Philatelic Almanac
1855

January 1, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Echuca with barred oval 40. (FW-93)

 

 

January 1, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Bellarine (later Drysdale) wiht barred numeral 17. (FW-86)

 

 

January 3, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Oliver Lang, of the Black Ball line, departed from Sydney with the English mails (at some later date from Melbourne) and arrived in Liverpool Mar 20. (T-147

 

 

January 19, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Murchison with barred numeral 63. (FW-106)

 

 

January 31, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper Indian Queen of the Black Ball line arrived at Melbourne with private mails (departed Liverpool November 12, 1854 ). (T-144) 

 

 

February, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Lockwood at some point in February with barred numeral 59. (FW-104)

 

 

February 8, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper Shalimar of the White Star line arrived in Melbourne. (departed Liverpool November 23, 1854). (T-144)

 

 

February 12, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper James Baines arrived with the contract packet mails. (departed Liverpool December 9, 1854). (T-144)

 

 

February 15, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Champion of the Seas, of the Black Ball line, departed from Melbourne with the English mails and arrived in Liverpool May 11. (T-147)

 

 

February 23, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Wooloomooloo of the Aberdeen White Star line, left Sydney with the English mails.  I cannot verify whether it picked up mails in Melbourne enroute.  Arrival in Plymouth May 24. (T-147)

 

 

March 11, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship James Baines, of the Black Ball line, departed Melbourne with the English mails, arriving May 20. This was a contract packet mail. (T-147)

 

 

March 17, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Indian Queen, of the Black Ball line, departed Hobart with the English mails. It would appear that it did not pick up mails at Melbourne.  Arrival in Liverpool June 5. (T-147)

 

 

March 20, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper Lightning arrived in Melbourne with the contract packet mails. (departed Liverpool January 6, 1855). (T-144)

 

 

March 21, 1855 - Stamp Issue

This is the earliest recorded date for the Campbell & Fergusson 2d Queen-on-Throne Stone C printing. (K-78)

 

 

March 22, 1855 - Stamp Issue
This is the earliest recorded date for the Campbell & Fergusson 2d Queen-on-Throne Stone B printing. (K-77)

 

 

March 24, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Shalimar of the White Star line, departed Melbourne with the English mails, arriving in Liverpool Jun 8. (T-147)

 

 

April 11, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Lightning, of the Black Ball line, departed Melbourne with the English mails, arriving in Liverpool June 29. This was a contract packet mail. (T-148)

 

 

April 29, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper Frances Henty arrived at Portland with private mails from UK. (Departed Downs, February 6, 1855). (T-144)

 

 

May 2, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Red Jacket of the White Star line departed from Melbourne with the English mails, arriving at Liverpool July 25. (T-148)

 

 

May 11, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper Boomerang arrived at Melbourne with the contract packet mail. (Deprated Liverpool February 6, 1855). (T-144)

 

 

May 14, 1855 - Ship Arrival
The clipper Salem, of the White Star line, arrived at Melbourne with private UK mails. (Departed Liverpool February 20, 1855). (T-144)

 

 

May 16, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship George Marshall, departed with English mails from Melbourne with arrival at London, August 6. (T-148)

 

 

June 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Broadmeadows during June, with barred numeral 21. (FW-88)

 

 

June 1, 1855 - Ship Departure
The Eagle departed with English mails, arriving in Liverpool, September 9. (T-148)

 

 

June 3, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Ocean Chief, of the Black Ball line, departed from Sydney with English mails.  I cannot verify whether it stopped at Melbourne.  Arival in Liverpool on August 26. (T-148)

 

 

June 4, 1855 - Ship Departure
The Essex departed Melbourne with English mails, arriving in Deal, (Kent county), September 13. (T-148)

 

 

June 7, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Boomerang of the Black Ball line, departed with the English mails, arriving in Liverpool Sep 19.  This was a contracted packet mail. (T-148)

 

 

June 8, 1855 - Ship Departure
The Scotia departed Sydney with English mails with arrival at Deal, in Kent,  on October 6.  (T-148)

 

 

June 13, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Northumberland departed Melbourne with English mails, arriving in London Sep 23. (T-148)

 

 

June 19, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Blue Jacket of the Fox line, departed Melbourne for London, arriving Jan 26, 1856. (T-149)

 

 

June 20, 1855 - Ship Departure
The steamer Bosphorus departed Melbourne with mail on a private contract basis for Galle (Ceylon) and Suez, with mail arriving in Southampton Sep5. (T-148)

 

 

June 23, 1855 - Ship Departure
The steamer Phoenix left Sydney and was wrecked in the Torres Strait.  The mail was saved and transferred to another ship, eventually arriving at Southampton, Oct 5. (T-149)

 

 

July 1, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Frances Henty departed with English mails for Plymouth, arriving Sep 21. (T-149)

 

 

July 10, 1855 - Ship Departure
The steamer Blanche Moore departed for Galle (Ceylon), where the mails were transferred, eventually arriving at Southampton Oct 5. (T-149)

 

 

July 11, 1855 - Stamp Issue
The earliest recorded date for the Campbell & Fergusson 2d Queen-on-Throne Stone A printing.  Usage is recorded from July 1855 until June 1856. (K-76)

 

 

July 15, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Mermaid of the Shite Star line departed for Liverpool, arrivinng Oct 20.(T-149)

 

 

July 22, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Marco Polo of the Black Ball line, departed Melbourne with the English mails, arriving in Liverpool Oct 20. This was a contract packet mail. (T-149)

 

 

August 17, 1855 - Ship Departure
The Ballaarat departed Melbourne for London, with private contract mail, arriving Oct 27. (T-149)

 

 

August 23, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper ship Oliver Lang of the Black Ball line, departed Melbourne with the English mails, arriving in Liverpool Nov 27. This was a contract packet mail. (T-149)

 

 

August 31, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper White Star (flagship of the White Star line) left Melbourne for Liverpool, carying private contract mail, arriving Nov 27. (T-150)

 

 

September 14, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Kent of the Wigram line, departed Melbourne for Cornwall, with private contract mail, arriving Nov 26. (T-150)

 

 

Sepember 25, 1855 - PO Opening

A post office opened at Mount Blackwood goldfields with barred numeral 64. (FW-106).

A cover was discovered in 2008 from the goldfields carried by private courier service three weeks before the post office opened.  It was written up in in the journal Philately from Australia.

 

 

October 2, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Donald McKay of the Black Ball line, departed for Liverpool, arriving Dec 28. This was a contract packet mail. (T-150)

 

 

October 18, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Fiery Creek with barred numeral 97. (FW-118).  Later renamed Raglan and then Beaufort.

 

 

October 19, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Ben Nevis departed with contract packet mail for Liverpool, arriving Jan 17, 1856. (T-150)

 

 

October 27, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Champion of the Sea, of the Black Ball line, departed with contract packet mail for Liverpool, arriving Jan 25, 1856. (T-151)

 

 

October 31, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Balmoral, with barred numeral 96. (FW-118)

 

 

November 1, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office opened at Carisbrook, with barred numeral 100. (FW-119)

 

 

November 14, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Shalimar, of the White Star line, departed with contract packet mail for Liverpool, arriving Feb 3, 1856. (T-151)

 

 

November 28, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper James Baines, of the Black Ball line, departed with contract packet mail for Liverpool, arriving Mar 2, 1856. (T-151)

 

 

December 1, 1855 - PO Opening
A post office re-opened at Dunkeld (previously Mt. Sturgeon, closed 1854), with barred numeral 112 (FW-123)

 

 

December 11, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Emma, of the White Star line, departed with contract packet mail for Liverpool, arriving Mar 26, 1856. (T-151)

 

 

December 27, 1855 - Ship Departure
The clipper Lightning departed with contract packet mail for Liverpool, arriving Mar 24, 1856. (T-151)

 

 

References

(T) Australia New Zealand UK Mails to 1880, Colin Tabaert, self-published, England 2004

(FW) The Numeral Cancellations of Victoria, Freeman & White, RPSV, Melbourne, 2001

(K) The Stamps of Victoria, Geoff Kellow, B&K Publishing, Melbourne, 1990.

Page reference follows the Reference symbol.

 

 

 

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