Victoria - Colonial period: 1854-1900.
Electric Telegraph ordinary rate delivery form: VC-DO-2.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: No form number.
Crest over BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH in serif font.
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Black on blue.
Size of form overall: 263 × 210 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
Provenance: Gundersen.
Prestige Philately September 2006 Lot 489.

Sydney via Melbourne and then posted to Hobart because the cable would have been inoperative at that time (it failed completely in 1861) - 31 July 1860.


  • the design of the Crest has changed (see below);
  • the message area is not lined.

Note the annotation in the top left corner summarising the charges as follows:

  • 14 words costing 7/4 (6/- for 10 words and 4d for each of the additional four words);
  • 6d prepaid for the cost of postage from Victoria to Tasmania.
2B Crest
Crest for the delivery form above (VC-DO-2) showing
the Lion standing upright and the shield oval.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DO-2 None 31 July 1860 at Melbourne. RR