Friday, 25 October 2019

Brisbane GPO and QL Duplex Obliterators - QL, G.P.O

QL Duplex Canceller (Oval with broken rays) 
Type 2 'QL' (No stops), in thin letters 5 mm high within an oval of 32 broken rays consisting of four thin strokes. Known used from 20 April 1867 to 24 April 1869. Rated 2R

G.P.O. Duplex Obliterator
Type 11 An oval of a number unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high. The datestamp is (24 - 25 mm in diameter) and has at each side between the names a square with 4 small dots. 
  • Type 11.1 An oval of 45 unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high. The datestamp is 25 mm in diameter and the month is before the day and is rated Common. Recorded usage 14 July 1905 - 19 June 1910
  • Type 11.2 An oval of 45 unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high. Day is before the month and is rated 3R. Recorded usage 1907-1908
  • Type 11.3 An oval of 47 unbroken rays 25 mm in diameter with GPO with no stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high with a partial datestamp. FORGERY. Not rated. Usually seen on Revenue stamps

 Type 2



2 QL Duplex Obliterator

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R

11.1 GPO Duplex 

Type 11.1 GPO Duplex rated Common. Dated 24 October 1905

11.2 GPO Duplex 


Type 11.2 GPO Duplex rated 3R. Dated 25 April 1908. Seen on Ebay


Type 11.3 GPO Duplex Forgery - 47 rays - not rated

2 QL Duplex Canceller

Brisbane GPO and QL Duplex Canceller and Obliterator Page

Brisbane GPO and QL Obliterator Page 


Type 2 'QL' (No stops), in thin letters 5 mm high within an oval of 32 (and possibly also 34) broken rays consisting of four thin strokes. Known used from 20 April 1867 to 24 April 1869. Rated 2R 

This duplex canceller appears to be a combination of the single obliterator type 2 (GPO QL Obliterator type 2) and datestamp type 3. The distance between the datestamp and the obliterator is about 1.5 mm and examples are known with the QL reading from top to bottom or bottom to top. This would indicate that the duplex canceller was made-up locally and that either or both the datestamp or obliterator portion were not fixed. Campbell suggests that given the short time period for this duplex canceller that this experiment was not very successful for after this time no further duplexes were used at Brisbane for over 10 years. It is also quite possible that some examples may have been a combination usage of the existing datestamp and obliterator.  

Codes seen are lower case italic b, c (not seen by me) and d and numerals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The letters came first and continued until mid 1867 and are less common than the numerals which replaced them. The scarcest numeral code is 1


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code b. Dated 5 July 1867

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 5. Dated 9 October 1867


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 4. Dated 16 March 1868. Seen at Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1071. Ex Griffiths

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Dated September 1868. Seen at Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1072. Ex Griffiths 

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Dated 20 May 1867. Seen on the Internet

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 2. Dated 8 October 1867. Seen at Prestige Philately auction no 139 lot no 334

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 1. Dated 30 January 1868. Seen on Ebay

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code b. Dated 20 April 1867. Seen on Ebay


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 3. Dated 24 March1868. Seen in Cavendish auction December 2017 lot no 2358

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 4. Dated 2 December 1868. Seen at phoenix auction no 62 lot no 998

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 3. Dated 8 November 1867. Seen at Spink auction no 18047 lot no 102

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 2. Dated 9 January 1868. Seen in Abacus auction no 234

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code d. Dated 20 April 1867 Seen in Abacus auction no 234

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 3. Dated 14 November 1867 Seen in Abacus auction no 234

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 5. Dated 20 October 1867 Seen on Ebay

Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 2. Dated 7 January 1869 Seen in the Wytenburg exhibition

 Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 2. Dated 15 June 1868 Seen in the Wytenburg exhibition


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 4. Dated 25 April 1868 Seen in the Wytenburg exhibition


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code d. Dated 20 April 1867. Seen at Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1125. Ex Griffiths 


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 3. Dated 26 February 1868. Seen at Spink auction no 12043 lot no 11126. Ex Griffiths 


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 5. Dated 1 April 1868. Seen at Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1127. Ex Griffiths 


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 5. Dated 16 May 1868. Seen at Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1128. Ex Griffiths 


Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2 rated 2R. Code 2. Dated 25 September 1867. Seen in the L'Estrange Collection at the Queensland Museum

Monday, 30 September 2019

2a GPO QL Obliterator

Brisbane GPO Obliterator Page


NOTE: Campbell GPO QL Obliterator type 2 actually comprises 3 distinct types which for the sake of simplicity I have split up as follows:
  • QL (no stop between Q and L and thin broken rays) I have retained as type 2
  • QL (with a stop between Q and L and thin broken rays) I have called type 2a
  • QL (with a stop between Q and L and medium broken rays) I have called type 2b



Here are the five different QL within an oval obliterator types found on Queensland Chalon stamps. These include type 2 now split into three different types as well as types 3 and 6, to assist in identifying them. From left to right:
  • Type 2 - 4 thin broken rays and no stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 2a - 4 thin broken rays and a stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 2b - 4 medium thickness broken rays and a stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 3 - 4 thick broken rays and a stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 6 - thick solid rays and a stop between the Q and the L

Type 2a 'Q.L' (Stop after Q), in thin letters 5 mm high within an oval of 32 broken rays consisting of four thin strokes. I am unsure of the date range but probably from the mid 1860s till the early 1890s. Rated 2R on both Chalon and Sideface stamps and 3R on cover.

It is easily distinguishable from type 2 by having a stop between the Q and the L. The stop is not always easy to see and in this case 2a can be distinguished by the gap between the body of the Q and the L being wider (4 mm for type 2a and 2mm for type 2)

Brisbane QL obliterator type 2a adapted from Campbell


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2a on a Chalon rated 2R


Some more examples of the Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2a on a Chalon rated 2R


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2a on a Chalon cover rated 3R. Dated 2 March 1867. Seen at Abacus auction no 234


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2a on a Sideface rated 2R


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2a on a Sideface cover rated 3R

Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2a on a Sideface cover rated 3R. Dated 1890. Ex Wytenburg

Monday, 23 September 2019

2 GPO QL Obliterator

Brisbane GPO Obliterator Page


NOTE: Campbell GPO QL Obliterator type 2 actually comprises 3 distinct types which for the sake of simplicity I have split up as follows:
  • QL (no stop between Q and L and thin broken rays) I have retained as type 2
  • QL (with a stop between Q and L and thin broken rays) I have called type 2a
  • QL (with a stop between Q and L and medium broken rays) I have called type 2b


Here are the five different QL within an oval obliterator types found on Queensland Chalon stamps. These include type 2 now split into three different types as well as types 3 and 6, to assist in identifying them. From left to right:
  • Type 2 - 4 thin broken rays and no stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 2a - 4 thin broken rays and a stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 2b - 4 medium thickness broken rays and a stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 3 - 4 thick broken rays and a stop between the Q and the L
  • Type 6 - thick solid rays and a stop between the Q and the L

Type 2 'QL' (No stops), in thin letters 5 mm high within an oval of 32 or 34 broken rays consisting of four thin strokes. Known used on covers from around November 1864 to February 1872. Rated 2R on stamps and 3R on cover. There are two subtypes comprising 32 and 34 rays. So far I have only come across one example with 32 rays.

This obliterator is also known used as a duplex obliterator (Brisbane QL duplex canceller type 2)

Brisbane QL obliterator type 2 adapted from Campbell and showing 32 rays


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2 (34 rays) rated 2R


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2 (34 rays) rated 2R


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2 (34 rays) rated 2R


Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2 (34 rays) rated 2R

Brisbane QL Obliterator type 2 (32 rays) rated 3R. Dated 14 February 1872. Seen at Mossgreen auction no 210 lot no 509