Australia - Telecom: 1975-1988.
Ordinary rate delivery form: AT-DO-15.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: No form number and no heading in the traditional sense. Has TELEGRAM along both sides.
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Green on cream.
Size of form overall: 209 mm wide. Spacing between consecutive side entries varies.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
DO-15A AT-DO-15A.

Surfers Paradise, Qld to Sandy Bay,Tas.
(CTO Hobart of
22 February 1978).


  • TELEGRAM is the only word in the sidemast (with the removal of the other words in the previous APO form);
DO-15B AT-DO-15B.

Sydney to South Yarra
(single circle TELEGRAPH rubber datestamp of
5 June 1984).


  • direct printed TELEGRAM in various shades of green with TELECOM AUSTRALIA (sideways) between each word;
  • 77 mm between consecutive entries along side.


Hobart to Canberra.
5 Augusrt 1988.


  • has TELEGRAM and the Telecom logo in green;
  • space after the M of TELEGRAM and the start of the logo box is 44 mm.

NOTE: both the sender in Hobart and the recipient in Canberra were listed to receive Confirmatory copies of this telegram.

Was delivered in Hobart on 7 August - see delivery envelope AT-EC-4C.

15B detail Detail of sidemast used on the form below (AT-DO-15Db).
DO-15Ca AT-DO-15Da.

Mayfield to Brookvale
(TELEGRAPH OFFICE rubber datestamp of 9 July 1981).


  • sidemast printed in green;
  • TELEGRAM alternates with Telecom Australia Logo which is upright;
  • 133 mm between consecutive entries along side.
Hawke AT-TO-15Db.

Canberra to Strathfield, NSW.
26 April 1985.

Telegram sent by Prime Minister Bob Hawke to Mr & Mrs Watson on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Same format as above but a misprinted roll - the TELECOM logo on the right is upside down!!

DO-15Cb AT-DO-15Dc.

Adelaide for local delivery
(20 January 1989).

Commemorates closing of the Adelaide Message Bureau.

Specially printed roll form on light cream paper.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-15A None. 19 December 1977 at Kempsey, NSW. C
DO-15B None. 20 April 1979 at Telegraph Section Carnegie, Vic.. NC
DO-15C None 5 August 1988 at Canberra. RR
DO-15Da None. 17 September 1982 at C.T.O. Sydney. C