Today in Postal History


Natal to Australia
March 2, 1903

This picture post card went into the mail in Durban, Natal, 100 years ago today.
Its destination was Middle Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Although the transit was slow, it arrived in Melbourne on March 30.
It was received in Brighton the same day.
Quite a ride for a penny!

Durban is on the Indian Ocean about 400 km southeast of Johannesburg.
Brighton is on the coast on the southeast side of Melbourne about 10 km from the harbour.

The stamp is the 1d. carmine Edward VII of 1902 (SG 128).


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