New South Wales - Interim: 1900-1917.
Urgent rate delivery envelope: NI-EU-1

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number St. 7000.
Heading is URGENT TELEGRAM in an octagonal frame.
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & envelope): Black on pink.
Size of envelope overall: 88 × 145 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
 New South Wales did not make provision for an Urgent rate when it was a Colony. The Urgent rate was only introduced after Federation.

The NSW design for its first Urgent rate delivery envelope is almost identical to that used in Victoria during the Interim period but with small differences - especially the inclusion of the Stores number and the absence of the full stop after TELEGRAM.

NI-EU-1 NI-EU-1.

Date not recorded but other similar envelopes were used about 1910-11.


  • top octagonal frame is
    10 × 78 mm;
  • lower octagonal frame is
    11 × 51 mm;
  • no full stop after TELEGRAM.


NI-EU-1_seal NI-EU-1 (reverse side).

Seal on the flap has ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE in a Belt & Buckle design.

Unusual inscription as the name had been changed in 1893.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
EU-1 St 7000 21 April 1914 at Telegraph Branch Sydney. RR