South Australia - Colonial period: 1855-1900.
Delivery form: SC-DO-4

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number No. 13.
Has ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH with crest between words and the Lion and the Unicorn face away from each other.
Message area: 20 boxes in four lines.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Red on cream.
Size of form overall: 194 × 223 mm.
Size of datestamp box: 40 × 34 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
DO-4A SC-DO-4.

Melbourne to Heidelberg, Germany repeated at Glenelg.
4 November 1876.

Very early usage of a handstamp on a telegram. Also an early example of a telegram crossing the Overland Telegraph line (4 years after opening).


  • no heading for the name of the receiving Station;
  • no entry after Station in the top of the 2nd section.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-4 None. 4 November 1876 at Glenelg. RRRR