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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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User: Halls Book Store

Book Seller

Address: 371 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

             262 Chapel St, Prahran, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

1966 Series 3c. Inverted overprint reported

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R2

 

1966 Series 3c R2

Background: *Sydney Leonard Hall was a bookseller, of Hall's Book Store, Bourke street, city, and Chapel st, Prahran. He endeavoured to carry on as a bookseller where Mr E. W. Powell, of Coles Book Arcade, left off. He had 25 years' experience at Coles Book Arcade. Mr Hall built up his business from a few books to an enormous stock.

Device: Preprinted

Related Patterns: Nil

*Trove

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Henry Berry.a

 

User: Henry Berry & Co

Book Seller

Address: 568 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1911 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 3d R4

Background: *Henry Berry (1836-1923), was a businessman, born at Boughton-under-Blean, Kent, England, the second son of Thomas Berry, farmer, and his wife Elizabeth, née Parton. He was educated at Warman's Canterbury school. In February 1856 he arrived at Melbourne in the Nimrod and in 1859 after some unprofitable years as a grocer he joined John May, a salt and general merchant.

Soon sole owner, Berry expanded the business and was the first to attempt the manufacture of salt from local deposits. His factory at Cundare, near Colac, absorbed £10,000 before he admitted defeat. Berry later developed the important deposits at Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsula, which were amalgamated with others at the end of the century to form the Castle Salt Co-operative Co.

In 1878 Berry opened a branch of his general merchandise business in Adelaide. Other branches followed in New Zealand 1885, Sydney 1890, Brisbane 1891, and Perth 1896, and he opened offices in London and Toronto. In 1879 his brother Howard joined the firm and Berry's son, Henry Parton May, became a partner in 1888. By 1899 Berry employees numbered six hundred in Australia and New Zealand.

In 1888 Berry addressed the Australasian Commercial Congress in Melbourne, outlining his experiences of business efficiency in America and calling attention to the 'want of thoroughness in our Australian youth'. Berry's success was achieved, contemporaries declared, by grit, endurance, energy and straightforwardness. In addition, Berry was known for his philanthropy and his firm had a reputation for integrity.

Berry was a Methodist lay preacher and for twenty years held services in the Kew Asylum for the children to whom he also gave a beach outing each Christmas. He gave £400 a year for a Queen's College scholarship and supported other church organizations. He was a justice of the peace and a trustee for the new Sailors' Institute in Port Melbourne.

Device: Preprinted

Related Patterns: Nil* Australian Dictionery of Biography, Ann Hone

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Herald.a

User: Herald Newspapers

Newspaper

Address: 44 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1915 Series 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

 

Background: *On 1 January 1849, the Port Phillip Herald changed its name to The Melbourne Morning Herald and General Daily Advertiser. It also upped its printing schedule from thrice-weekly to daily. The Argus, which would not yet be a daily until 18 June 1949, scorned its rival's change of schedule with this report on 2 January 1849:

"The commencement of 1849 seems likely to prove an era of some moment, in the annals of the Port Phillip Press. On the one hand we are summoned to attend the funeral of a noxious little publication, with which we have been bored for a few months of a Thursday evening, and are daily expecting a summons for a similar purpose, from a contemporary even more troublesome, from being just as stupid and a little more frequent.

On the other hand we have the still more melancholy duty of waiting upon the birth of a new daily, and it is with but a blank heart, we look forward to the trebled evils attendant upon a trebled issue of so mischievous a publication as the Port Phillip Herald. We are entire disbelievers in the daily publication of such a paper, till yesterday when the first dose reached us, and most sincerely do we condole with the public, upon the deluge of papers with which this province is to be inundated, till that happy day when a Daily Argus will rush in to the rescue, and effectually settle the quarrel as to which of the present Dailies goes to the wall, by quietly finding them a wall a piece. Thank Heaven that day is not far distant."

For twenty years from 1854, a succession of owners struggled to keep the newspaper afloat during the goldrush period. This included two years in which it was reduced to a biweekly. The newspaper changed its name several times before settling on The Herald from 8 September 1855 – the name it held for the next 135 years.

In 1869 it developed stability as an evening daily. Through News Ltd (the Australian arm of international media conglomerate News Corp), Rupert Murdoch purchased the company publishing this daily, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd. The newspaper became defunct on 5 October 1990, but its name was merged with its morning sister newspaper The Sun News-Pictorial on 8 October 1990 to become the Herald Sun.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Herald.b

*Wikipedia

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HERALD.b

 

User: Herald & Weekley Times Ltd.

Newspaper

Address: 44-74 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1932 Series 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1932 Series 3d R4

Background: See Herald.a

Device: Handstamp in Red or Blue

Related Patterns: Herald.a

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