Paper Heritage : Queensland Railway Parcel Stamps
If you wish to skip all the explanations for now and go straight to the lists, please select here:
Queensland from First Issues onwards for Sale, opens in new tab
Queensland from 1927 onwards issues : Sales and permanent reference listing, showing both sold stamps and those still for sale, opens in new tab
At the time of writing, we have an extensive range of Queenland Railway parcel stamps, shown on over 150 scanned pages. This introduction was written primarily for our page that lists the issues from 1927 onwards, but large parts of this introduction are also relevant to the earlier issues and should answer most of the questions you may have about that listing as well.
Condition : These stamps are generally not in perfect condition and are understood to tend to be of this nature by most collectors. In the condition notes, small faults like light-to-medium crease, small thins, slight toning etc. are often not described. The fact that they are described in some cases does not indicate that a stamp without such mention is perfect in these respects. If precise indication of the condition is very important to you, please ask.
More serious defects are described but, occasionally, damage which is obvious from the scan is not included in the descriptions. Cancellations are railway cancellations unless otherwise stated.
For Rouletted Stamps : Rouletted 6½ is decribed throughout as R7 - this is not a rarity code! Roulettes are described clockwise from top, so R7x13x13x7, is Roulette7 across top and down left side and Rouletted 13 on the right sand and at the bottom.
Watermarks : Where a Watermark is clearly Inverted, "Inv." appears in the watermark column. Where it is clearly upright or if it is hard to distinguish, no comment usually appears in the watermark column. Stamps without "Inv." should therefore NOT be assumed to be upright, unless specifically indicated "Upr.", which has only been indicated in a few isolated instances. If you need to know, please ask about specific stamps.
Pricing of the post-1927 stamps has been based primarily on the station name's rarity, unless the stamp is particularly interesting in itself. This is a reflection of the fact that the primary interest is often in the rarer stations. By contrast, the pricing for stamps up to 1926 is more often dictated by the stamp's rarity, although station / private user detail also plays an important part at times. Prices up to 1926 are shown both on the scans and in the accompanying text. Prices after 1927 are only shown in the table below each scan, with prices being removed when a stamp is sold. This is because we plan to leave all of these later pages (1927-1966) on this website as a permanent resource for research of these issues, and prices become obsolete.
Cancellations: The first column indicates the official railway numbering of that station, as listed in Dave Elsmore's 'Queensland Railway Parcel Stamps' catalogue (1987) and/or his online catalogue of these issues. Where a reasonable proportion, or all, of a cancel is visible, this visible number has been entered in the 'Cancel' column. Any number in brackets in this column indicate that that particular numeral is barely discernable, if at all, or would have been outside the margins of the stamp. Occasionally, the numeral in the cancellation is not that originally allocated to the station which appears on the stamp. This is additionally pointed out in the 'Notes' column.
The 'Font' column refers to the Station Name. Where there is more than one type of font for sale, the width of the station name across the bottom of the stamp, measuring only from the first left downstroke (or point of contact with the base line) to approximately the last right downstroke (or point of contact with the base line) is given.
Please note that most, but not all, Station Names on the stamps are in capital letters. We believe that this is tiring to read, so we have used Lower Case throughout, except where the same station is found in both lower and upper case letters. Viewing the scans should clear up any doubts you may have on this score.
New Station : This is based on the online Google listing by Dave Elsmore for the issues from 1927 onwards
Link to Elsmore Page (opens in new tab).
Where NO stamp from a particular station has been recorded at the time this list is being posted (May 2015), the word 'Yes' appaears in the New Stn column. We have treated £ s d and Decimal currency separately for the purposes of 'New Stn' status, although we have indicated where a station was previously only recorded in Decimal currency. For our listing of Decimal currency stamps (the last few pages), we have only indicated 'New Station' and not new values, as the Elsmore listing does not attempt to list all the known decimal values, especially those from commoner stations.
New Value : This is also based on Dave Elsmore's Google listing. Where a particular value from a station has not been recorded before, 'Yes' will be shown in the 'New Val' column. Naturally, any stamp shown as 'New Stn' will also be 'New Val'. Please note that Dave Elsmore's listing does not currently indicate in detail the font / size of a station name, so we only indicate 'New Val' where that value is completely unlisted. Watermarks variations have been ignored for the purpose of this column.
Mint / Used All stamps are used, unless otherwise stated. Mint stamps, other than for some of the late issues, are very scarce. Some stamps are shown as 'No Gum', which indicates neither gum nor a postmark present. They will most probably have been used, of course, but are sold as Mint No Gum, but often priced with their likely true status in mind.
1927 and 1962 Issues : We list all the stations and Private Users for the 1927 issue, followed by the 1962 and later issues. Reference to 'New Val' refers to the relevant printing of the 1/-, 2/-, 2/6, 10/- in the Elsmore online listing.
Ordering issues up to 1926: Stamps are grouped in scans by page. The page is given a number, e.g. "2Q12" and each item on that page has an individual identity, such as 2Q12-3 or 2Q12-14. The small tags identifying the stamp's reference is on the RIGHT of the stamp and should hopefully be visible in the scans. There is a written description of each stamp too.
Ordering issues 1927 onwards : When it comes to station listings of the 1927 onwards issue, these are arranged alphabetically. Here, only the scanned pages are numbered and a stamp's reference is that page's scan number, then the name of the station, then the face value, for example, 2Q-23 Aratula 3d. If there is more than one Aratula 3d, please provide a further identifying indicator when ordering. All descriptions in the text exactly follow the order of stamps on each scan.
Navigation. We may add more Queensland later in a new section, but currently ALL Queensland Railway Parcels are in one section of 165 Pages (Pages 1-163 + 20A and 20B), each with a table of items for sale and an accompanying scan. If you do not wish to work through from the start (a quick link to the next page is provided throughout), you can use either sales list link at top or bottom of this page and then change the URL at the top of the page manually. The various issues start at the following pages:
1868 - 1872 : Page 1 (one of the links opens here)
1894 : Page 1 (the same link opens here)
1901 : Page 6
1915 : Page 16
1927 : Page 21 (one of the links opens here)
1966 : Page 151
1988 & Postcards : 162
There are also quick links below to two of the Queensland pages, 1 and 21 and, below that, a special link only accessible from here, of a research page for the 1927-62 issues, listing all the stamps of that issue that we had for sale in May 2015:
Link to Page 1 : Queensland from First Issues (for sale), opens in new tab
Link to Page 21 : Queensland from 1927 onwards : Sales and permanent reference listing, showing both sold stamps and those still for sale, opens in new tab
Unpriced, unillustrated Research Listing Only, opens in new tab.