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DaveSheridan
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04 Jun 2018
04:34:45am
I found this a while ago, and it was a nice find (yes, I love postmarks).

Collingwood is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, so postmarks are common.

However, this particular postmark has a recorded usage of 30 October 1939 to 6 December 1940, and is rated RRR. This example is clearly dated 6 OC 39 (although the 6 may be an inverted 9), making it the earliest recorded date by 24 days.

For it to be an almost complete example is an absolute bonus

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DaveSheridan
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04 Jun 2018
04:59:20am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

During WWII, many military camps were created, some for a very short time. Military post office cancels from the period are usually crisp and I have many.

This is my scarcest. Mil. P.O. Wangaratta was opened 26 June 1940 and closed 31 January 1941, so was only open for a little over seven months. This example is dated 17 JY 40

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DaveSheridan
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04 Jun 2018
05:03:17am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Another scarce MILPO. MIL PO SEYMOUR No 25A. The postmark is very indistinct, but I think it's 2? JA 43.

This military base in Victoria had a number of post offices during WWII, but this one was open for only 20 months from August 1941 to April 1943.

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smauggie
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04 Jun 2018
05:19:19am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Hi Dave,

Thanks for sharing this information. What resource are you using to determine the rarity of these postmarks>

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DaveSheridan
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04 Jun 2018
07:32:06am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

There's an online reference here https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/po.w?

The Post Offices and Hand-Held Datestamps of Victoria Vols 1 & 2 (A-G)

and Phil Collas's book

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04 Jun 2018
09:15:47am
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Thanks for the information Dave.

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DaveSheridan
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08 Jun 2018
08:06:06am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

The post office at the Prisoner of War Camp at Cowra (NSW) was open from October 1941 to January 1947.

The camp was the site of the (in)famous Cowra Breakout which you can read about here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowra_breakout

This is, no doubt, a favour cancel, but it's one of only two complete examples I've handled

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DaveSheridan
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08 Jun 2018
08:22:27am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

My favourite area of Australian postmark collecting is the cut-down relief stamps of NSW.

Old cancellers were reduced to one or two letters to be used as relief stamps. They pop up from time to time and I have a hundred or so

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DaveSheridan
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08 Jun 2018
08:40:59am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

South Monegatta (Vic) open from 1911 to 1917. The earliest recorded date is 25 August 1913, the last recorded date 10 June 1916. Sadly, this postmark is missing the year by about 2mm!

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DaveSheridan
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09 Jun 2018
09:17:39pm
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

"T.O. Brown Coal Mine", 1918-1947, with this cancel in use from 1922 to 1932, rated RR. Renamed Yallourn North

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DaveSheridan
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10 Jun 2018
05:41:02am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Martin's Creek, Victoria, open from 1953 to 1966, and rated RRRR. This copy is the earliest recorded date, 12 NO 59

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Winedrinker
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10 Jun 2018
06:15:32pm
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Very interesting. Thank you for posting.
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ikeyPikey
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10 Jun 2018
10:23:26pm
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Nice thread!

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DaveSheridan
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10 Jun 2018
10:55:18pm
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Not particularly scarce, but a lovely SON. Numeral 398 rays of Wanganella NSW. Wanganella is a tiny town, with the population of a few hundred people.

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11 Jun 2018
02:03:26am

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Here's a very nice SON cancel from Cape Barren Island,just of the coast of Tasmania one of the Furneaux Group along with Flinders,Prime Seal,Badger and Clarke Islands.
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DaveSheridan
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11 Jun 2018
04:05:20am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

That's a lovely strike. The Tasmanian pictorials take a postmark well

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vinman
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11 Jun 2018
10:21:59am
re: Scarce Australian Postmarks

Nice SON cancels.
I collect a few world wide countries and I am always happy to place SON cancels in my collection, even if they are not for the countries I collect.

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