Friday, 1 December 2017

Manuscript cancellations from Receiving Office locations

While hundreds of receiving offices existed for various lengths of time, almost all did not use distinctly recognisable markings. Most receiving offices followed the instructions of either

  • not cancelling the stamp but letting the first "official" post office that the mail arrived at do this
  • following a later instruction to write the receiving offices' name on the envelope or postcard near the stamp

This page shows material sent from locations during their receiving office period in accordance with the later instruction; namely that the receiving office name be written on the post card / envelope by the sender and then cancelled at the closest post office. 

While there is no way of knowing with certainty if these are receiving office examples, they are shown here as they were sent from a receiving office location in accordance with postal regulations



Chelona, 14 km south of Mackay, was a receiving office from 1902 - 1927. Manuscript name dated 11 February 1909 with Mackay datestamp dated 12 February 1909. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Coochin Creek, 6.5 km south of Landsborough, was a receiving office from 1888 - 1927. Manuscript name dated Friday (18 August 1911) with Beerwah datestamp dated 19 August 1911. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Mount Forbes, 24 km south west of Ipswich, was a receiving office from 1897 - 1927. Manuscript name dated 10 August 1909 with Harrisville datestamp of the same date. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Polmaily 6 km south west of Miriam Vale, was a receiving office from 1900 - 1901. Manuscript name dated 13 July 1907 with Miriam Vale datestamp dated 15 July 1907. Although outside the receiving office date period, I have included it here as the Polmaily receiving office was never upgraded to a post office. Seen in the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

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