Post Office Orders

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Post Office Orders


Bank, business, colony, commerce, commercialisation, Executive, Governor John Stephen Hampton, Henry VIII, legislation, mail, mail carts, “medieval condition”, medieval condition, monetary orders, money, Perth, post office, Western Australia.


In the second half of this article, the author draws attention to the positive response with which a plan to establish a system of post office orders in the Western Australian colony had been met. After conceding that there were two or three members of the Executive who opposed the plan on the grounds that it would be dangerous to transport cash on mail-carts, the author goes on to suggest that the real source of the opposition was the W. A. Bank, who did not want to relinquish monopoly on all financial and monetary matters in Western Australia. The author concludes that the proposed system is sorely needed to bring Western Australia into line with the other colonies for the purpose of conducting business, and denounces opposition by negatively linking it to a desire to dwell in the pre-modern past: “is the colony always to be kept in a medieval condition by men whose notions appear to be regulated by those which prevailed in the time of Henry the Eighth?”




National Library of Australia


The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times


21 October 1864, p. 2.


The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times


Newspaper Article.

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