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 temporary and permanent postmarks

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

Cloncurry 4824 postmark

First day of use: 15 September 2017
Post Office: Cloncurry Qld 4824
Type: Temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Celebrating C150, Cloncurry 1867-2017, 15 September 2017, Cloncurry Qld 4824
Pictorial elements: Horse, stockman, dog, cattle, aircraft, mining representations.
Postmark size: 34mm square

 

Blackbutt Qld 4306 postmark

First day of use: 9 September 2017
Post Office: Blackbutt, Queensland 4306
Type: permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt, Gateway to the South Burnett, Blackbutt Qld 4306
Pictorial elements: Avocados
Postmark size: 36mm diameter
National Ballooning Championships, 2-9 Sep 2017, Northam WA 6401 postmark

First day of use: 2 September 2017
Post Office: Northam WA 6401
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark with moveable date
Postmark text: National Ballooning Championships, 2-9 Sep 2017, Northam WA 6401
Pictorial elements: Balloon and stylised clouds based on the 2015 postmark design
Postmark size: 38mm diameter
Canberra Parliament House ACT 2600, First Day of Issue postmark

First day of use: 21 August 2017
Post Office: Canberra Parliament House ACT 2600
Type: Permanent pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Canberra Parliament House ACT 2600, First Day of Issue
Pictorial elements: Australian Coat of Arms
Postmark size: 38mm diameter
Kalbar LPO Celebrating 120 Years, 7 July 2017, Kalbar Qld 4309 postmark

First day of use: 7 July 2017
Post Office: Kalbar LPO
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Kalbar LPO Celebrating 120 Years, 7 July 2017, Kalbar Qld 4309
Pictorial elements: Map of Queensland with Kalbar location
Postmark size: 32mm diameter
Catholic Diocese of Geraldton WA 6530, Ordination of the 9th Bishop, 28 June 2017 postmark

First day of use: 28 June 2017
Post Office: Geraldton WA 6530
Type: Temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Catholic Diocese of Geraldton WA 6530, Ordination of the 9th Bishop, 28 June 2017
Pictorial elements: Bishop mitre
Postmark size: 40mm diameter
Clunes 3370 postmark

First day of use: 1 May 2017
Post Office: Clunes Vic 3370
Type: permanent pictorial
Postmark text: Australia’s Booktown, Clunes Vic 3370
Pictorial elements: book
Postmark size: 30mm diameter
Williamstown Vic 3016 postmark

First day of use: 1 May 2017
Post Office: Williamstown Vic 3016
Type: temporary pictorial
Postmark text: Celebrating 175 Years, May 2017, St Mary’s School. Williamstown Est. 1842 - Williamstown Vic 3016
Pictorial elements: based on St Mary’s School crest
Postmark size: w: 26 x h: 37.5mm

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
Adelaide Stampex stamp show 2017 postmark day 3

First day of use: 8 October 2017
Show: Adelaide Stampex 2017
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: STAMPEX ’17, 8 October 2017, Adelaide SA 5000
Pictorial elements: Detail of the Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall in Adelaide
Size: 31mm diameter

Adelaide Stampex stamp show 2017 postmark day 2

First day of use: 7 October 2017
Show: Adelaide Stampex 2017
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: STAMPEX ’17, 7 October 2017, Adelaide SA 5000
Pictorial elements: Stylised flowers
Size: 31mm diameter

Adelaide Stampex stamp show 2017 postmark day 1

First day of use: 6 October 2017
Show: Adelaide Stampex 2017
Type: Stamp Show temporary postmark
Postmark text: STAMPEX ’17, 6 October 2017, Adelaide SA 5000
Pictorial elements: STAMPEX ’17 logo
Size: 31mm diameter

China stamp show 2017 postmark day 4

First day of use: 11 September 2017
Show: 2017 China International Collection Expo
Type: Stamp Show cachet
Postmark text: 2017 China International Collection Expo, Australia Post, Nanjing, 11 September 2017
Pictorial elements: Koala and Australia Post logo
Size: 35mm x 29mm



China stamp show 2017 postmark day 3

First day of use: 10 September 2017
Show: 2017 China International Collection Expo
Type: Stamp Show cachet
Postmark text: 2017 China International Collection Expo, Australia Post, Nanjing, 10 September 2017
Pictorial elements: Koala and Australia Post logo
Size: 35mm x 29mm



China stamp show 2017 postmark day 2

First day of use: 9 September 2017
Show: 2017 China International Collection Expo
Type: Stamp Show cachet
Postmark text: 2017 China International Collection Expo, Australia Post, Nanjing, 9 September 2017
Pictorial elements: Koala and Australia Post logo
Size: 35mm x 29mm



China stamp show 2017 postmark day 1

First day of use: 8 September 2017
Show: 2017 China International Collection Expo
Type: Stamp Show cachet
Postmark text: 2017 China International Collection Expo, Australia Post, Nanjing, 8 September 2017
Pictorial elements: Koala and Australia Post logo
Size: 35mm x 29mm



Melbourne Vic 3000, 3 September 2017 postmark

First day of use: 3 September 2017
Show: Melbourne Money Expo 2017 at Melbourne Park Function Centre, Batman Ave, Melbourne Vic 3000
Type: Stamp Show temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Happy Father’s Day, Melbourne Vic 3000, 3 September 2017
Pictorial elements: Moustache
Size: 32mm x 28mm

Melbourne Vic 3000, 2 September 2017

First day of use: 2 September 2017
Show: Melbourne Money Expo 2017 at Melbourne Park Function Centre, Batman Ave, Melbourne Vic 3000
Type: Stamp Show temporary pictorial postmark
Postmark text: Melbourne Vic 3000, 2 September 2017
Pictorial elements: Stylised buildings, Ferris wheel
Size: 32mm x 31mm

Perth Stamp & Coin Show postmark for 9 July 2017 only

First day of use: 9 July 2017
Post Office: Perth GPO WA 6000
Type: Perth Stamp & Coin Show only postmark
Postmark text: 9 July 2017 Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Train on tracks. Available in red on 9 July 2017 only at the show.
Perth Stamp & Coin Show postmark for 8 July 2017 only

First day of use: 8 July 2017
Post Office: Perth GPO WA 6000
Type: Perth Stamp & Coin Show only postmark
Postmark text: 8 July 2017 Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Train on tracks.
Perth Stamp & Coin Show postmark for 7 July 2017 only

First day of use: 7 July 2017
Post Office: Perth GPO WA 6000
Type: Perth Stamp & Coin Show only postmark
Postmark text: 7 July 2017 Perth WA 6000
Pictorial elements: Train on tracks. Available in green on 7 July 2017 only at the show.

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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