My recent research focuses on numerals where an office hasn't been allocated, along with reallocations of certain numerals.
Firstly, two corrections from my earlier posts. Swatchfield is south-west of Black Springs, along a road that used to traverse Campbells River and Native Dog Springs Creek. Secondly, the 9 numeral on the 6d DLR pair is actually numeral 99 of Walgett.___________________________________
For numerals where no Post Office has been allocated, I suggest that a lot of these are numeral reallocations for Post Offices that were reopened, having been closed for a period of time. The suggestion is based on the opening dates of the Post Offices listed on page 347 that have not been allocated a numeral.
108 (3) Type 3R20 recorded on 1d engraved KGV. Should this be a 2R20? Compare to numerals 379 to 399 (types 2R18/20). Emu Ferry (379) opened 1/4/1863 & 108 (2) closed 31/7/1862. 108 (3) has been allocated to an office that was still open in 1913.
350 (2) Type 3R16 This can't be Boro as the 3R16 type came into being in August 1864.
381 (2) Type 2R18 illustrated on an 1897 1d shield. Rated RRR. It is the original device. Allocated to an office that was still open in at least 1897.
870 Type 4B? (Rated RRRRR, Stamp ½d green). The device shown in image is very odd. Could it be a fake? Post Office reopened around March-April 1877.
907 Rated NNR. Post Office reopened January 1878.
1057 Rated RRRRR, Stamp 1897 1d. Post Office reopened Dec. 1880 – Jan. 1881
1259 Rated RRRRR, Stamp 1897 2d. Apparently two types but surely (1) is an underinked 1258? Office reopened Jul. – Sep. 1884
1570 Rated NNR. Office reopened October 1890
1595 Rated RRRRR, Stamp 1d DLR. Office reopened February 1891.
2014 Rated RRRRR, Tamiami's example is on an 1897 1d. Office reopened November 1900.___________________________________
The following notes are based on a study of the first 1000 numerals.
It would appear that prior to about 1881, any office that closed and subsequently reopened retained their original numeral, unless the numeral had been reallocated to another office. Numerals known to have been reallocated after the original office was closed and prior to their reopening are 27, 103, 106, 108, 210, 258 and 378.
From 1881, almost every office that closed and then subsequently reopened, that originally had a rays type cancel, were issued with a new 4B type cancel, but retained their original numeral. The exceptions are numerals 670 (closed 1885), 720 (closed twice in 1884), 745 (closed 1891), 755 (closed 1882) and 817 (closed 1884). These offices were closed for 2½ years, 1 and then 4 months, 2 months, 9 days and 1½ years respectively.
Brown & Campbell state that Rocky Glen (numeral 774) was closed in 1900 and reopened on 16/7/1900. It is worth noting that, for example, Huskisson opened in 1875 with rays type 3R12 numeral 817, closed in 1884 and reopened in 1886. This office also has a type 4B cancel. Was this new device supplied on the reopening of the office?
Offices that were allocated a 4B type on their original opening that were later closed, and were then given a new numeral on reopening are 848, 894, 913, 925 and 950. These offices were closed for approximately 11, 7, 7, 8 and 10 years respectively.
There are four offices in Freeman that have reopening dates in error (378 Brush Grove, 400 Kangaloon, 596 Eurobodalla, 832 Binnaway) and three others that have a reopening query (260 Maryland – reopened in 1920, 466 Cameron's – type 4B recorded, 489 Wammerawa – never reopened).
Brown & Campbell have closing/reopening dates for the following numerals (138, 198, 256, 282, 302, 440, 467, 468, 522, 617, 649, 673, 748, 774 and 856) but Freeman does not have this information.
Freeman has closing/reopening dates for numerals 169, 211, 325, 479, 842 and 861 but Brown & Campbell does not.
For 188 Concord, the details are: opened 1/7/1851 as Longbottom, named changed to Concord 1/1/1873, closed 31/5/1883, reopened 2/7/1883, closed 31/12/84, Beaconsfield (q.v. numeral 1119) reopened on new site 11/6/1885, renamed Concord 20/6/1885, closed 16/12/1886, reopened 6/8/1890.___________________________________
The following five offices were reduced to Receiving Office status but kept their numeral as the stamps shown in Freeman were issued after the reducing to RO status:
230 Long Swamp (RO 1/1/1888 & closed 15/9/1890), 359 Junee (RO 3/9/1878 & PO 1/11/1878), 504 Gullen (RO 1/5/1879 & PO 15/4/1888), 558 Unumgar (closed 30/7/1870, RO 1/9/1874 & PO 16/6/1887) and 800 Gurrundah (RO 1/5/1887 & PO 1/8/1918)___________________________________
The following numeral devices were used at different offices:
106 Euston/Rocky River (Type 1A), 137 Moama/Mossgiel (Type 2R32), 225 Araluen/Blacktown (Type 5R23), 267 Oranmier/Burrier (Type 2R36), 320 Algullah/Long Reach (Type 2R34), 322 Sassafras/Oberon (Type 2R34), 381 Geddai/unknown (Type 2R18) and 408 Mulwala/Monkerai (Type 3R16)
The following offices may have used the same device: 152 Piney Range/Wombat (Type 2R36), 210 Kembla/Maclean (Type 2R20) and 264 Boro/Colo (Type 2R31)___________________________________
Finally, some miscellaneous obsevations:
Numeral 52 Moulamein: closed 1854 and reopened 1859 with numeral 265. Bourke opened July 1862. 2R38 device not recorded at Bourke. If never supplied, Bourke mustn't have had a numeral device until the 3R16 type provided by the John Sands contract in August 1864.
Numeral 117 Upper Bingera: established 9/7/1862 on original site of Bingera & given numeral 341, Bingera moved to new site 9/7/1862.
Numeral 133 (2): The stamp shown is a DLR 2d Wmk single line 2, issued April 1863. The stamp must be from 3rd allocation of the numeral. Caidmurra must therefore be rated NNR but is certainly numeral 133 as this was the only numeral available when office opened.
Numeral 138: Office NOT renamed. Oberon established 1/2/1866 on original site of Fish River Creek & given numeral 322, Fish River Creek moved to new site 1/2/1866.
Numeral 322: Highest known device
Numeral 389: Type is 2R20, not 2R26.
Numeral 418: Highest known numeral
Numeral 463: The stamp mentioned is a DLR 2d Wmk Crown/NSW, issued 1871 at the earliest. Therefore the numeral must've been reallocated, unless the numeral was not returned to the GPO.
Numeral 466: Freeman lists a 4B type, indicating the numeral was reallocated at some stage.
Numeral 481: Stamp shown is an 1897 2d but the office closed in 1868. q.v. numerals 760 & 867. Were these numerals never returned to the GPO? Was the Postmaster at King's Plains the same person at Bartlett's Camp?
Numeral 658: Stamp shown is an 1897 1d. q.v. numeral 710. The office was only closed for 3½ months in 1873. This may be an instance of an office using two numerals concurrently.
Numeral 884: Allocated to Gobondry but office scheduled opening of 1/6/1877 was cancelled. Could the numeral have been reallocated at a later date?___________________________________
Cross referencing closing and reopening dates from Hopson & Tobin's work with Brown & Campbell and Freeman is the next thing on my research list.
Happy collecting folks