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Q.I/Co.a

Small pins

User: Queensland Insurance Co Ltd

Insurance Provider

Address: Cnr Pitt & Bridge St's, Sydney, NSW

From late: 1945  80-82 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Small Pins, Revenue Use:

KEDVII 1909-28 issue 4d, 8d, 1/-, 2/-, 3/-, 5/-, 7/-, 9/- £1

Numeral 1917 issue 2d

Numeral 1929-66 issue  2d[blue], 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 9d, 1/-, 1/6, 2/-, 2/6, 3/-, 4/-, 5/-, 6/-, 8/-[brown], 8/-, 10/-, 10/-[underprint], 14/-, 16/-, 18/-, £1, 30/-, £5, £10

Decimal 1966 4c, 10c, 30c, 90c, $2

Rarity Scale:

KEDVII 1909-28 issue 4d R2, 8d R2, 1/- R1, 2/- R3, 3/- R4, 5/- R3, 7/- R4, 9/- R4, £1 R4

Numeral 1917 issue 2d R4

Numeral 1929-66 issue 2d[blue] R3, 2d R2, 3d R2, 4d R2, 6d R2, 8d R3, 9d R2, 1/- R1, 1/6 R2, 2/- R1, 2/6 R1, 3/- R1, 4/- R2, 5/- R3, 6/- R3, 8/-[brown] R3, 10/- R1, 10/-[underprint] R4, 14/- R3, 16/- R4, £1 R1, 30/- R3, £5 R4, £10 R4

Decimal 1966 4c R4, 10c R3, 30c R4, 70c R4, 90c R4, $1.40, R4, $2 R4, $10 R4

Large Pins, Revenue Use:

Numeral 1929-66 issue  3d, 6d, 9d, 1/-, 1/6, 2/-, 2/6, 4/-, 5/-, 6/-, 10/-, 12/-, 14/-, 16/-, 18/-[yellow]

Rarity Scale:

Numeral 1929-66 issue 3d R2, 6d R2, 9d R3, 1/- R1, 1/6 R2, 2/- R2, 2/6 R3, R4, 4/- R3, 5/- R1, 6/- R3, 10/- R3, 12/- R3, 14/- R4, 16/- R4, 18/-[yellow] R4

Background: *The story to the Queensland Insurance Company begins with the establishment of the shipping and trading company of Burns Philip (see BP.a) Burns Philip started as partnership between two Scotsman, James Burns (1846-1923) who arrived in Queensland in 1862 and Robert Philp (1851-1922).

          

James Burns)                       Robert Philp)

Together they built a flourishing shipping and mercantile business based in Townsville. Burns later relocated the company’s head office to Sydney while Philip remained in Townsville.

 

The Queensland Insurance Company was established in 1886 as a marine insurer and it initially traded as North Queensland Insurance Company See NQ/IC.a, its name derived from the operating centre of Burns Philip at the time.

 

Although North Queensland Insurance continued to trade, Burns Philip created the Queensland Insurance Company in 1907 (some sources say earlier and this may in part be due to the “North” of NQIC not always being used) to reflect a broader geographic base and diversified into fire and accident insurance.

 

By 1921 the Queensland Insurance Company boasted offices in Sydney (head office shared with North Queensland Insurance) and London, as well as Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Hobart, Launceston, Newcastle and Lismore in Australia and Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Invercargill, and Wanganui in New Zealand. 

Queensland Insurance head office with North Queensland Insurance Company Office cnr of Pitt and Bridge St's, Sydney.

In October 1931 the North Queensland Insurance Co Ltd formally merged with the Queensland Insurance Co Ltd. Queensland Insurance cachets are found on stamps carrying NQIC.a patterns from as early as 1911 which suggests that the relationship between these sister companies was close. Oddly we have not seen any North Queensland Insurance cachets on revenue stamps bearing QI/CO.a or .b patterns.

In late 1945 and early 1946 the Queensland Insurance Company moved to a new head office at 80-82 Pitt St, Sydney.

In the early 1970’s Queensland Insurance company, Bankers and Traders Insurance and Equitable Probate and General Insurance Company merger and were re-badged as QBE Insurance Group.

Façade of Bryant House 80-82 Pitt St Sydney, which was purchased by the company in December 1945 and became its head office.

Device: The QI/CO.a device is most likely a single die device as the device can produce single central strikes in large format stamps such as the Edward VII revenue issues of NSW in both positions 1 and 2 without the evidence of a related die.

The QI/CO.a device came into service in around 1920. Some earlier sources have quoted 1913 but this is not supported by the cachet and postmark evidence that we have seen. This 1913 date is often reported for patterns found on the kangaroo series but it needs to be confirmed by examples with 1st and 2nd watermarks. This is not the case with QI/CO.a.

Initially the pattern had quite fine pins but about 1930 these were replaced with pins of a thicker gauge and these were used for the remainder of the devices life.

The pattern is found in the revenue stamps of NSW as well as the postage stamps of Australia. Usage starts around 1920. The usage on postage stamps is much less common and ceases around 1953, with the use on revenue stamps continuing until at least 1966.

This policy of stopping the use of perfins on postage stamps but continuing to use them on revenues was followed by some other Insurance companies such as Mercantile Mutual and some Royal Insurance offices.

 

Larger pins c1930

Related patterns: Refer to other related company patterns in:

 

NSW: BP.a  B&T.a NQ/IC.a QI/CO.b

 

QLD: BP.a  BP.b   BP.c   BP.d

 

*Trove

 

*QBE web site

 

*The State Library of Queensland

 

*The History of Burns Philip

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Q.I/Co.b

 

An unusual and rare full strike of the C

User: Queensland Insurance Co Ltd

Insurance Provider

Address: 80-82 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

Numeral 1929-66 issue  3d, 6d, 9d, 1/-, 1/6, 2/-, 2/6, 4/-, 5/-, 6/-, 10/-, 12/-, 14/-, 16/-, 18/-[yellow]

Rarity Scale:

Numeral 1929-66 issue 3d R4, 6d R4, 9d R4, 1/- R3, 1/6 R4, 2/- R4, 2/6 R4, R4, 4/- R4, 5/- R1, 6/- R4, 10/- R2, 12/- R4, 14/- R4, 16/- R4, 18/-[yellow] R4

Background: See QI/CO.a above.

Device: The QI/CO.b device is previously unreported (as of January 2011) and the authors would like to do so here. It is only found on the revenue stamps of NSW from 1951 until the early 1960’s. It is yet to be recorded on a postage stamp. One factor that may have delayed the reporting of this rare pattern is that the strikes are often poor and incomplete.

The pattern is much less common than QI/CO.a and is likely to have been another single die device.

The pattern is roughly the same scale and layout as QI/CO.a but the Q has 2 more pin holes (14 in lieu of 12 ) and the C is rounder and more open.

The lesson the Authors have learned from the QI/CO.b is never assume you know what a pattern is by looking at it, always check patterns against accurate reference images such as we provide with our Perfin Finders, in fact the Perfin Finders are the ONLY accurate tool on the market.

This is also true of similar patterns such as VOCO.a (Tasmania) VOCO.d (Queensland) and VOCO.b (Victoria), which are listed as the same pattern in less thorough studies like HAPP.

Related Patterns: Refer to other related company patterns in:

 

NSW: BP.a  B&T.a NQ/IC.a  QI/CO.a

 

QLD: BP.a  BP.b   BP.c   BP.d

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