This site is dedicated entirely to the philatelic interests of the colony of Victoria, Australia, and is provided, free of charge, to assist collectors who specialize in this area.

The stamp issues of Victoria are numerous and complex. Victoria rejected the conventional wisdom accepted in most of the colonies of the British Empire to have postage stamps printed in England and shipped ready to use to the colony – instead, the colonialists in Victoria decided to print their own stamps, using the manufacturing capabilities available to them at the time. This independence led to many variations in quality, plate production techniques, printing methods, paper supplies and other parameters that all contributed to the rich philatelic smorgasbord found in the stamps that emanated from the colony.

This range of variety and consequent complexity drives many collectors away to easier collection subjects – but, for many, like myself, it is a magnet that draws them to a lifelong quest to understand these stamps, and the history they reveal.

The full scope of the philatelic interests represented within Victoria is too great to accommodate within this site, so specific goals have been adopted which reflect the presumed interests of most collectors and the specific interests which are of particular appeal to me. These include the Travelling Post Offices of Victoria, and other areas of research and observation, many of which are noted in the menu options and various philatelic articles that are offered herein.

More than anything else, the goal here is to generate interest and debate on the issues involved. Despite best efforts and the comparison of thousands of copies of stamps, there is still uncertainty in the cataloguing of certain stamps shown within the scans. I’m hopeful that others can cast some additional light on these and challenge the status quo, in the interests of creating a reliable reference guide for collectors in this field.

In some areas, such as the TPO’s I am involved in active research to establish the best known early and late dates for the various postmarks found, and am hopeful that the information found here will stimulate others to examine their holdings, who may not realize they are holding a record date, or an undocumented usage.

If you can provide scans for items that are missing, or where you can improve on the image shown, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

happy collecting, Les Molnar