TPO13 - 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.


T13-U1 (Uptrain)

The first cancel seen is a 23mm circle.  The earliest recorded date is April 25, 1882 and the latest recorded date is September 24, 1903.

It is a common strike on stamps and reasonably common on cover.


T13-U2 (Uptrain)

The next cancel is a 24mm circle which is seen from April 22, 1903 until September 17, 1909.

This is a common strike on stamps and on cover.


T13-U3 (Uptrain)

The 29mm circle is recorded from September 25, 1908 until November 25, 1925.

This is a very common strike on stamps but I have only located 4 covers to date.



This 30mm circle was used for both uptrain and downtrain mails.  The earliest recorded date is June 11, 1925 and the latest recorded date is August 23, 1932.  This is the last date seen on any TPO usage in Victoria.

This is common on stamps but only 5 covers can be confirmed.


T13-D1a (downtrain)

This cancellation is a new discovery in December 2008. 

Two clear strikes, as shown,  were found on a pair of 1d Naish dated 26 July 1881 with the date format being  day followed by month. 
A second example from the same source on a 2d Naish grey brown has a faint cancellation with the date  11 MR and an indecipherable year (possibly 82?) 

This discovery establishes a new early date for operations on TPO13.


T13-D1 (Downtrain)

This 22mm octagon cancel has previously been first recorded on September 15, 1884 but a new early date of September 30, 1882 has now been discovered, extending its usage by nearly 2 full years - The latest date seen is March 14, 1903.

It is reasonably common on stamps but I have recorded only 3 covers to date.


T13-D2 (Downtrain)

A 24mm octagon came next. The early recorded date is May 9, 1904 and the last recorded date is June 21, 1909.

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


T13-D3 (Downtrain)

A 29mm circle cancel is recorded from September 17, 1908 until October 19, 1922.

This is fairly scarce on stamps and I have not yet recorded any covers.


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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