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Market Street

Renamed from Customs House PO c.-/1/1884; replaced by Collins Street West PO 21/11/1997.

½ km SW of G.P.O.

PPA have 1 other admin recorded.

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World Trade Centre

PO 3/1/1984; closed 15/8/1997.

2½ km SW of G.P.O.

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Russell Street

PO 6/11/1924; replaced by 236 Bourke Street PO 2/11/1992.

½ km E of G.P.O.

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A'Beckett Street

Replaced Victoria Market PO 3/7/1989; replaced by Franklin Street PO c.-/11/2011.

½ km NNW of G.P.O.

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Collins Street East

PO 23/6/1969. Closed. Replaced by 15 Southern Cross Lane, MELBOURNE. (Under A.P. H.Q.)

1 km ESE of G.P.O.

Replaced both Bourke Street East and Public Offices.

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Toowoomba City North. I believe this is a moderately scarce cancel.

PO 2/6/1958; closed 28/2/1978.
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Chris.

Your example of the strike is significantly later than the closure date. Have you copied the correct time period of usage?
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You've lost me Rod! I'm not sure what you're seeing, but to me the cancel is clearly 1972, six years before closure in 1978.

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The Pom wrote:You've lost me Rod! I'm not sure what you're seeing, but to me the cancel is clearly 1972, six years before closure in 1978.
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The Pom wrote:Toowoomba City North. I believe this is a moderately scarce cancel.
PO 2/6/1958; closed 28/2/1978.
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Anybody know how rare Pipe Clay Creek, NSW is? PPA has an opening in 14/9/1896 and closing in 2/10/1916 but no other information.

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Pipe Clay Creek:

Receiving Office from 21.12.1891; Telegraph Office from 13.7.1893; Post Office from 14.9.1896. Post & Telegraph Office destroyed by fire 12.10.1899. Closed 2.10.1916. Date-stamp type 1D(i) 1914 - 16.

The latter dates are often speculative since Hopson & Tobin would not have seen all available strikes i.e. they probably did not see all or only part of the post office records. Assume for the Receiving Office period that a manuscript cancel might have been applied.

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Thanks, this one is dated 1912. The cover has other markings showing it's 1912.
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Please post scans of the remainder of the cover.

It's definitely a Tobin type 1D(i) as seen below from his monograph excerpt from page 35. The date is in two lines.
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Nothing in the Bruce collection. A couple of mentions of "PipeClay Creek" in the Hopson collection but no documentation of dates of usage and no scans of the date-stamp strikes.
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I'll try and post the rest of the cover as soon as I can.

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Here is the cover for the PipeClay Creek cover, no receiving postmarks but marked on arrival by the addressee. Image

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Here's Mayfield South opened 2/2/1948 closed 15/9/1978.
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Dingo Creek, from PPA: PO 1/6/1862; RO 16/8/1893; PO 1/3/1907; closed 31/7/1962.
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Postmark from Bumberry, N.S.W : RO 1/11/1875; PO 16/10/1883; closed 20/10/1945. Can't find much on this postmark but must be a relatively uncommon one.

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Cooma

PO 15/3/1882; closed 14/12/1972.

11 km S of Kyabram (2).

Rated RRR

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Osborn's Flat

PO 1/7/1864; closed 22/5/1991.

6 km E of Yackandandah.

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Glenpark

Renamed from Bungaree Springs PO 4/12/1871; RO c.1907; PO 15/5/1908; closed 31/10/1962.

10 km NE of Ballarat.

Rated RR.

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Winlaton

PO 17/10/1927; closed 31/10/1944.

10 km ESE of Lake Boga.

RRR?

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Burrupa

PO 2/1/1893; RO 1/7/1917; PO 1/7/1927; closed 9/6/1953.

17 km SE of Port Campbell (2).

Rated RRRR.

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Pittong

Renamed from O'Meara's RO 21/3/1916; PO 18/2/1924; TO 30/11/1925; closed 31/8/1954.

7 km W of Linton.

Knight was raised to a PO when Pittong was reduced to a TO.

Very scarce. Third recorded example.

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Tostaree

Renamed from Hospital Creek RO 13/7/1917; PO 1/2/1923; TO 1/12/1949; closed 3/12/1970.

31 km ESE of Bruthen.

3 to 4 R?

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Renamed from Upper Hospital Creek RO 1/2/1927; PO 1/7/1927; closed 16/10/1945.

19 km E of Bruthen.

Rated PPPP.

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The old trestle railway bridge on the Orbost line at Wairewa. I stopped off there a couple of days ago. (Dec 17)

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Both of these are close to each other in East Gippsland and were affected by the recent fires, with 11 houses lost in Wairewa and that would be much of the town. I understand that the bridge has been destroyed as well.

According to the town's fire brigade, the Zagamis' house was one of 11 destroyed in Wairewa. Thankfully, the community evacuated in time and there were no lives lost or serious injuries. "The community is rallying together to clean up, recover [and] support each other," the Wairewa Fire Brigade wrote on Facebook.

The last major fire in the area was in 2011.

On 1 February 2011 a fire started at Tostaree in the East Gippsland region of Victoria. The fire burned an area of 11,365 hectares with a perimeter of 111 kilometres. Two houses, a number of sheds and livestock were destroyed. On 11 February 2011 the fire was declared under control.Jul 25, 2011
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Mount Alexander (1)

PO 1/7/1848; renamed Lockwood PO 1/1/1854.

14 km SW of Bendigo.

Rated RRRR.

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STRINGER CREEK, Tasmania

Post Office opened 7/9/1981; closed 24/9/1986 according to PPA.

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Mildura Branch University

PO c.1947; closed c.1950.

9 km SW of Mildura.

Branch of University of Melbourne. On the site of the former Mildura R.A.A.F. Base.

Type 20. Rated RRR.

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Brentwood South Australia:
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Royal fdc for Dame Nellie stamp postmarked on fdi 20th September 1961
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Brentwood SA per PPA opened as a Post Office on 1st January 1879 & closed on 30th June 1980.

Brentwood is a locality on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia with a population of 77 & 212 kilometres west of the state capital, Adelaide by road (103 kilometres as the crow flies). It is on the Yorke Highway, between Minlaton and Hardwicke Bay.

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Shea-Oak Log, South Australia:
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Wesley fdc for the 150th Anniversary of Post Office postmarked 22nd April 1959.
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Shea-Oak Log SA per PPA opened as a Post Office circa 1851 & closed on 6th March 1981.

Shea-Oak Log (or Sheaoak Log or Shea Oak Log) is a settlement in South Australia adjacent to the Sturt Highway with a population of 175 & 56 kms north of Adelaide & 15 kms north east of Gawler.
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Currency Creek, South Australia:
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Arthur Bergen fdc the Centenary of the YMCA stamp postmarked 10th August 1955
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PPA tells us that the Currency Creek Post Office opened on 10th May 1844 & closed on 30th September 1988.

Currency Creek (postcode 5214) is a township and locality in South Australia on the western shore of Lake Alexandrina about 6 km north of Goolwa, beside a seasonal stream bearing the same name - Currency Creek - which flows into Lake Alexandrina.

Parts of Lake Alexandrina near to Currency Creek were initially explored by Charles Sturt in an open boat in 1830 but he did not sight the creek.

In December 1837, while exploring the Lake and Murray Mouth looking for other outlets to the sea, a party lead by Thomas Bewes Strangways and Young Bingham Hutchinson discovered the waterway while using a whaleboat borrowed from the Encounter Bay fishery. The whaleboat, which in September 1837 had been sold off the schooner Currency Lass at Adelaide, bore the same name as its mother ship, and they named the creek in honour of this boat. They reported on the good grassland in the area and its potential for agriculture.

The township was surveyed in the Currency Creek Special Survey of 1840 but it never really thrived due to the nearness of Goolwa.

Currency Creek lends its name to a wine region that stretches from Port Elliot in the west, to Lake Alexandrina to the east, and includes Hindmarsh Island. The main grape varieties grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Vineyards were first established in the area in 1969, with the region producing its first vintage in 1972.
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Pata, South Australia:
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Wesley fdc for the Yellow Tailed Thornbill postmarked 19th August 1964
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PPA tells that Pata Post Office opened as an RO on 2nd November 1914 becoming a Post Office circa 1916. It was renamed Muljarra Post Office on 1st October 1918 but reverted to Pata Post Office on 1st November 1929. It closed on 30th November 1974.

Pata is a locality and former town in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia. It lies on the Loxton railway line and Karoonda Highway between Alawoona (20 kms north) & Loxton (15 kms south). It is about 250 kms north east of Adelaide & about 150 kms south west of Mildura The town was surveyed as Muljarra in 1915, & renamed to Pata (an Aboriginal name meaning swamp gum trees) in 1929.
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St. Peters, South Australia:
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Last day cover for St.Peters postmarked 1st December 1980.
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Signed by Postmaster.
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St Peters is an inner-northeastern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia in the City of Norwood Payneham St Peters.

The area was first settled in 1838, with allotments sold to investors in the South Australia Company. It was originally a separate town and was named after the Church of England's school of St Peter. The nearby school, now commonly known as St Peter's College, was relocated to its current site in 1854 on 75 acres (30 ha) of land in what is now known as Hackney.

St Peters Post Office opened on 1 November 1886 & changed name to Stepney on 2nd December 1980 (although PPA records as St.Peter's & says 3rd December 1980 to Stepney).
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Stepney, South Australia:
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First Day of Stepney post office postmarked 2nd December 1980.
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PPA tells us that Stepney replaced St. Peter's Post Office on Wednesday 3rd December 1980. I am not sure why there is this discrepancy.

Stepney is a small triangular near-city suburb of Adelaide within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters. Stepney contains a mix of retail, manufacturing, professional services and distribution outlets within a cosmopolitan population strongly influenced by post World War II immigration.

Stepney was named after an inner-city district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets by George Muller (its founder) who hailed from there and in 1850 created the 'Village of Stepney'. The early settlement of German settlers in Stepney was, however, somewhat unusual. Though not as well known as the Prussians who settled Klemzig, Hahndorf or Tanunda, they were there in sufficient numbers to develop schools for their children. Notable members of this community were Hans Heysen and Carl Laubman of Laubman and Pank.

It is an adjacent suburb to the south of St. Peters.

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Mudamuckla, South Australia:
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Postmarked Mudamuckla on closing day, 30th October 1987.
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Mudamuckla is a small South Australian Rural Location about 40 kms east of Ceduna & approximately 523 kms north west of Adelaide. Mudamuckla has a population of 93.

PPA tells us that the post office opened as a RO on 1st July 1919, became a Post Office on 1st July 1927 & closed on 30th October 1987.
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Nunjikompita, South Australia:
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Postmarked Nunjikompita on closing day, 30th November 1987.
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And:
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The only Nunjikompita cover in the world for first day of cents postmarked 14th February 1966.
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It is about 45 kms south east of Mudamuckla & about 75 kms east of Ceduna almost on the eastern edge of the Nullabor Plain & about 500 kms north west of Adelaide with a population of 24.

PPA tells the post office closed on 30th November 1987 after opening as an RO on January 1, 1921 & becoming a PO on January 1, 1926.
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Lipson, South Australia:
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Postmarked Lipson on closing day, 23rd June 1988.
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Lipson is an historic farming town on the Eyre Peninsula, located 12 km north east of Tumby Bay & 235 kilometres north west of Adelaide, as the crow flies & 595 kms by road, with a population of 209.

The township was named after Thomas Lipson, a naval officer born in 1783, who came to South Australia in 1836 and was appointed collector of customs and harbour master at Port Adelaide. Lipson was once a well established town, having a number of facilities including a post office, church, shop and a school. The school opened in 1881 as Yaranyacka school and closed in 1950.

Nearby mines produced some of the finest talc in the world, but with the closing of the mines, the town gradually died.

PPA tells us that the Lipson Post Office opened as Yarandale Post Office circa November 1873 & renamed Lipson Post Office on 1st October 1909 & closed on 23rd June 1988.
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A nice "Rosella" fdc for the Centenary of the first Victorian & NSW stamp, 27th September 1950 postmarked Richmond East:
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PPA tells us it opened as Cremorne PO on 1/7/1914 & changed name to Richmond East PO on 13/8/1923 & became Richmond East LPO on 2/7/1993. :)

Cremorne/East Richmond is a small inner suburb of Melbourne, 2 km south-east of the CBD. Its local government area is the City of Yarra & has a population of about 2,000. It is bounded by the Yarra River, Punt Road, Swan and Church Streets, & bisected by the railway to South Yarra.

East Richmond railway station is located on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, and Glen Waverley lines. It serves the inner eastern Melbourne suburb of Cremorne opening as Church Street on 24 September 1860 being renamed East Richmond on 1 January 1867.

The line through East Richmond station was opened by the Melbourne and Suburban Railway Company to Hawthorn on 24 September 1860. A level crossing was once located at the southern end of the station. In the 1960s the line through the station was quadrupled.
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Farrell Flat
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Postmarked Farrell Flat on closing day, 31st December 1987.
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PPA tells us that Farrell Flat Post Office opened on 26th September 1870 & closed on 31st December. PPA shows examples "Farrells Flat postmarks but makes no reference to the removal of the "s".

Farrell Flat (formerly Hanson) is a town in South Australia about 150 kms north of Adelaide. The town is located 20 kilometres east of Clare & 22 kilometres southwest of Burra on the former Peterborough railway line. Farrell Flat and the surrounding area has a population of 294.

Farrell Flat today is largely a satellite town to the larger towns nearby. It has retained its own identity, with a functioning hotel, cafe and meeting house, engineering business and grain silos.

The town was surveyed as Hanson in 1870 and did not officially become Farrell Flat until 19 September 1940. The name Farrell’s Flat had been in use for some time, this being the name of the railway station. The nearby town of Davies was officially renamed to Hanson on 19 September 1940.

Farrell Flat was named for Colonial Chaplain & Dean of Adelaide, James Farrell (26 November 1803 – 26 April 1869).

So it appears we have three names for the town, Farrell Flat, Farrells Flat & Farrell's Flat, which seem to be interchangeable.
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Anyone know exactly where MOONEE VALE Victoria post office was ?
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The Moonee Vale LPO is at 164 Melville Road (near Albion Street), BRUNSWICK WEST. I can't be sure that this is the original location of the post office, only where it is now. If it is not then it would not be far from there.

So you are on the east side of the Tullamarine Freeway "over looking" Moonee Valley Racecourse.
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A nice Parade fdc for the British & Foreign Bible Society in Australia stamp, postmarked at Glenelg North Migrant Hostel:
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Postmarked Glenelg North Migrant Hostel on 7th March 1967.
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PPA tells us that Post Office opened here on 11th May 1965 & closed on 30th June 1972, so only open for a mere 7 years.

Glenelg North Migrant Hostel was located on Commonwealth land at Warren Avenue in Glenelg North, adjacent to the Adelaide Airport. Officially referred to as Glenelg North, the hostel off Warren Avenue had the advantage of being close to existing suburbs and shops. Residents were able to access public transport and visit the beach or the local cinema. Many children from the hostel attended the St Leonards Primary School. It was about 11 kms south west of Adelaide.

Buildings from the old Royal Australian Air Force station at Port Pirie were recycled to establish the hostel, and the site was in operation from late 1949. In early 1950 the manager was still sleeping in a partitioned area off the dining room and staff were housed in dormitories while they waited for quarters to be built.

By March 1950 a second stage of building was approved, and some existing structures were altered to bring them into line with newly-established standards for Commonwealth hostels around Australia. Nissen huts were still being built well into 1951 when The Advertiser reported on progress, recording that migrants would move into new buildings ‘almost as soon as the paint is dry’. The completed hostel was to have the capacity to house 800 people, though numbers may never have reached that level.

The site had around 50 structures, including self-contained accommodation, meeting halls, toilets, grocery stores and a garage. The structures
ranged from large Nissen huts to corrugated sheds and simple transportable
weatherboard buildings.

In 2019 the land was larglely disused, except for an area being used by the Metro Show Jumping Club Inc. including stables and a riding arena. :)
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A nice Parade fdc for the Centenary of the First Permanent Settlement in the Northern Territory stamp, postmarked at the Pennington Migrant Hostel:
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Postmarked Pennington Migrant Hostel on 5th February 1969.
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PPA tells us that the Post Office opened on 23rd March 1953 under the name of Finsbury Migrant Hostel & was renamed Pennington Migrant Hostel Post Office on 15th August 1966 & closed on 1st February 1977.

Finsbury, later known as Pennington, was the longest running of South Australia's hostels. It was about 12 kms north west of Adelaide.

'Purpose built' to house migrants, Finsbury was made up of huts constructed on site out of galvanised iron and corrugated asbestos, Nissen huts and Romney huts from England, and Quonset huts from Manus Island. These military buildings were used due to the acute shortage of building materials. The site was divided into five sections, each with a capacity of 400, which opened at different times depending on demand. People were allocated sections of the huts, divided to create something like flats.

The hostel was renamed Pennington in 1966 due to a change in postal boundaries. In 1980 it was referred to as the Pennington Migrant Centre. While Pennington hostel closed most communal facilities in 1985, and staffing structures and services changed at this time, the site continued to house newly arrived migrants into the 1990s. In October 2013 the City of Charles Sturt officially re-opened the Pennington Gardens Reserve on the site of the former hostel which is on Arthur Street Pennington. :)
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Mansfield Park/Mansfield Park North.

Mansfield Park is a north-western suburb of Adelaide 10 km from the CBD. It is named after Mansfield in East Ayrshire, Scotland. It's development as a residential area coincided with the post-war boom in the 1950s. Mansfield Park is home to a large number of houses owned by the former South Australian Housing Trust (now Housing SA).
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Mansfield Park North, last day of post office, Saturday 29th September 1979
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Mansfield Park, first day of post office, Tuesday 2nd October 1979
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PPA tells us that the original Mansfield Park post office opened on 3rd April 1952, provisionally closed on 7th September 1978 & closed on 30th November 1978.

Mansfield Park North opened on 4th April 1961 & was renamed Mansfield Park Post Office on 1st October 1979. The new Mansfield Park Post Office opened the next day on 2nd October 1979.

It is not clear from the information I have, why PPA has a different closure date of 1st October 1979. However I am more likely to accept that PPA is correct, as as far as I can ascertain Monday 1st October 1979 was not a public holiday. This might be a question that I have to direct to David Wood.

Another question I have is, were the postmarkers & other stationery transferred from the previously closed original Mansfield Park Post Office to the new Mansfield Park Post Office?
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A nice Parade fdc for Export Consciousness stamp, postmarked at Currie Street (Adelaide):
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Postmarked Currie Street on 28th August 1963 (fdi).
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Currie Street is a main street in the Adelaide city centre, in Adelaide, South Australia. It runs east–to–west from King William Street, through Light Square, to West Terrace on the western edge of the city centre.

The street was named after British MP Raikes Currie (1801–1881), a founder of the South Australian Company & Treasurer of the South Australian Church Society.

PPA tells us that the Currie Street Post Office opened on 26th October 1959 & closed on 11th April 1986. :)
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Norwood North, South Australia:
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Norwood North, last day of post office, 30th June 1981
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PPA tells us that Norwood North Post Office opened on 2nd April 1963, but does not record date of closure which I have as 30th June 1981. The list of South Australian Post Office does not record Norwood North as a current post office, so I will have to accept this date as the date of closure until I have advice otherwise.

Norwood is a suburb of Adelaide, about 4 km east of the Adelaide city centre & is named after Norwood, London. It was first laid out in 1847.

The suburb consists of four segments, being divided into north and south by the major thoroughfare of The Parade and east and west by Osmond Terrace. It is bounded on the south by Kensington Road, on the north by Magill Road, on the east by Portrush Road and on the west by Fullarton Road. It is a leafy suburb many of whose streets are lined with plane trees and older houses.

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Edwardstown East - closed 12th January 1979:
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Signed by postmaster - E McDowell.
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PPA records Edwardstown East as a post office but records no opening or closing dates. The list of South Australian Post Offices does not record Edwardstown East as a current post office.

Edwardstown is an inner southern-western suburb located 6 km southwest of Adelaide in the City of Marion.

In 1989 the suburb of Edwardstown was split, with the portion east of South Road becoming Melrose Park. This occurred as the suburb was quite large, located on either side of South Road. Edwardstown is home to the Castle Plaza Shopping Centre. So it would appear that Edwardstown East is now Melrose Park. :)
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BigSaint wrote:Edwardstown East - closed 12th January 1979:
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Signed by postmaster - E McDowell.
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PPA records Edwardstown East as a post office but records no opening or closing dates. The list of South Australian Post Offices does not record Edwardstown East as a current post office.

Edwardstown is an inner southern-western suburb located 6 km southwest of Adelaide in the City of Marion.

In 1989 the suburb of Edwardstown was split, with the portion east of South Road becoming Melrose Park. This occurred as the suburb was quite large, located on either side of South Road. Edwardstown is home to the Castle Plaza Shopping Centre. So it would appear that Edwardstown East is now Melrose Park. :)
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Thank you Bunge. :D
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Sheringa, South Australia:
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Postmarked on last day post office - 28th September 1984.
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PPA tells us that the Sheringa Post Office opened on 1st September 1891 & closed on 28th September 1984.

Sheringa is a coastal locality on the western side of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia on the Great Australian Bight, 113 kms north west of Port Lincoln.

The town of Sheringa was surveyed in October 1882. It was initially proclaimed as Holsworthy on 19 April 1883, then revoked and proclaimed as Sheringa on 23 August 1883. Its name is derived from Tjeiringa, a local Aboriginal name for a yam-like root that grew in the area.

"Nowhere Else", a former pastoral property that has attracted attention for its unusual name, and which remains on local road signs, lies within the modern locality of Sheringa.
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Walker Flat / Walker's Flat / Walkers Flat, South Australia.

Walker Flat (previously Walkers Flat) is a small town on the Murray River in South Australia. It is one of the crossings of the river by cable ferry. Walker Flat is located approximately 104 kilometres north east from the Adelaide city centre & 50 kms east of Mt. Pleasant.
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Postmarked on last day of post office - 31st January 1984.
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PPA tells us that the Walker's Flat Post Office opened 1st September 1889 & closed on 31st January 1984. PPA does not give any details of the subtle changes in name.
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Mount Schank, South Australia:
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Postmarked on last day of post office - 28th September 1984.
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PPA tells us Mount Schank opened as a post office on 1st September 1898 & became a Receiving Office circa September 1910, became a post office again circa February 1911 & closed on 28th September 1984.

Mount Schank is a locality in South Australia located about 385 kilometres south-east of Adelaide & 14 kilometres south of Mount Gambier with a population of 249.

Mount Schank originally began as a private sub-division of land within the cadastral unit of the Hundred of MacDonnell. Boundaries were created on 31 October 1996 for the “long established name” & consists of land adjoining both sides of the Riddoch Highway between Mount Gambier to the north & Port MacDonnell to the south. The locality includes a number of geological features consisting of the dormant volcano, Mount Schank, which is located on the eastern side of the Riddoch Highway and a number of water-filled sinkholes such as the Little Blue Lake located on land to the west of the Riddoch Highway.
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Kingoonya, South Australia:
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World YWCA fdc postmarked 21st August 1967
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PPA tells us that Kingoonya post office opened circa 1884 & closed on 5th May 1892. It re-opened on 10 November 1915 & closed again on 30th June 1982.

Kingoonya Township, established 1928, is a small almost totally abandoned farming settlement in the central outback of South Australia. It was established in the early 1900s as a railway support town for the 200 or so sheep farming families on the train-line extending west across the Nullarbor Plain to Western Australia. It played a significant role in the construction of the Trans-Australian Railway.

It is 635 km north west of Adelaide & 80 kms east of Tarcoola with a population of 13.

For many years the township relied on the Tea and Sugar train for the weekly provision of supplies. The Indian Pacific (running between Sydney and Perth) and The Ghan (running between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin) trains still pass Kingoonya but do not stop, and to do the twice-weekly mail run; both trains pass the town twice a week in each direction.

The township is reputed to have had the widest main street in Australia and cricket matches have been played on it. :)
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