TPO06 - Sydney Line

The rail line was completed to Wodonga in April 1872 and, shortly afterwards, a mail van was assigned to the route.

TPOs 5, 6, 12, and 13 operated on this line, however, the distance that each travelled from Melbourne might have varied from time to time. Records indicate TPO12 only travelled as far as Benalla, while TPOs 5 and 6 travelled as far as Wodonga for most of the time (and TPO6 service to Albury NSW is  probable). TPO6 was the last to be terminated in 1917.

Stations served include Wallan Wallan, Broadford, Tallrook, Seymour, Avenel, Euroa, Violet Town, Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Wodonga, and Rutherglen.


T06-U1 (Uptrain)

The 22mm circle with 2 dots at either side is recorded from June 12, 1874 until August 3, 1881.

It is a scarce cancel on stamps and is rare on cover.


T06-U2 (Uptrain)

The 22mm circle with 1 dot at either side is recorded from November 24, 1882 until December 16, 1885.

This is a scarce strike on stamps and on covers.


T06-U3 (Uptrain)

A single example of a duplex cancel was recorded by Purves on a stamp issued in 1886 but I have not yet seen any examples.


T06-U4 (Uptrain)

A 25mm circle (Type 1 with smaller MG) is recorded from November 8,1885 until June 21, 1898.

This is a common strike on stamps but less common on cover


T06-U5 (Uptrain)

The 25mm circle (Type 2 with larger MG and serifed 6) is recorded between June 4, 1894 and December 20, 1907.

This is a very common cancel on stamp and also on cover.


T06-U6 (Uptrain)

The 28mm circle (Type 1 with UP to left of the date) is recorded between February 1908 and August 6, 1913.

This is a common strike on stamps but I have recorded only 4 covers.


T06-U7 (Uptrain)

The 28mm circle (Type 2 with UP to the right of the date) is recorded from January 14, 1914 until November 30, 1914.

This is a very scarce strike on stamps and I have only recorded a single cover.


T06-U8 (Uptrain)

The 29mm circle with bars at the sides is recorded from March 19, 1915 to May 22, 1919.

This is a fairly common cancel on stamps but I have only recorded 1 cover.


T06-D1 (Downtrain)

The 22mm octagon is recorded from November 4, 1873 until September 18, 1885.

This is a rare cancel on stamps and also quite rare on cover


T06-D2 (Downtrain)

The 25mm octagon has an early record date of March 31, 1886 and a late record date of January 13, 1908.

This is very common on stamps and fairly common on cover


T06-D3 (Downtrain)

The 28mm circle (Type 1 with DOWN to the left of date and Type 2 with DOWN to right of date) is recorded from March 30, 1908 until January 23, 1917. At this time I do not have segregated data.

The data suggests each of these cancels are scarce on stamps and rare on cover.



T6-D4 (Downtrain)

The final downtrain cancellation has arcs on either side and is 29mm in diameter. The earliest recorded date is April 25, 1915 and the latest recorded date is May 22, 1919.

This is a rare strike on loose stamps and no covers have yet been recorded.


The Early and Late Record Dates shown are those published by Purves, or otherwise confirmed to me by various TPO collectors based on inventory in their respective collections.

Rarity factors shown have been deduced from the aggregate inventory of several major collections in this field, exceeding 10,000 strikes on loose stamps and 1050 covers in total; however, the statements on relative rarity are observations only and no warranty of accuracy shall be implied.

Reference: Victoria: The Travelling Post Offices and Their Markings (1865-1912) by JWRPurves (1979


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