TPO17 - Goulburn Valley Line


The railway from Melbourne to Shepparton opened in 1880 and the extension to Numurkah opened in 1881. The line was completed to Cobram in 1888 and TPO service followed soon afterwards.

Stations served along the route included Nagambie, Kyabram, Nathalia, Shepparton, Numurkah, Cobram, and some intercolonial usage is seen from towns just inside the NSW border.

 

T17-R1 (Receiver)

The TPO/17 receiver was used to receipt uptrain and downtrain mails delivered directly to the mail van.  It is seen on stamps issued in 1892, but TPO/18 and TPO/19 are found on stamps issued in 1890 and it is expected TPO/17 was available for use at that time.

It is a rare cancel and I have not yet recorded any covers.

 

T17-U1 (Uptrain)

The first cancellation was a 26mm circle. The earliest recorded date is July 11, 1888 and the latest recorded date is March 7, 1908.

This is one of Victoria's most common TPO cancellations.

 

T17-U2 (Uptrain)

The 28mm circle is recorded from Mar 14, 1908 until September 18, 1918.

This is very common on stamps but very scarce on cover.

 

T17-D1 (Downtrain)

The 26mm octagon is first recorded on January 8, 1890 and last recorded on Novermber 20, 1907.

It is quite common on stamp but scarce on cover.

 

T17-D2 (Downtrain)

The 28mm circle is recorded from April 20, 1908 until December 20, 1915.

This is fairly scarce on stamp and I have only recorded 2 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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