The second edition of this marvelous publication was released late in 2017, five years after the first edition.
I have been collecting and researching NSW numerals for years and wanted to share some of my research with our members who are also collecting this area.
First off, there are four numerals where no rarity rating has been mentioned. These omissions were in the first edition and in 2014 I asked the author what the ratings were. He advised as follows:
52 (2) Bourke – not rated due to lack of material. (NB: I have seen type 5 often)
916 Boggy Flat RRRR
1785 The Albert RRRR
1800 Nicholson's RRRRR
There are also a number of Post Offices listed on page 347 with opening dates but no numeral has been allocated. After looking at the closing dates of Post Offices I can offer the following information:
Inverlochy opened 1/4/1861 closed 30/6/1861 – should've received numeral 335 in the chronology. This numeral is allocated to Lime Kilns which opened 1/8/1861 so it's possible 335 went to Inverlochy first.
Dingo Creek and Tarago were both opened 1/6/1862 – the only numerals available at this date were 133 and 169.
Hursley opened 1/9/1862 – numeral 108 available from 1/8/1862.
Corang – renamed from Nerriga 1/1/1865, see numeral 263.
Belalie opened 16/6/1866, Icely opened 1/7/1866, Larbert opened 1/8/1866 – numeral 350 available from 1/1/1863, 381 available from 1/9/1864, 159 available from 1/8/1865, numeral 282 possibly available from October 1865, 391 available from 1/2/1866.
Collington opened 1/10/1866 – numeral 385 available from 16/9/1866.
Ruby Creek opened 16/9/1872 – at this date there were at least 30 available numerals, not including those listed above.
The last rays type numeral (835) was issued on 15 July 1876 so I would suggest that offices opened after this date would surely have been given a barred numeral handstamp. Freeman states no numeral was issued for Merah North (opened 30/5/1904) so it would seem unlikely that Combara (opened 1/6/1904) would've been given a numeral, despite the fact that Toolejooa (opened 1/7/1904) was given numeral 2099.
Numeral 1595 is recorded but the Post Office is unknown. The numerals either side have opening dates of 1/2/1891. Might 1595 be Enfield North? Enfield PO relocated on 27/4/1891 to the old site of St. Thomas PO so the dates are close. Perhaps there was a delay in the gazetted date of moving Enfield.
Wilbertree (opened 1/9/1864 closed 31/10/1865) is listed in the index with numeral 418 but is not in the main tabulation. As far as I'm aware no example of Wilbertree has been recorded.
There is a suggestion that Parragundy was issued with numeral 2100. On page 7 Freeman states "There is a good chance that the logic of finishing the series at 2100 in Victoria had been copied from the New South Wales counterparts."
Numeral 2100 in Victoria was issued to King Valley on 15 November 1906, 2 years and 4 months after Parragundy was opened. Taking the fierce intercolonial rivalry into consideration, I believe Victoria ran to numeral 2100 to spite New South Wales, not to emulate them.
There are only two minor criticisms of the book. Firstly, the maps in the back do not cover the entire state. Second, the location of quite a few offices is given as X amount of kilometres from the GPO. I believe this information was copied over from the Hopson & Tobin publications. If you are collecting these numerals, download the Geographical Encyclopaedia of New South Wales, published in 1892 from here: https://archive.org/details/geographicalency00hans
along with a county map of New South Wales from here: https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-231680584/view
and a postal station map from here: https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-231330944/view
The locations of some Post Offices are frightfully obscure (eg: 347 Teesdale, 381 Geddai) so if you're stuck, let me know and I will try to help.