All about postmarks

A postmark is an inked rubber stamp, with an imprint that indicates the date and place. A postal worker will press the postmark onto your letter to show the stamp has been used for postage. The date on the postmark records where and when the item enters the mail system.

Postmarks are just as unique and fascinating as stamps themselves. Take a look at some of our latest ones, and learn how to perfectly place postmark ink onto your collectable items.
 

Latest first day of issue postmarks

The Art of John Gerrard Keulements postmark

Issue: The Art of John Gerrard Keulements
Issue date: 28 August 2018

Children's Bush Classics postmark

Issue: Children's Bush Classics
Issue date: 21 August 2018

Reef Safari: Stamp Collecting Month 2018 postmark

Issue: Reef Safari: Stamp Collecting Month 2018
Issue date: 1 August 2018

Norfolk Island Crystal Pool postmark

Issue: Norfolk Island Crystal Pool
Issue date: 17 July 2018

Frogs postmark

Issue: Frogs
Issue date: 10 July 2018

The Birth of HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge postmark

Issue: The Birth of HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge
Issue date: 3 July 2018

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Basket Weaving postmark

Issue: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Basket Weaving
Issue date: 26 June 2018

Latest temporary and permanent postmarks

Altona VIC 3018 postmark

First day of use: 16 July 2018
Post Office: Altona PO, Victoria 3018
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark, fixed date
Postmark text: St Mary’s School Altona VIC 3018 90th Anniversary
Pictorial elements: St Mary’s School logo
Size: 32mm

 

RAAF Tindal NT 0853 postmark

First day of use: 2 July 2018
Post Office:  RAAF Tindal
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: RAAF Tindal NT 0853
Pictorial elements: F18 Hornet
Size: 32mm diameter

 

Rockhampton, QLD 4700 postmark

First day of use: 6 May 2018
Post Office: Rockhampton LPO, Queensland 4700
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: Rockhampton QLD 4700
Pictorial elements: Bull and ribbon/banner
Size: 36mm

 

Townsville QLD 4810 postmark

First day of use: 4 May 2018
Post Office: Townsville Post Office, Queensland 4810
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark, moveable date
Postmark text: Lions Clubs International 66th Multiple District 201 Convention Townsville QLD 4810
Pictorial elements: Lions Cloub logo
Size: 38mm

 

Bendigo Central, Bendigo postmark

First day of use: 16 April 2018
Post Office:  Bendigo Central, Bendigo, Victoria 3550
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: Bendigo Central, Bendigo VIC 3550
Pictorial elements: Gold Mine Tram
Size: tba

 

Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 postmark

First day of use: 9 April 2018
Post Office: Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Pictorial elements: GC, water & girl in bikini
Size: 38mm

 

Surfers Paradise Qld 4217 postmark

First day of use: 2 April 2018
Post Office: Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
Pictorial elements: Beach sign (adapted)
Size: 38 x 22mm diameter

Woodbridge Tasmania postmark

First day of use: 1 April 2018
Post Office: Woodbridge LPO Tasmania 7162
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: Woodbridge Home of the Marine Discovery Centre Tasmania 7162
Pictorial elements: Sailing ship on water
Size: 36 x 42mm diameter

 

Queen’s Baton Relay, 30 March 2018, Brisbane QLD 4000 postmark

First day of use: 30 March 2018
Post Office: Brisbane QLD 4000
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 30 March 2018, Brisbane QLD 4000
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Queen’s Baton Relay, 2 March 2018, Darwin NT 0800 postmark

First day of use: 2 March 2018
Post Office: Darwin NT 0800
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 2 March 2018, Darwin NT 0800
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Cunnamulla QLD 4490 postmark

First day of use: 1 March 2018
Post Office: Cunnamulla, Queensland 4490
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark, fixed date
Postmark text: Celebrating 150 Years 1 March 2018 Cunnamulla QLD 4490
Pictorial elements: Queenland state outline
Size: 32mm

 

Queen’s Baton Relay, 24 February 2018, Perth WA 6000 postmark

First day of use: 24 February 2018
Post Office: Perth WA 6000
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 24 February 2018, Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Queen’s Baton Relay, 18 February 2018, Adelaide SA 5000 postmark

First day of use: 18 February 2018
Post Office: Adelaide SA 5000 (Rundle Mall Post Office)
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 18 February 2018, Adelaide SA 5000
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Queen’s Baton Relay, 10 February 2018, Melbourne VIC 3000 postmark

First day of use: 10 February 2018
Post Office: Melbourne VIC 3000
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 10 February 2018, Melbourne VIC 3000
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Queen’s Baton Relay, 9 February 2018, Hobart TAS 7000 postmark

First day of use: 9 February 2018
Post Office: Hobart TAS 7000
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 9 February 2018, Hobart TAS 7000
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Queen’s Baton Relay, 3 February 2018, Sydney NSW 2000 postmark

First day of use: 3 February 2018
Post Office: Sydney NSW 2000
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 3 February 2018, Sydney NSW 2000
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Queen’s Baton Relay, 25 January 2018, Canberra ACT 2600 postmark

First day of use: 25 January 2018
Post Office: Canberra ACT 2600
Type: souvenir temporary pictorial with fixed date
Postmark text: Queen’s Baton Relay, 25 January 2018, Canberra ACT 2600
Pictorial elements: Queen’s Baton Relay logo
Size: 32mm diameter

Latest stamp show postmarks

2018 Perth Stamp and Coin Show day 1 postmark

First day of use: 6 July 2018
Show: Perth 2018 Stamp and Coin Fair
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: 6 July 2018 | Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Silos

2018 Perth Stamp and Coin Show day 2 postmark

First day of use: 7 July 2018
Show: Perth 2018 Stamp and Coin Fair
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: 7 July 2018 | Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Silos

2018 Perth Stamp and Coin Show day 3 postmark

First day of use: 8 July 2018
Show: Perth 2018 Stamp and Coin Fair
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: 8 July 2018 | Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Silos

The four types of postmarks

Most Post Offices have a standard postmark with the name of the Post Office, postcode and date, but there are also four postmark types exclusively produced for specific stamp releases or events.

National First Day of Issue

Used to commemorate the release of a new stamp on a national level. The locality name is chosen for its link to the stamp issue.

Permanent Pictorial

Reflecting something distinctive to the locality, such as penguins for the town of Penguin in Tasmania or a lighthouse if one is prominent in the area.

Temporary 

These postmarks are used on either single days or consecutive days commemorating a special event.

Individual location

Postmarks associated with a historical or geographical reflection of the local area but not necessarily pictorial and can be used to cancel first day of issue stamps only.

Applying a postmark

If you need a postmark applied to your philatelic item, head to your local Post Office. Only authorised Australia Post staff can apply postmarks. Make sure you’re getting the right kind of postmark applied. You’ll want a national postmark on a first day cover, the correct commemorative postmark for a special occasion stamp, and so on.

Request that the postmark impression is applied with clarity and precision - no smudging! Black is the only colour ink that should be used. Catch the corner of the stamp - don’t cover up the stamp design. Refer to the images below as a guide.

Correct postmarking

Single stamp

Place the postmark on the left hand side.

Pair of stamps

Should be centrally postmarked at the base of the stamps.

Minisheets

Cancel all the stamps, ensuring at least one postmark also marks the envelope.

Multiple stamps or strips

Use the least number of postmarks to cancel the most number of stamps.

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