Western Australia.
Oval date stamps produced for Cue.


Other listings of Cue oval date stamps list three formats. The formats were RO2, RO6 and RO7. The following analysis extends these previous classifications to eight distinct types. Information which extends any of the statements is most welcome. An overview of date stamp classification and a description of eccentricity to measure their shape is provided elsewhere.

The Cue Telegraph Office opened in November 1894.

RO2 - TO.

Two formats depending mainly on the width of the oval.
No separation markings between upper and lower inscriptions.

ERD: 30 September 1946.

LRD: 13 October 1947.

TO 1946
Telegraph Office in violet.
30 September 1946.

33 × 43 mm (e = 0.64).

TO 1947
Telegraph Office in violet.
13 October 1947.
.
34 × 54 mm (e = 0.78).

RO6 - TO.

Has stars for separation between upper and lower inscriptions.

28 × 45 mm (e = 0.78).

ERD: 28 November 1894.

LRD: 18 January 1897.

 


Telegraph Office.
28 November 1894.

Used on WC-DO-4Ca.

TO 1897
Telegraph Office.
17 June 1897.
RO7 - TO.

Has separations rosettes between upper and lower inscriptions.

Used in violet: 14 July 1898 to 10 January 1901.

25 × 38 mm (e = 0.75).

Number in the Census: 5.

Rated: RRRR.

See rare use of both this format and format RO2-P&TO on the same delivery form.

RO7 1898
Telegraph Office in violet.
29 October 1898.
RP7 1899
Telegraph Office in blue.
6 May 1899.
 

RO7 1901
Telegraph Office in violet.
10 January 1901.

Used on IW-DO-1.

 
RO2 - P & TO.

Post & Telegraph Office.
Has "&" after POST.

29 × 43 mm (e = 0.74).

ERD: 16 February 1900.

LRD: 24 November 1900.

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 4.

See rare use of this format and format RO7-TO on the same delivery form.

P&T 1900

24 November 1900.

Although few examples of this format are recorded, all have an overinked C or the letter had not been cut correctly.
RO6 - PandTO.

Has "AND" after POST.

30 × 50 mm (e = 0.80).

ERD: 28 March 1899.

LRD:

Only known example.

RO7 1899
Post and Telegraph Office - in green.
28 March 1899.

Very rare use of 'AND' not '&'.

 
RO6 - P&TO.

Has "&" after POST.
No separation markings between top and lower inscriptions.

29.5 × 50 mm (e = 0.80).

ERD: 21 March 1902.

LRD: 1 September 1907.

RO6 1902
Post & Telegraph Office in purple.
21 March 1902.
Cue 1907
Post & Telegraph Office in violet.
1 September 1907.
RO7 - P & TO.

Writing in top border extends below horizontal diameter on both sides. Separation arcs on either side of CUE WA.

30 × 49 mm (e = 0.79).

ERD: 8 June 1905.

LRD:

RO7 1905
Post & Telegraph Office.
8 June 1905.

 
RO7 - P & TO.

Post & Telegraph Office in top border confined above horizontal diameter.

Words in the top of the outer ring are separated from words in the lower half by lozenges.

Used in blue: 13 July 1910 -
12 January 1912.

Size: 24 × 48 mm (e = 0.87).

Rated: RRRR.

Number in the Census: 2.


13 July 1910.
Used on WI-DO-2Ba.

(separation lozenges can just be seen in the original).

RO7 1912
12 January 1912.
Oval used in blue on an urgent rate telegram.

No separation markings in outer ring.

Used in blue: 18 July 1916.

Size: 24 × 48 mm (e = 0.87).

Number in the Census: 1.

Rated: RRRRR.

RO7 1916
18 July 1916.

 

Lozenges for separation are moved into the lower half of the outer ring.

Used in violet:
16 September 1912.

Size: 23 × 49 mm (e = 0.88).

Rated: RRRRR.

Number in the Census: 1.


16 September 1912 - in violet.