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User: International Harvester


Agricultural, Construction and Commercial Vehicles


Address: 'Harvester House' 200 Roma St, Brisbane, QLD


Revenues Use: Numeral 1d.


Rarity Scale: Numeral 1d R4.

Background: The first International brand vehicles arrived in Australia form the United States of America in 1908 and proved popular for both freight and passenger work. The International Harvester Company of Australia Pty. Ltd. was formed in 1912 and was located offices in Bourke Street Melbourne. State offices were later established in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.  The first Australian International Harvester manufacturing plant was established in Geelong, Victoria, in 1937.

Device: International Harvester were a prolific perfin user with more than 50 patterns reported from their offices across Australia. This pattern is peculiar as it is found on a revenue stamp but most of the IH and IHC patterns of International Harvester are only found on postage stamps.

This pattern was produced by a single head device and as a result it is found in a variety of positions. The usage on postage stamps is exclusively in Brisbane and covers the period 1920 – 1957.

Despite the simplicity of many of the IH patterns the company seemed to go to some trouble to make each pattern different and this is generally achieved by the variation in the structure of the H and in this instance the addition of periods following each letter. This policy of discrete and discernable patterns for each location is also found with the companies IHC logo patterns used in North America in which each office has an additional pin in the pattern to make it identifiable.

Related Patterns: Refer to other International Harvester patterns in:


NSW: IH.a IH.b IHC.a


SA:   IH.a I.H..b






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