Tasmania - Colonial period: 1857-1900.
Overview of Colonial Tasmanian Telegraphic Stationery.


The heading section of the Tasmanian transmission forms issued during the Colonial period are shown in the right column below.

A brief descrition of the main distinguishing characteristics of each type is below the hyperlink giving access to the full details.

The Colonial transmission forms listed below are:

  1. ordinary rate transmission forms;
  2. urgent rate transmission forms;
  3. the Launceston & Western Railway transmission form.

The Colonial delivery forms listed below are:

  1. delivery forms - ordinary rate;
  2. delivery forms - urgent rate;
  3. special delivery form - Telephone Exchange;

The Colonial Reply Paid forms.

The Colonial envelopes listed below are:

  1. delivery envelopes for telegrams:
    Ordinary rate within the Colonial period but also used in the Interim period;
    Urgent rate used in the Interim period.
  2. envelopes for administrative purposes - Telegraph Department.
  3. envelopes for administrative purposes - Post and Telegraph Department.

 

Ordinary rate transmission forms.

TC-TO-1.
  • vertical form with little writing.
  • printed in red on blue paper.
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TC-TO-2.
  • horizontal form;
  • 30 boxes on the front and much more detail.
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TC-TO-3.
  • horizontal form;
  • printed in black writing on either white or blue paper;
  • has ADDRESS under TRANSMISSION;
  • has lines for the message not boxes.
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TC-TO-4.
  • vertical form;
  • printed in black on cream paper;
  • has POST AND TELEGRAPH in large sans-serif capitals;
  • has seven boxes under the heading for stamps and for a date stamp (last box).
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TC-TO-special (75).

Memorandum used as a transmission form.

TC-TO-Spec

Urgent rate transmission forms.

TC-TU-1.

The form begins Telegram for transmission to ...

Has orange URGENT in vertical text in the middle of the form.

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Delivery forms - ordinary rate.

TC-DO-1.

No postal authority (TASMANIA) shown of the form.

Crest is above the
ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH heading.

Form is portrait format.

Front is either plain or boxed.

 

CT-DO-1

 

TC-DO-2.

TASMANIA is above the crest which is between ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.

Form starts with
"TELEGRAM received for";

 

TC-DO-2A

TC-DO-3.

Heading is the same format as for DO-2.

Form starts with "Words ..." above the "Received ..".

CT-DO-3

 

TC-DO-4.

Heading is the same format as for DO-2.

Form starts with "Words ..." above the "Received ..".

Has "No." in at least one corner.

Printed on white paper.

CT-DO-4

 

TC-DO-5.

TASMANIA is above the crest which is between POST AND TELEGRAPH.

Printed on white paper.

CT-DO-5

 

Delivery forms - urgent rate.

TC-DU-1.

Has same format as TC-DO-4A (shown above).

Has URGENT printed vertically down the center of the form in orange.

Only known example.

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Special form - Telephone Exchange.

TC-DO-Exchange.

Hobart not Tasmania above the Crest.

Telephone Exchange not Electric Telegraph surrounding the Crest.

Telep exch

 

Delivery envelopes - ordinary rate.

TC-EO-1.

Has TELEGRAM ONLY in red on left side.

ON PUBLIC SERVICE ONLY as hading at the top.

Has a deeply embossed red seal on flap on the reverse side.

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TC-EO-2.

Has Telegram heading printed in gothic font.

Has English Crest below.

Address area has FOR.

Has box for instructions for improper use.

Printed on fawn paper.

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TC-EO-3.

Has Telegram heading printed in gothic font.

Has English Crest below.

Address area has FOR.

Printed on fawn paper.

Used also during the Interim period.

 

TC-EO-2
TC-EO-4.

Has Telegraphic Message heading printed in gothic font.

Has English Crest below.

Address area has FOR.

Printed on fawn paper.

Used also during the Interim period.

EO-4

Delivery envelopes - Urgent rate in the Interim period.

TI-EU-1.

Printed in black on pink paper.

URGENT TELEGRAM in cans-serif capitals at the top enclosed in a double lined octagonal box.

Has a three line CHARGES TO PAY in the lower left corner.

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Administration envelopes - TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT.

TC-EA-TD.

Envelope printed for the Telegraph Department for administrative purposes.

Has TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT in the lower left corner.

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Administration envelopes - POST AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT.

TC-EA-PTD.

Envelope printed for the Post and Telegraph Department for administrative purposes after the 1894 merger.

Has POST & TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT in the lower left corner.

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The Launceston & Western Railway transmission form.

TC-TR-1.

Heading below Crest.

Printed in black on thick blue paper.

35 boxes on the front in
7 lines of 5.

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