Australia: 1917-1988.
Slogan cancellation: Convey Congratulations By Telegraph .... - Sydney.


The Convey Congratulations ... slogan was used in Sydney from 27 November 1934 to 2 July 1941.

The 29 identified formats used at Sydney with this slogan:

  1. have circular date stamps with no box number and N.S.W. at the base; or
  2. have box date stamps with one of the recorded numbers 1, 2 or 3; or
  3. have a PAID inscription in the box.

Within each of the broad types of formats, there are various dies incorporating different letter positions and types of box for posting.

The date stamp usually had TIME then DAY/MONTH then YEAR.

An extract from a Memorandum dated 17 July 1935 from the Superintendent of Mails, Sydney stated:

"With regard to the test of specially prepared slogans advised as required in your Memorandum of 27 July 1934, whereas your advice stated that the six each of mild steel and five each of special chrome steel of each of slogans No. 32 (Send Greetings by Telegraph on Specially Coloured Forms) and 33 (Convey Congratulations by Telegraph on Specially Designed Forms) would be supplied for Test to date six of No. 33 of mild steel and five each of No. 32 and 33 of chrome steel have been received.

Attached is a set of sample impressions from these slogans and accompanying each impression is a statement of the number of postmarks produced to date from the die from which the impression was obtained.

One of the chrome steel slogans has cracked along the flange above the letters "CON" in the word CONVEY. The defect does not produce a noticeable blemish in the impression but the fault slug is returned herewith for your information. With this exception, the whole of the slugs supplied for special tests appear to be in good order".

None of the 1934-1935 examples in the Census of known usage of this slogan summarised below show signs of such a crack.

The listing below is approximately chronological by base inscription and then Code number within that grouping. The following Table provides a guide with hyperlinks:

Words at base Code number Earliest date Latest date % of Sydney Census
N.S.W. (in circle) None 13 February 1936   2%
City Box 1 27 November 1934 24 July 1937 16%
Pillar Box 3 28 November 1934 22 May 1935 7%
In Pillar Box 1 22 August 1935 10 May 1939 19%
  2 3 November 1939 9 November 1939 5%
Interstate Box 2 15 July 1937   2%
In Interstate Box 1 20 July 1938 22 October 1940 14%
Interstate Box SPL 1 23 January 1935 14 July 1937 5%
Suburban Box 1 19 March 1935   2%
In Suburban Box 1 1 May 1939   2%
Circular Box 2 26 January 1935 13 April 1935 5%
In Country Box 3 20 February 1936   2%
Country Box SPL None 26 July 1938   2%
PAID   30 March 1935 31 October 1939 5%
NSW AUST 3 30 June 1941   2%
  8 2 July 1941   2%
  9 30 June 1941   2%
  10 2 July 1941   2%
Late Fee 9 2 July 1941   2%

There are 48 examples of this slogan for Sydney in the Census.

Datestamp: Circle;

Top inscription:

Base inscription:
POSTED/ CITY BOX.

Characteristics:
Die

Only recorded date of this format:
13 February 1936.

Number in Census: 1.


13 February 1936.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5 mm high - serif at top only);

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED/CITY BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 2: C of CONVEY starts level with the N below.

Only recorded date of this format:
27 November 1934.

Number in Census: 1.

Comm bank
27 November 1934.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5 mm high - serif at top only);

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED/CITY BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 5: BY and ON indented.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
22 July 1937.

Latest recorded date of this format:
8 May 1939.

Number in Census: 6.

Medlow
22 July 1937.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 3 (5 mm high - sans serif).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED/PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 1: C over NG.
Day/month and year are above time.

Only recorded date of this format:
28 November 1934.

Number in Census: 3.

Macarthur
28 November 1934.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 3 (5 mm high - sans serif).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm font)

Base inscription:
POSTED/ PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 2: C of CONVEY starts level with the N below.
Day/month and year are above time.

Only recorded date of this format:
22 May 1935.

Number in Census: 1.

May 22
22 May 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 3 (5 mm high - sans serif).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
( 3 mm font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/ PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 5: C over GR.
Day/month and year are above time.

Only recorded date of this format:
20 May 1935.

Number in Census: 1.

Sydney 3
20 May 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (7 mm high - serif at the top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2.2 mm font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics: Die 1: C over NG.
Day/month and year are above time.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
18 February 1936.

Latest recorded date of this format:
8 May 1939.

Number in Census: 3.

Cam
18 February 1936.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (7 mm high - serif at the top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2.2 mm font)

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 3: C over G.
Day/month and year are above time.

Only recorded date of this format:
13 February 1936.

Number in Census: 1.

Mourning
13 February 1936.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (7 mm high - serif at the top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2.2 mm font)

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 1: C over NG.
Time above DD/MM and year.

Only recorded date of this format:
10 May 1939.

Number in Census: 1.

Empire Hat
10 May 1939.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5.5 mm high - serif at the top).

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST. (2.2 mm font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX (2.2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 5: C over GR.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
18 July 1938.

Latest recorded date of this format:
25 July 1938.

Number in Census: 2.

1938 July
18 July 1938.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5 mm high - serif at the top and base).

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST. (2.2 mm font)

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 6: C over GR.
Day/month and year are above time.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
12 July 1937.

Latest recorded date of this format:
23 July 1937.

Number in Census: 3.

Engineers
16 July 1937.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 2 (6 mm high).

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST. (2.2 mm font)

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX (2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 6: C starts after the G below.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
3 November 1939.

Latest recorded date of this format:
9 November 1939.

Number in Census: 2.

In Pillar 2
3 November 1939.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5 mm high - serif at top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED/INTERSTATE BOX
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 2: C begins at the end of N below.
There is little space between the lines in the date stamp box.

Only recorded date of this format:
16 July 1937.

Number in Census: 1.

Nth Brit
16 July 1937.

Detail
Detail of the above slogan postmark.

Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (6 mm high - serif at top).

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/INTERSTATE BOX.
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 2: C over right side of N below.
SYDNEY against top frame.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
7 November 1939.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
8 November 1939.

Number in Census: 2.

Spurgins
7 November 1939.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (7.5 mm font - serif at top).

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm and 2.2 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/INTERSTATE BOX
(2 mm and 1.5 mm respectively).

Characteristics:
Die 3: C to the right of N below.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
20 July 1938.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
27 July 1938.

Number in Census: 3.

Wninto20 July 1938.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (6 mm high - serif at top).

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST. (2 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/INTERSTATE BOX
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 4: BY and N indented.

Only recorded date of this format:
22 October 1940.

Number in Census: 1.

Oct 22 Inter
22 October 1940.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5 mm font - serif at top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm and 2 mm respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED/INTERSTATE SPL.
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 4: C-B-D aligned and C is over the G.
Day and month of the date are above time but the order is reversed for the later 1937 example.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
23 January 1935.

Latest recorded date of this format:
14 July 1937.
Wide disparity between dates of use.

Number in Census: 2.

SPL
23 January 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (5 mm font - serif at top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2.5 mm and 3 mm respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED/SUBURBAN BOX.
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 2: G begins from the right side of N.

Only recorded date of this format:
19 March 1935.

Number in Census: 1.

Suburb19 March 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (7 mm font - serif at top).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm and 2.2 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/SUBURBAN BOX.
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 6: BY and ON indented.

Only recorded date of this format:
23 January 1935.

Number in Census: 1.

In Suburb
1 May 1939.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 2 (5 mm sans serif font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/CIRCULAR BOX.
(2.2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 3: C over G.

Earliest recorded date of this format:
26 January 1935.

Latest recorded date of this format:
13 April 1935.

Number in Census: 2.

Piece
26 January 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 3 (5.5 mm serif font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/COUNTRY BOX.
(2.2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 3: C over G.

Only recorded date of this format:
20 February 1936.

Number in Census: 1.

Feb 20
20 February 1936.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None.

Top inscription:
SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm and 2.5 mm font respectively).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/COUNTRY SPL.
(2 mm font).

Characteristics:
Die 3: C over G.

Only recorded date of this format:
26 July 1938.

Number in Census: 1.

SPL
26 July 1938.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None.

Top inscription: SYDNEY.

Base inscription: PAID.

Characteristics:
Die 1: C-B-O aligned at left and DES outdented slightly.
No N.S.W. entry in the heading of the date stamp box.
No time indicator in the date stamp box but does have the pre-paid cost of 1D.

Only recorded date of this format:
30 March 1935.

Number in Census: 1.

Yates PAID
30 March 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None.

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.

Base inscription: PAID.

Characteristics:
Die 2: C begins at the right of N.
No time indicator in the date stamp box but does have the pre-paid cost of 1D.

Only recorded date of this format:
31 October 1939.

Number in Census: 1.

Syd Paid 1939
31 October 1939.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 3 (6 mm font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY (3 mm font).

Base inscription: N.S.W. AUST.
(2.2 mm font)

Characteristics:
Die 5: C begins above the right of G.

Only recorded date of this format:
30 June 1941.

Number in Census: 1.

Syd 3
30 June 1941.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 8 (4.5 mm font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY (4 mm font).

Base inscription: N.S.W. AUST.
(3.2 mm font)

Characteristics:
Die 1: C begins above the middle of N.

Only recorded date of this format:
2 July 1941.

Number in Census: 1.

USA
2 July 1941.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 8 (4.5 mm font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY (4 mm font).

Base inscription: N.S.W. AUST.
(3.2 mm font)

Characteristics:
Die 2: C begins above the right of N.

Only recorded date of this format:
30 June 1941.

Number in Census: 1.

Farley
30 June 1941.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 10 (4.5 mm sans serif font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY (3.5 mm font).

Base inscription: N.S.W. AUST.
(3 mm font)

Characteristics:
Die 3: C is above the G.

Only recorded date of this format:
1 July 1941.

Number in Census: 1.

BROWN
1 July 1941.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 10 (4.5 mm sans serif font).

Top inscription: SYDNEY (3.5 mm font).

Base inscription: LATE FEE.
(3 mm font)

Characteristics:
Die 5: C is above the right side of G.

Only recorded date of this format:
2 July 1941.

Number in Census: 1.

Late Fee
2 July 1941.