Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chinese and the selling of postage stamps in Queensland

An 1888 article on Chinese licensed to sell stamps in Queensland

Telegraph (Brisbane) Tuesday 17 April 1888, page 4
Stamp Licenses to Chinamen
A rumour has been in circulation to the effect that licenses for the sale of stamps have been, granted by the Postmaster- General to Chinese storekeepers in the north of Queensland. Inquiries have been made at the General Post Office, and it has been ascertained that during the past month such applications have been made and refused: therefore no licenses are being granted to Chinese for the sale of stamps, and that throughout North Queensland there is not one Chinese storekeeper who is authorised to sell postage stamps, and there is only one in the whole colony. The single exception is at Toowoomba, and the man has held the license for many years.