Australia - Brown years: 1923-1939.
Ordinary rate delivery form: AB-DO-4

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number E.T. No. 2.
Heading changed to RECEIVED TELEGRAM.
Message area: Blank - occupies nearly half of the form.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Blue on white.
Size of form overall: 128 × 202 mm.
Size of datestamp box: 34 × 36 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:




Bendigo to Richmond South.
(11 June 1927).

Type A characteristics:

  • has two lines of text in "Remarks" box;
  • Schedule number and note printed at base of form.
AB-DO-4b AB-DO-4B.

Nedlands, WA to Summer Hill, NSW
(15 April 1929).


  • third line in OFFICE DATE STAMP box begins with "TO";
  • three lines of text in "Remarks" box plus the schedule number;
  • nothing printed at base of form;
  • printed in a light blue which can change to purple depending on storage conditions;
  • "T" of "The first line..." is above FR of "From...".

Hindmarsh to Port Germain
(29 April 1929).

Specific characteristics:

  • heading in bolder but smaller letters (spans 86 mm);
  • third line in OFFICE DATE STAMP box begins with
    "C'ct No.";
  • "T" of "The first line..." is above O of "From...".


Goulburn to Leura
(violet PO handstamp of
Katoomba 13 March 1929).

Specific characteristics:

  • Date Stamp box now finishes at main horizontal line;
  • letters in the heading are more spread (spans 91 mm);
  • "T" of "The first line..." is above F of "From...";
  • first line in REMARKS box finishes with "Act";
  • schedule number is left justified in 4Da but centered in 4Db.
  Another example of this form addressed to Penfold's Wines in November 1930 can be seen elsewhere.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-4A Sched. C 107 - 6/1926 22 December 1926 at the Chief Telegraph Office, Melbourne. C
DO-4B Sch. C. 220 - 1927. - Z9-10. 16 March 1928 at CTO Melbourne. C
DO-4C Sch. C.337. 7/1928. 29 April 1929 at Port Germein, SA. C
DO-4Da Sch. C. 337/1928 - C.9086.- B.2028. 13 March 1929 at Katoomba. C
DO-4Db C.9086.- B.2028. 2 August 1929 at CTO Melbourne. R