An Aussie Post Box

Some of you following this blog may remember my Post Boxes. Whilst searching through the digital shoebox for something else I came across this little beauty in The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

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This post box is made by Bubb and Sons Victoria Foundry. The first street posting boxes were cast in bronze by the Bubb & Sons foundry at Pyrmont in 1856.

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Robert Bubb, born 23 June 1805 in Avening, Gloucestershire, England, migrated to Australia and established a foundry in Sydney. Victoria Iron Foundry was located at 10 Victoria Place, Sydney (the firm is listed in the Sands Directory until 1880).

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These boxes were designed by T. W. Levinge of the New South Wales Postmaster General’s Department and initially manufactured by Robert Bubb and Son of Pyrmont. The boxes were in the style of the Penfold boxes with the Acanthus leaves and bud at the top. Note this one has a vertical aperture so probably one of the earlier designs.

Apparently there is another one in the Rocks district on Hickson Street which is dated to the 1880’s-1890’s with a horizontal aperture and still in use. Other Bubb mailboxes can be found in Sydney suburbs such as Manly and Marrickville. So you Aussies out there see if you can spot one for me!

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Heyjude

I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

34 thoughts on “An Aussie Post Box”

  1. Very festive for the holiday season! I can picture greeting cards through the decades being slipped through the slot. Do you have family visiting this month??

    1. Actually took these photos just before last Christmas! Doesn’t seem a year since I arrived back from Sydney. And we will be visiting family just after Christmas so it will be quiet here as usual!

        1. Nursing hub after knee replacement surgery -it’s been time-consuming but he’s a good (impatient) patient and is recovering well. I started art journaling and re-learning my lost love of making books, along with hand-writing essays and memories. It’s a different thought process and contentment than being at the computer screen. The ‘tactile’ of various papers and ephemera is very appealing and I’m happily not judging results. I also dusted off my keyboard last month so every morning I have to choose an activity – not to mention still learning about my ‘new-ish’ camera and diving into book piles 😀 you?

          Our weather has been fabulous – great snow dumps in the mountains for skiers but warm walking weather here. Until this week – our first ‘big’ snowstorm with freezing temps. Do you get snow??

        2. You have been busy! Nice to be away from the screen though. I’m afraid I have been very lazy lately, winter makes me sloth-like. All my energy drains away. We rarely get much snow here, a few days at most, but this year is still unseasonably warm. Quite odd.

    1. A year today I arrived back home, in the cold and dark and wet! Not a happy bunny. Haven’t heard from M-R for a while, she was fighting being rehoused. She was a breath of fresh air in the blog world wasn’t she – such a stroppy beggar! In a nice way 🙂

  2. Fascinating Jude! I have never seen any such post boxes in Perth but maybe there are some in the older suburbs. Will let you know if I ever come across any! We spent the day in Fremantle as our younger daughter has just arrived for Christmas from London and we went out for lunch down there. It’s been an unusually cool December – unlike the rest of the country Perth and the South West corner has been experiencing below average temperatures. The Freo Doctor was blowing up a storm today – the winds have been really strong in recent weeks here! I think it’s due to warm up next week in time for Christmas 🙂

    1. I noticed my son and his partner wearing sweaters on a photo by the beach a week ago. Your cool is still better than our warm, although it is exceptionally warm here still! Have a great Christmas with the family 🙂

    1. Woo hoo, I found one yesterday! I was up in the Blue Mountains, escaping the new year madness in Sydney. Standing around at Echo Point in Katoomba (where the Three Sisters are), waiting for the bus, gazing around … there it was! “JR Bubb Victoria Foundry Sydney”, vertical slot, Acanthus leaves and bud at the top. 🙂

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