South Australia.
Telegraph offices on the first line - 1856.


Adelaide Railway Station.

The Telegraph Office opened in 1856. It did not merge to become a Post & Telegraph Office until 1909.

The Telegraph operations at the station were closed on 25 January 1965 and transferred to Hindley Street.


Adel Rail
Adelaide Railway Station in the 1860s.
Source: NLA B47794_13.
Adel Rail Adelaide Railway squared circle date stamp.
26 September 1907.

Size: 27 × 27 mm.

Used on SI-DO-3.

Adel RS
Adelaide Railway Station about 1870.





Although the first line went through Hindmarsh, not Telegraph Office was considered at that place in 1856. Later, questions were asked in the Parliament - on 21 June 1882 - as to "what steps have been taken with regard to the selection of a site and the erection of a Post-Office and Telegraph Station at Hindmarsh"?


Largs Bay.

The Telegraph Office opened on 17 January 1883.

Largs Bay 1895
Largs Bay
1 May 1895.
Usual postal squared
circle date stamp.

Port Adelaide.

A Telegraph Office was opened at Port Adelade in 1856. It was one-roomed wooden building on the wharf. A new Post Office was constructed in late 1867 and it was described as "one of the handsomest buildings in the municipality, and affording the accommodation required for the telegraphic business of the place". In the South Australian Register of 24 January 1871, it was however reported that "A meeting of the subscribers and friends of the Port Adelaide Institute was held on Friday evening, January 20, at the new reading-rooms, lately the Telegraph Office".

On 4 August 1877, the Minister of Agriculture stated in the House that "nothing would be gained by amalgamating the Post and Telegraph offices at Port Adelaide".

Pt Adelaide 1879
Telegraph Office
Port (Adelaide).
25 March 1878.
Used on a telegram form
Earliest recorded example for any Colony of a designated TELEGRAPH date stamp
Port Adel 1905
Telegraph Office,
Port (Adelaide),
2 November 1905.

Diameter: 28 mm.
Used on telegram of type

Port Adel 1906 Pt Adelaide 1945
Port Adelaide 2 July 1945.

Used on telegram of type
AW-DO-10C (42).

Port Adelaide Railway Station.

A Telegraph Office was opened at Port Adelaide Railway Station in 1856.

Pt Adel rail
Port Adelaide Railway Station 11 December 1902.
On 1/- brown thin postage.

Prestige Philately XXX

  Pt Adel Rail 1906
1 March 1907.
Squared circle date stamp.
1 March 1907.


Semaphore was an important centre for communictions in the 1850s and 1860s. The Telegraph Office and Post Office were established in 1856. The main Signal Station was also based at Semaphore where all ship movements were monitored. The Station also had a time ball to give an accurate record of time. For further details elsewhere.

A new Telegraph Office was constructed and opened in November 1881 having been included in the 1880 budget at a cost of £1,380.

The 1881 Semaphore Telegraph Office with the Signal Station.
The Time Ball was housed on the tower behind (past the telegraph post).
Semaphore 1879 Semaphore 26 August 1879.

A date stamp used before stamps were used to pre-pay telegram costs in South Australia but of a similar format.