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Design of the 1d stamp.

The 1d claret was issued to pay the cost of the basic local letter rate.

The design drew heavily on the Union Jack flags and the three Infantry men as shown in the first Essay.

The heading Patriotic Fund is above ONE PENNY and on either side of the denomination at the bottom.

The Charity stamp was sold for 6d - six times the face value - to raise money for the Patriotic Fund.


The standard 1d. stamp.

The 1d Queensland stamp on standard issue to pay the cost of the basic local letter rate included the Queen's head in an oval. The design had many variations in terms of shading and the placement of the numerals for the denomination. From 1897, the stamp with the '1' numeral in all four corners was issued in vermilion to accord with the UPU requirement that all such stamps to be used for the basic letter rate should be printed in red.

People wishing to send a letter to a local destination therefore had the choice between these two stamps - depending on whether they wished to pay 6 times the basic letter rate by using the Boer War Hospital Fund stamp.


Main details of printing.

Date of issue:
19 June 1900.
Withdrawn from sale: October 1902.
Crown over Q (sideways) with two watermarks per stamp.
Number printed:
6,500 stamps.
Supplied to Bern Bureau (UPU):
Number issued:
4,000 (estimated).
Possible revvenue raised. In October 1902, an amount of £243 was paid to the Queensland Patriotic Fund.

Mint stamps now generally have yellow crackly gum.


The lack of interest in the Queensland issue resulted in few multiples being collected. Consequently multiples are now scarce. The 1d (6d) stamp is known only in small multiples.

Corner block of four.
Equal largest multiple.

Millennium Auctions April 2008 Lot 43.

Corner block of four with sheet number.
Equal largest multiple.

Prestige Philately September 2011 Lot 242.

Horizontal strip of 4 - largest recorded strip.

Status International July 2007 Lot 1686.


Used stamps off cover.

Genuine and readable cancelled examples of the 1d (6d) stamps off cover are scarce. There are at least 15 recorded examples so far.
Details are recorded below. Examples of these are:

Rockhampton 583 Duplex 21 June 1900.
Prestige August 2004 Lot 617;
Status Auctions February 2007 Lot 1567.

Warwick 29 July 1900.
Prestige June 2006 Lot 654.
Millennium Nov 2023, Lot 392.

Stanthorpe 6 November 1900.
Prestige Philately September 2011 Lot 241,

Rockhampton 583 duplex (?).

Millennium Auctions May 2012 Lot 450.


Known date stamps on the 1d (6d) stamp off cover.

Date on stamp From Notes Seller/Reference & Date (lot)
21 June 1900 Rockhampton. On piece. Prestige August 2004 Lot 617;
Status February 2007 Lot 1567.
22 June 1900 Charleville Complete and near top. Ebay January 2015.
2 July 1900 Rockhampton. Very smudged imprint Millennium May 2012 Lot 450.
5 July 1900 Barcaldine Across left centre, rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Ebay Jan 2018.
20 July 1900 Bundaberg "148". Duplex on pair. Matthew Bennett February 2003 Lot 574.
20 July 1900 Bundaberg "148". Duplex on single. Matthew Bennett February 2003 Lot 574.
27 July 1900 Brisbane.   Millennium February 2005 Lot 95;
Status Feb. 2007 Lot 1568.
28 July 1900 Gympie.   Status December 2006 Lot 1485;
July 2007 Lot 1684.
29 July 1900 Warwick Single Prestige June 2006 Lot 654.
Millennium Nov 2023 Lot 392.
15 August 1900 Townsville. On piece with 3d brown. Status February 2012 Lot 1520;
March 2012 Lot 1572.
Ebay January 2018.
27 August 1900 George Street.   Status July 2-11 Lot 1553;
August 2011 Lot 1929;
October 2011 Lot 1575.
24 September 1900 Roma.   Ebay.
1 October 1900 Indoropilly Centered on stamp. Date stamp is unbordered and faint in parts and there are 2 duplex bars at base. Ebay July 2018.
6 November 1900 Stanthorpe. Unbordered. Centered and rotated 45 degrees anticlockwise. Prestige Philately September 2011 Lot 241.
5 December 1900 Gladstone.   Status May 2006 Lot 1349.

There are also a number of other stamps with date stamps in 1901 and beyond - including a nice example from Thursday Island on 27 May 1927.
These stamps cannot be considered as they are beyond the period of postal validity.