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Telegraph stamps of the World

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Post Office Telegraphs Ceylon Telegraphs HongKong Telegraphs India Telegraphs Jamaica Telegraphs Orange Free State Telegraphs Orange Free State Telegraphs Australia
GB Ceylon Hong Kong India Jamaica Natal OFS Australia and states
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Matabeleland Telegraphs Sarawack Telegraphs Sudan Telegraphs Transvaal Telegraphs Uganda Railway NSW Telegraphs Western Australia Telegraphs Western Australia Telegraphs
Other Africa Sarawak Sudan Transvaal Uganda New South Wales Western Australia Other Australia


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New South Wales

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The short-lived and rare telegraph stamps of New South Wales closely resemble the revenue stamps of the time. The head plate medallion has
been replaced by a black medallion comprising a seated allegorical figure with 'thunder-bolts' surrounded by the inscriptions 'N. S. Wales' and
'Electric Telegraphs'. There is also an outer frame line in black. These stamps are said to have been in use for only one month and used copies are
very rare — I have only seen one and that appears to have been pen-cancelled.


1871 (1st. February) White to bluish wove paper, perf. 12½ - 13, watermark Crown / CC

H1 H2 H3

H4 - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H5 - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H6 - courtesy of Patrick Conelly.



NSW H1 Specimen NSW H2 Specimen NSW H3 Specimen NSW H4 Specimen
H1 Specimen - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H2 Specimen - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H5 Specimen - courtesy of Mark Gibson. H5 Specimen - courtesy of Mark Gibson.

NSW H5 Specimen NSW H6 Specimen NSW H7 Specimen NSW H8 Specimen
H5 Specimen - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H6 Specimen - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H7 Specimen - courtesy of Patrick Conelly. H8 Specimen - courtesy of Patrick Conelly.



NSW used examples
Used examples of H6, H7 and H8, courtesy of Andrew Higson.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1d brownish red and black (16,750)   60.00 -
H2 2d pale blue and black (13,000) 75.00 -
H3 6d Indian red and black (3,000) 75.00 -
H4 1s bright blue and black (9,500) 150.00 -
H5 2s brown and black (7,500) 200.00 -
H6 4s mauve and black (4,500) 350.00 -
H7 6s carmine and black (1,000) 700.00 -
H8 8s lilac and black (1,000) 750.00 -
H8a         perf. 10 - -


Hiscocks added the following 7 notes:

Note 1. A 4d value, pale red and black, has been reported imperforate. It is said not to have been issued
                and presumably is an essay.
Note 2. No. 8(a) has been reported but its status is not known.
Note 3. The number of 6d values printed is quoted as 3,000 by two different sources but the stamp is no more  
                rare than Nos. 1 and 2. It seems probable that both reports derive from an early misprint and that  
                the printing was really 13,000 as for No. 2.
Note 4. Centring is poor in about 50% of copies and alignment between the two colours is poor in
                perhaps 25%.
Note 5. Copies of Nos. 4 to 8, and especially Nos. 7 and 8, are more common overprinted 'specimen'
                and fetch rather lower prices so overprinted.
Note 6. A listing of 1891 includes the 'Stamp Duty' revenue stamps of values 5s, 10s (two types) and £1 with  
                the statement that "they were prepared more especially for use on telegrams". All copies of these
                stamps I have seen appear to have been fiscally used and their inclusion above does not seem
Note 7. An interesting correspondence in the records of the India Office in London implies that up to 1869 or
                1870 telegrams from New South Wales to Europe were transported by ship to Ceylon and sent
                from there (Galle) by the land route through India. In February 1869, 500 Rupees worth of Indian
                telegraph stamps were sent to Sidney so that such telegrams could be pre-paid before shipment.
                It is not known whether they were cancelled in Sidney before shipment or only in Galle on dispatch.
                Whether the receipts were returned to Sidney as evidence of dispatch is also not known.
                It is interesting to note that the stamps in question were the first Indian double headed issue which
                were due to be issued in Ceylon on 1 February 1869.
                Due to administrative confusion these were not in fact issued in Ceylon until around 1 July 1869 so
                they may have been used in New South Wales and have reached Galle in Ceylon before being
                issued in Ceylon itself.
                Any Galle cancelled Indian telegraph stamps dated before July 1869 would probably have been
                used in New South Wales but none has been reported.

My note: On Hiscocks Note 6, I have seen a number of these with clearly telegraphic cancels.
According to OzRevenues.com, 5/-, 10/- and £1 duty stamps were prepared for telegraphic usage,
but they were only sent the 5/- stamps, the others being used up by the Post Office.
In the light of new information and images, I decided to list it.
I am using an RH number (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.


1885 (15 October) Stamp Duty fiscals overprinted 'POSTAGE' and bar for Telegraphic use.
Wmk. NSW Type I Blue Paper Perf. 11½ x 10.

NSW Stamp Duty - telegraphic use

A 5/- example used February 1886. From RL
More information can be found at OzRevenues.com

RH # Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH9 - 5/- green and purple on lightly blued paper (16,400)   - -




A delivery form dated 14 September 1866 from Melbourne, received at Sydney.
Delivery form of 1866
It has what is presumably a form number of 'et 29   66' at bottom-left - from RL.

A Transmitted Form for Colonial and Intercolonial lines. Official Service.
Official Transmitted Form  Official embossed imprint
It has what is presumably a form number of 'St6449' below 'NEW' at the top, as well as an embossed imprint for the Chief Secretary. - From RL.


The following batch of 'Transmitted Forms' have impressed stamps of either 6d in red, or 1/- in black:
6d red impressed stamp  1/- black impressed stamp
Some are overprinted 'Specimen' in red or black.

With 6d in red,
6d Transmitted Form  6d Transmitted Form Specimen
These have the form number St5466, one being a specimen.   -   From RL.

With 1/- in black red,
1/- Transmitted Form Specimen
This has the form number St627, with 'Specimen' in red.   -   From RL.

This last is an 'Issued Form', now for NSW within the Commonwealth of Australia.
Issued Form, 1906
This was used for a telegram from Melbourne to Sydney on 31 December 1908. It has the form number St637.   -   From RL.



The rest of the story.

Hiscocks' book was aimed at stamps that were intended specifically for telegraphic purposes.
If, like me, you have a wider interest, then have a look at Dave Elsmore's web-page at OzRevenues.com
That gives a more in-depth look at stamps used for telegraphic purposes throughout Australia.



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