South Australia - Colonial period: 1855-1900.
Delivery form: SC-DO-5

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number No. 13.
Has printed receiving station at PORT ADELAIDE.
Message area: 20 boxes in four lines.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Red on cream.
Size of form overall: 194 × 223 mm.
Size of datestamp box: 40 × 34 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:

Melbourne to Heidelberg, Germany repeated at Glenelg.
4 November 1876.

Very early usage of a handstamp on a telegram. Also early example of a telegram crossing the Overland Telegraph line (4 years after opening).


  • no heading for name of receiving Station.

Adelaide to Port Adelaide (25 March 1878).
Very early usage of a handstamp on a telegram.

Note a possible correction to the written message has been added in the lower right corner (box 20).


  • printed receiving station as PORT ADELAIDE (other stations not yet seen).

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-5A None. 4 November 1876 at Glenelg. RRRR
DO-5B None. 25 March 1878 at Port Adelaide. RRRR