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Australian States Stamps and Postal History

Australian States Stamps - Now is the perfect moment for collectors to consider the postal and philatelic history of the ‘Australian States’. One that reflects a rapid period of socio-economic development occurred between 1850–1901. It stands independently in the philatelic history of Australia, currently attracting renewed attention and interest from international collectors. Despite the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, the six ‘Australian States’ of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria continued to issue their own postage stamps until 1913. Each offers the philatelist an opportunity to discover unusual and rare examples and the chance to examine interesting material including items that are still only now being discovered.

The first stamps of New South Wales were issued in 1850 and are known as ‘Sydney Views’; Queensland’s first were issued in 1860 depicting the ‘Chalon’ portrait of a young Queen Victoria; South Australia’s first stamps, issued in 1855 are generally known as the ‘Diamen’ issues; Tasmania’s first stamp was issued in 1853 and is known as the ‘1d Courier’; Victoria’s first stamp was issued in 1850 and is known as the “Half Length”; Western Australia’s first stamp was issued in 1854 and is known as the ‘Black Swan’.

Having retired, many Australians are returning to philately. They now have more time and the resources to rekindle their childhood interest. Others are intrigued by the history and excited by all that is happening in Australia. The Australian States stamps are a complex, though rewarding specialist area where the stamps themselves form only part of what collectors want and where ‘Specimens’, unusual watermarks, printing errors, colour variations, rare postmarks often from remote towns in this vast country, all generate interest and the source of many interesting books and articles on the subject. Individual Australian States stamps proudly display their state symbols and are otherwise easily identifiable. They are, nevertheless, an integral part of all that followed.
Australian State Stamps

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  • Lot 31 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - Queensland. STAMP pictorial embossed p/card, Zieher, c.1905,used.

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  • Lot 32 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £90 - £100

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - TASMANIA 1858 1s vermilion, imperf, wmk '12', SG 41, unused. £950

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  • Lot 33 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - Tasmania STAMPS PICTURED on postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.

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  • Lot 34 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £30 - £35

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - WA 1898-1907 1d carmine Swan, SG 112, NHM BLOCK of 4

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  • Lot 142 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £70 - £80

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - 1840-41 Two (very travel-worn) entire letters. The first a ship letter out of London dated 16th December 1840, addressed to Launceston, V.D.L., with a boxed ship letter mark dat...
  • Lot 143 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £100 - £120

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - QUEENSLAND 1895-1911 POSTMARKS COLLECTION displayed on mostly 1895-6 (white background) issues as multiple frankings on small pieces, with numeral cancels between 27 & 580, coup...
  • Lot 144 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £80 - £100

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1882-1912 a used collection incl. 1882-85 perf 14 1d's, 2d's & 6d's, perf 12 4d & 6d, 1882-95 3d brown shades, 1884 ½d on 1d surcharges, 1885-93 range with mos...
  • Lot 145 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 07:00

    Est. £300 - £400

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1854-1912 a specialists mint and used range on stock pages, largely identified with light duplication, from a good range of classic imperf types in mixed condi...
  • Lot 1504 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £500 - £550

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - NEW SOUTH WALES 1851-52 1d claret on bluish laid paper, vertical pair, one no leaves to right of South, SG 50a, clear to good margins and neat barred oval cancels.

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  • Lot 1505 (Kwik-Bid #4334)

    Monday 30th May 2022, 16:30

    Est. £300 - £325

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    AUSTRALIAN STATES - NEW SOUTH WALES 1853 8d orange, SG 81, four margins, neat full '66' cancel.

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