TPO19 - Western District Line

The railway line to Warrnambool opened in 1887 and the extension to Port Fairy opened in 1890. TPO18 began service slightly before the opening of the line to Port Fairy and TPO19 commenced soon afterwards. Stations served include Werribee, Colac, Warnambool and Port Fairy.

There is some eviednece that by 1917, TPO18 only operated between Geelong and Warrnambool.

TPOs 18 and 19 operated along this route.


T19-R1 (Receiver)

The TPO/19 type was used to receipt and cancel mail at the mail van, and was used for both uptrain and downtrain mail.  It is seen on stamps issued from 1890-91 only.

This is a rare cancel - I have not recorded any covers, and just 4 examples on stamps.



T19-U1 (Uptrain)

The 26mm circle is first recorded on May 17, 1890 and the latest recorded date is December 18,1907.

It is common on loose stamps but not so common on cover.


T19-U2 (Uptrain)

The 28mm circle (Type 1 - without bars at the sides) is recorded from January 29, 1908 until March 10, 1922.

It is quite common on loose stamps, however, I have only seen one cover to date.


T19-U3 (Uptrain)

The 28mm circle (Type 2 - with bars at the sides) is recorded from May 5, 1924 until July 16, 1931, being one of the last survivors of the TPO service.

It is fairly common on stamp, but only 1 cover has been noted to date.


T19-D1 (Downtrain)

The 27mm octagon type is first recorded on September 15, 1890, and the latest recorded date is January 24, 1908.

It is common on stamps but fairly scarce on cover.


T19-D2 (Downtrain)

The next cancellation is a 28mm circle (Type 1 - without bars at the sides). The earliest recorded date is April 29, 1908 and the latest date recorded is October 25, 1921.

It is a scarce cancel on stamps and just 2 covers have been located.


T19-D3 (Downtrain)

The 28mm circle (Type 2 - with bars at sides) is first recorded on June 3, 1925 and last seen on June 21, 1931.

It is a very scarce cancel on stamp and I have recorded only 1 cover.



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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