Friday, September 2, 2016

Postal notes for parcels, registered mail, stamp booklets, insurance etc in 1908

Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser (Qld.), Monday 20 July 1908, page 4

Postal Notes

Parcel Post

The postage on a parcel posted in any state for delivery in that state is 6d. for the first lb., and 3d. for each additional lb.

The postage on a parcel addressed to any other State in the Commonwealth, or to New Zealand, Fiji, or the New Hebrides, is 8d. for the first  lb., and 6. for each additional lb.

The postage on a parcel addressed to any place in the United Kingdom and conveyed wholly by sea, is 1s. for the first lb., and 6d. for each additional lb. If sent overland through Italy and France, an additional charge of 1s per parcel is made.

The maximum weight of any parcel is 11 lbs.

The contents of parcels must be securely packed and closed in such a manner as to preserve them from injury or from escaping.

In addition to the name and address of the person for whom it is intended, every parcel must bear on the wrapper the name and address of the sender, thus: From


Parcels must not be posted in a posting box or pillar, but must be handed in at a post-office.

A certificate of posting may be obtained free of charge for parcels for delivery within the Commonwealth, or upon payment of a fee of 3d. if addressed to places beyond the Commonwealth.

Upon payment of a fee of 2d., the sender of an Inland or Inter-State parcel may obtain an acknowledgement of its due delivery to the addressee or his representative.

Insurance of Parcels

Parcels addressed to Ceylon, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, and a large number of countries via the United Kingdom may be insured (up to a maximum amount of £50 per parcel) against loss or damage whilst in transmission through the post.

The fees charged for Insurance are as follows: .

On a parcel for delivery in:

Ceylon, India, United Kingdom 6d. for the first £10; 3d. for each additional £10

Germany, 7d. for the first £10; 4d. for each additional £10.

Payment of outstanding duty by the sender of a parcel

By paying a fee of 6d., signing an Undertaking to pay on demand the amount due, and making a deposit At the rate of 1s. for each 4s or part of 4s., on the declared value of the parcel, the sender of a parcel addressed to Cape Colony, Germany, the United Kingdom, and certain foreign countries, via the United Kingdom, may take upon himself the payment of the Customs and other charges ordinarily payable by the addresses. A final settlement takes place as soon as the amount of the charges due has been ascertained from the country of destination.

Repayment in cash, in one sum, of postage on large quantities of mail matter

The postage on large quantities of letters, packets, or newspapers, tor transmission within the Commonwealth or to New Zealand or Fiji, may be prepaid in cash. The amount of postage on such mall matter posted at one time shall not be less than £1. The posting may be done at the General Post Office, and certain of the principal post offices. The mail matter must be handed in at the post office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., but if handed in after 3 p.m. it will be subject to detention if its despatch interferes with the despatch of other mail matter.

Special provisions exist regarding the hours of Posting and minimum amount of postage in the case of newspapers posted by registered newspaper proprietors or by news vendors.

Acknowledgement of delivery of registered articles

The sender of a registered article may either at the time of registration or thereafter upon payment of a fee of 2.5d., obtain on acknowledgment of it due delivery to the addressee or other person to whom it is delivered. The Inside pages of the cover contain printed columns, showing date, item, and amount, and enable purchasers of the booklet to keep a record of every stamp used therefrom.

Postage stamp booklets

Booklets of 1d, and 2d. postage stamps may be purchased at a cost of £1 each— the face value of the stamps contained therein.

Registration of postal articles

When sending articles of value through the letter or packet post, the registration system should be availed of. The fee charged for the registration of any parcels is only 3d., and when registered the article can be traced in its course through the post; If the article be lost whilst in the post, the Postmaster-General will (subject to the provisions of the regulation.) pay the value of the article up to a maximum amount of ?.

Any postal article (other than a parcel) may be registered.