Sydney: Gibbs Shallard & Co, 1887. In 1886, the actual number of miles traveled by the New South Wales postmen was 6,891,200. At the close of 1886 there were 1,157 post offices in operation, and the total number of "officers of all capacities" was 12,902. New South Wales had no postal service before 1810, and the General Post Office in Sydney was not opened until 1874.
Full page color lithograph showing a mounted postman in red jacket and red trimmed cap, with mailbag across his chest, and a second postman, also in red jacket with white helmet, checking his mail. Signed by the artist at the lower left 'F. P. Mahony'; 'Drawn from life' below the image, and Gibbs, Shallard & Co. Lith. Sydney at the lower right. 10 1/4 x 15 1/2". Trove 40278325. Very good condition. Item #18726