Victoria.
Telegraph Offices on the Horsham line.


For ease of reference, the Telegraph Offices on the Horsham line are listed in alphabetical order rather than by date of establishment.

The Ararat and Beaufort Telegraph Offices had opened as part of the first line to South Australia. As the telegraph network grew, the original connections were re-routed and so by the early 1860's, they were integrated into the Horsham line.

Ararat.

Tenders were called in July 1858 for the construction of a Telegraph Office. The Telegraph Office opened in November 1858. It was part of the first line through to South Australia but was reclassified to the Horsham line.

The office was issued with a 1 hole Belt & Buckle date stamp.
  1. Used in black: 19 October 1889 to 14 May 1894.

Size: 27.5 × 38 mm (e = 0.69).

Rating: RR.

Ararat
19 October 1889.
(earliest recorded date).
Provenance: Freeman, Johnstone.
Ararat 1894 green
14 May 1894.
(latest recorded date).
Provenance: Max Watson,
Johnstone.
  Ararat pair
4 January 1893.
  1. Used in blue: 15 July 1891 to 5 April 1892.

Rating: RR.

Ararat 1892 Blue
5 April 1892 (latest recorded date).

The Telegraph Office was also issued with a circular rubber date stamp for ARARAT /TELEGRAPH SECTION.

Used: 29 October 1988 - probably an archival strike for the last day of operation.

Diameter: 32 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Ararat TS
29 September 1988.
Beaufort.

The Telegraph Office opened in March 1858 as part of the first line through to South Australia. The office was originally opened as Raglans but was renamed Beaufort on 27 May 1863.

The Post Office opened two years later.

 

Beaufort
Beaufort Post & Telegraph Office about 1900.
The office was issued with a 1 hole
Belt & Buckle date stamp. It was used:
  1. Used in black: 9 January 1890 to 10 July 1894.

Size: 27 × 38 mm
(e = 0.70).

Rated: RR.

 

Beau 1892
15 June 1892.

Used on a Post Card to St Kilda.

Beau 1894
4 May 1894.
  1. Used in blue: 6 October 1891 to
    22 July 1893.

Size: 27 × 38 mm (e = 0.70)

Rated: RR.

Beaufort 1891 blue
6 October 1891
(earliest recorded date in blue).
Beaufort
18 April 1893.

Detail
Detail of the B&B of 9 May 1892 on cover to England (see right).

One of only three recorded covers with a Belt & Buckle date stamp sent to an international destination.

Beaufort England
9 May 1892.
Beaufort blue 1893
Detail of the B&B of 22 July 1893 on wrapper (see right). Latest recorded date in blue.
Wrapper
Part of the wrapper with the blue Belt & Buckle date stamp shown to the left.
Buangor.  
Buninyong.

The Post Office opened when the Bunnenyong Office was renamed Buninyong on 17 January 1859.

The Telegraph Office opened on 27 October 1862. Tenders were called for building a new Post & Telegraph Office on 18 January 1873.

 

The Telegraph Office used a 1 hole Belt & Buckle date stamp.

Used in black: 13 April 1891 to 11 May 1894.

Size: 27.5 × 39 mm (e = 0.71).

Rated: RR.

ERD
13 April 1891.
(earliest recorded date).
Bun Postage Due
24 December 1891
On a 2d Victoria Postage Due.
  Nuningyong 1892
21 January 18??.
Most complete stike recorded.
Burrumbeet.  

Dimboola.

The Telegraph Office opened in June 1880 in a wooden building together with the Post Office. On 10 August 1882, telegraph facilities were also made available to the public at the railway station. The town was originally called Nine Creeks but changed name in 1863.

The Post Office opened on 3 April 1863 as Nine Creeks but changed name to Dimboola in 1869.

By 1883, the community was beginning to petition the Council and Assembly to fulfill a previous promise and erect a new P&T Office - and began some heated community discussion!!!

 

The office was issued with a 1 hole Belt & Buckle date stamp which was used in black from 26 July 1887 to 25 May 1894.

Size: 27 × 38 mm (e = 0.70).

Dimboola 1887
26 July 1887.
Earliest recorded date.

Dimboola 1891
7 January 1891.

 

Dimboola cover
 

Dimboola 1893
6 September 1893.

Exceptionally strong strike.

In addition to the Belt & Buckle, Post Office date stamps were also used on telegrams. Dimboola 1936
A usual Dimboola date stamp used
in April 1936.

Elaine.

The Telegraph Office opened in April 1875.

In 1877, the name of the office was changed to Mount Doran while the name of the Elaine Railway Station was changed to Elaine. At the same time, the Post Office at the Railway Station was transferred to the State school.

No special date stamps were used for telegrams.

 

Glenorchy.

The Telegraph Office opened in January 1879 at the Railway Station and was on both circuits.

No special date stamps were used for telegrams.


Great Western.

Great Western is near Stawell. The Telegraph Office was opened about 1909 and it closed on 2 May 1910.

The Post Office had been opened on 1 June 1858 and after the separate Telegraph Office closed, it was merged with the Post Office.

A Telegraph Office operated at the Railway Station from 2 May 1910 to about 1916.

A T.O. Great Western date stamp may have been used in the first premises but is unrecorded.

It is known used in four formats - all with a diameter of 29 mm:

1. standard format.

Used: 27 May 1910 to 2 October 1922.

Rated: scarce.

Great Western
21 December 1910.
GE 1918
23 April 1918.

2. date wheel was simply a coloured rectangle.

Used: about 1923.

Rated: RRR.

 

3. inverted dateline:

Used: 17 February 1923 to 19 February 1924.

Rated: RRRR.

GW 1924
19 February 1924.

4. correct orientation of the date line.
Has a slightly larger gap between the two year wheels.

Used: 10 July 1924 to 24 August 1942.

Rated: common.

GW 1924 space
10 July 1924.

Earliest recorded date after inverted date line corrected.

GW 8 June 1936
18 June 1936.
 

GW 1936
14 May 1936.

T.O. Great Western date stamp on a commercial cover.
13 April 1932.

Corrected date stamp showing gap between the year wheels.


GW cover

Horsham.

The Telegraph Office opened in January 1875.

The Post Office opened on 1 July 1848.

 

 

The office was issued with three types of date stamp for use with telegraphs.

Horsham
The Post & Telegraph Office with an elaborate clock tower was opened in 1880.
  1. a 1 hole Belt & Buckle date stamp.

Used in black: 31 July 1884 to 1890.

Size: 27½ × 38 mm (e = 0.69).

Rated: RR.

1885 cover
13 January 1885.

Horsham 1889
17 December 1889.
Provenance: Hugh Freeman, Johnstone.
  1. a steel TELEGRAPH OFFICE HORSHAM date stamp.

Used: 28 June 1929 and 10 December 1956.

Diameter: 30 mm.

Rated: RR.

Horsham strip 3
28 June 1929.
  TO Horsham
30 March 1943.

Used on AW-DO-9.

Horsham 1956
10 December 1956.
  1. a rubber double oval TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp
    (RO2- TO).

Used in magenta: 1980s.

Size: 33 × 51 mm (e = 0.76)

Rated: R.

Horsham 1984
10 September 1984.
The usual Post Office date stamp was also used on telegrams. Horsham 1923
12 December 1923.
 

Jung Jung.

The Telegraph Office was opened at the Railway Station.

 
Kaniva.

The Telegraph Office opened in September 1882.

A rubber rectangular TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp (RRH1-TO) was used for telegrams during the 1980s.

Size: 26 × 35 mm

Used: 30 June 1989 (archival).

Rated: RRRR.

Kaniva 1989
30 June 1989 (late usage - probably archival).

Learmonth.

The Telegraph Office opened in May 1874.

No special date stamps were used for telegrams.

 
Lubeck.  

Meredith.

The Telegraph Office opened in April 1875.

No special date stamps were used for telegrams.

 
Murtoa.

The Telegraph Office opened at the Railway Station in December 1878 after tenders had been called in January 1878.

A Telegraph Office was also opened in the Post Office in June 1880.

 

MurtoaMurtoa Post & Telegraph Office 1880.
Source: State Library of Victoria 156398.

A one hole Belt & Buckle date stamp was issued to the Murtoa office.

Used in black: 13 April 1885 to 28 April 1892.

Size: 28 × 38 mm (e = 0.68).

Rated: RR.

Murtoa 1885
24 April 1885.
1892 LRD
28 April 1892
(latest recorded date).
  Murtoa 1890
20 February 1890.

Provenance: Hugh Freeman, Johnstone.
Nhill.

The Telegraph Office opened on 5 January 1882. A note later in the month noted: "From Deputy Postmaster-General: a telegraph office will be opened at Nhill, in charge of Miss Oliver; also that any other arrangement is not practicable at present".

 

The office was issued with two types of date stamps for use with telegraphic matters:

Nhill
  1. a 2 hole Belt & Buckle date stamp.

Used in black:

Size:

Rated: RRR.

 
  1. a rectangular rubber TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp.

Used: 24 May 1957.

Size: 24½ × 42½ mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Number recorded: 1.

Nhill RRH1
24 May 1957.
Image by courtesy of Brian Sampson.
Ordinary Nhill postal date stamps used on telegrams. Nhill 1935
29 October 1935.
Used for delivery of form
AB-EO-7c.

Stawell.
Horsham line.

The Telegraph Office was opened in October 1861. The town was settled in the gold rush of 1853 and named Pleasant Creek. It was renamed in 1861. It is noted in the 1870 Report that, during 1870, Stawell Post Office was renamed Stawell West and Quartz Reef (Stawell) Post Office was renamed to Stawell.

Stawell
The Stawell Post & Telegraph office.
A Telegraph Office was also opened at the Railway Station about 1910 which closed about 1966.


Stawell Main st
Main Street of Stawell about 1880.
The office was issued with a 2 hole Belt & Buckle date stamp in 1890.

Used in black: 11 March 1890 to 14 September 1893.

Size: 27 × 38 mm (e = 0.70).

Rated: RRR.

Stawell BB
14 September 1893.
Used on VC-DO-15A - see below.
Note: 2nd hole not printed.
Top section of delivery form VC-DO-15A showing the use of theBelt & Buckle date stamp shown above in detail. VC-DO-15A Stawell
Wabdallah.

The Telegraph Office opened in May 1873.

The Post Office was opened on

No special date stamps were used for telegrams.

 

Wal Wal.

The Telegraph Office

 

 

A T. O. date stamp was issued to the office.

Used: 10 June 1915 to 1963.

Diameter: 27 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Wal 1915
10 June 1915.
Wal 1937
22 November 1937.
Warracknabeal.

On 9 April 1886, the Warracknabeal Progress Committee received correspondence from the Postmaster-General stating that money for the Post & Telegraph Office would be placed on the estimates that month. In addition, an inspector would visit shortly to inspect and select a site.

In July 1908, Mr. C. G. H. Booley was transferred as telegraph messenger from Dimboola to Warracknabeal.

Warracknabeal

Two formats for circular rubber TELEGRAPH SECTION date stamps were used at Warracknabeal:

  1. RO4-TS (possibly RO3).
    Date line overlaps lower inscription.

Used: 7 July1977.

Diameter: 32 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Number recorded: 3.

Warr TS 1977
7 July 1977.
Used on AA-DO-12C.

 
  1. RO3-TS.

Used in violet: 8 October 1981 to 17 October 1985.

Diameter: 35 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Number recorded: 4.

Warr TS 1981
8 October 1981.
Warrack 1985
17 October 1985.

Postal date stamps were also used on telegrams.

Warr 1893
2 April 1896.

Unframed barred numeral duplex
postal date stamp.
Also used on telegrams.

Warr 1925
June 1925.

Postal date stamp.
Also used on telegrams.


Windermere.