Western Australia.
The Perth Chief Telegraph Office.


The following information is provided below:

The Central Telegraph Office in Perth.

The first telegraph office in Perth was in a room in the Town Hall on the Barrack Street frontage.

On 15 April 1874, the Inquirer reported that "The Telegraph and Post Office is being proceeded with rapidly, and will, I think, be completed before the wire is placed. This building, no doubt, will be useful and fill a place, but as an ornament, pray don't mention it! The plan of the building is a lean to adjoining the cells at the lock-up".

A new Perth P&TO was scheduled to be completed in about 1885.

Perth Perth GPO

Date stamps used at Chief Telegraph Office, Perth.

Colonial/Interim period rubber date stamps.

Chief Telegraph Office/
Perth, W.A.

RO6 - CTO.

Uncoloured boxes with dot in centre in the text band. Right box is horizontal.

Used in blue, green and purple:
7 September 1891 to 24 April 1894.

Dimensions: 26 × 41 mm (e = 0.77).

Rated: RR.

Perth 1891
7 September 1891.
Applied in light blue.

Used on WC-DO-4B.

Perth 1894
Applied in green.

Used on WC-DO-2A.

  R06 Nov 95
27 November 1895.
Applied in purple.

The left box is over-inked.

 
RO6 - CTO.

Stars in text band.

Used in purple: 19 September 1896 to 10 May 1906.

Dimensions: 27 × 45 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RR.

 

Perth1896
19 September 1896.

Used on WC-DO-4Ca.

 

RO2 - CTO.

Stars separate text.

Used in violet: 16 June 1899.

Size: 28 × 43 mm (e = 0.76).

Rated: RRR.

CTO RO2
16 June 1899.

Used on WC-DO-5A.

 
RO7 - CTO.

Coloured squares in text box.
Left box horizontal.

Used in red: 22 February 1901.

Dimensions: 30 × 42 mm (e = 0.70).

Rated: RRRR.

Perth 1901
22 February 1901.

Used on WC-DO-5A.

 

RO7 - CTO.

Stars separate text.

Used in violet: 7 February 1906.

Size: 30 × 50 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRRR.

CTO RO2
7 February 1906.
 
RO6 - CTO.

Stars in text band.

Used in magenta: 10 May 1906.

Dimensions: 29 mm × 44 mm (e = 0.75).

Rated: RRR.

RO6 May 1906
10 May 1906.
Major break in outer frame.
Applied in magenta.

Used on WI-DO-

 
Chief Telegraph Office/
G.P.O. Perth
.

RO2 - CTO.

Used in violet: 27 January 1950.

Size: 29 × 48 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRRR (not recorded elsewhere).

Number in the Census: 1.

 

RO2 1950
27 January 1950.

Only recorded example.

 
Perth/W.A.

RC2 - P: PERTH at top and W.A. at base but there is no reference to Telegraph Office.
Unrecorded in PMI or elsewhere.
Applied in various colours - see below.

Usage: 2 October 1912 to 4 May 1917.

Diameter: 33 or 34 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Number in the Census: 6.

 

 

Size: 34 mm.

Thick letters. Double circle indistinct in parts.

Used in green.

Number in the Census: 1.

Perth 1912
2 October 1912.
Used on Collect telegram WI-DO-5A.
 
Size: 33 mm.

Thick letters. Double circle indistinct in parts.
Top appears to be broken.

Used in violet.

Number in the Census: 1.

 

Perth 1913
9 September 1913.

 

Size: 34 mm.

Thin letters. Distinct double circle.

Used in blue.

Number in the Census: 1.

Perth 1915
15 November 1915.

Used on WI-DU-3.

 
Size: 34 mm.

Thin letters. Distinct double circle.

Used in violet.

Number in the Census: 2.

RC1 1911
22 July 1916.

On piece - appears to have been used on an interim period delivery form.

 
Size: 34 mm.

Thin letters. Distinct double circle.

Used in magenta.

Number in the Census: 1.

Perth WA 1917
4 May 1917.
Used on AE-DO-1C.
 

 

Australian steel date stamps.

 

Perth / E.T.O.
(Electric Telegraph Office)
Western Australia.

Characteristics:

O index above base.
3 mm side arcs.

Used: 22 April 1907 to
22 February 1912.

Diameter: 25 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Number in the Census: 15.

ETO 1907
22 April 1907
Earliest recorded date.

Used on WI-DO-3.

ETO 1909
22 May 1909.

Used on WI-DU-2.

ETO 1910
10 December 1910.

Used on WI-DO-2.

Perth ETO 1912
22 February 1912.
Latest recorded date.

Used on WI-DO-4.

C.E.T.O./ Perth W.A.

Used: 30 January 1918 to 6 July 1921.

Diameter: 28 mm.

Rated: RRR.

CETO 1918
30 January 1918.

Used on AE-DU-1A.

CETO 1921
6 July 1921.
C.E.T.O. Perth/W.A. CETO Perth 1929
26 January 1929.
Perth moved to top heading.

Diameter: 31 mm.

 

Chief Telegraph Office/
Perth - W.A.

Circular steel date stamp.

Has an upright G and 3 mm side arcs.

Diameter: 28mm.

CTO-PWA 1936
28 September 1936.

Used on AB-GSF-36.

A variation of this date stamp (dated 7 November 1930), is shown elsewhere on a telegram to Penfold's Wines. It appears to have had CHIEF removed.

 
Has a wider G than earlier format and dots for separation.

Has a 1 mm arc between Perth and WA.

Used: 29 May 1939 to 11 September 1944.

Diameter: 30 mm.

Rating: RRRR (unrecorded by P.M.I.).

Perth 1939
29 May 1939.
Premier Auction 116 Lot 3374.
 
Chief Telegraph Office/
Perth.

Letters are more rounded.

Used: 8 April 1953 to 26 December 1956.

Diameter: 31 mm.

Rated: R.

 

CTO 1953
8 April 1953.
Perth 1955
5 February 1955.

Used on AW-DO-10C (52) ,
on AW-GG-54A and AW-GCF-54B.

Chief Telegraph Office/
G.P.O. Perth.

Rectangular.

Used: 29 May 1963 to 1 February 1966.

Size: 26.5 × 44 mm.

Rated: RRRR (Unrecorded by P.M.I.).

CTO rect 1963
29 May 1963.
RRH CTO 1965
1 February 1966.

Used on AA-DO-13D.

Chief Telegraph/
Office/
Perth - W.A.

Rectangular rubber date stamp (RRH - CTO).

Used: 12 January 1905.

Size: 28 × 37 mm.

Rated: RRRR (not listed elsewhere).

CTO RRH
12 January 1905.

Used on WI-DO-1A.

 

Telegraph Receiving Office/
Perth, W.A.

Oval rubber date stamp RO7 - TRO.

Unlisted elsewhere.

Size: 31 × 49 mm (e = 0.77).

Rated: RRRR.

TRO RO7
14 April 1905 (year blocked out but a 2nd date stamp for confirmation).
Used in violet.

Used on WI-DO-1A.

TRO no date
3 April 1905(?) but year blocked out.
Used in purple.
Telegraphs/Perth W.A.
There are four formats for this inscription:

1. Two line date - month before day.
Has letter "A" under the heading above the date.

Small dots for separation.

Used: 23 August 1902 to 19 September 1902.

Diameter: 21 mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Telegs 1902 Aug
23 August 1902.
Teleg 1902
19 September 1902.
Inscription below the heading is unclear.

 

2. Two line date - month before day.
More pronounced dots for separation.

Used: 5 April 1905 to 28 May 1910.

Diameter: 21 mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in Census: 5.

1905 on 9d
5 April 1905.

28 May 1910.
Used on WI-TO-1.

3. Two line date - day before month.
More pronounced dots for separation.

Used: 6 November 1906 to 28 May 1910.

Diameter: 21 mm.

Rated: RRR.

Number in Census: 2.

Teleg 1906 thin
6 November 1906.

Used on a notification of a non-delivery.



 

4. One line date and larger size.

Used: 3 May 1917 to 10 January 1935.

Diameter: 28 mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in Census: 4.

Perth Tel 1917
3 May 1917.
Perth 1935
10 January 1935.
Premier Auction 116 Lot 3373.
Telegraphs. Perth/
WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
No separation markers.

Usage: 3 April 1930 to 30 March 1931.

Diameter: 26 mm.

Rated: RRRR.

Teleg perth 1930
3 April 1930.

Used on AB-DO-6B.

Teleg Perth 1931
Telegraphs/
G.P.O. Perth
.
Rubber oval date stamp (RO2 - T).

Usage: 1 December 1949.

Size: 34 × 43 mm (e = 0.61).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

RO2 - T 1949
1 December 1949.
 

Perth C.T.O.
Unframed date stamp like for other Capital City Chief Telegraph Offices.

Used: Possibly 1966.

Size:

Rated: RRR.

No example seen for imaging.