Western Australia.
Telegraph Offices - Perth suburban.


 

Armadale.

A Post & Telegraph Office was opened on 1 September 1898.

Two formats of rubber oval date stamp were issued to the office.

  1. A rubber oval POST & TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp (RO6-P&TO):

Used in violet: 12 February 1900.

Size: 24 × 44 mm (e = 0.84).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

Armadale
12 February 1900.
  1. A rubber oval TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp (RO2-TO):

Used in violet:

Size:

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census:

 

Bassendean.

Was originally known as West Guilford and the change of name was gazetted in 1922.

A Receiving Office was opened at West Guilford on 15 January 1906 which was changed to an Administrative Office on 3 December 1906.

The Office was issued with a rubber Post & Telegraph Office date stamp (RO7-P&TO).

Used in violet: 15 September 1934.

Size: 31 × 52 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.
(not recorded elsewhere).

Bassendean
15 September 1934.

Used on AB-GCF-34A.
ACE Auction July 2018, Lot 961.

Blackboy Hill.

A Post & Telegraph Office was opened at Blackboy Hill on 29 August 1914 and it was closed on 30 November 1918. It was again reopened on 1 March 1929 but renamed Greenmount Hill on 1 November 1932.

The site was used as a military training camp due the troop buildup of World War 1. In following years the camp was used as an isolation hospital for treating people with the Spanish flu and, during the 1930s, to accommodate unemployed relief workers.

Blackboy Hill was named after the famous and wonderful Australian native black boy plants - Xanthorrhoea preissii - which once dominated the area.

PS: See also Tit-Bit #7.

A rubber oval Post & Telegraph Office date stamp (RO7-P&TO) was issued to the office:

Used in blue: 30 October 1914 (about 2 months after opening).

Size: 25 × 48 mm (e = 0.85).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

Blackboy
30 October 1914 - about two months after the P&T Office opened.

ACE Stamp Auctions:
November 2010, Lot 597 and July 2018, Lot 886..

Claremont.

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A rubber oval Telegraph Office date stamp (RO5-TO) was used at Claremont.

Used in violet: 27 July 1971 and on 13 March 1973.

Size: 28 × 45 mm (e = 0.78).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 2 (not elsewhere recorded).

The triple oval format (RO5-TO) is the only known example of this format used for a date stamp for a Telegraph Office.

Claremont TO
27 July 1971.
Used on AA-DO-13D.


An Office at the Claremont Showground was issued with two types of Telegraph date stamps:

  1. about 1905 - a RO6-TO Claremont Showground date stamp (rated RRRR);
  2. about 1920 - a RO7-P&TO Claremont Showground date stamp (rated RRRR);
 
Cottesloe.  

At least five types of date stamps appear to have been issued to Cottesloe for telegram use:

  1. RO6 - P&TO.

Used: about 1904.

Rating: RRR.

 
  1. RO7 - P&TO.
    Date has month before day and a stop after the day.

Used: 27 July 1909.

Size: 24 × 43 mm (e = 0.83).

Rating: RR.

Number in the Census: 1.

Cott 1909
27 July 1909.
  1. RO2 - P&TO.

Size: 31 × 52 mm (e = 0.80).

Used: 13 July 1944 to 12 September 1944 (possibly to 1959).

Rated: RR.

Cottesloe 1940
12 September 1944.
Used on AW-DO-10D (43).
  1. RO7 - P&TO.

Used: 5 November 1931 to 2 January 1936 in either violet or blue.

Size: 26 × 44 mm (e = 0.81).

Rated: RRR.

Cottesloe 1936
2 January 1936 - in blue.
Used on AB-DO-8F.
  1. RO7 - P&TO.
    Inner line is less scalloped and year extends beyond. Has a stop after Cottesloe (spans 18 mm).

Size: 26 × 44 mm (e = 0.81).

Used in violet: 7 February 1938.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

Cottle 1938
7 February 1938 - in violet.
Used on Social Telegram AB-GSF-36.

Guilford.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 23 December 1871. On 6 August 1873, the Perth Inquirer reported that "the new post and telegraph offices were opened on Saturday the 2nd instant. The building being close to the Court House, in the centre of the town, is much more convenient than formerly, and provides very suitable offices, and living-rooms for the postmaster. In addition to these improvements other arrangements now made will afford further benefits and facilities to the public".

A Post Office had previously been opened 22 February 1835.

A rubber oval TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp (RO6-TO) was used at Guilford:

Used in violet: 23 December 1896.

Size: 26 × 42 mm (e = 0.79).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in Census: 1.

Guilford RO6
23 December 1896.
Used on WC-DO-4Ca with delivery envelope.

Leederville.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 11 September 1897.

Another Post & Telegraph Office was opened at West Leederville.

Six types of date stamps were issued for use with telegrams:

  1. RO7 - P&TO.

Used in blue: possibly 1908 to 8 June 1910.

Size: 25 × 49 mm (e = 0.86).

Rated: RRRR.

Leederville RO7
8 June 1910.
  1. RO6 - P&TO.

Used: about 1912.
Perhaps this format was continued to the 1940s but no size is known for the 1912 version to enable a comparison.

Rated: RRRR.

 

 

  1. RO4 - P&TO .

Used in blue: 7 June 1912 to 1917.
23 December 1913 also known.

Size: 29 × 43 mm (e = 0.74).

Rated: RRR.

Number in the Census: 3.

 

Used in red: 23 March 1918.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1 item.

Leederville 1912
7 June 1912.
Leederville 1913
17 July 1915.
Leder RO4 Front
23 March 1918.
Two strikes of an RO4-P&TO date stamp in red.

Provenance: Arthur Gray.
Mossgreen October 2016, Lot 263.

reverse
Reverse side of the above cover showing a third impression of the RO4-P&TO.
  1. RO6 - P&TO.

Used in violet : 30 March 1940 to
24 November 1943.

Size: 24 × 41 mm (e = 0.81).

Rated RRRR.

Leederville 1940
30 March 1940.

Used on AB-DU-8A.

Leederville 1943
24 November 1943.

Used on AB-DU-9Gb.

  1. RO2 - TO.

Used in violet: 3 August 1946
(only recorded example).

Size: 31 × 47 mm (e = 0.75).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

Leederville 1946
3 August 1946.

Used on AB-DU-10Ab (44).

 
  1. RRH - P&TO.

Used: 1975-83.

Rated: RRR.

   

Maylands.

The Official Post & Telegraph Office opened on 30 April 1910.

Four formats were used at Maylands for oval date stamps issued for telegraphs:

  1. RO4 - P&TO.

Size: 25 × 42 mm (e = 0.80).

Used in violet: 11 November 1915 to
13 December 1915.

Rated: RRRR.

Maylands 1915
11 November 1915.
Premier Auctions May 1916.
May 13 Dec
13 December 1915.
  1. RO7 - P&TO.

Size: 37 × 43 mm (e = 0.51).

Used: about 1924

Rated: RRRR.

   
  1. RO4 - P&TO.

Size: 35 × 42 mm (e = 0.55).

Used: about 1945

Rated: RRRR.

   
  1. RO2 - P&T.

Size:

Used: 1975 to 1977.

Rated: RR.

   

Midland Junction (Helena Vale).

A Post Office was opened at Midland Junction on 1 May 1895. It was renamed Helena Vale in 1896. A Post & Telegraph Office was opened at Helena Vale on 12 April 1897 which then was renamed back to Midland Junction on 1 January 1901.

Two rubber date stamps were issued to the Offices - one under each name:
  1. At Helena vale: A rubber oval Post and Telegraph Office (RO7-P&TO) date stamp.

Used:

Size:

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census:

 
  1. At Midland Junction: A rubber oval Post & Telegraph Office (RO6 - P&TO) date stamp.

Used in purple: 25 March 1902.

Size: 29 × 48 mm (e = 0.80).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 2.


25 March 1902.

Used on a block of 8 2d yellow Swans with watermark W Crown A and perf 14.

Mount Lawley.

A Post & Telegraph Office was opened in 1909.

It appears as if three formats for rubber oval date stamps were issued to the Mt. Lawley office:

  1. an RO7-P&TO oval date stamp.
    Unusually has month then day.
    Letters are very round.

Used in violet: 22 November to 24 December 1927.

Size: 31 × 49 mm (e = 0.77).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 2.

Mt Lawley 1927
22 November 1927.
  Lawley Dec
24 December 1927.
  1. an RO2-TO used about 1944.

Size: 31 × 51 mm (e = 0.79).

Used: 12 April 1943 to 22 December 1944.

Rated: RRRR.

1943
12 April 1943.

Used on AW-DO-9Gb.

 
1944
22 December 1944.

Used on AW-DO-10A (43).

  1. an RO2-T used about 1950.

Rated: RRRR.

 
Nedlands.

No special date stamp for Telegraphs appears to have been issued to Nedlands.

 
South Perth.

The Post & Telegraph Office was opened on 7 November 1898 and was renamed Mends Street on 10 July 1939.

 
Two types of rubber oval date stamp were issued to the South Perth Telegraph Office:
  1. a RO4 - P&TO.

Size: 28 × 43 mm (e = 0.76).

Usage: 29 September 1914 to 29 July 1915.

Rated: RRRR (not elsewhere recorded).

Sth Perth 1914
29 September 1914.
Sth Perth 1915
29 July 1915.
  1. a RO2 - T

Size:

Usage: issued about 1961.

Rated: RR.

 
Subiaco.

The Telegraph Office was opened on 15 July 1897.

Three formats for date stamps for telegraph purposes are recorded:

 

  1. a rubber oval Post and Telegraph Office (RO7 - P&T:

Used: about 1898-99.

Size:

Rated: RRRR.

 
  1. a rubber oval TELEGRAPH OFFICE (RO6 - TO):

Used: about 1905.

Size:

Rated: RRRR.

 
  1. a rubber oval Post and Telegraph Office (RO6 - P&TO) used in violet.

Used: 28 January 1954 to 29 December 1956.

Size: 30 × 55 mm (e = 0.84).

Rated: RRR.

Number in the Census: 6.

Subiaco 1954
28 January 1954.
Used on AW-DO-10BB (50).
  Subi 1956
29 December 1956.
Used on AW-GCF-59B.
Victoria Park.

 

 
Six date stamps are recorded for use with telegraphs at Victoria Park. Four of these are rubber and two appear to be steel.  
  1. RO2-P&TO.

Used about 1901.

Rated: RRRR.

 
  1. RO7-P&TO.

Used about 1912.

Rated: RRRR.

 
  1. RO6-P&TO.

Used about 1935.

Rated: RRRR.

 
  1. RO2-TO.

Used about 1949.

Size: 30 × 57 mm (e = 0.85).

Rated: RRRR.

Vic Park 1949
22 October 1949.
  1. SC1-TO.
    Known with large and small date lines.

Used: .

Diameter: 31 mm.

Rated: RR.

 

West Leederville.

A Post & Telegraph Office was opened but no details are known.

A rubber oval Post & Telegraph Office (RO7-P&TO) date stamp was issued to the office.

Used in violet: 26 May 1947.

Size: 31 × 53 mm (e = 0.81).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.

West Leder 1947
26 May 1947.