Plate Proofs and Colour trials and were printed for both stamps. All colour trials were made with the final design and were therefore taken from the printing plate. The trials therefore also served as plate proofs.

The 1d (6d) was printed in 11 colours but the 2d (1/-) was printed in just the single shade. No reason is known as to why so many variations were produced for the 1d (6d) value.

Prestige Philately estimates that 1d to 2d proofs exist in a ratio of about 100:1.


1d (6d) colour trials.

Eleven colour trials in different colours and shades were printed. All were printed on ungummed watermarked paper and left imperforate. The watermark was the same as for the issued stamp - Q over Crown sideways.

There are few complete sets known. One is in the Royal Collection, one is in the Australia Post Archival Collection and there are probably less than than five other complete sets - all of single images.

Singles are scarce and those which come on the market tend to be in a narrow range of colours.

Multiples are rare. Those known are shown below:

All blocks of four shown below have provenance of Alan Griffiths (Spink October 2012 Lot 1392).

1d dull raoe pair
Dull rose-pink - rare multiple.

Prestige Philately December 2009 Lot 403.

1d carmine blk 4
apple green
Apple-green (pale yellowish green) block of 4.
EmeraldEmerald block of 4.
Blue green blk 4
Blue-green block of 4.
light blueUltramarine block of 4. 1d blue blk4Dark blue block of 4.
Light violet
Pale violet
Violet blue
Violet blue


2d (1/-) proofs/Colour Trials.

There are perhaps five examples of the 2d (1/-) colour trials recorded.

They were printed in bright reddish-violet.

The watermark was the same as for the issued stamp - Q over Crown upright. This feature distinguishes the colour trial from the proof (which is on a thicker card with no watermark).

Three of the five known examples are shown below.

Proof JJ
Dull purple.
Wide right margin and good finish to top right corner. Rough border for lower half of right frame.

Provenance: Bernie Manning.
Prestige Philately June 2009 Lot 1210.

PP Prestige
Dull violet.
Upward point on top right corner and top right frame slightly doubled. Ink marks at right.
Two small thin spots.

Prestige Philately December 2009 Lot 404.

TRial Feldman
Dull purple.
Cut close at top.

David Feldman May 2014 Lot 41567.

The other two known examples of a 2d colour trial are:

No multiples of the 2d (1/-) proof are recorded.

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