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M.a

User: Unknown

Associated Machine Tools

Address: St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d, 6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R4, 6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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M.b

User: James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd

Timber Merchants, Saw Millers & Importers

Address: City Rd, South Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Vic: M.c M.d

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M.c

User: James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd

Timber Merchants, Saw Millers & Importers

Address: City Rd, South Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Vic: M.b M.d

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M.d

User: James Moore & Sons Pty Ltd

Timber Merchants, Saw Millers & Importers

Address: City Rd, South Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Vic:

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M.e

User: McPhersons's Pty Ltd

Associated Machine Tools

Address: 554-582 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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MB.a

User: A D Meares and Bishop

Stockbrokers

 

Address: 33 Bligh St, Sydney, NSW.

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 6d, 9d, 1/-, 1/6d, 2/-

1915 Series 2d

1920-1966 Series (perf 11 issues) 2/6d, 3/-, 4/- 5/-, 6/-, 8/-, 10/- 15/-, £1, £2

1966 Series 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 8c, 10, 15c, 20c, 30c, 40c, 50c, 60c, 75c, $1, $1.75, $2, $5, $20

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 6d R3, 9d R3, 1/- R3, 1/6d R4, 2/- R4

 

1915 Series 2d R4

 

1920-1966 Series 2/6d R4, 3/- R3, 4/- R3, 5/- R3, 6/- R4, 8/- R4, 10/- R2, 15/- R4, £1 R3 £2 R4

 

1966 Series 1c R1, 2c R3, 3c R4, 4c R2, 5c R2, 8c R3, 10c R1, 15c R4, 20c R2, 30c R3, 40c R2, 50c R1, 60c R3, 75c R2, $1 R1, $1.75 R4, $2 R1, $5 R4, $20 R4

Background: Alfred Meares was born in Sydney in November 1904 and in 1926 he became a clerk at the Sydney Stock Exchange. In 1932 he took a seat at the Sydney Exchange and worked for a small group of private clients.

After an absence for military service in World War 2 he returned to his seat and in 1949 he went into partnership with Jesse Bishop as A D Meares and Bishop.

Jesse Bishop had been born in Sydney in 1907 and was educated at Sydney University but completed his studies at Cambridge in England. Graduating in 1934 he worked for the Imperial Smelting Corporation for a short period before gaining a position with the stockbroking firm W Thompson and Son. and later Dormer Rumball and Co. in which he secured a partnership and a seat on the London Stock Exchange in 1940.

As with his future partner his career was punctuated by the war. After the war he worked in the legal department at Shell before returning to Australia for family reasons in 1948.

In 1949 he joined the Sydney Stock Exchange as a sole trader but soon joined fellow sole trader Meares.

The partnership soon moved from its small client base to become involved in some major share floats includeing Yates Seeds, Ampol Exploration, Canberra Television, J B Young and Thomas Nationwide Transport (TNT).

Bishop remained with the firm until 1965 and Meares retired from his role in the firm in 1970.

Device: The M&B pattern is found on the revenue stamps of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania as well as Western Australia. All of the strikes are identical and Meares and Bishop are not known to have had offices or seats on Stock Exchanges other than in Sydney. Given this it is reasonable to assume that the device was located in Sydney and applied to revenue stamps of various States as required to process transactions within the jurisdiction of a given State revenue office. This is supported by company stamps applied to documents that all show the Bligh Street, Sydney address.

Multiples of this pattern show an inconsistent relationship to each other so the device is most likely a single head one. This is supported by the fact that the strikes are identical which is less likely on a multiple die device which often show variation between dies. 

The M&B device is only found on revenue stamps and the use on documents shows that the stamps are punctured prior to being affixed indicating use as a security device rather than a cancelling device. The use as a security device to prevent theft is further supported by the fact that once affixed the stamps are then cancelled either by pen, company stamp or circular punch.

The device was used between 1962 and 1967.

Related Patterns: Refer to other usage of this A D Meares and Bishop device in:

NSW:   M&B.a

TAS:    M&B.a

WA:    M&B.a

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MBW.a

User: Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works

Public Works

Address: 110 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

1930 Series: 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

 

1930 Series 3d R4

Background: Est 1891

Device: Single Head

Related Patterns: VIC: MBW.b MBW.c

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MBW.b

User: Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works

Public Works

Address: 110 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Head

Related Patterns: VIC: MBW.a MBW.c

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MC.a

User: Unknown

Address: Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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M/CB.a

User: McCracken's City Brewery(unconfirmed)

Address: 527 Little Collins St, & 518 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

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

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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MCC.a

User: Melbourne City Council

Address: Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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McK/& C.a

User: James F McKenzie & Co Pty Ltd

Tea & Coffee Merchants

Address: 348 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC [to confirm]

Revenue Use:

1915 issue 3d(Roulette)

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 issue 3d(roulette) R4

Background: J F McKenzie till 1915 then bought out by Peterson & Co late 1915. Peterson & Co continued to use up McK/&C.a printed receipt and perfin stock until depleted. Invoice use for McKenzie can be traced till April 4 1916, perfin use can be traced till 10 April 1917.

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MC/K&Co.a & P/&Co.a

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McK/& Co.a

User: James F McKenzie & Co Pty Ltd

Tea & Coffee Merchants

Address: 348 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 issue 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 issue 2d R4

Background: J F McKenzie till 1915 then bought out by Peterson & Co late 1915. Peterson & Co continued to use up McK/&C.a printed receipt and perfin stock until depleted. Invoice use for McKenzie can be traced till April 4 1916, perfin use can be traced till 10 April 1917.

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: McK/&C.a and P/&Co.a

 

Peterson Invoice using McKenzie Perfin

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McL/McK.a

User: McLean, McKenzie & Co

Stock/Station Agents

Address: 443 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1925 Stamp Duty Series (O'printed CATTLE) 2/6d, 3/-, 4/-, 5/-

1937 Numeral Series (O'printed CATTLE) 3d, 6d, 1/-

Rarity Scale:

 

1925 Series 2/6d R4, 3/- R4, 4/- R4, 5/- R4

 

1937 Series 3d R3, 6d R4, 1/- R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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MH.a

User: Massey-Harris Co Ltd

Agricultural Machinery

Address: 570-576 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH.b

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MH.b

User: Massey-Harris Co Ltd

Agricultural Machinery

Address: 570-576 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH.a

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MH/C.a

User: Michaelis, Hallenstrin & Co Pty Ltd

Tanners

Address: 30 Lonsdale St East, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1902 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1902 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH/&C.a MH/&Co.a MH/&Co.b MH/&Co/LTD.a

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MH/&C.a

User: Michaelis, Hallenstrin & Co Pty Ltd

Tanners

Address: 30 Lonsdale St East, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1902 Series 6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1902 Series 6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH/C.a MH/&Co.a MH/&Co.b MH/&Co/LTD.a

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MH/&Co.a

            

   

User: Michaelis, Hallenstrin & Co Pty Ltd

Tanners

Address: 30 Lonsdale St East, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

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

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R3, 6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH/C.a MH/&C.a MH/Co.b MH/&Co/LTD.a

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MH/&Co.b

User: Michaelis, Hallenstrin & Co Pty Ltd

Tanners

Address: 30 Lonsdale St East, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1885 Stamp Duty Series 2/6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1885 Stamp Duty Series 2/6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH/C.a MH/&C.a MH/&Co.a MH/&Co/LTD.a

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MH/&Co/LTD.a

User: Michaelis, Hallenstrin & Co Pty Ltd (Unconfirmed)

Tanners

Address: 30 Lonsdale St East, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

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

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background: Unconfirmed

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MH/C.a MH/&C.a MH/&Co.a MH/&Co.b

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MM.a

User: Merchantile Mutual

Insurance

Address: 120 Pit St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use: 

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

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MM.b MM.c

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MM.b

User: Merchantile Mutual

Insurance

Address: 120 Pit St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Head

Related Patterns: VIC: MM.a MM.c

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MM.c

User: Merchantile Mutual

Insurance

Address: 120 Pit St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: MM.a MM.b

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MM/&J.a

User: Mayer, Meltzer & Jackson

Manufacturers & Importers of Dental Instruments

Address: 233 Lonsdale St E, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use: 

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

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background: Mayer Meltzer & Co, surgical instrument makers, commenced business in 1881 at Lonsdale Street west. The company was originally formed in about 1863 in London and by the 1880s were important suppliers to hospitals and the medical and dental professions in England.

In Australia, the partners were W.R. Gunn and Irish born, Thomas Jackson (d.1904). In time, Jackson would be joined in the firm by his son, Melbourne born English educated, Thomas Bernard Jackson (d.1942) who would go on to establish the firm of T.B. Jackson, makers of dental appliances.

In 1886 the firm advertised for a partnership, which was filled by Thomas Jackson, the company now being styled as Mayer, Meltzer & Jackson. An agency was established in Hobart in 1899 by which time the company was supplying regional hospitals throughout Victoria and southern New South Wales, as well as supplying veterinary and dental equipment.

Mayer Meltzer & Jackson continued in business until late 1915 when the company was subsumed under their rival Ramsay & Co. The English business traded until the mid 1920s.:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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