South Australia - Colonial period: 1855-1900.
Ordinary rate delivery envelopes: SC-EO-5.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCH spanning Crest.
Reverse side: Blank - no flap seal.
Colours (text & envelope): Red on cream.
Size of envelope overall: 80 × 138 mm (with some variation).
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
EO-5 SC-EO-5.

Unused delivery envelope.


  • IMMEDIATE is in the top left corner;
  • has entries indicating amounts to be collected (if any) in the lower left corner.
EO-5 Crest SC-EO-5 - details of the Crest.
  • Crest is oval horizontally;
  • the Crown on the top of the shield is slightly curved;
  • Lion is facing towards the shield;
  • animals and the circumference of the shield are heavily shaded;
  • the tails are thinner and the decorations under the rear feet are considerably simplified.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
EO-5 None 31 August 1908. R