Queensland - Colonial: 1861-1900.
Ordinary rate delivery form: QC-DO-1.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: No form number.
ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH, QUEENSLAND in gothic font below the Crest.
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Black on blue paper .
Size of form overall: 237 × 210 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
DO-1 1862 DE
Provenance: Dave Elsmore.

Sydney to Brisbane.
25 September 1862.
This date is less than one year after the line to Sydney was opened.


The telegram message was long in that the charge was for 50 words.

In addition, the cost of 19s 4d was a very significant amount of money in the 1860s. Often such an amount would be charged to the recipient through the system of a Collect telegram. Perhaps Judges were paid handsomely even in those days :)

Crest 1862 Detail of the Crest on the above form.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-1 None. 25 September 1862 at Brisbane. RRRR