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In the beginning….

These first, nationally Australian, postage stamps were promised for January 1, 1913. As this was a New Year Holiday, the 1d value was issued on January 2. The first printing consignments of d, 1d, and 2d, were issued in undivided vertical sheets of 240. Possibly due to the security risk of the stamp sized gutter between the sheets, subsequent consignments, for all values, were delivered in single plate sheets of 120 stamps. Australian State stamps were not withdrawn. Rather, the Roo issue was brought into use in each State, and Post Office, as and when stocks of the States' stamps were exhausted.

The following dates are first deliveries from the printing office to the post office:-

 

Delivery

Date of issue

 

1d

Dec 31, 1912

Jan 02

Initially double sheets

d

Jan 04, 1913

Jan 14

Initially double sheets

2d

Jan 11, 1913

Jan 11

Initially double sheets

6d

Jan 14, 1913

Jan 18

 

5d

Jan 16, 1913

Jan 18

 

2d

Jan 17, 1913

Jan 27

 

1/-

Jan 21, 1913

Jan 25

 

2/-

Jan 25, 1913

Jan 30

 

3d,9d

Jan 22, 1913

Feb 01

 

4d

Feb 12, 1913

Feb 15

 

5/-, 10/-, 1

Mar 20, 1913

Mar 25

 

2

Apr 08, 1913

Apr 20

The 2 stamp was designed in error instead of an intended 2/6d

 

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