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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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G.a

 

User: National Bank of Australasia

Address: St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 6d R4

Background:

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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G&FC.a

   

User: Gas & Fuel Corporation

Address: 196 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 2d, 3d, 3d[inverted], 3d on 2d (1960)

1966 Series 3c, 5c

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 2d R2, 3d R2, 3d[inverted o/ptint] R4, 3d on 2d R4

 

1966 Series 3c R3, 5c R2

Background: *The Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria was a government-owned monopoly supplier of household gas in Victoria, Australia.

In 1951, the Victorian government took over two of the three main gas utilities in Melbourne - the Metropolitan Gas Company and the Brighton Gas Company. In 1971 the Corporation acquired the Geelong Gas Company, one of only two remaining private gas companies in Victoria at the time.

One of the first tasks of the Corporation was the construction of a centralised brown coal fuelled gasification plant at Morwell, to replace the number of smaller town gas producing gasworks scattered throughout Melbourne. The plant opened in 1956 and used the German Lurgi process to produce gas that was transferred to Melbourne via a high pressure gas pipeline.

The production of Syngas started in the 1950s, which is a process that converted waste gases from oil refineries to a useful energy product. In 1966, thirty percent of gas was being produced from residual oil, thirty percent from refinery gas and LPG, thirty percent from Lurgi gas, and less than ten percent by carbonization of black coal. Natural gas was discovered in Bass Strait in 1965, and a conversion program took place over a 20 month period, ending in December 1970, which required converting around one million appliances to operate on natural gas.

In July 1997 the Gas and Fuel Corporation was disaggregated into three divisions: gas distributor and retail companies, a gas transmission company and an independent Market Operator, VENCorp. The distribution, retail and transmission companies were subsequently privatised by the Kennett Government, along with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Victoria's main electricity utility.

The corporation's former headquarters, the Princes Gate Towers on Flinders Street, were then demolished to make way for the Federation Square development.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

*Wikipedia

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GEELONG/GAS CO..a

 

User: Geelong Gas Co

Gas supplier

Address: , Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R3

Background:

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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GEO./PIZZEY &/SON/LTD.a

 

User: George Pizzey & Son Ltd.

Tanners & Leather Merchants

Address: 131-141 Johnstone St, Fitzroy, N.6, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background: Started in business in 1922

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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GEORGES.a

 

User: Georges

Department Store

Address: 162-168 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background: In 1866, brothers Joseph and Henry George opened a drapers’ business, trading as George Brothers, at 262 Smith Street, East Collingwood, which closed in 1880. In the intervening years it appears that brothers William Henry Harrison George (born 1856) and Alfred Harley George (born around 1850) learnt their trade as drapers.

In February, 1880, Leonard Robinson, of L. Robinson & Co. importer and general draper, died at his home, ‘Turret House’ in Northcote. His up-market department store at 37 Collins Street East, Melbourne, (originally nos. 11-17) had on its management staff William Henry Harrison George (then aged 24) and Alfred Harley George (then aged about 30).

The brothers purchased the business of L. Robinson & Co, (after a clearing sale of stock which closed 17 April) and re-opened in the same premises on Monday, 19 April, 1880, with “a large stock of first class goods, of the latest fashions”. By May, 1880, George and George (late L. Robinson & Co.) were advertising as “Importers and general drapers” and were listed in the business directory as “silk mercers and general drapers”.

In 1883, George & George moved to a four storey building at 11-17 Collins Street East, near the corner of Elizabeth Street. The planned development of Block Arcade (completed 1892) and a disastrous fire on 13 September, 1889, (which completely gutted the building as well as Allan’s Music and Glen’s Music stores) saw George & George’s Department Store re-locate to the smarter, ‘Paris’ end of Collins Street, to nos. 162-168 (originally no. 89), the Federal Emporium building (built for David Mitchell in 1883, designed by architects John Grainger and Charles D’Ebro).

On Wednesday, 22 July, 1908, George and George Ltd re-opened for business as Georges Pty Ltd (with W.H. George as Governing Director) in a completely re-modelled building (by architect David Purchas). Georges was one of the first stores to introduce “fast-running electric lifts” in the building; there was also a bargain basement (a novelty at the time), a fashionable café with instrumental music performed every afternoon, and ladies’ club rooms (dressing and retiring rooms, lounge, writing and appointment rooms, complimentary to all customers with a small charge for some facilities).

Georges also introduced a monthly cash payment system which “has been the key to the success of the parent company George & Kersley in New Zealand” effectively a cash discount system for prompt payment of items purchased on credit.

The whole of the ground floor of the old Federal Emporium building was taken out and replaced with a “magnificent array” of show windows and display cases. The interior was transformed by a huge light ell from the ground floor to the roof bringing a flood of natural light, making it easy for the ladies to match colours on the dullest day.

The directors of Georges Pty Ltd were W.H. George, A.H. George and H.W. Kersley with A. Uglow as general manager; the company also trading as George & Kersley in London, Wellington and Wanganui (New Zealand). (George & Kersley are found trading in Wellington, N.Z. in 1905. The company was unknown in Victoria).

Cox Brothers (Australia) Ltd, in association with Australian United Corp., acquired all the ordinary capital of Georges Holding Ltd. When Australian United Corp. went into receivership in August, 1966, Georges was sold (1967) to a new public company, Georges Australia Ltd. David Jones Ltd bought Georges Australia Ltd. in 1981.

Georges’ city and suburban stores ceased trading in 1995; the iconic Collins Street building was radically altered, and re-opened as Georges on Collins with a variety of tenants.

William Henry Harrison George died 1st March, 1935, in his 80th year, and was buried in Boroondara cemetery. His brother, Alfred Harley George, a director of Georges’ at the time, died 14 October, 1930, and was buried in the same plot.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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GOLDS/MORT..a

 

User: Goldsbrough, Mort & Co Ltd

Stock & Station Agents

Address: 526 Burke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

CATTLE overprint: 2d, 3d, 1/,- 2/6d, 6/-

Rarity Scale:

 

CATTLE overprint: 2d R4, 3d R4, 1/- R4, 2/6d R4, 6/- R4

Background:

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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