Victoria - Colonial period: 1854-1900.
Transmission form: VC-TO-5.

 
General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number E.T. No. 1.
ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH, VICTORIA beneath crest.
Message area: 30 boxes in 6 lines. First 10 words indicated.
Reverse side: Regulations and conditions.
Colours (text & form): Red on dark buff.
Size of form overall: 216 × 229 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:

 Two examples of this form are known with printing date in May 1872 and January 1873. It is probable, however, that printing began in 1870 or 1871.
The format of this form is very similar to that issued by Tasmania in 1870-71 (TC-TO-2).

CV_TO_4
Printed in January 1873.
VC-TO-4.

E.T. No. 1: To Warnambool (probably from Melbourne).
29 October 1873.

Has a small "pointing hand" before Address in the heading.

 

Prestige Philately had an example of the May 1872 printing in their August 2014 Sale in Lot 352.

 

Details of use and rarity.

Form
sub-number
Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
TO-4 500,000 - 5/72 Used form has no date. RR
  250,000 - 1/73. 29 October 1873 at Warnambool. RR