South Australia - Interim period: 1901-1917.
Delivery form: SI-DO-4.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number E.T. No. 1.
Has standardised interim period heading with State name.
Message area: 9 thin lines.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Blue on buff.
Size of form overall: 182 × 223 mm.
Size of datestamp box: 26 × 29 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
SI-DO-4 Pt Pirie


Broken Hill to Port Pirie, SA.
20 December 1908.


  • printed in blue on white/cream paper;
  • two lines of vertical text at the left.


SI-DO-4Source: National Archives of Australia - see link. SI-DO-4.

Edithburg to Port Adelaide (Customs).
1 February 1909.

Important historical telegram having the same format as for the form above.

Eagle 2 SI-DO-4.

Edithburg to Port Adelaide (Customs).
1 February 1909.


A follow up telegram to that above.

The sinking of the Clan Ranald was a major tragedy with 40 seaman finally losing their lives. A discussion of the sinking was carried by The Register on 2 February 1909. Two images from the National Library of Australia follow:

Row boat
A rowing boat from the wrecked ship.
NLA PRG 280/1/43/88.
Rescue Party
Part of the rescue party.
NLA PRG 280/​1/​43/​82.


Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-4 None. 20 December 1908 at Port Pirie. RR