2nd July 1934 Perf 10½
and engraved, by FD. Manley.
The very first Rotary Recess Issue. From the very beginning,
this method of production was an outstanding success.
Issued as a commemorative to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of the founding of the State of Victoria and the settlement of Melbourne, it's capital.
The design was a contemporary drawing of the Yarra River with the past and present
6th August 1934 Perf 11½
Initially perforated comb perf 10½, it was found to tear a
little too easily and hard to separate. The perforator was subsequently changed to 11½
the next month and remained so for all subsequent issues in this format. The later
perforation is relatively scarce as the bulk of printings appear with the earlier
The remarkable thing to observe in this issue is the
quantities produced. A staggering 115 million of the 2d. Much much larger quantities of
course were produced of most of the KGV typographed definitives, over a period of time.
But that was the point that most impressed the authorities. A single print run, producing
huge quantities of stamps, in attractive recess design.
Two distinct papers exist for this
Cowans: probably only 10½
Thin & tough
gum very transparent
Used on Harbour bridge for comparison.
Wiggins Teape, probably only perf 11½
Slightly opaque gum
slightly blurred impressions.
Used on Macarthur for comparison
Note the colour of the 1 shilling value was not a
This colour was used again on the 1/- Anzac.