Private Revenue Perfins of Queensland
An Elsmore Coath production
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User: Elliott Brothers. Ltd
Address: 62-68 Eagle St, Brisbane, QLD
Revenue Use: Unseen but recorded on a revenue.
Background: *George Elliot migrated
to Australia in the late 1840’s with his two
brothers Frederick and James. In 1859 they took
over the Edward Youngman’s wholesale druggists and
dry salting business. They expanded into the
production of a range of drugs and chemicals as well
as the importation and sale of surgical instruments.
In 1873 their venture became the private company
Elliot Bothers Limited and this became a public
company in 1885.
In 1884 George’s son James was
recalled from studies in Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering in London and Germany to join Elliot
Brothers. He designed their laboratories in Rozelle
and after the death of his elder brother George in
1912 he became Chairman and Managing Director of the
James died in 1928 having been
predeceased by his two sons and as a result the
company was absorbed into a new company called the
Drug Houses of Australia Ltd.
Drug Houses of Australia Ltd. (DHA)
also saw the amalgamation of several proprietary
medicine companies, including Felton Grimwade &
Co. and Duerdin & Sainsbury Ltd. Later, in 1974,
after significant financial losses the company was
broken up. Several parts of the company became
Felton Grimwade & Bickford Pty Ltd.
Device: The EBLTD device was most
likely a single head type as multiples show no
consistent relationship between pattern strikes and
approval for its use was sought and approved in
February 1898. A similar device is found used at
Elliott Brothers office in Sydney and this is found
on revenue stamps of NSW, albeit this usage is rare.
This Sydney device is known to have been made by
Slopers and given the similarity of the patterns it
is likely that the Brisbane device was also made by
The Brisbane EBLTD pattern is found
used on postage stamps from 1900 until 1913.
Related patterns: Refer to other
Elliott Brothers Ltd patterns in:
*National Library of Australia
User: Edwards Dunlop & Co Ltd
Wholesale Stationer and Paper Merchant
Address: 143-149 Edward St, Brisbane, QLD
Revenue Usage: KEDVII 1901issue 1d
Rarity Scale: KEDVII 1901 issue 1d R4
Railway Usage: 1902 issue 3d
Rarity Scale: R4 1902 issue 3d R4
Background: *William Philip Dunlop (Snr) came to Sydney from Scotland in 1861 and worked as a salesman in the paper firm of Alexander Cowan & Co. Ltd. William returned to Edinburgh in about 1867 and founded a partnership with George Murray. He then returned to Sydney and traded as a paper merchant, as Murray, Dunlop & Co. In about 1873 he joined with Law Stationer and Bookseller, Frederick Edwards to form Edwards, Dunlop & Co.
William encouraged his brother John Dunlop to come to NSW to join the company and in 1879 he emigrated to Australia with his family, including his wife Margaret and his two sons, James Matthew Dunlop born on 15 April 1867 and his younger brother, William Philip Dunlop born 23 October 1877, both in Edinburgh, Scotland. When they completed their schooling both James and William (Jnr) also joined the company.
In May 1886 the company became a public company as Edwards, Dunlop & Co. Ltd. of Sydney and London. In the 1880’s they also opened a branch in Brisbane.
Edwards managed the London buying office while William (Snr) and John managed the Sydney sales and distribution. John died in 1912 and James became Chairman and Managing Director of the Australian operations with William (Jnr) as Vice-Chairman. The company prospered despite a disastrous fire in 1906 and supply shortages caused by World War I. They later opened branches in Melbourne in 1920 and Perth in 1937-38.
James died in 1949 and William (Jnr) became Chairman and Managing Director. William (Jnr) had taken a lead role in the growth of the company. In about 1944 the company acquired the manufacturing stationer, Galwey & Co. Pty Ltd, and this lead to further expansion of the company in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. William (Jnr) died in 1954.
Edwards Dunlop came to be the dominant supplier of papers of all forms in Australia and is still trading.
Device: The ED device was introduced into service in Brisbane in 1904. An identical device was also used in Sydney from approximately 1905-1906 but usage of this device is restricted to the postage stamps of NSW. Revenue use of these ED devices is limited to Queensland use.
The ED device was a single die device. No application is known for the Sydney usage but the Brisbane application and approval in known from October 1907. This is not unusual as in some instances Applications post dated first use.
The Brisbane ED pattern is found on postage stamps of Queensland and Commonwealth issues from 1904 to 1940. It is also found on Railway Stamps of Queensland. Edward Dunlop was printed in the lower cartouche of Railway stamps as a further deterrent to theft. The E and D are fairly regular and read true so it is difficult to determine positions as positions 1 and 7, 4 and 8, 3 and 5 and 2 and 6 can look very alike.
From about 1910 there is a consistent missing pin in the top (perhaps bottom) right hand corner of the E. The device deteriorates further and by the late 1930's there are many missing pins in both the E and the D. This deterioration likely lead to the devices being discontinued in 1940.
Patterns: Refer to other Edwards, Dunlop patterns
* Australian Dictionary of Biography
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