South Australia

South Australian stamps were first printed in 1855 with the first stamps  printed in London by "Perkins Bacon" and then the printing plates being forwarded to Adelaide so further isues could be printed locally. The stamps featured the Royal portrait in a standard format until 1886 when the first series of the "Long" stamps were issued.

These stamps were twice the size of the normal stamps and they appeared in higher denominations (2s6d and over) for both postal and fiscal use. After federation, the long stamp format was adopted for postage stamps from3d upwards. Another interesting variation was the solitary halfpenny stamp of 1898 which depicted the Adelaide GPO.