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HB.a 

User: Hawkes Bros. Pty. Ltd.

Hardware Merchants

Address: Clare & Corio St, Geelong, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1902 Series 6d (Bistre)

1911 Series 6d (Violet)

Rarity Scale:

 

1902 Series 6d R4

 

1911 Series 6d R4

Background: See H.B.a

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns:

VIC: HB.b HB/Co..a

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HB.b

 

User: Henry Berry

Grocer, Importers

Address: 568-580 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades), 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R2, 3d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

VIC: HB.a HB/Co..a

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HB/&Co..a

 

User: Henry Berry

Grocer, Importers

Address: 568-580 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: HB.a HB.b

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H.B.a

 

 

User: Hawkes Bros. Pty. Ltd.

Hardware Merchants

Address: Clare & Corio St, Geelong, VIC

Revenue Use:

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades)

1899 sg 77. 6d

1911 Numeral Series 1d, 3d, 6d

1915 Numeral Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

 

1899 sg 77 6d R4

 

1911 Numeral Series 1d R2, 3d R3, 6d R4

 

1915 Numeral Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns:

Vic HB.a

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HB/&K.a

User: Harrison Bros & Kettle(unconfirmed)

Store Keepers

Address: Wangaratta, VIC

Revenue Use: 

Rarity Scale:

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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H/&Co.a 

User: H & Co.

Address: VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background: See H.B.a

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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H&J.a

User: Henderson & Jupp(unconfirmed)

Dairy Produce Merchants

Address: 264 Chapel St, Prahran, VIC

Revenue Use: 

Rarity Scale:

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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HN.a

 

User: Holdensonn & Nielson

Dairy Produce Merchants

Address: 521 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades)

1902 Series 6d (Bistre)

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

 

1902 Series 6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die Service Punch

Related Patterns: VIC: H&N.a

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H&N.a

 

User: Holdensonn & Nielson

Dairy Produce Merchants

Address: 521 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades), 6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4, 6d R4

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: HN.a

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HP/&Co.a

 

User: Huddart Parker & Co

Shipping

Address: 466 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background: Initially Mr Parker, Captain Webb & John Traill were partners in a shipping business later James Huddart joined and it became known as 'Huddart Parker & Co'

Floated from a firm into a Limited Company 23 Jan 1889. Company Directors; Jas Huddart, Thos. J. Parker, Thos. Webb, John Traill & J. E. Parker son of J. J. Parker.

Device: Single Head Service Punch

Related Patterns: refer to other Huddart Parker patterns in:

VIC: HP&CoL.a(below)

Comments: Often misspelt 'Huddard'

*Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office

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HP/&CoL.a

 

User: Huddart Parker & Co

Shipping

Address: 466 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background: See HP&Co.a above

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: refer to other Huddart Parker patterns in:

VIC: HP&Co.a(above)

Comments: Often misspelt 'Huddard'

*State Library of Victoria

* Huddart Parker Offices 466 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

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HS.a

User: Howard Smith Co Ltd

Shipping Agents

Address: 35 Market St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

Rarity Scale:

Background:*Captain William Howard Smith arrived in Melbourne from Hull (Yorkshire) in 1854 and formed Howard Smith Limited and commenced regular voyages between Melbourne and Geelong.

In 1864 he extended this to a Melbourne to Sydney passenger and cargo service and later included Newcastle (1868), then Maryborough, Adelaide, Brisbane and Rockhampton by 1880. This network was further extended to include Western Australia and Far North Queensland.

Smith had established himself well in coal importation and trading and this and the growth in his passenger and general cargo services lead to the accumulation of a large fleet. In the late 1870s he had three of his sons in the partnership and they took charge of the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane offices. In 1883 the firm became a limited liability company, William Howard Smith and Sons Ltd. He was the managing director at Melbourne before he retired from active management in 1884 but he continued as chairman until 1887.

Smith died in Melbourne in March 1890 aged 76, survived by his wife and seven sons and two daughters. The business was reorganized under the control of four sons, Edmund (Melbourne), Walter (Geelong), Harold (Sydney), and Ormond (Brisbane)

In 1901 the company became Howard Smith Company Ltd in 1901 and later in 1914 it changed its name to Howard Smith Limited and it expanded from its base in the coastal shipping trade into the mining and sugar industries and later engineering, hardware, towage and safety.

The shipping activities continued to grow until the late 1940’s when the company ceased their involvement in the passenger trade. In 1969 Howard Smith withdrew from the shipping business in and then in 2001 sold their towage interests. The company and its remaining hardware interests were absorbed by Wesfarmers Ltd., Perth, the owners of the Bunnings chain. At this time Howard Smith Ltd. was delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange.

Device Information: Most likely a single head device this HSCO pattern is found on revenue and postage stamps with usage all across the Australia. The strikes found used in various locations are essentially identical so it is difficult to say if they were a series of identical dies in separate devices or a device located centrally (most likely the head office in Melbourne) which perforated stamps for dispatch to user areas. The central location would have faced the challenge of obtaining revenue and postage stamps of the various States and receiving these and returning them to user areas.  More likely that the devices were a series of identical or related devices located at least in the main State office in each State.

This argument for remote but similar devices is supported by the fact that company subsequently replaced the HSCO device(s) with a range of devices of similar appearance in the HSLD format and that these devices were allocated to their various offices around Australia.

Related Patterns: refer to other Howard Smith patterns in:

 

NSW: HSLD.a

 

QLD: HSCO.a  HSLD.b  HSLD.c

 

SA: HSCO.a

 

VIC: HSCO.a

WA: HSCO.a

* Australian Dictionary of Biography

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HSCo.a

 

User: Howard Smith Co Ltd

Shipping Agents

Address: 35 Market St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R3

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns:

 

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HSLD.a

User: Howard Smith Co Ltd

Shipping Agents

Address: 35 Market St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R3

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns:

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HWF/&Co.a

User: Unknown

Address: VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 3d (shades)

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 3d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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