InterTran Translation
AJ's Encyclopedia of Stamps & Philatelic Links


The first European visitors were the Dutch, who explored the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606 and settled, 1616. Captain James Cook arrived in Botany Bay in 1770 and claimed the east coast for Britain. New South Wales was established as a penal colony, 1788. Individual colonies drafted their own constitutions and set up governments: New South Wales (1855), Tasmania and Victoria (1856), South Australia (1857), Queensland (1860) and Western Australia (1890). The Commonwealth of Australia was established in 1901 and in 1913 the first Australian Commonwealth stamp was issued.
Australia also governs the following external territories:
The Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Australian Antarctic Territory
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Coral Sea Islands
Heard Island
McDonald Islands
Norfolk Island
Australian Philatelic Bureau
GPO Box 9988
Victoria 3001, Australia
Additional postal contacts can be found under the heading "..Going Postal" below.

CIA data on Australia
Location: Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean
Independence: 1 January 1901 (a federation of UK colonies)

Australia's Postal Authority
Now offering: "Personalised stamps is a world first. An innovative service which allows a stamp to be personalised by printing a photographic portrait on the tab of the stamp." Also offers a philatelic ('Stamps') section, a magazine, postcode and post office locations search engines, postal assesment calculator etc..

Unicover World Trade Corp is Australia's Stamp Agency in North America ; buy at face

FIP - Federation Internationale de Philatelie member
Australian Philatelic Federation
P.O. Box 38
Mirrabooka WA 6061
Phone: 0061 8 9294 3356
Fax: 0061 8 9294 3365

Australian Philatelic Federation - FIP

Australian Philatelic Society (formerly the 'Postal History Society')
Secretary APS Inc.
John Lancaster
Box 59
Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Vic. 8009

Society of Australasian Specialists/Oceania

Postal Stationery Society of Australia

Canberra Philatelic Society -
a directory list with several interesting files including :
The Canberra Philatelic, Postcard and Postal History Home Page aa-contents.html

Australia (Western) Study Group

Philatelic Society of New South Wales

DEAD URL: AU: Salisbury Philatelic Society
any help here? :

Philatelic Museums, Libraries & Societies data - Australia
includes listings for:
Australia Post Archives Section

Alan Arnold's Australasian Philatelic Resources
a bit old but a bit good. aj

Australia Stamp New Issues list from Jollian ; a private effort

Former Australian Territories Philately

The earliest postal marking in South Australia dates back to 1838 ..
- a one page display from Stewart's Stamp Shop in South Australia.

Stamp Mad - specialist collector of Queensland and Australian issues
First issued in Nov. 1860, the stamps of Queensland featured the full face image of Queen Victoria taken from a painting by Alfred Edward Chalon, hence the term Chalon Head given to this stamp. This is a classic design which also featured on the early stamps of Tasmania and New Zealand. The great thing about this issue is that there are over 150 varieties to collect... After 1879 came the first of 4 types of sideface issues and this is where the fun really starts. So many variations are available i.e. the 1d. Red comes with over 2,000 postmarks, 4 matrix types, 2 watermarks, 3 perforations and heaps of varieties and flaws, and this is from a stamp you can buy for only 20 cents. If this interests you, look at my stamp listing and I hope I can send you on your way to a terrific adventure. .. I also welcome offers of exchange both of stamps and dialogue about anything to do about this fascinating area of philately. You may have an item that may be difficult to identify or an interesting variety you want to s hare, if so, email me and if I can't help you, I'll find someone who can.
(selling his duplicates - aj)
Fax: 07-3278 9651

Catalogs, Albums and Resources

Download Australia Album Pages:
- $5/year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

Brusden-White's "The Australian Commonwealth Specilist' Catalogue" - from Rodney A. Perry
Kangaroos, KG V, VI, Booklets, QEII, Decimals
The ACSC is now available either loose leaf in special ring-binders (three volumes) or in separate parts soft bound. Parts are steadily upgraded approximately every six years. We now catalogue and price essays and proofs, errors and varieties with details on quantities extant of major errors, booklets, stamps on commercial cover and FDC. ... Volume 3 of the catalogue includes a guide to postal rates 1901-1965 as well as arelatively simplified listing of Australian Colonies.
673 Bourke St,
Melbourne VIC 3000 - - AUSTRALIA
ph +61 (0)3 96497788,
fax +61 (0)3 96497555
These catalogues are also available from James Bendon Ltd, P.O. Box 6484, 3307 Limassol, Cyprus, (FAX: +357 5 311 228, E-mail: and Vera Trinder Ltd, 38 Bedford St, London WC2E 9EU, U.K.

StampsAU - Magazine online
Free Classified Ad service
Stamp Clubs in Australia listings
Retail search engine ('Trade Center') Online Australia mailing list ('SUBSCRIBE' in the body; no quote marks)
From: Ken Sparks
Postal Address:
PO Box 1011
Altona Meadows
Australia 3028
Phone : (03) 9369 8817
Fax : (03) 9369 8312

StampsAU ; alternate URL

Stamp News - Magazine
Stamp News continues to follow the ideals of the founders...: to cover the full spectrum of stamp collecting with informative and authoritative articles written by the leaders in their field. Stamp News is still printed in Dubbo, NSW, Australia and most importantly, is totally independent of dealers and issuing authorities. This is what makes it the most quoted and impartial Australasian stamp magazine.
PO Box 1410
Dubbo, NSW 2830 Australia
Phone: +61 2 6885 9478
Fax: +61 2 6884 4443
email: Manager, Elaine Evans
email: Consulting Editor, Bernard Doherty

Territories issuing stamps - see also each seperately

General Contact unless noted otherwise:
Australian Philatelic Bureau
GPO Box 9988
Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia

Austaralian Antarctic Territory
Stamps have been issued by Australia for the Australian Antarctic Territory since 1957

Christmas Island
Formerly a territory of Singapore, now an external territory of Australia and has issued stamps since 1958.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Formerly a territory of Singapore, now an external territory of Australia. Stamps have been issued since 1963.

Norfold Island
The first postage stamps were issued for Norfolk Island in 1947

Lord Howe Island Courier Post (Australia)
- Running Zemail, a zero emission courier service for Lord Howe Island, of special interest to philatelists, who may want to visit the unique Zemail stamp gallery.
"Lord Howe Island is a place of amazing natural beauty.Our unique stamps capture much of this beauty and our ZEMAIL delivery service ensures this unique world heritage environment remains unpolluted.
Stop Press : Museum Opening: Commemorative booklet and First Day Cover ..
The proposed deregulation of Australia Post in July, 2000, may allow the Courier Post to issue stamps for denominations lower than the $1.80 presently permitted, which would provide more realistic rates for local delivery of letters and postcards, while retaining a higher rate for point-to-point courier pick-up and delivery. ...
ZEMAIL is a service of the Lord Howe Island Courier Post
P.O. Box 105 Lord Howe Island, NSW 2898 Australia
Ph 61 02 6563 2388
Fax 61 02 9563 2387

Hutt River Province
More cinderella stamps

...Going Postal

basic postal philatelic addresses

Australian Philatelic Bureau
P.O. Box 4000
Ferntree Gully
VIC 3156, Australia
The Australian Philatelic Bureau
Australia Post
GPO Box 9988
Brisbane 4000, Australia
[also sells Australian Antarctic Ter., Christmas Is. Cocos (Keeling) Is.
Australia Post Stamp Promotions
GPO Box 210C
Melbourne Victoria 3001
[for the free Bulletin write to:
Australian Stamp Bulletin
Locked Bag 8
South Melbourne Vic 3205]

Australia Post's Postcode search engine
You may also "download the Postcode Datafile"

Australia Post's Post Office Locations search engine
Post Office Address, Phone Numbers, Fax Numbers

another Australian Postcodes Engine
Get code by location & visa versa - from Internet North Reference Library

Australia Post's Postage Assessment Calculator

Postage rates


eBay Australia: Coins & Stamps

Linn's: Reference: Postal Administrations: A list of authorized sales agents worldwide for Australia's Post

Australasian Philatelic Traders' Association Inc. APTA (formerly ASDA)
(formerly [a/o '98] ASDA - Australian/Australasian Stamp Dealers Assoc. - includes New Zealand a/o 1959)
Members Directory, Search, News, Events, Articles, Theft reports ...
e-mail :
Mail : Australasian Philatelic Traders' Association Inc.
GPO Box 5378
Melbourne, Vic. 3001
Phone : 1800-330-070
Fax : 1800-330-070

Kangaroo Crossing - Specializing in Australia (and a good bit of Oceana) ; approvals, fulfillments
Kangaroo Crossing is operated by Allan Bush, APS #175885, SAS/O #237

Max Stern & Co - agent for several nations
Telephone: +61 3 9654 6751
FAX: +61 3 9650 7192
Postal address:
Box 997H, General Post Office
Victoria, Australia, 3001
Physical address:
234 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia, 3001

OZ Stamp
A listing of Australasian auctioneers, auctions, publications and price lists of stamps, postal history and philatelic material.
Also has a selection of articles and a Q&A section with graphics. Until the APTA got its own site OZ used to house the member list. Very good... - aj
Roger Martin . . . George Town, Tasmania, Australia

Rodney A Perry Auction Galleries
Stamp auctions
Philatelic Publishers of:
The Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue - the premier catalogue of Australian stamps.
Stamps, FDC's and Postal History retail
673 Bourke St.
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
ph +61 (0)3 96497788,
fax +61 (0)3 96497555

World of Art & Antiques - Dealers list in USA, U.K. - (but mostly:) Australia, New Zealand
Name and City listings only. old?

Seven Seas Stamps, Sydney
"The largest mail-Order Philatelic Company in the Southern Hemisphere."
Seven Seas Stamps Pty Ltd.
PO Box 321 Brookvale, NSW
2100, Australia.
Ph: +61 2 9905 3255
Fax +61 2 9905 7922
E Mail

Australian Internet Directories - Search Results: stamps

Australia, (Western) - Robin Linke: Australian and South Pacific Stamp Dealer ; 14,000+ items
Robin is forthcomming about local forgeries noting, "..There are two minor points of caution. The forger will often "seed" forged rarities in an otherwise ordinary collection. In the last year I have seen quite a number of very ordinary collections being offered in Sydney and Melbourne auctions with, surprise, surprise, a Papua New Guinea D1 or the £1 Robes overprinted "Specimen" or the inevitable mint set of Kingsford Smith O.S. overprints. Again, if the auctioneer is not prepared to offer an extension on these types of items, then don't buy them. .." (he has a page dedicated to the subject - bravo! - aj)

Visit Lookabout!

The Archives of Australia
Includes records of postal administration.

The Australian White Pages directory (includes a postal code finder)
Also includes a " World Time and Dialling Codes" engine.

Web Wombat Australian Search Engine

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