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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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F. B of A Ltd..a

User: Federal Bank of Australia Ltd

Bank

Address: Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1881 Series 1/6d, 4/-

Rarity Scale:

 

1881 Series 1/6 R4, 4/- R4

Background: *The Federal Bank of Australia Limited was established in Melbourne in 1881 by James Munro, and opened for business in April 1882. The Bank was one of many financial institutions that speculated on the then booming Melbourne suburban real estate market. Initially successful, the company widened its operations to New South Wales by absorbing the Sydney and Country Bank Limited in 1882. Banknotes were issued at branches in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

Apart from the name, the banknote issues were identical in design to those of the Australian and European Bank Limited.

 

The bank had strong associations with a number of speculative land companies, which became insolvent with the economic downturn in the early 1890's. A run on deposits forced the bank to suspend payments in 1893. The bank's financial position was so poor that reconstruction was not viable and so the company was liquidated.

 

Later investigations and court proceedings revealed that Munro, his family and business associates had borrowed large sums from the bank, to prop up their other failing speculative enterprises.

Device: Handstamped

Related patterns: Refer to other Federal Bank of Australia patterns in:

SA: 'Other' Section

*Australianstamp.com

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FELTON, GRIMWADE & Co..a

 

User: Felton & Grimwade & Co Ltd

Pharmaceutical Wholesalers

Address: 31-33 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Railway Use:

1887-1902 Series 1/- 

Rarity Scale:

 

1887-1902 Series 1/- R4

Background: See Felton Grimwade & Co. in the perfin section.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns:

VIC: Perfin section

       Felton, Grimwade & Co.b [below]

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FELTON, GRIMWADE & Co..b

 

User: Felton & Grimwade & Co Ltd

Pharmaceutical Wholesalers

Address: 31-33 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

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

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background: See Felton Grimwade & Co. in the perfin section.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns:

VIC: Perfin section

       Felton, Grimwade & Co.a [above]

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F&G.a

     

Type I                                               Type II

TypeIII

User: Foy & Gibson

Department Store

Address: 246 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

Type I: 1915 Series 2d, 3d

Type II: 1915 Series 2d

Type III: 1915 Series 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

Type I: 1915 Series 2d R4, 3d R4

 

Type II: 1915 Series 2d R4

 

Type III: 1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: VIC Other: Foy &/Gibson's.a Foys.a

Type I

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F. H. Ltd..a

   

User: Federal Hotels Ltd

Hotel Chain

Address:

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

1966 Series 3c

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R2

 

1966 Series 3c R3

Background: Federal Hotels Ltd began in Victoria in 1885 and is the world’s third oldest hotel group.

The expansion of the company began in 1969 under the leadership of Greg Farrell Snr, when he purchased the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel on Hobart’s River Derwent. The plan was for Wrest Point Riviera Hotel to become Australia’s first legal casino and this occurred with the opening of Wrest Point Hotel Casino in 1973.

The Group now also includes such landmark locations as, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Saffire Country Club, the Vantage Hotel Group, as well as sites in North of Tasmania, including, the West Coast Wilderness Railway which is the rebuilt Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company railway line and the Freycinet Lodge and the Cradle Mountain Chateau.

Device: Preprinted

Related Patterns: Nil

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FOYS.a

 

User: Foy & Gibson

Department Store

Address: 246 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background: *Glasgow-born William Gibson immigrated to Australia in 1882, working as a representative for a major white goods wholesaler before entering into a partnership in a drapery store in Collingwood in 1883 with Francis Foy, son of Sydney draper Mark Foy.

The partnership was dissolved after a disagreement in mid-1884, and William Gibson became the sole proprietor. He set about improving his overseas buying organisation and regularly sent his departmental buyers overseas. When the business expanded in the late 1880s, Gibson was joined by William Dougal and by his nephews Samuel Gibson and John Maclellan. He opened a hardware department and then established a department store modelled on the Parisian Bon Marché.

In Glasgow when news of the 1893 bank crashes arrived, Gibson returned to Melbourne, where he kept his store going through hard work and 'dogged determination'. He used the depression to establish his own manufacturing works for men's clothing, shirts, ladies' underclothing, millinery, furniture, bedding and hardware, and he developed the large 'Gibsonia' woollen and hosiery mills.

By the early 20th century Gibson's store and manufacturing works, one of the largest employers in Victoria, dominated the Wellington and Smith streets area. A second store - the Big Store - opened in Chapel Street, Prahran, in 1902.

After Gibson died in 1918, the firm was carried on by his nephew John Maclellan until it was taken over in 1955 by Cox Brothers, which went into liquidation in 1968.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: VIC Other: Foy.a Foy &/Gibson's.a

* Melbourne City Past & Present

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FOY &/GIBSON'S.a

 

User: Foy & Gibson

Department Store

Address: 246 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background: See FOYS.s

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: VIC Other: F&G.a FOYS.a

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