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Admin note - a lot more info is also here -

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=7853640

'Australian Commonwealth Postal Rates - 1901-1966 courtesy of Richard Breckon'
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Richard Breckon published five articles in 'The Australian Philatelist' regarding the above from late 1987 until mid-1989. I use them frequently in my research.

I was going to make a note for myself as to which rates are mentioned where and thought I may as well do it here.

I understand Richard has not given permission to republish the articles in full and I do not intend to do that here.

Part 1: Letters and Postcards, 'The Australian Philatelist', Vol 1, No 2, November/December 1987, pp4 - 9.

Part 2: Commercial Papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples, 'The Australian Philatelist', Vol 1, No 4, June, 1988, pp18-21.

Part 3: Air Mail Rates 1921-1966, 'The Australian Philatelist', Vol 1, No 5, October 1988, pp50-57.

Part 4: Newspapers, Magazines, Books and Parcels, 'The Australian Philatelist', Vol 2, No 1, Autumn 1989, pp45-52.

Part 5: Forces Mail and Miscellaneous Services (Defence Forces' Concessional Rates, Prisoners-of-War Mail, Registration and Associates Services, Late Fees, Express Delivery, Business Reply Post, Permit Mail, Exemptions from Postage and Blind (Braille or Moon) Articles), 'The Australian Philatelist', Vol 2, No 2, Winter, 1989, pp34 - 42. An Addenda and Corrigenda to the earlier articles is also included here.
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Bruny 7250 wrote: 17 Jan 2022 20:48
I understand Richard has not given permission to republish the articles in full and I do not intend to do that here.

I know Richard very well, and used to employ him to write his superb research material. His knowledge and research was always masterful. As AP is not working fully staffed yet due to COVID I sadly lost contact , but if anyone has his personal email please pass it on to me privately, and I will ask.

I doubt he will have any issues with posting this 35-year-old data here, on a nonprofit public interest board, as long as the usual correct attribution is given. He has assisted many times in the past when asked in such matters.

He owned and published that fine magazine and it would upset no-one I suspect, but WOULD greatly assist the students of the future.

Posting vintage material for research decades later when first published in a magazine long defunct is common practice when attribution is given.

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Glen,

Aa I posted previously, in an email reply from Richard, he would not give me permission to post his Australian Philatelist articles on Stampboards since he was updating them with regard to publishing the results. That was a few years ago.

Can't locate the email with his contact info.
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Rod, that might not be his current plan.

So again, if anyone has his non-AP email .. please pass it on to me.

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Could this be his LinkedIn profile?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-breckon-9534192a
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That's our man -

https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-breckon-9534192a?challen ... bee2334532

Way too busy with real work to bother with things like linkedin, but if anyone is a member and can glean a NON Australia Post email address, please give it a shot. 8-)

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Good news. :)

Just had an hour plus phone call from Richard, who is still working as Team Leader, Philatelic Archives at Australia Post, but the COVID rules there mean many staff are still working from home, him included, which makes email very problematic.

Richard still reads stampboards near daily he says - (keep trying to get him to join up!) and advises his historical plan was to update the postal rates articles Bruny 7250 mentions, as well as the Kainnikanada pieces, that he earlier declined permission to use, given the possible updates.

He is not sure if this will occur in the short term, and on reflection, he now agrees having the info in the public arena is far more useful than not having anything. He gave me his blessing that anything of this nature that he wrote may be reproduced here, with the correct original source attribution of course.

Please use clear high rez scans of the articles, and with the new board software our images can go larger than ever before. :lol:

Richard was always a perfectionist re details, as those who have read his material realise, and he apologises that there are some minor adjustments in those articles, that he would have updated in any future version, but feels the benefit of having them here on stampboards, outweighs those small issues.

Many thanks to Richard Breckon for allowing his superb resource material to be more widely available for FREE to current philatelists. :mrgreen:
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I have Thursday off, I will do it then.
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Bruny 7250

Are you creating a wiki thread for Richard's articles?

It would be prudent to arrange them in a wiki that could be added to in the future if Richard chooses to add or revise his data. The wiki could be locked to prevent members from adding superfluous and extraneous comments.

I can create the appropriate wiki.
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Rod,

Do you want to continue to scan for the wiki or do you want me to continue?

I think the scans could be clearer than the one you posted.


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24bit colour 300dpi
Australian Philatelist 24bit 300dpi.jpg
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24bit colour 600dpi
Australian Philatelist 24bit 600dp.jpg
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24bit colour1200dpi
- image cropped to 25% of a page and quality reduced by 50% to satisfy maximum allowable pixel size
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Rod,

The bottom image is the easiest to read for my deteriorating eyes.


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Rod,

To share the burden, I'll start on the second article and post scans here.


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Julie,

Sure go ahead.

I've scanned the first 4 parts at 24bit colour 1200dpi and am working on part 5.

To present a quality image for posting requires a significant amount of time editing the image as a suitable format.

Let's see what you can do with Part 2 and I can complete Part 1
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Thanks guys, I am sure the most readable version will prevail! :lol:

I am not a fan of a Wiki for such a project.

They do have their place for ongoing research items when new entires are added weekly for years, but this is an open and shut case of scanning up a few existing articles, in as clear images as can be done, and can't see why it cannot all stay on this thread to show the genesis of this valuable project?

Any relevant additions can be made by anyone then, going forward. :mrgreen:

It may even entice Richard to finally join up, and add the small updates he had in mind. :lol:

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Global Administrator wrote: 20 Jan 2022 14:20 TI am not a fan of a Wiki for such a project.
They do have their place for ongoing research items when new entires (sic) are added weekly for years, but this is an open and shut case of scanning up a few existing articles
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There were only 5 parts consisting of 36 pages.

Are the Ashes played on Bondi beach on a Sunday afternoon in January or does the Tokyo String Quartet play in the middle of Bondi road during rush hour traffic?

Richard's extensive research deserves a proper venue not mixed in with mundane posts and platitudes and free from the repetitive quote, requote, re-requote preference of members.

Any new information or research he wishes to have posted can be added to the end of the wiki in the appropriate chronological order order.

By employing the wiki format users wishing to search his posts in an efficient manner won't have to waste their time wading through irrelevant posts found in this thread.

Comments and criticism of Richard's past work and future updates will not be mixed up with his published scholarly information.
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Kainnikanada wrote: 21 Jan 2022 04:24
Comments and criticism of Richard's past work and future updates will not be mixed up with his published scholarly information.

Well if updates are relevant - and remember Richard stressed to me his rates after all this time were not 100% accurate, good to have them all in the one place don't you feel? If an unsealed surface mail greeting card to Bolivia was 10d in 1963, and Breckon has 11d, well we sort it out for all time.

A vast amount of hard work by members here saw ALL of Rod Perry's 100s of pages of articles added here for POSTERITY for all future collectors - with about a THOUSAND relevant images too. Rod asked me to do if it were possible one day, and after his sad passing, his wife Madel and Stamp News readily agreed to it. :!:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=91073&start=150

Now over 22,000 page views, a superb and well used resource, and I fail to see any outpourings there of ''mundane posts and platitudes and free from the repetitive quote, requote, re-requote preference of members.''

I do not see any ''criticism'' of Rod's work there that you predict, and I am sure none will occur re Richard's superb research. :!:

All of my dear friend Simon Dunkerley's equally superb articles were also all saved forever, (with permission of family and Stamp News) after his sad and quite tragic passing. His wife Angela phoned me 2 years later to thank me profusely for organising it all, and said it was literally the ONLY thing his young boys could see anywhere, that showed them what their father had done. Very sad. Simon had burned and shredded absolutely everything = everything, before his tortured demise. No letters, no Certificates, no Awards - all shredded. He left only large debts, and 100 unpaid parking and traffic tickets.

I am always happy to bear all the initial and ongoing hosting costs for these important projects, as it is good for the hobby. :D

Stampboards is JOINTLY the global stamp Wikipedia. Way over a million images, and 8 million posts that will be here forever - I have made sure of that. I contracted COVID yesterday ... no big deal thankfully, but even if it was - nothing changes here. :mrgreen:

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Has anyone tried scanning by OCR or to PDF so that the text is then copy/pasteable?
Then it would all be searchable! :D

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Hi,

I have Richard Breckon's The Australian Philatelist articles as one .pdf file.

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Andrew,

Thanks for the offer.

I have the articles in 600dpi 16-bit grayscale and 1200dpi 24-bit colour that can be converted by ABBYY FineReader into numerous formats.
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The second article in the series, from The Australian Philatelist, Vol 1, No. 4, June 1988 focuses on second class mail. It incorporates Commercial Papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples. This class of mail required the envelopes be left open to permit inspection of the contents to ensure the rules of such postage were complied with.

I have left out the images as I am struggling with the file size.
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples heading
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples heading
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples column 1
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples column 1
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples column 2
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples column 2
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples column 3
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples column 3
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples Merchandise table
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples Merchandise table
Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples Printed Matter table
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Breckon Commercial papers, Printed Matter and Merchandise Samples Commercial Papers table
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And remember that in the WIKI on this web site there is a Decimal Rates Compilation that basically takes it up to 1990.
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Thanks.

Is this the wiki thread you are referring to?

https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=34394

I will interlink it with the Breckon thread if it is. I haven't used the hyperlink function for quite some time.
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No, not that one. There is one on Decimal Rates, but the search function does not seem to work today, so I cannot find it to provide the reference.
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I did it the old fashioned way. Brute force looking.

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=7798
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That's a wiki?
Yikes!!!!!!
What a mixed up thread of information.
Too many fingers in the proverbial pie.

Thanks for the link, I'll reference it in Breckon's wiki along with the other one I found.
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Kainnikanada wrote: 24 Jan 2022 02:43 That's a wiki?
Yikes!!!!!!
What a mixed up thread of information.

That is WHY I never liked them for this kind of project. :idea:
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Glen,

In this situation the name wiki is a misnomer. Since threads in the wiki (sic) can be locked they are not really open ergo not wikis.

When I'm searching for facts I should not have to wade through reams/posts of irrelevant information.
Breckon's wiki is locked to prevent this from happening.

I see you had no takers on the Decimal wiki to properly update it.
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Work on the wiki will be temporarily suspended.

I'm unable to complete the posting of Part 4. Looming cataract issues with my eyesight mean I can not break down several of the large tables into more manageable sizes for clarity of each scan - the clipping feature in Photoshop is not readily visible.

Please bear with me.
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Admin note - in the meantime - a lot more info is also here -

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=7853640

'Australian Commonwealth Postal Rates - 1901-1966 courtesy of Richard Breckon'
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Do we have data to add the Decimal Rates at some point folks?
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I've broken down the various tables of part 4: Newspapers etc. into their components and have begun posting the jpgs.

Will have the wiki and its Part 4 completed within a couple of days.
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Merci :mrgreen:
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Breckon's wiki ('Australian Commonwealth Postal Rates - 1901-1966 courtesy of Richard Breckon') is now complete (as per The Australian Philatelist articles).

Link is shown in Glenn's recent post on this thread.
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There is an error in Richard Breckon's letter rates in his listing. His list notes the rate for letters to foreign countries as going to 4d as from 1 October 1920. This is incorrect, the rate actually only went up to 3d.
1920 Comm Gazette 1 Oct.jpg

See the detail at the bottom right hand corner which notes under Letters: " To all other places - 3d. per 1/2 oz or fraction of 1/2oz.".

It was not increased to 4d until 1922 although I cannot track down the exact date. The Wise directory for 1921 notes the rate at 3d and then in 1922 it is 4d but attempting to find when the change was made is difficult. There appear no Acts or Commonwealth Gazette notices that I can find that refer to the change. I have covers posted in November 1921 to the USA for 3d and then by February 1922 it appears to be 4d.

If anyone can track down when the change was made it would be greatly appreciated.

I became aware of the error when trying to work out why some covers that I have going to the USA were franked with 3 1/2d in 1921 as per below cover sent from Sydney on 28 April 1921 to San Francisco.
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xanthorrea wrote: 16 Jan 2023 15:40 There is an error in Richard Breckon's letter rates in his listing. His list notes the rate for letters to foreign countries as going to 4d as from 1 October 1920. This is incorrect, the rate actually only went up to 3d.

It was not increased to 4d until 1922 although I cannot track down the exact date.

If anyone can track down when the change was made it would be greatly appreciated.

ACSC page 234 of KGV says 4d rate overseas non Commonwealth commenced Jan 1, 1922, and lasted up to 1 Oct 1923, it says on page 237
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Glen,

Thanks, I was looking at the original source documents and have now been able to track down the actual
Commonwealth Gazette, no.95 of 15 December 1921 which gives the date of the increase as from 1 January 1922 in line with the ACSC date.

It is notable that the rate increase is linked in the notice to the Universal Postal Convention in Madrid in November 1920. See attached extract.


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