New South Wales.
Date stamps - Electric Telegraph.


A number of oval date stamps were issued in New South Wales incorporating the words ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH or some variation of those words and abbreviations.

Formats also varied with ovals being either format RO2 or format RO7.

Most of these date stamps were used at the Central Telegraph Office in Sydney. Some were however used in regional offices. At present there is no listing of the various formats used in either type of office.

Examples are provided below for:

Examples of large multiples to which the date stamps have been applied are also shown below.

Electric Telegraph Department.

There are at least five formats with this heading:

Heading and characteristics. Dates of use Example of the date stamp.

Elec.Tel. Dep.

RO2 - ETD.

Size: 23 mm × 38 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRR.

2 January 1886 to 29 January 1886. 2 Jan 86
2 January 1886.

Elec. Tel. Dept.

RO2 - ETD.

Size: 23 mm × 38 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRR.

2 January 1886 to 29 January 1886. ETD 29 Jan 86
29 January 1886.

Elec. Tel. Dept.

RO7 -ETD (Inner oval is scalloped).

Size: 30 × 55 mm (e = 0.84)

Rated: RRR.

25 January 1886 to 4 March 1886. ETD 1896
4 March 1886 (?).
    5 bob DE
Electric Telegraph Department
25 January 1886.
Marginal pair of the 5/- Stamp Duty overprinted POSTAGE.
Provenance: Dave Elsmore.

Electric Telegraph Dept. is at the base.

SYDNEY is at the top of the inside scalloped border.

RO7-ETD.

Two line date.

1885 - 1887.  

Electric Telegraph Depart. is at the top.

SYDNEY is at the top of the inside scalloped border.

RO7-ET

One line date.

1893 -1894.  

Electric Telegraph Office.

Electric Telegraph Office is at the base.

RO7-ETO.

Size: 38 × 50 mm (e = 0.65).

Used between 6 May 1887 and 1893.

ETO 1887
Electric Telegraph Office.
6 May 1887.
.

Rated RRRR.

1890

 

Examples of multiples.

Sydney, NSW.

Type RO2 - ETD.

No inner oval.
Size: 23 mm × 38 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRR.

Blk 19
ELEC. TEL. DEP.
Sydney N.S.W. 29 January 1886.
Block of 19.
  ETD 22 jan
ELEC. TEL. DEP. (same as above)
Sydney N.S.W. 2 January 1886.
Block of 4.
Single detail
  Mar 82
ELEC. TEL. DEP. (same as above)
Sydney N.S.W. 11 March 1886.
Block of 4.
 
Type RO7 - ETD; Inner oval is scalloped.
Height: 29 mm; width: 51 mm (est).
Rated: RRR.

ETD 4 Mar
ELEC. TEL. DEP.
Sydney N.S.W.

4 March 18?6 (probably 1886).
Block of 8.