All of the TPOs that have been described so far were
provided as part of the postal service of Victoria.
Two other types of TPOs are found, but these originated
within the French and German mail systems. Each of these
countries delivered mails to Victoria and, in certain
circumstances they received mails directly for the return
voyage, using their own TPO type cancellations. The
letters they accepted did not get any cancellation from
the Victoria post office, and these examples provide
another interesting chapter to the TPO usages found
on Victoria stamps.
According to Purves, the French service commenced in
January 1883. The earliest example I have encountered
is Mar 8, 1883. The cancellation found is an octagon
shape surrounding a smaller circle, with the words Poss.
Ang. (English Colony) around the top portion, and the
words Paq. Fr. T. No 6, (French Packet Line #6) for
example, along the bottom. Inside the smaller circle
is a 3-line date stamp of day, month and year. This
postmark is found until Jan 1887 and is found in black
and red. .
A second type of cancellation is recorded with dates
in 1885 and 1886, however, I have been unable to locate
one. It is a smallish circle with the words Ligne T
in the top portion and the same wording as above in
the bottom half of the circle.
Purves notes several additional variations in cancellations
until the demise of this service in the late 1880s.
I have been unable to locate examples of these later
types and would welcome information from anyone who
has one or more copies.
The German service began in 1886 when the Victoria
government entered into a contract with Norddeutscher
Lloyd Line. The postmark found is a large circle with
the word DEUTSCHE across the top, the word SEEPOST below,
then AUSTRALISCHE and HAUPTLINE and finally a 2 line
date stamp at the bottom. While some examples have been
recorded on letters posted to Victoria, no examples
had been previously recorded of this cancellation on
a Victoria stamp. The scan above shows the only example
recorded to date, to the best of my knowledge, on a
postcard addressed to Adelaide, dated 8/9 1889. Presumably,
the German mail ship would have proceeded to Adelaide
upon its’ departure from Melbourne and delivered
the letter on it’s arrival? Apparently, this is
also the earliest known date found with this postmark.
Once again, I invite anyone who can contribute additional
information to this story to contact
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