South Australia - Colonial period: 1855-1900.
Delivery form SC-DO-1

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: No form number.
Heading is South Australian Magnetic Telegraph with the Crest in the centre.
Message area: Blank - many details so message area is only about one-third of the form.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Black on blue.
Size of form overall: 174 × 215 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:

17 November 1857.


  • the date stamp begins 185_;
  • DELIVERY FORM in the top left corner is in bold;
  • "Station" (2nd line) begins under first "e" of Telegraph.

Notice that the last of the listed charges is for "cab hire" - required if the delivery was to be more than 5 miles from the telegraph office.


Adelaide to Gawla
(4 November 1862).


  • the date stamp begins 186_;
  • DELIVERY FORM in the top left corner is not bold;
  • "Station" (2nd line) begins under "r" of Telegraph.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-1A None 17 November 1857 at Adelaide (?) RRRR
DO-1B None 4 November 1862 at Gawler. RRRR