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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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Godfrey's Ltd..a 

User: Godfreys Ltd.

Vacuum Cleaners

 

Address: 57 Gawler Pl, Adelaide, SA.

             101 Commercial Rd, Pt. Adelaide, SA.

Revenue Use:

1920 Series 2d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1920 Series 2d R4.

 

Background: Godfrey Cohen founded the first Godfrey’s store in 1931 in Prahran, Melbourne. The business expanded within Australia as demand from customers increased after World War Two, and the product range grew from solely bagged vacuum cleaners to include steam mops, carpet shampooers and bag less vacuum cleaners over time. Godfrey’s was sold to private equity companies Pacific Equity Partners and CCMP Capital Asia for $350m in 2006.

 

Device: Handstamped

 

Related Patterns: Nil

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G & R WILLS CO. LTD..a 

User: G & R Wills Co Ltd

 

Wholesalers

 

Address: Rundle St, Adelaide, SA.

Revenue Use: Nil

Railway Use:

c1940 Series 6d, 7d, 11d.

Rarity Scale:

 

c1940 Series 6d R4, 7d R4, 11d R4.

 

Background: *Brothers George and Richard Wills arrived in Adelaide from Devon (England) in 1847 and with the soft goods they had brought with them, they started G&R Wills from small premises in Rundle St. By 1858 they had created a buying office in London and George returned to England to run this office. Richard stayed in Adelaide but died in 1862 aged just 33. However the company grew in Australia and in 1866 they opened a branch in Fremantle and this was soon followed by branches in Broken Hill, Kalgoorlie and later Melbourne.

 

By 1881 the shipping concerns of the company had grown to the point that they were moved to a separate company named, George Wills and Co.  Richard (junior) died in Adelaide in 1901 and George (senior) died in 1906 in England and his estate saw the distribution of his shares to his sons Charles, George (junior) and John as well as William Brocksopp and George Jury.

 

Later in 1913 the Adelaide Softgoods Warehousing business was renamed G&R Wills and Co and the London buying office was launched as a separate business named George Wills and Sons Ltd. This buying office expanded to become a worldwide network of trading offices in the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the West Indies, South America and the USA.

 

In Australia the soft goods business continued to expand and it was floated as a public company in 1946 under the direction of Sir Kenneth Wills, son of Richard Wills (Junior). The company then embarked on a substantial apparel manufacturing operation with factories in Adelaide and Perth as well as offices in London and Singapore. This was initially successful and the company manufactured the popular “Ezi Fit” brand but since the 1980's the G & R Wills business was gradually broken up and sold off and today there are only small scale operations in Darwin and Alice Springs.

G & R Wills & Co. Ltd. building on North Terrace photographed in 1878.

The building extended from Rundle Street (now Rundle Mall) to North Terrace.

 

Device: Handstamped

 

Related Patterns: Refer to other G&R Wills patterns in:

WA: Perfin section – GR/W.a

 

*grwills.com.au

 

*'These Hundred Years' printed by The Advertiser Printing Office (1949) compiled by H N Huffadine for G&R Wills and Co

 

*Trove.com.au  Digitalised Newspaper Archive

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Government O.S..a 

User: O H M S

 

Address: St, Adelaide, SA.

Revenue Use:

1876 Postal Series 1/-.

1920 Series 2d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1876 Postal Series 1/- R4.

 

1920 Series 2d R4.

 

Background: Government issues are beyond the scope of this publication, and are shown here for completeness.

 

Device: Handstamped

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G.W./S. & Co..a 

User: G. Wood, Son & Co. Limited.

Wholesale Grocers

 

Address: 206-208 North Terrace, Adelaide.

Revenue Use:

1904 Series 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1904 Series 1d R4.

 

Background:

 

Device: Handstamped

 

Related Patterns: Refer to other G.W./S.&Co.b

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G.W./S. & Co/LTD..b 

User: G. Wood, Son & Co. Limited.

Confectionery Suppliers

 

Address: 206-208 North Terrace, Adelaide.

Revenue Use:

1916 Series 2d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1916 Series 2d R4.

 

Background:

 

Device: Handstamped

 

Related Patterns: Refer to other G.W/S.&Co.a

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