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User: The Yorkshire Insurance Co Ltd

Insurance Provider

Address: Yorkshire House 12-16 Spring St, Sydney, NSW

20-22 Bond St, Sydney, NSW

Head Office: Yorkshire House 20 Queen St Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

Numeral 1929-66 issue 3d,3d[no wmk], 6d, 6d[no wmk], 9d, 9d[no wmk], 1/-, 1/6, 1/6[no wmk], 3/-, 3/-[no wmk], 4/-, 5/-, 6/-, 10/-, 12/-, 14/-, 16/-, 18/-, £1, 30/-, £5, £10, £50

Decimal 1966 issue 2c, 3c, 4c, 8c, 30c, 40c, 50c, 60c, 80c, $1, $1.40, $2, $3, $10, $20, $100

Rarity Scale:

Numeral 1929-66 issue 3d R3, 3d[no wmk] R4, 6d R3, 6d[no wmk] R4, 9d R3, 9d[no wmk] R4, 1/- R3, 1/6 R3, 1/6[no wmk] R3, 3/- R4, 3/-[no wmk] R4, 4/- R4, 5/- R4, 6/- R4, 10/- R4, 12/- R4, 14/- R4, 16/- R4, 18/- R4, £1 R3, 30/- R3, £5 R4, £10 R4, £50 R4

Decimal 1966 issue 2c R4, 3c R4, 4c R1, 8c R2, 30c R4, 40c R4, 50c R4, 60c R4, 80c R4, $1 R2, $1.40 R4, $2 R2, $3 R4, $10 R4, $20 R4, $100 R4

Background: *Yorkshire Insurance Company Ltd

The Yorkshire Fire and Life Insurance Company was established in York, England in 1824 but in May 1908, the company changed its name to the Yorkshire Insurance Company and was registered as a limited company.


As with many early Insurance companies it was instrumental in the development of early fire brigades in York and its environs and they continued in this role until 1876.


Around the turn of the 20th century, the company began a period of considerable expansion both in terms of products and overseas offices. The company started to progressively extend its product range and by 1938, the company was offering fire, life, annuity, sickness, accident, employers' liability, burglary, fidelity guarantee, motor, plate glass, third party, boiler and engineering, live stock and marine insurances.


Over this period the company established offices in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil, M auritius, Iran and Australia in about 1909.

In Australia the company was headquartered in Melbourne at Yorkshire House 20 Queen St, Melbourne.  The Sydney branch office was at 12 – 16 Spring St although this was shortened to 14 Spring St. on company cachets. The company had offices across Australia including Perth and Launceston.

In 1967, the majority of the company's share capital was acquired by the General Accident Fire and Life Assurance Corporation Ltd, and they acquired the remaining portion the following year. By 1974, the Yorkshire had ceased operating in the United Kingdom but was still active in Brazil, Iran and France. The company was registered as non-trading in March  2006.

Device: The YI.a device was most likely a single head device as multiple strikes do not show a consistent relationship to each other. The pattern is only found on the revenue stamps of NSW and the period of use was from at least 1943 until late in 1966.

The device produced consistent patterns over its life and even in late 1966 the strikes were clear.

Related Patterns: Nil



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