Western Australia - Interim period: 1901-1917.
Urgent rate delivery form: WI-DU-3.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number E.T. 45.
Standard Interim period heading.
Has URGENT TELEGRAM in 5 mm sans-serif letters for heading.
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Blue on pink.
Size of form overall: 163 × 210 mm.
Size of datestamp box: 30 × 35 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:

Melbourne to Perth.
Date removed but probably
5 August 1914 (time sent was 12:45 pm and time received was 11:08 am).


  • single line of text at left finishes before the line under the heading.

Telegram sent by Prime Minister Cook announcing the commencement of war with Germany.

Perth to Boulder
(oval Telegraph Office
31 August 1916).


  • single line of text at left finishes after the line under the heading (middle of RECEIVED is the divisor).
  • message area is blank.

Phoenix Auctions December 2013, Lot 1583.



Geraldton to Perth.
Perth/W.A. date stamp of
18 August 1916.


  • two lines of text at left almost completely moved to the heading area;
  • message area is blank;
  • schedule number is at the top next to the Stores Index number.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DU-3A Cannot be determined Cannot be determined RRR
DU-3B Stores Index 45. 31 August 1916 at Boulder, WA. RRR
DU-3C 19247/16 *12 18 August 1916. RRR