The lack of interest in the issue led to few covers being produced. These covers were all philatelic. No recorded cover can really be classified as being a genuine postal use of either Queensland Charity stamp.

2d stamps are rarer than 1d stamps on cover. Most of the recorded covers do, however, come in pairs of both stamps.

The covers shown here are for:

  1. single franking;
  2. multiple franking;
  3. mixed franking with the 2d (1/-) Queensland 1900 Charity stamp only;
  4. combination frankings of both the Queensland 1900 Charity stamps;
  5. mixed frankings of both the Queensland 1900 Charity stamps with another issue.


Single franking.

Five covers are recorded with a single franking of the 2d (2/-):

18 July 1900.

Warwick for local delivery to Mr. Tweedie.

18 July 1900.

Single franking overpays the required rate by 1d.

Mossgreen October 2017 Lot 486.

Taylor July 1900
19 July 1900.

Brisbane for local delivery to Capt. Taylor.

19 July 1900.

Single franking overpays the required rate by 1d.

2d single

Brisbane for local delivery to Mr. Gruber.

25 September 1900.
(QL duplex).

Single franking overpays the required rate by 1d.

Provenance: Alan Griffiths.
Spink October 1900,
Lot 1395.

Other covers with a similar single franking are:

  • a buff cover to Mr Gruber Box 177 Brisbane with Brisbane duplex of 21 June 1900 - 2 days after issue. As the date stamp is rotated a quarter of a turn, the large QL in an oval is below the stamp
    (Millennium Auctions: April 2003 Lot 591, August 2004 Lot 115; June 2005 Lot 77, August 2006 Lot 47);
  • an almost identical grey cover to that above with Brisbane QL duplex of 26 June 1900. It has an additional cancellation towards the top left corner (Millennium Auctions April 2003 Lot 593 and June 2004 Lot 76).

Multiple franking.

2d violet mult frank

Bundaberg for local delivery.

21 June 1900.

8d franking - including a scarce strip of 3 - overpaying the 1d local letter rate.

The largest recorded franking of the 2d Queensland Charity stamps.

Matthew Bennett February 2003 Lot 575;
Millennium Auctions April 2003 Lot 590.

There is a similar franking to that above but with three 2d (1/-) singles addressed to the same correspondent with a Bundaberg cds of 20 June 1900
(Millennium Auctions April 2003 Lot 589, June 2004 Lot 75, November 2004 Lot 78, April 2005 Lot 165, August 2005 Lot 364).

Mixed franking.

There are no recorded covers of the Queensland 2d (1/-) Charity stamp in a mixed franking with stamps from another issue.

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