Australia - International - Eastern Extension.
Delivery form: IAX-DO-5.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED" above reference to THE EASTERN EXTENSION ....
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Red on cream.
Size of form overall: 204 × 193 mm.
Size of date stamp box: 33 mm diameter.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
 Cable & Wireless devolved responsibility for some aspects - including printing - to some of the former Colonies.
Instructions from England had, of course, to be followed. Hence the first printings in Australia of the forms for international telegrams
reversed the order of the organisations to make Cable & Wireless the lead organisation. Contractual obligations, related especially
to the cable operation, made it a requirement to continue to use the reference to The Eastern Extension.
DO-4 IAX-DO-5.

To Collinswood, South Australia via Adelaide C&W Office and Walkerville.


  • no form number;
  • similar four lines of text at left to that in IAX-DO-4C although formatting slightly different;
  • text size different from that of IAX-DO-4C.
The following telegram shows the use of two IAX-DO-5 forms to record a message which was too long for one form. Such long telegrams were common for commercial and government messages where information could not be communicated more succinctly.

The use of the same IAX-DO-5 form for a message from London (The New Era Treatment Company) to Sir Albert Dunstan, the Victorian Minister of Health in Melbourne concerning the product Elasto.

The message was recorded on ticker tape and cut by the operator in Melbourne before being glued to the forms.

Has an OVERSEAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION rubber date stamp on 14 July 1948 at Melbourne on each page.


Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-5 None 1 September 1943 at Adelaide C&W Office. RR