Western Australia - Colonial: 1869-1900.
Delivery envelope: WC-EO-4.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: No form number.
Heading is
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & envelope): Black on cream.
Size of envelope overall: 98 × 148 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:


Fremantle to London
31 January 1911.
Has rare oval TELEGRAPH OFFICE date stamp in violet of reverse side (RO-5).

Has 4d. Yellow Swan with mss Fremantle and tied with "COLOMBO" transit datestamp of 9 February 1911.

Referenced in "Black Swan" Sept 1986.

Provenance: Walkley.

Prestige Philately November 2010 Lot 257.

WC-EO-4 rev

WC-EO-4 (reverse).

Rvere side of the above delivery envelope showing the rare oval date stamp (RO-5).


An earlier example was reported in Sydney Views (February 1986, p.13). That cover, franked with a 2d Swan, was also sent from Fremantle with an oval date stamp of 10 December 1909. It has a London arrival date stamp of 7 January 1910.

No information is known of its whereabouts and it does not appear to have come up at any auction. No reasonable picture is available.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
EO-4 None 31 January 1911 at Telegraph Office Fremantle. RRR