Introduction

 

Sources

 

Reference

Prime Source

Transcribed From

RGZ

Royal Gazette

Royal Gazette

JGZ

Jamaica Gazette

Jamaica Gazette

JGZ_Supp

 

Supplement

JGZ_Extra

 

Extra

JGZ / Bacon 1891

Jamaica Gazette

The postage stamps, envelopes, wrappers, postcards, and telegraph stamps of the British Colonies in the West Indies, together with British Honduras and the colonies in South America.

Bacon, ED Philatelic Society London 1891

JGL

Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner, transcribed by Steve Jarvis

JGZ / Clerk

Jamaica Gazette

Transcribed by Astley Clerk and published in The Postage Stamp 1909 to 1913

Col Std / Clerk

Colonial Standard

Transcribed by Astley Clerk and published in The Postage Stamp 1909 to 1913

JGL / Clerk

 

Transcribed by Astley Clerk and published in The Postage Stamp 1909 to 1913

Timbre Post / LP

 

London Philatelist Jan 1892:

Jamaica Postal Notices By E. H. Bacon.

The HE number of the Timbre-Poste for November last, contains a review of the Philatelic Society's recently published work on the stamps of the British West Indies. The Editor of that Journal is recognised all over the world, and justly so, as one of the greatest authorities upon all things appertaining to the science of Philately, and our Society may well be proud of the highly eulogistic terms in which he speaks of our latest catalogue. The review is specially interesting, as the writer gives translations in extenso of four important Jamaica postal notices, which are not found in my "Preliminary Notes" at the head of the Colony. As I stated at page 89 of the catalogue, the only file of the Jamaica Official Gazette I could find in this country, commences with the number for June 3rd 1869, consequently I was unable to furnish any notices of an earlier date than this, from that source. Three of the notices translated by Mons. Moens were published previous to the year 1869, while the fourth, which is dated 1st April, 1879, for some reason or other did not appear in the Official Gazette, although it was published in, at any rate, one, if not more, of the local newspapers.

Mons. Moens, in reply to a request I made him, has kindly sent me the original copies of the notices he received from Jamaica, which I now reproduce here for the benefit of those collectors who may not have seen the number of the Timbre-Poste. I have drawn attention to.

Jamaica 1928

 

Jamaica, Its Postal History, Postage Stamps and Postmarks. Collett et al SG 1928

 

 


Index to Information

1780

 

Link

 

PO Notices

 

 

8 Mar 1780

Packet Service Procedures

Jamaica 1928 p12

 

1776

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1779

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1782

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1784

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1787

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

 

List of Packet Boats sailing from Falmouth to West Indies

 

 

1790

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1796

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1799

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1802

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1805

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1808

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1816 to 1830

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Property owners

 

 

1817

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1824

 

Link

 

PO Notices

 

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Wm Jekyll Astey, Deputy Postmaster General, General Post Office Kingston. Appointed 17 Feb 1822. By commission from His Lordship, the Post Master General. Office executed by Principal. Salary: £400 sterling per annum with an extra allowance of £228.2.6 sterling per annum to cover the contingencies of office. Annual salary in sterling £628.2.6, in Currency £879.7.6. No fees, The Deputy Post Master General enjoys the privilege of franking Colonial newspapers to all parts of the island of Jamaica, from which a profit is derived of about £2000 Currency. Net amount in sterling £2056.13.11, Net amount in Currency £2879.7.6.

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1825

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Deputy Post Master General Anstey excised and deputy John Morce

 

 

1833

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Deputy Post Master General John Morce

 

 

1834

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Deputy Post Master General Anstey & Lord Sussex Lennox

 

 

1835

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Deputy Post Master General John Wilson

 

 

1837

 

Link

 

Royal Gazette

 

 

7 Jan 1837

British and French Weight Rate Steps

RGZ 7 Jan 1837

 

21 Jan 1837

Silver Coin & Packet Schedule

RGZ 21 Jan 1837

 

21 Jan 1837

American Packet Ship Orbit

RGZ 21 Jan 1837

 

28 Jan 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 28 Jan 1837

 

4 Feb 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 4 Feb 1837

 

4 Feb 1837

Packet Schedule with Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 4 Feb 1837

 

4 Feb 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 4 Feb 1837

 

11 Feb 1837

Steamer Carron Arrival

RGZ 11 Feb 1837

 

11 Feb 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 11 Feb 1837

 

18 Feb 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 18 Feb 1837

 

25 Feb 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 25 Feb 1837

 

4 Mar 1837

Packet Schedule

RGZ 4 Mar 1837

 

4 Mar 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 4 Mar 1837

 

11 Mar 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 11 Mar 1837

 

11 Mar 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 11 Mar 1837

 

18 Mar 1837

Packet and Internal Post Schedule

RGZ 18 Mar 1837

 

18 Mar 1837

Post Office Revenue for 1836

RGZ 18 Mar 1837

 

18 Mar 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 18 Mar 1837

 

25 Mar 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 25 Mar 1837

 

1 Apr 1837

Country Post and Newspapers

RGZ 1 Apr 1837

 

1 Apr 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 1 Apr 1837

 

8 Apr 1837

Alban Packet & Country Mail Schedule

RGZ 8 Apr 1837

 

8 Apr 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 8 Apr 1837

 

15 Apr 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 15 Apr 1837

 

22 Apr 1837

1st March Packet Arrived 15 Apr

RGZ 22 Apr 1837

 

22 Apr 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 22 Apr 1837

 

29 Apr 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 29 Apr 1837

 

29 Apr 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 29 Apr 1837

 

6 May 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 6 May 1837

 

13 May 1837

Post Office should be Jamaica Govt Controlled

RGZ 13 May 1837

 

13 May 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 13 May 1837

 

20 May1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 20 May1837

 

27 May 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 27 May 1837

 

3 Jun 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 3 Jun 1837

 

17 Jun 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 17 Jun 1837

 

24 Jun 1837

Ship Arrivals & Departures

RGZ 24 Jun 1837

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Property owners

 

 

1838

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Property owners

 

 

1839

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1840

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

Property owners

 

 

1841

Link

 

Notices

 

 

 

Jamaica PO incl Rates

London Times 19 Nov 1841

 

1846

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Deputy Post Master General John Wilson

 

 

1847

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1848

 

 

Notices

 

Link

 

UK GPO General Instructions to a Post Master in the British West Indies

GB PO

 

1849

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1850

Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O’Connor Morris now DPMG

 

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

 

1851

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

 

Deputy Post-Master General: [Blank]

Surveyor: R. M. Perring

Chief Clerk: E. C. Burkhardt

Assistants: James Jenkins, R. B. Lord, G. C. Baines, W. S. Harvey, and F. T. Broadhurst

Solicitor: J. Macpherson McNeil

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with inland rate to each town (4d, 6d or 8d).

 

 

 

A line of American steamers now ply between this island and New York, and carry letters for the United States, British America, or Great Britain at a low rate of postage. They generally leave Kingston on the 17th and last of the month.

 

 

1852

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1853

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1854

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1855

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1856

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1857

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

Link

 

Almanac

Jamaica Almanac 1857

 

 

Postage rates incl to USA

 

 

 

Post towns, Postmasters and rates that applied

 

 

 

Post Roads and distances

 

 

1858

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

1 Apr 1858

Prepayment of Packet Letters Compulsory

[Gazette 25 Feb 1858 / Gleaner-Clerk]

 

17 Apr 1858

Issue of GB Adhesives

[Jamaica 1928]

 

8 May 1858

Issue of GB Adhesives

[Gazette? / Bacon 1891]

Link

 

Stamp Duty (Revenue) Act Revision

 

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1859

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

1 Feb 1859

Use of GB Adhesives for internal mail

[PO Notice 9 Nov 1858 / Jamaica 1928]

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1860

Link

13 Apr 1860

Jamaica Post Office Law of 1860

[National Archives CO 139/94]

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

1 Aug 1860

Appointment of Brymer as Postmaster

[Gazette 2 Aug 1860 /Clerk]

 

24 Nov 1860

Issue of QV Head

[Jamaica 1928, p46]

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Lists all Postmasters, date of appointment and income.

 

 

1861

Link

22 Mar 1861

Jamaica Post Office Law of 1861

[National Archives CO 139/94]

 

 

Paragraph 15 includes town rate of 1d & parish rate of 2d

 

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

19 May 1861

Inland Postage Rate

[PO Notice 19 May 1861 / Morning Journal 20 May 1861]

 

3 Oct 1861

Uniforms for Post Men

[Gazette 3 Oct 1861]

 

20 Nov 1861

½d bisect for Book Post

[Timbre Post / LP]

Link

 

Blue Book

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1862

Link

12 Dec 1862

Jamaica Post Office Law of 1862

[National Archives CO 139/95]

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

6 May 1862

GB Postage Labels not valid

[Jamaica Guardian 8 May 1862 /Jamaica 1928]

 

28 Aug 1862

Only 1d allowed to be bisected

[Timbre Post / LP]

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1863

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

10 Sep 1863

Laureated Head 3d issued for Ship Letters

[Timbre Post / LP]

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1864

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1865

Link

22 Dec 1865

Jamaica Post Office Law of 1865

[National Archives CO 139/98]

 

 

Extension of previous Law

 

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

1 Jan 1865

Maximum inland rate reduced from 4d to 3d

Notice: 1 Dec 1864 [Jamaica 1928 p19]

 

22 Nov 1865

Late Fee Rates on Packet Mail

[JGL18651122]

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

 

Head Office PO Employees

 

 

1866

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

15 Feb 1866

Registration Rate to UK reduced to 4d

[Gleaner 15 Feb 1866]

 

20 Mar 1866

GB Postage Labels not valid

[Jamaica 1928]

 

21 Mar 1866

Late Fee 3d with timing

JGL18660321

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1867

Link

29 Mar 1867

Jamaica Post Office Law of 1867

[National Archives CO 139/98]

 

 

Continuance of previous law.

 

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1868

Link

29 Mar 1867

Jamaica Post Office Law of 1868

[National Archives CO 139/99]

 

 

Includes rates schedule.

 

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

7 July 1868

Rates of Postage on Letters to British Colonies and Foreign Places in the West Indies, North America, the Gulf of Mexico etc.

Ship Letter rate + inland postage.

List of West Indian islands for which only 6d ship rate payable.

[Gleaner 7 July 1869]

 

3 Nov 1868

Inland Postage Rate 2d for up to 30 miles (incl. Spanish Town)

[Gleaner 3 Nov 1868]

Link

16 Dec 1869

PMG-Report for Oct 1867 to Sept 1868

[Gazette 16/12/1869

 

 

1st annual report contains a retrospective of changes since 1860.

Includes conveyance information, rates and Post Offices opened

 

Link

 

Stamp Duty (Revenues) Act Revision

 

 

 

 

 

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1869

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

03 Jun 1869

Mail Service Lucea-MoBay

[Gazette 03/06/1869

 

03 Jun 1869

Vere PO (PM Distributor of Stamps) 

[Gazette 03/06/1869

 

01 Jul 1869

Unpaid in Coin

[Gazette 01/07/1869

 

08 Jul 1869

Clarendon PO Closure

[Gazette 08/07/1869

 

15 Jul 1869

Mail Service St Ann’s Bay-Annotto Bay

[Gazette 15/07/1869

 

22 Jul 1869

Clarendon PO Reopened

[Gazette 22/07/1869

 

05 Aug 1869

Gayle PO Closed

[Gazette 05/08/1869

 

05 Aug 1869

Lilliput PO Closed

[Gazette 05/08/1869

 

05 Aug 1869

Old Harbour (PM Distributor of Stamps)

[Gazette 05/08/1869

 

19 Aug 1869

Kingston Pillar Box Collection

[Gazette 19/08/1869

 

19 Aug 1869

Lacovia PO-Opened

[Gazette 19/08/1869

 

19 Aug 1869

Old Harbour-Kingston-Mail Service by Train

[Gazette 19/08/1869

 

02 Sep 1869

Book-Packet-Rate Inland and to UK

[Gazette 02/09/1869

 

30 Sep 1869

Gayle PO ReOpened

[Gazette 30/09/1869

 

30 Sep 1869

Little River PO-Opened

[Gazette 30/09/1869

 

30 Sep 1869

Military Rate Concession

[Gazette 30/09/1869

 

30 Sep 1869

Siloah PO-Opened

[Gazette 30/09/1869

 

07 Oct 1869

Money Order Office

[Gazette 07/10/1869

 

28 Oct 1869

Packet Mail-Timetable

[Gazette 28/10/1869

 

28 Oct 1869

Mail Service-Tenders – various

[Gazette 28/10/1869

 

04 Nov 1869

Mail Service-Tender Black River & Newmarket

[Gazette 04/11/1869

Link

27 Oct 1870

PMG-Report 1868–1869

[Gazette 27/10/1870]

 

 

Postmaster remuneration revised

 

 

 

Other items covered in above notices

 

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1870

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

27 Jan 1870

Gayle PO-Closed

[Gazette 27/01/1870

 

03 Feb 1870

Clarendon PO-Closed

[Gazette 03/02/1870

 

17 Mar 1870

Americo-Brazilian-Packets

[Gazette 17/03/1870

 

17 Mar 1870

Cunard Packet-St Thomas-Bermuda-Halifax

[Gazette 17/03/1870

 

19 May 1870

Tenders for Mail Service Kingston-Gordon Town

[Gazette 19/05/1870

 

09 Jun 1870

Officials Entitled to Free Postage

[Gazette 09/06/1870

 

25 Aug 1870

Money Order Office

[Gazette 25/08/1870

 

01 Sep 1870

St Davids PO Reopened

[Gazette 01/09/1870

 

24 Nov 1870

Money Orders

[Gazette 24/11/1870]

Link

23 Mar 1871

PMG-Report 1869–1870

[Gazette 23/03/1871]

 

 

Returned Letter Branch commenced.

 

 

 

Packet timetable revised.

 

 

 

Railway used for conveyance of country mails from Dec 1869.

 

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

Link

 

Jamaica Almanac

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters

 

 

1871

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

02 Feb 1871

Pattern Sample Packet

[Gazette 02/02/1871

 

09 Feb 1871

Cunard Packet

[Gazette 09/02/1871

 

09 Mar 1871

Mail Service Green Island-Lucea-Flint River

[Gazette 09/03/1871

 

16 Mar 1871

Rate to Belize

[Gazette 16/03/1871

 

30 Mar 1871

Kingston Pillar Box Collection

[Gazette 30/03/1871]

 

06 Apr 1871

Lilliput PO Opened

[Gazette 06/04/1871

 

06 Apr 1871

Money Order Office

[Gazette 06/04/1871

 

13 Apr 1871

Bluefields PO-Reopened

[Gazette 13/04/1871

 

20 Apr 1871

Tender Mail Service Kingston-Plantain GR

[Gazette 20/04/1871

 

11 May 1871

Tenders Mail Service Lucea-MoBay

[Gazette 11/05/1871

 

12 May 1871

Port Maria Post Mistress

[Gazette 18 May 1871]

 

06 Jul 1871

House-Delivery Half Way Tree District

[Gazette 06/07/1871

 

21 Sep 1871

Barclay McDowell

[Gazette 21/09/1871

 

21 Sep 1871

Mail Service-Tender

[Gazette 21/09/1871

 

16 Nov 1871

Mail Service-Tender

[Gazette 16/11/1871

Link

 

PMG-Report 1870–1871

JGZ_Supp 7/3/1872

 

 

Pacific Steam Navigation Company between New-York and this island

 

 

 

Post Offices opened at Clarks' Town, and the re-opening of the Bluefields and Lilliput Offices

 

 

 

Mentions: The Table of Postages recently issued by the Department

 

Link

02 Nov 1871

Mail Conveyance Delay Report

Gazette 02/11/1871

Link

 

Blue Book

 

 

 

Post towns and Postmasters with distances and inland rates

 

 

1872

Link

 

Post Office Notices

 

 

1 Jan 1872

Postage-Rates

[Gazette 07/12/1871

 

1 Jan 1872

New PO Rules re Delivery and Newspaper rate

[Jamaica 1928 p18]

 

18 Jan 1872

Distributor-of-Stamps

[Gazette 18/01/1872

 

25 Jan 1872

Revenue for misc types incl stamps

[Gazette 25/01/1872

 

01 Feb 1872

Tender for Mail Service-Kingston-NY

[Gazette 01/02/1872

 

08 Feb 1872

Schedule for Cunard Mail Service-Halifax-Bermuda

[Gazette 08/02/1872

 

14 Mar 1872

Postage-Stamp-Vendors

[Gazette 14/03/1872

 

21 Mar 1872

ClarksTown.Siloah-POs

[Gazette 21/03/1872

 

11 Apr 1872

Postage-Stamp-Vendors

[Gazette 11/04/1872

 

18 Apr 1872

Little London PO

[Gazette 18/04/1872

 

02 May 1872

Mails To Canada

[Gazette 02/05/1872

 

02 May 1872

Pillar Boxes

[Gazette 02/05/1872

 

02 May 1872

Mails By Railway

[Gazette 02/05/1872

 

09 May 1872

Mails By Railway

[Gazette 09/05/1872

 

11 Jul 1872

Trinidad-Grenada-Quarantine

[Gazette 11/07/1872

 

17 Oct 1872

PO-Summary-Incl Curr Rates

[Gazette-Supp 17/10/1872 ]

 

7 Nov 1872

Issue of QV CC ½d Adhesive

[Gazette 7 Nov 1872 / Bacon 1891]

 

14 Nov 1872

Postmasters-Supplied-With-Revenue-Stamps

[Gazette 14/11/1872

 

28 Nov 1872

Postmasters-Supplied-With-Revenue-Stamps

[Gazette 28/11/1872

 

12 Dec 1872

Watsons HilI PO Opened

[Gazette 12/12/1872

 

 

 

 

Link

30 Sep 1872

Post Office Annual Report, Oct 1871 to Sep1872

Gazette-Supp 24/4/1873

 

 

New inland postage rate

 

 

 

House delivery of letters and procedure for registered

 

 

 

Street Letter Boxes

 

 

 

Pacific Mail Steamship Co contract to New York

 

 

 

Kingston – Belize mail contract with RMSP

 

 

 

Mail Coaches

 

Link

15 Feb 1872

Mail Conveyance Delay Report

Gazette 15/02/1872

Link

 

Stamp Law (Revenues) Amendment

 

Link