This site is dedicated entirely to the philately of the colony of Victoria, Australia, and is provided, free of charge, to assist collectors who specialize in this area.
The postage stamp issues of Victoria are numerous and complex. Victoria rejected the conventional wisdom accepted in most of the colonies of the British Empire to have postage stamps printed in England and shipped ready to use to the colony – instead, the colonists in Victoria decided to print their own stamps, using the manufacturing capabilities available to them at the time. This independence led to many variations in quality, plate production techniques, printing methods, paper supplies and other parameters that all contributed to the rich philatelic smorgasbord found in the stamps that emanated from the colony.
The early stamp issues from Victoria, known to collectors as the Half Lengths, Queen-on-Throne, Woodblocks, Emblems, Beaded Ovals and Laureates continue to fascinate students to this day, and continue to reveal new insights.
The range of stamp issues and printing techniques, and their consequent complexity, drives many collectors away to easier collection subjects – but, for many, like myself, the complexity is a magnet that draws them to a lifelong quest to understand these stamps, and the history they reveal.
The full scope of the philatelic interests represented within Victoria is too great to accommodate within this site, so specific goals have been adopted which reflect the presumed interests of most collectors and the specific interests which are of particular appeal to me. These include the early lithography printing techniques, the Travelling Post Offices (T.P.O.’s) of Victoria, the evolution of the perforation machines used, and other areas of research and observation, many of which are noted in the menu options and various philatelic articles that are offered herein.
More than anything else, the goal here is to generate interest and debate on the issues involved. Despite best efforts and the comparison of multitudes of examples in some cases, there is still uncertainty in the cataloguing of certain stamps shown in the scans. I’m hopeful that others can cast some additional light on these and challenge the status quo, in the interests of creating a reliable reference guide for collectors in this field.
Where I have an interest in specific areas of research, such as the TPO’s, I would encourage others to contact me and share information, with the goal of working toward a collaborative understanding of the issues involved.
Finally, if you can provide scans for stamps that are missing in my lists, or can improve on the image shown, I’d be delighted to hear from you.
happy collecting, Les Molnar