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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

A

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A.a

 

Cancelled: 'The Pacific Insurance Co Ltd'

User: Atlas Assurance Company of Australia

Life Insurance Provider

Address: 2-12 Spring St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1929-66 Numeral issue 9d, 1/6d, 6/-, 30/-

Rarity Scale:

1929-66 Numeral issue 9d R3, 1/6d R4, 6/- R4, 30/- R4

Background: *Atlas were an English Insurer who established offices in Australia about 1890, initially in Melbourne but then later in Brisbane and Sydney. There are records of other offices including Perth but these did not seem to have been issued with perforating devices or to have used security overprints.

The A overprint is found on stamps and documents carrying cachets of the Pacific Insurance Co. Ltd. Pacific Insurance had been formed in the late 1800's and had operated from Suva in Fiji.

It became Pacific Insurance Pty Ltd in 1921 and was purchased by the growing Atlas Group in 1928. As with other similar acquisitions Pacific Insurance Insurance continued to trade under its own name within the Atlas Group.

The A overprint has also been reported as being used by the Australian and Eastern Insurance Co Ltd. This is not supported by evidence that we have seen but it is possible as Australian and Eastern Insurance were are subsidiary of Royal Exchange Assurance who later merged with Atlas.

The Australian & Eastern Insurance Co Ltd was formed in January 1954 and it took over the assets, rights and liabilities of the Batavia Sea and Fire Insurance Co Ltd.

Batavia Sea and Fire Insurance had been formed in 1843 and had a long association with Australia. It was based in the Netherlands East Indies and the name Batavia is the name of the capital of the Colony, now Jakarta.  By the late 1800’s the company it had branches in India, the Philippines, China, Singapore and later Ceylon and in South and Central Africa.

In 1924 Batavia Sea and Fire Insurance and a group of other small insurers in Australia were acquired by the Royal Exchange Assurance Group (see background for REA.a in the Perfin section). However the company continued to trade in its own name, even to the extent that during World War 2, and the occupation of the Netherlands East Indies, the head office of the company was moved to Netherlands West Indies. Netherlands Antilles).

The creation of the Australian & Eastern Insurance was essentially a rebadging of Batavia Sea and Fire Insurance as since 1949 the Netherlands East Indies had achieved independence and was known as Indonesia.

Atlas Assurance and Royal Exchange Assurance had a close relationship and this resulted in their merger in 1958. Later in 1968 this company merged with Guardian Assurance and today they trade under the name AEGON (UK).

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Refer to other Atlas, Royal Exchange and related company patterns in:

NSW:   A.a  A.b  A.c  A.d  BEA.a  GAC.a  REA.a  REA.b  SAC.a

Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

           Royal/Exchange/Assurance.a

           State/Assurance/Co Ltd.a

QLD:  A.a

*Trove

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ALLIANCE/ASSURANCE.LTD..a

User: Alliance Assurance Co Ltd

Life Insurance provider

Address: 97 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

KEDVII 1909-28 issue 4d, 8d, 2/-, 3/-, 6/-, 10/-, £1

Rarity Scale:

KEDVII 1909-28 issue 4d R2, 8d R3, 2/- R2, 3/- R2, 6/- R4, 10/- R3, £1 R4

Background: See ACO...a in the perfin section

Device: Typeset

Related Patterns: Refer to other Alliance Assurance patterns in:

NSW: ACO...a  IC/NA.a  SI/O.a

Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

           Alliance/Assce/Co/LTD.b

QLD: A.A./Co.a  

SA:  A.A./Co.a  

TAS: A.A./Co.a

Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

           Alliance/Assce/Co/LTD.a

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ALLIANCE/ASSCE/CO.LTD..a

User: Alliance Assurance Co Ltd

Address: 97 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

Numeral 1929 issue  4d, 6d, 8d, 1/-, 2/-, 3/-, 4/-, 5/-, 10/- £1

Rarity Scale:

Numeral 1929 issue 4d R2, 6d R2, 8d R4, 1/- R2, 2/- R2, 3/- R2, 4/- R2, 5/- R1, 10/- R1, £1 R4

Background: See ACO...a in the perfin section

Device: Typeset

Related patterns: Refer to other Alliance Assurance patterns in:

NSW: ACO...a  IC/NZ.a  SI/O.a

Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

           Alliance/Assce/Co/LTD.a

QLD: A.A./Co.a  

SA:   A.A./Co.a  

TAS: A.A./Co.a

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A.G.C./LTD.a

 

User: Australian Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Finance Company

Address: 60 Carrington St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1929-66 Numeral issue 2d

Rarity Scale:

1929-66 Numeral issue 2d R4

Background: *The Australian Guarantee Corporation was founded in 1925 as a non-Bank lender, and listed on the stock exchange in 1928. It was initially involved in providing finance for cars and farm machinery and later expanded into personal loans, loans for non-farm business equipment (the type structured as leases), and hire purchase.  AGC funded its loans by offering debentures (often called Bonds) to the public and commercial institutions, which were issued at attractive interest rates.

In 1957 the then Bank Of New South Wales (later know as the ‘Wales’ now ‘Westpac’) purchased a 40% stake in AGC and progressively increased its interest to a majority stake. This was done as the Banking regulations of the time did not allow Banks to undertake the higher risk lending that was done by finance companies such as AGC.  AGC was run as an independent business, and the parent company provided no guarantees on the debentures issued by AGC.

Through the 1970s AGC expanded and increased profits through both its core business of lending and diversification into other business such as the car rental company, Budget Rent-A Car and the property developer Mirvac. In 1977 it acquired its competitor, Bill Acceptance Corporation (BAC), which continued to run under its own name.

In  2001 (concluded in 2002), major parts of AGC's business in Australia and New Zealand were acquired by GE Capital (GE Money) and AGC was progressively integrating into GE’s Australian Consumer Finance business.

Device: Stencil in green

Related Patterns: Nil

*Wikipedia

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AGL..a .b

        

.a                                          .b

User: The Australian Gas Light Co

Gas Provider

Address: 477-487 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1929-66 issue 2d [.a only], 3d [in blue or black], 3d [blue AGL inverted], AGL [Double]

c1940 underprint issue 3d

1966 Numeral issue 3c

Rarity Scale:

1929-66 Numeral issue 2d [.a only] R3, 3d [in blue or black] R2, 3d [blue AGL inverted] R4, AGL[double] R4

c1940 underprint issue 3d R4

1966 Numeral issue 3c R4

Background: The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) was formed in Sydney in 1837, and supplied Town Gas for public street lighting in Sydney by 1841. Later in 1857 AGL introduced gas purification, which allowed the Town Gas to be used in private residences. When the Sydney Stock Exchange was launched in 1871 AGL was the second company to be listed.

The Town Gas (or Coal Gas) was produced from the destructive distillation of coal and the resulting flammable gas was initially stored in holder tanks cut out of solid sandstone at Darling Harbour. Later between 1884-86 the company established a large gas works on 32 hectares of land at Mortlake, on the Parramatta River in Sydney. The gas from Mortlake was used to service and area of more than 600 square kilometres and piped up to 25 kilometres away. By 1925, the company was the seventh largest gas producer in the then British Empire.

In 1976, AGL converted from Town Gas to Natural Gas following the opening of the Moomba (Central South Australia) - Sydney natural gas pipeline. In the later part of the 20th century, the company diversified into electricity generation, buying a stake in the Loy Yang Power Station in Victoria as well as the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme. More recently the company has expanded into alternate energy through the acquisition of the Wattle Point Wind Farm and the establishment of the gas-powered power station near Hallett in South Australia. The company also had significant ownership of gas pipelines plus electricity and gas distribution networks in Australia.

In 2006, AGL merged with Energy Company Alinta and the subsequent corporate structure saw the formation of AGL Energy as a energy retailer while Alinta held the Energy production and distribution assets.

Device: .a Handstamped in blue.

           .b Pre printed in blue or black

Related Patterns: Nil

.a (blue handstamp)

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Amalgamated/Retailers/Limited.a

 

User: Amalgamated Retailers Ltd

Retailers

Address: Prince's Highway Rockdale, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1929-66 Numeral issue 2d, 3d

Rarity Scale:

1929-66 Numeral issue 2d R3, 3d R3

Device: Pre printed in Red or Black

Background: The company, Amalgamated Retailers Limited, existed for only 2 years, from 1953 until 1955. It was formed from the company, Cash Orders (Amalgamated) Ltd, and in 1955 it became Waltons Limited.

Cash Orders (Amalgamated) Ltd was formed in 1926 as a provider of goods to retail companies in Queensland. For the background of Walton’s Stores see the section in the W of Commercial Overprints.

Related Patterns: Refer to other Waltons Stores patterns in:

Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

Waltons Stores Ltd.a

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AUSTRALIAN/MUTUAL/

PROVIDENT/SOCIETY.a

 

User: Australian Mutual Provident Society

Insurance Provider

Address: 87 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

1881 QV issue 2d

Rarity Scale:

1881 QV issue 2d R1

Background: See AMP/F&G.a in the Perfin section

Device: Stencil

Related Patterns: Refer to other AMP patterns in:

NSW: AMP/F&G.a

 Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

            AMP Society.a. .b, .c, & .d

QLD: AMPS.a    AMPS.b    AMPS.c

Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints

           AMPS.a  AMPS.b AMPS.c

Usage: District Office Tamworth, NSW

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A.M.P.Society.a .b .c .d

 

.a - 3mm

   

.b - 2½mm

.c - 1½mm

 

.d - 2mm

User: Australian Mutual Provident Society

Insurance Provider

Address: 87 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

.a - 3mm:    KEDVII 1909-28 issue 2d

.b - 2½mm: 1918 Numeral issue 2d[blue]

                 1929 Numeral 2d [blue], 2d[orange]

.c - 1½mm: 1929 Numeral issue 2d[orange], 3d, 3d [inverted overprint]

.d - 2mm:   c1940 Numeral underprint issue 2d

                 1966 Numeral issue 3c

Rarity Scale:

.a - 3mm:    KGDVII 1909-28 issue 2d R2

.b - 2½mm: 1918 Numeral issue 2d[blue] R3

                 1929 Numeral issue 2d[blue] R1, 2d[orange] R1

.c - 1½mm: 1929 Numeral issue 2d[orange] R1, 3d R2, 3d[inverted overprint] R4

.d - 2mm:   1940s Numeral underprint issue 2d R4

                 1966 Numeral issue 3c R4

Background: See AMP/F&G.a in the perfin section

Device: Pre printed

Related Patterns: Refer to other AMP patterns in:

NSW: AMP/F&G.a

Other – Section 2 Commercial Overprints

            Australia/Mutual/Provident/Society.a

QLD: AMPS.a  AMPS.b AMPS.c

Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints

           AMPS.a  AMPS.b AMPS.c

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AUSTRALIAN/RECORD/CLUB/

PTY. LTD..a

 

User: Australian Record Club Pty Ltd

Music Distributors

Address: 11-19 Hargrave St, East Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use: 

1929-66 Numeral issue 4d

Rarity Scale:

1929-66 Numeral issue 4d R4

Background: *The Australian Record Club was a mail order music/record distributor that advertised mainly in the Womens Weekly magazine. There may have been an affiliation with the magazines publisher as the Womens Weekly had run its own Record Club in the 1960’s. The Club also had its own magazine, which it distributed to members with special offers and stock listings.

The Australian Record Club was in existence from at least 1963 (possibly earlier) until the 1980’s. Cassette Clubs and DVD Clubs are known to have existed and these may have been formed from the Australian Record Club.

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

South Australian Cheque made out to 'Australian Record Club'

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