Monday, 11 December 2017

Queensland Stamp Manuscript Cancellations

This is a listing of the different Queensland receiving office manuscript and other cancellations found on Queensland (Chalon, Sideface and Commonwealth) postage stamps. To find the receiving office you are looking for select from the alphabetical tabs above or the labels at the right

While hundreds of receiving offices existed for various lengths of time, almost all 
did not use distinctly recognisable markings. Most receiving offices followed the instructions of either not cancelling the stamp but letting the first "Official" Post Office that the mail arrived at do this, or they followed a later instruction to write the receiving offices' name on the envelope or postcard near the stamp. To see this you would need the envelope or postcard.

However, if the letter was a "local" mail, that is used in the same town / area, then
 postage stamps were to be obliterated by lines drawn diagonally across the stamps with a pen and black ink, and the name of the office and the date written on the upper left-hand corner of the letter. This is where most of the crosses, wavy lines, names and initials come from. Occasionally this was applied to mail destined for outside the local area as well.

All identifiable manuscript cancellations are therefore extremely scarce and hard to find, with the possible exceptions of Cania, Mt Larcom, Parson's Point and San Jose.


The rarity rating, given this caveat, is Scarce, for the most commonly found cancels, Rare, and then Very Rare where only 1 or two examples have been seen by me. All covers and postcards (with the possible exception of Parson's Point) are extremely rare and desirable.


Information about the receiving offices comes from Joan Frew: Queensland Post Offices 1842-1980 and Receiving Offices 1869-1927, published in 1981. 
Stampboards material can be seen at the Queensland Receiving Office Manuscript Cancels on stamps page here


Railway numeral cancellers were also in use for material sent by rail and using railway stamps. Sometimes these were inadvertently used for postal purposes, especially when the railway station and the post office was co-located. This usage has also been noted when the railway office was located with a receiving office, the use of the railway numeral being the only implement on hand to cancel postally used items.

The postal use of railway cancels is covered in my Queensland Catalog of Numeral Cancellations on Postage Stamps here and therefore I have not duplicated this usage in this blog.

Mail sent to Queensland Receiving Offices

This page lists known examples of mail being sent to Queensland Receiving Offices

Postcard sent from Brisbane to Linville Receiving Office on 12 April 1906. Received in Moore on 14 April 1906 and then presumably delivered to Linville. Linville, 30 km north north west of Toogoolawah, was a Receiving Office from 1898 to January 1910, when it was elevated to a post office. From 1905 onwards the receiving office keeper was E. Wells, a storekeeper. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Postcard sent from Berlin to Fassifern Receiving Office on 1 June 1913. Fassifern, 11 km west of Boonah, was a Receiving Office from 1897 - 1927. From 1911 the receiving office keeper was Hermann Schultz a dairy farmer. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Friday, 1 December 2017

Manuscript cancellations from Receiving Office locations

While hundreds of receiving offices existed for various lengths of time, almost all did not use distinctly recognisable markings. Most receiving offices followed the instructions of either

  • not cancelling the stamp but letting the first "official" post office that the mail arrived at do this
  • following a later instruction to write the receiving offices' name on the envelope or postcard near the stamp

This page shows material sent from locations during their receiving office period in accordance with the later instruction; namely that the receiving office name be written on the post card / envelope by the sender and then cancelled at the closest post office. 

While there is no way of knowing with certainty if these are receiving office examples, they are shown here as they were sent from a receiving office location in accordance with postal regulations



Chelona, 14 km south of Mackay, was a receiving office from 1902 - 1927. Manuscript name dated 11 February 1909 with Mackay datestamp dated 12 February 1909. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Coochin Creek, 6.5 km south of Landsborough, was a receiving office from 1888 - 1927. Manuscript name dated Friday (18 August 1911) with Beerwah datestamp dated 19 August 1911. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Mount Forbes, 24 km south west of Ipswich, was a receiving office from 1897 - 1927. Manuscript name dated 10 August 1909 with Harrisville datestamp of the same date. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Polmaily 6 km south west of Miriam Vale, was a receiving office from 1900 - 1901. Manuscript name dated 13 July 1907 with Miriam Vale datestamp dated 15 July 1907. Although outside the receiving office date period, I have included it here as the Polmaily receiving office was never upgraded to a post office. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Booval

Booval receiving office, 3 km east of the Ipswich post office. The receiving office opened at the railway station in 1883 and was elevated to a post office in 1912. The original receiving office keeper was the stationmaster, J. Denham
  • manuscript cancellation dated 1910 rated Very Rare
 

Booval manuscript cancellation dated 5 January 1910 with a TPO Queensland date stamp of the same date and rated Very Rare. Seen on Ebay

Maroochy River

Maroochy River, 8 km from Nambour. An  unofficial Maroochy River Boat Mail Service appears to have been operating in 1934
  • River Boat Mail Service seen in 1934 rated Very Rare

Maroochy River Boat Mail Service manuscript cancellation rated Very Rare. Dated 27 March 1934. Seen at Phoenix Auction no 54

The annotation on the cover reads as follows: THis letter was cancelled by the Maroochy River mailman, where such letters are picked up at farmers landings and delivered to other settlers along the banks of the river. Mode of conveyance. Motor boat. Service twice weekly

Blackfellows Gully (B F Gully)

Blackfellows Gully (B F Gully) Receiving office, on Six Mile Creek on the northern part of the Morinish gold field, 29 km from Yaamba. The receiving office opened in 1888 and closed on 24 February 1892, reopened in June 1897 and closed on 31 January 1912. It reopened 2 km from the previous site on 22 July 1912 and closed on 30 September 1927. 

The receiving office keepers were R. Davis in 1888, Mrs M. Boyd in 1889, Mrs Mitchell in 1890, Mrs J. Lawrence in June 1897, Miss M. Welsh from 28 February 1903, Miss Annie from 1 April 1909, Miss Ellen Farrell from 22 July 1909 and Mrs O'Donoghue from 22 July 1912
  • manuscript cancellation seen in 1910 rated Very Rare


Blackfellows Gully manuscript cancellation rated Very Rare. Dated 21 August 1910. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Armstrong Creek

Armstrong Creek Receiving office, 15 km west of Petrie. It opened in 1905 and closed in 1909 before reopening at the railway station on 19 March 1923 and was designated a post office in late 1927
  • Mail bag seal rated Very Rare



Armstrong Creek Mail bag seal and rated Very Rare. Seen at Phoenix Auction no 54

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Gleneagle

Gleneagle receiving office, 6 km north of Beaudesert. The receiving office opened on 19 August 1889 and was elevated to a post office in 1927. The original receiving office keeper was Mrs Rafferty
  • manuscript cancellation rated Very Rare


Gleneagle manuscript cancellation and rated Very Rare. Seen in Smithies

Louisa Creek

Louisa Creek Receiving office, 17 km south of Mackay. It opened in 1896 and was renamed Alligator Creek later that year
  • Mail bag seal rated Very Rare


Louisa Creek Mail bag seal and rated Very Rare. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collating Facebook Group 


Louisa Creek Mail bag seal and rated Very Rare. Seen in Smithies

Wutul

WutuReceiving office, 62 km north north west of Toowoomba. It opened in 1913 and was elevated to a post office in 1917
  • Mail bag seal rated Very Rare



Wutul Mail bag seal and rated Very Rare. Seen at Prestige Philately auction no 141



Monday, 28 November 2016

Dakabin

Dakabin Receiving office, 16 km south of Caboolture. It opened in February 1903 and was designated a post office in late 1927. The first receiving office keeper was A. McPhie. All examples seen also have an electric telegraph cancel in violet. It was probably used in lieu of a datestamp cancellation, as no datestamp cancellations for this post office during this period are known
  • Manuscript cancellation seen in 1932 to1937 rated Rare


Dakabin electric telegraph cancel with a manuscript cancellation dated 31 May 1935 and rated Rare. Seen in the Queensland Facebook Group



Dakabin electric telegraph cancel with a manuscript cancellation dated 30 July 1936 and rated Rare. Seen in a private collection


Probable Dakabin electric telegraph cancel with a manuscript cancellation dated 19 February 1937 and rated Rare. Seen in a private collection 


Dakabin electric telegraph cancel with a manuscript cancellation dated 28 August 1935 and rated Rare. Seen at Phoenix Auction no 55


Dakabin electric telegraph cancel with a manuscript cancellation dated 28 December 1932 and rated Rare. Seen in Smithies



Dakabin electric telegraph cancel with a manuscript cancellation dated 13 October 1932 and rated Rare. Seen at Phoenix Auction no 58

Friday, 26 August 2016

Rainworth

Rainworth Post office, 75 km south of Emerald. It opened in January 1863 and closed at the end of that year
  • Manuscript cancellation seen in 1863 rated Very Rare



Rainworth manuscript cancellation rated Very Rare. Dated 17 February 1863. Seen in a private collection. The post office was in existence at this time. However, as datestamp cancellations have been seen for this office, it is possible the official datestamp canceller had not yet been received