Postmarks

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

Norfolk Island Golf postmark

Issue: Norfolk Island Golf
Issue date: 27 February 2018

Banksias postmark

Issue: Banksias
Issue date: 20 February 2018

With Love postmark

Issue: With Love
Issue date: 6 February 2018

Issue: Australina Legends 2018
Issue date: 18 January 2018

Convict Past postmark

Issue: Convict Past
Issue date: 16 January 2018

Christmas Island Year of the Dog 2018 postmark

Issue: Christmas Island Year of the Dog 2018
Issue date: 8 January 2018

Latest temporary and permanent postmarks

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

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

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

Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt, Gateway to the South Burnett, Blackbutt Qld 4314 postmark

First day of use: 1 February 2018
Post Office: Blackbutt Qld 4314
Type: Permanent pictorial with new postcode
Postmark text: Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt, Gateway to the South Burnett, Blackbutt Qld 4314
Pictorial elements: Avocados
Size: 36mm 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

Heart of the Reef, Hamilton Island Qld 4803 postmark

First day of use: 8 January 2018
Post Office: Hamilton Island Qld 4803
Type: Permanent pictorial with rolling date
Postmark text: Heart of the Reef, Hamilton Island Qld 4803
Pictorial elements: heart-shaped reef
Size: 45 x 30mm diameter

China Town, Cabramatta NSW 2166, Year of the Dog postmark

First day of use: 8 January 2018
Post Office: Cabramatta NSW 2166
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark with moveable date
Postmark text: China Town, Cabramatta NSW 2166, Year of the Dog
Pictorial elements: Dog and Chinese calligraphic symbol
Size: 40mm diameter

China Town, Haymarket NSW 2000, Year of the Dog postmark

First day of use: 8 January 2018
Post Office: Haymarket NSW 2000
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark with moveable date
Postmark text: China Town, Haymarket NSW 2000, Year of the Dog
Pictorial elements: Dog and Chinese calligraphic symbol
Size: 40mm diameter

China Town, Bourke St. Melbourne Vic 3000, Year of the Dog postmark

First day of use: 8 January 2018
Post Office: Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark with moveable date
Postmark text: China Town, Bourke St. Melbourne Vic 3000, Year of the Dog
Pictorial elements: Dog and Chinese calligraphic symbol
Size: 40mm diameter

WRESAT 50th Anniversary 1967-2017, Woomera SA 5720, 29 Nov 2017 postmark

First day of use: 29 November 2017
Post Office: Woomera SA 5720
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: WRESAT 50th Anniversary 1967-2017, Woomera SA 5720, 29 Nov 2017
Pictorial elements: Kangaroo, spear and star WRESAT emblem
Size: 34mm diameter
 Gawler 5118 postmark

First day of use: 23 November 2017
Post Office: Gawler SA 5118
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Adelaide to Gawler Air Mail Centenary 1917-2017, 23 November 2017, Gawler SA 5118
Pictorial elements: Aircraft based on the 1967 First Air Mail within South Australia postmark
Postmark size: 36mm diameter

 Port Augusta 5700 postmark

First day of use: 22 October 2017
Post Office: Port Augusta SA 5700
Type: Temporary pictorial  (special event at the Port Augusta Railway Station on Sunday 22 October 2017)
Postmark text: Centenary of Trans-Australian Railway, 22 October 2017, Port Augusta SA 5700
Pictorial elements: Locomotive based on the 1967 50th Anniversary of the Trans-Australian Railway, Port Pirie SA 5540 postmark.
Postmark size: 36mm diameter

Nowra Naval 2540 postmark

First day of use: 15 October 2017
Post Office: Nowra Naval NSW 2540
Type: First Day of Issue pictorial  for: RAN Helicopter Flight: Vietnam 50 Years pre-stamped envelope.
Postmark text: Nowra Naval NSW 2540, First Day of Issue, 15 October 2017
Pictorial elements: Helicopter, clouds
Postmark size: 28mm diameter

Latest stamp show postmarks

Brisbane Stamp and Coin Show 2017 postmark day 2

First day of use: 12 November 2017
Show: Brisbane Stamp and Coin Show 2017
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: Mansfield QLD 4122, 2017 Brisbane, 12 November 2017
Pictorial elements: Based on Brisbane Stamp and Coin Show 2017 logo
Size: 29mm diameter

Brisbane Stamp and Coin Show 2017 postmark day 1

First day of use: 11 November 2017
Show: Brisbane Stamp and Coin Show 2017
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: Mansfield QLD 4122, 2017 Brisbane, 11 November 2017
Pictorial elements: Based on Brisbane Stamp and Coin Show 2017 logo
Size: 29mm diameter

Queensland Stamp Show 2017, Toowoomba Post Office 1880-1999, 15 October 2017, Darling Heights QLD 4350

First day of use: 15 October 2017
Post Office: Darling Heights QLD 4350
Type: Stamp Show temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Queensland Stamp Show 2017, Toowoomba Post Office 1880-1999, 14 October 2017, Darling Heights QLD 4350
Pictorial elements: Toowoomba Post Office
Size: 34mm x 42mm
Queensland Stamp Show 2017, Toowoomba Post Office 1880-1999, 14 October 2017, Darling Heights QLD 4350

First day of use: 14 October 2017
Post Office: Darling Heights QLD 4350
Type: Stamp Show temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Queensland Stamp Show 2017, Toowoomba Post Office 1880-1999, 14 October 2017, Darling Heights QLD 4350
Pictorial elements: Toowoomba Post Office
Size: 34mm x 42mm

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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