type I with shading behind loco       Essay Type II after clearing shading

Essay type I with shading matches the art work by M. H. Barrett Government Lithographer

1885 Imperf No Watermark Essay size 49 mm x 64 mm

6d-$2000.00 Original art work by M. H. Barrett

Type I-6d-$1500.00 Black Essay Type I with shading behind loco

Type II-6d[cut down die proof]-$1000.00 Black Essay Type II without shading behind loco

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Essay Type III after clearing shading

Type III-6d-$1000.00 Black Essay size 49 mm x 64 mm

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Essay Type IV further re touching die proof. Finally reduced to Stamp Size for the below paste up

Type IV-6d-$1000.00 Black Essay size 49 mm x 64 mm

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Further Rejected Essays Type V & VI

1885 Imperf No Watermark Essay size 49 mm x 64 mm

Type V-6d-$800.00 Green Brown Essay type III [with micro "S.A. RAILWAYS SIXPENCE"] behind loco

Type VI-6d-$800.00 Black Pink Green Essay type IV [with micro "S.A. RAILWAYS SIXPENCE"] behind loco

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Essay Paste Up

Use of stamp size essay paste up, of photographic litho made up 6 mould [singular]. Enlarged layout shown below, with values pasted on.

Want more detail? click here for Appendix A

1885 Paste up sheet

Sheet-$2000.00

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½d

Imperf 12 mould x 2

½d-$1500.00 Black [proof block 12 x 1]

½d-$70.00 Black [proof single]

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VR Colour Proofs 1885

Accepted Design

1885 Imperf No Watermark NO GUM

Set-Set 8 Imperf proofs [no 4d] in issued colours-$1,000.00

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1885 VR in corners

Official issue date remains unclear, it is thought to be 8.12.1885. The earliest known date on a stamp is 22.1.1886

 

Many shades [postage stamp shades of the day see S.G.] found in this series which ran for over 40 years

Picture courtesy eBay

1885 No Watermark Perf 12 Mint x 3 Official issue date remains unclear, it is thought to be 8.12.1885. The earliest known date on a stamp is 22.1.1886

½d-$10.00 1d-$5.00 2d-$30.00 3d-$15.00 4d-$30.00 6d-$8.00 9d-$40.00 1/--$6.00 2/--$35.00

½d-Imperf-$300.00

6d-Vertically Imperf-$200.00[for horizontal pair]

1d-$200.00 2d-$200.00 6d-$200.00 Imperf Mint, WITH GUM

Perfins from-$150.00ea ½d, 1d, 3d, W.C.R

With Part Papermakers Watermark [Southern Cross] x 2

Railway Station Cancels: [S-A-R at base] from-$50.00-$200.00 Adelaide [Adelaide is common in black or blue-$10ea], Burra, Gawler, Goolwa, Kapunda, Kingston, Lower Mitcham, Morgan, Mount Barker, Orroroo, Petersburg, Port Adelaide, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Quorn, Saddleworth, Strathalbyn, Terowie. Initially only 13 stations were issued with a "defacing die with moveable type date"

Post Office Cancels 'Square Circle' [S-A at base]: from-$300.00 Aldgate, Callington, Caltowie, Eurelia, Hoyleton, Lower Mitcham, Mount Bryan, Mount Hope, Sailsbury, Saints Station, Stockyard Creek, Wolseley

Post Office Unframed: Postal Cancels [S-A at base] from-$450.00 Farrell's Flat

Post Office Framed: Postal Cancels [S-A at base] from-$300.00 Callington

Interstate Railway Cancels: from-$15.00: Spencer Street, Melbourne; Sydney.

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Notes: Conflicting reports in another publication state the issue above was withdrawn on 1.9.1887, after which they could only be used on parcels of newspapers and parcels sent by Government departments [see 1922 issue below], yet in the S.A. Railways Rates & Regulations 1887 viz; No.216 24 11 1887 clearly states a listing of parcel rates including 'Press Parcels' charges at one-fourth of the rates, further bicycles, feathers, furniture, bonnet boxes, straw bonnets, perambulators etc etc are to be charged at 50% above the regular rates. Regular rates of the time e.g. a 7lb parcel from S.A. to N.S.W. was 3/- this was carried over three railway networks each entitled to a cut of the parcel rate, in this case the 3/- was divided up into 7d for S.A. 1/4d for Victoria & 1/1d for N.S.W.

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VR Presentation Set 1888

 

Manuscript ‘Cancelled’ Imperf

Manuscript ‘Cancelled’

c1888 No Watermark on flesh coated paper

½d-2/--complete presentation set-$3000.00.

Singles-$300.00ea

½d-[imperf]-$1200.00

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1890 Cloak Room Ticket

Proof

c1890 No Watermark Imperf Adelaide & Port Adelaide Station

1d[proof]-$150.00 

1d[with serial number left of 'PARCEL']-$80.00 

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1920 VR in corners

Roulette

c1920 No Watermark on flesh coated paper Roulette 7 four values only Mint x 4

½d-$20.00 1d-$4.00 3d-$8.00 6d-$20.00

½d, 1d, 3d, 6d-Perf 12 x Roulette 7-$50.00each

Perfins from-$200.00ea ½d, 1d, 3d, W.C.R

Note: I have seen this roulette recorded as being issued in 1890 [Beer duty revenue stamps of 1894 were perforated 12 yet the 1903 beer duties are rouletted], In another publication the date of issue is 1907 on the strength of a single pen date. Walter Morley's catalogue of "The Revenue Stamps of the British Colonies" 1910 [the most up to date listing of railway stamps of South Australia of it's time] does not list a roulette. The South Australian Government Printer stopped using roulettes to separate postage stamps in 1870 so until further evidence comes to light I will leave it as being issued in 1920. It should be noted the 1927 issue of numerals are roulette 7 separation. If you have any information regarding the issue date of the Rouletted separation can you please let me know.

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1922 GR in corners

Issued from the Adelaide forwarding parcels office 1/12/1922

For the prepayment of newspaper charges and parcels from Government departments only

½d Composite VR GR Proof Sheet

Imperf 12 mould x 2.

Top mould VR in corners

Bottom mould GR in corners

½d-VR $1500.00 Black [proof block 12 x 1]

½d-GR $1500.00 Black [proof block 12 x 1]

½d-$8000.00 Black [Composite proof block 24 - 2 x 12] Believed Unique

2d, 3d, 6d & 1/- Black proof singles reported but unseen by this author-$70.00ea

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The 3 shades of the 2d

  

Shades

1922 No Watermark on flesh coated paper Perf 12 six values issued inscribed GR Mint x 4

½d-$10.00 1d-$5.00 2d-$30.00  3d-$25.00 6d-$5.00 1/--$200.00

1d-Horizontally imperf-$250.00

Issued from the Adelaide forwarding parcels office 1/12/1922 for prepayment of newspaper charges and parcels from Government departments only

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Imperf Horizontally - Picture courtesy eBay

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Notes: Other than the 1927 1st numeral issue, and 1966 decimal issues, all other issue dates are conjecture. 13 different issues/papers from the following numeral series have been recorded by me. Printed in sheets of 48 with no margin. Other published works only appear to list 10 issues

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1927 Black Numeral

Plaid Security Underprint

Cream paper / pale lime green underprint

1927 No Watermark Cream Paper pale lime green plaid underprint Roulette 7. Mint x 4

1d-$500.00

Perfins H. S.

1d -$750.00

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Albino plaid under print seen on cream paper [possibly cleaned lime green] on 4d, 8d 5/- treat as space fillers only

4d-$50.00 8d-$50.00 5/--$50.00

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1927 Black Numeral

Cream paper / dark green underprint

c1927 No Watermark Cream Paper dark green plaid underprint Roulette 7. Mint x 4

1/--$500.00 2/--$500.00

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1927 Black Numeral

Light or dark blue paper / light green underprint

c1927 [mid to late] No Watermark blue paper light green plaid underprint Roulette 7. Mint x 4

1d-$50.00 2d-$30.00 3d-$50.00 4d-$50.00 5d-$50.00 6d-$50.00 7d-$50.00 8d-$50.00 9d-$50.00 10d-$50.00 11d-$50.00 1/--$30.00  2/--$30.00 5/--$600.00

Perfins H. I.

4d-$350.00

6d-$350.00

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c1928 No Watermark dark blue paper light green plaid underprint Roulette 7. Mint x 4

3d-$50.00 6d-$50.00 7d-$50.00 9d-$50.00 10d-$50.00 1/--$30.00

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1930 Black Numeral

Underprint Change

Dark blue-green paper / green underprint, "chain link or a multiple C's"

c1930 No Watermark Roulette 7 Mint x 6

1d-$40.00 2d-$40.00 3d-$40.00 4d-$40.00 5d-$40.00 6d-$40.00 7d-$40.00 8d-$40.00 9d-$40.00 10d-$40.00 11d-$40.00 1/--$40.00

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1934 Red Numeral

Dark or light blue-green paper / green underprint [dark blue paper shown above]

Two rows of under-print found at top and base of sheet sideways, sometimes guillotined off. Print area 41 x 50mm

c1934 No Watermark dark blue paper Roulette 7 Mint x 4 Perfin x 2

6d-$20.00 7d-$20.00 1/--$20.00

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c1934 No Watermark light blue paper Roulette 7 Mint x 4

1d-$40.00 2d-$20.00 3d-$20.00 4d-$20.00 5d-$20.00 6d -$20.00 7d-$20.00 8d-$20.00 9d-$20.00 11d-$40.00 1/--$20.00 2/-$60.00

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1936 Red Numeral

Pale blue-green Paper / underprint in blue-green

Print area 41-42 x 48-49mm

c1936 No Watermark Roulette 7 Mint x 4

1d-$30.00 2d-$20.00 3d-$30.00  4d-$40.00 5d-$40.00 6d-$10.00 7d-$60.00 8d-$60.00 9d-$60.00 10d-$60.00 11d-$40.00 1/--$20.00 2/--$100.00

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1938 Red Numeral

Cream off white paper / underprint in pale green

Print area 41-42 x 50mm

c1938 No Watermark Roulette 7 Mint x 4

1d-$15.00 2d-$15.00 3d-$15.00 4d-$30.00 5d-$15.00 6d-$15.00 7d-$15.00 8d-$15.00 9d-$15.00 10d-$15.00 11d-$15.00 1/- $10.00  2/--$30.00

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1940 Red Numeral

Cream off white paper / underprint in Pale Green

Print area 41-42 x 48mm

c1940 No Watermark Cream Paper Roulette 7 or 13½ or compound Mint x 4 Shilling values /~ instead of /-

1d-$15.00 2d-$15.00 3d -$15.00 4d-$15.00 5d-$15.00 6d-$15.00 7d-$15.00 8d-$15.00 9d-$15.00 10d-$15.00 11d-$15.00 1/-$10.00  2/--$15.00 3/- [1960]-$15.00 4/- [1960]-$30.00 5/--$15.00

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c1940 No Watermark White Paper Roulette 7 or 13½ or compound Mint x 4

8d-$30.00

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c1962 No Watermark Cream Paper Roulette 7 or 13½ or compound Mint x 4 Shilling values /- instead of /~.  No stop after RAILWAYS

3/--$15.00  4/--$10.00  & 10/--$25.00

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1963 Red Numeral

 

Cream off white paper / underprint in Pale Green

Print area 41-42x45-46mm, new font.

c1963 No Watermark Roulette 7 Mint x 4 Shilling values /~ instead of /-. No stop after RAILWAYS

1d-$50.00 2d-$50.00 3d-$50.00 4d-$50.00 6d-$50.00 7d-$50.00 8d-$50.00 9d-$50.00 10d-$50.00 1/--$50.00 2/--$50.00 5/--$50.00 10/--$50.00 £1-$300.00 £5-$550.00  £1 & £5 mint remainders only recorded

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1966 Red Numeral

Horizontal Security Underprint

 

1966 No Watermark Roulette 13½ Mint same as used

1c-10c 2c-10c 3c-10c 4c-10c 5c-10c 6c-10c 7c-10c 8c-10c 9c-10c 10c-05c 20c-10c 30c-20c 40c-1.00 50c-1.00 60c-$1.-00 70c-$2.00 80c-$2.00 90c-$3.00 $1-$3.00

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1973 Red Numeral

  

Vertical Security Underprint

c1973 No Watermark Roulette 13½ Mint same as used

5c-10c 6c-50c 7c-$10.00 10c-05c 20c-10c 30c-20c 40c-1.00 50c-1.00 60c-$1.-00 70c-$1.-00 90c-$10.-00 $1-$3.00

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1976 Red Numeral

Legend change S.T.A.-Rail. Vertical Security Underprint

c1977 No Watermark Roulette 13½ Mint x 1

5c-10c 10c-05c 20c-10c 30c-75c 80c-$2.00 $2-$3.00 $5-$5.00

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Cash Register

Bordertown

Double parcel receipt

No Watermark plain paper

Various values-$15.00

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Adelaide. Three types known

1977

No Watermark plain paper

Various values-$8.00

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