A stamp duty revenue stamp of Tasmania used in 1892.
The Australian State of Tasmania issued adhesive revenue stamps from 1863 to 1998, although impressed stamps had appeared briefly in the 1820s. There were general revenue and stamp duty issues, as well as a number of specific issues for various taxes.
Stamp duty and Revenue issues
Tasmania’s first set of revenue stamps was issued in 1863. Four values ranging from 3d to 10/- were issued, portraying Saint George and the Dragon. The initial issue was imperforate, but some unofficial perforations were done locally. Reissues of this design, with changes in the perforation, colour or paper, appeared between 1880 and 1888. In 1880, a new design showing a platypus was issued. Initially, four values ranging from 1d to 1/- were issued, but other values were added later. Throughout the 19th century, Tasmanian postage stamps were also valid for fiscal use, while the revenues were also accepted for postal use.
In 1900, a number of the platypus and St. George revenue issues, as well as £1 postage stamps portraying Queen Victoria, were overprinted REVENUE. These overprints were made since the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia, required the separation of state taxes from the new federal postal service. Between 1913 and 1918, some of these stamps were surcharged.
A numeral design was introduced in 1904, and this remained in use until 1952 with a variety of perforations and watermarks. A number of surcharges were also issued between 1907 and 1952. The platypus design of 1880 was reintroduced in 1929, when a 1d value was printed in the same design but from a new plate. Other values, including some surcharges, were issued later on from 1930 to 1940, and they remained in use alongside the numerals until the 1950s.
From 1955 onwards, a new set of pictorials with designs showing a platypus, King William pine, and heraldic lion with a pylon. These were reissued with some minor changes in the 1960s, until they were replaced by a decimal set in 1966. The new set had designs showing a Tasmanian devil, blue gum flower, and a pylon. Revenues were phased out in the 1990s, and were withdrawn in about 1998.
Other adhesive revenues
From 1 March 1880, stamps were issued to pay for beer duty. Many of these are quite rare as they were meant to be destroyed upon use. Tasmania continued to issue beer duty stamps in various designs until 1918. In 1920, beer duty stamps of Australia began to be used, replac