Discover the meaning of terms used throughout this website.
Easy to reach or use.
A bank statement, bill or payment.
Sticky or tacky, such as the back of a sticker or stamp.
- Air Mail:
International mail that is transported overseas by air.
- Air race:
A race in which entrants compete to fly from one destination to another in the shortest possible time.
The feeling of waiting for or expecting something.
Something important that is useful and desired.
The unnatural or sudden appearance of something.
A series of black lines and spaces of different widths which can be scanned to identify an item.
- Barcode sorting:
Machines that sort according to a barcode.
- Basic postal rate:
The cost of sending a domestic, standard, envelope within Australia (currently 60 cents).
A numerical term for one thousand million: 1,000,000,000.
- Bleriot XI:
An aircraft named after its pilot, Louis Blériot, who was the first man to fly across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft.
The transmission of sound or images to an audience, such as on television or the radio.
Worked out mathematically or something which is done deliberately or with very careful planning.
When stamps or money are newly released, they are said to be going into circulation. This describes their movement between places and people.
- Coat of arms:
A collection of images, often on a shield, that represents a person, family or country.
- Cobb & Co:
A company that made coaches to transport mail and people.
- Colombian state of Bolivar:
One of the original states in the north of Colombia, South America. It no longer exists and its land has since been split between other states.
Relating to the colonies (early settlements in Australia).
Early British settlements in Australia.
To celebrate and remember.
Something that remembers, celebrates or pays tribute to an event or person.
Something that is not optional ie it must be done.
A person who performs a particular service for a fee.
Not agreed upon and leads to differences in opinion.
- Conveyor belt:
A surface that moves items along its path. Much like the counters at supermarket checkouts where you place your groceries.
A person who was found guilty of a crime and was sent overseas to complete their sentence. Jails in England were often so full they could not hold any more prisoners.
Without wasting money.
Someone who makes their wares themselves, eg a carpenter is a craftsperson who makes things from wood.
Reduced, or not as many.
- Delivery points:
Places to which items are delivered.
A place where someone or something is going.
No longer in use.
A regular-sized envelope that is designed to fit the width of an A4 sheet of paper.
Mail sent within Australia or interstate.
Quickly and without wasting time.
Get rid of.
When words or an image have been carved onto the hard surface of an object.
Makes certain that something will (or will not) happen.
Marked or scratched into a surface. The resulting etching can then be used to create prints of an image.
An event to show or display items or products.
Something that might burst or explode, such as fireworks or a bomb.
- Express Post:
This post is assured of arriving very quickly.
Far-reaching or wide.
Buildings or outdoor areas designed and constructed to suit a particular role or function.
A building or outdoor area designed and built to be used for a particular role or function.
When the six separate Australian colonies joined together to form one nation.
Relating to money.
Something that can be set on fire or burns easily.
- Flats mail optical character reader:
A machine that sorts large, flat letters.
Before, ahead of, or the first.
Can refer to wealth or riches as well as luck or chance.
Assured or certain.
A central location where important tasks are carried out.
An abbreviation of "high technology" that describes technology that is advanced and modern.
Someone or something that is paid respect.
Something that is against the law.
Relates to an Empire or an association with royalty.
To be native to a country or place. Every country has indigenous plants, animals and people.
The creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas.
When something is installed it is prepared for use.
Set up for use. This term can refer to machinery, or even computer programs. It means that they have been prepared and are ready to use.
To do with two or more countries.
Disrupts or cuts-off.
Something that has been newly created or thought up.
A person or place that is hard to reach or very far away from other people or places.
- Laser beam eye:
The laser beam that reads the address on an envelope or parcel.
An outstanding or exceptional person who will live on in history.
A soft, silver metal that is very light. Lithium is used in batteries, among other things. It is a highly flammable element that is unsafe to transport by air.
The main land mass of a country. For example, New South Wales is part of mainland Australia, but Tasmania is separated from the mainland by sea.
Mechanical or robotic.
Relating to the city. In contrast, rural refers to farming or outback areas.
An aircraft with one main set of wings.
- Multi-line optical character reader:
A laser that is able to read the address on envelopes or parcels and translate this information onto a barcode so that it can be read by other machines.
All of Australia, or any other country.
Connections between people, places or objects.
An Australian term for the bush, wilderness or desert areas.
A travel route that is over land, rather than sea or air.
High or busiest. A peak on a mountain is the highest point, and peak time is the busiest time of the year.
A low-value coin that is equivalent to one cent or one hundredth of a pound.
Specifically for, or altered to suit, a particular person.
Short for picosecond; one trillionth of a second.
Something that is done for the first time or in a new way.
People such as the early settlers, who were the first to live in the colonies of the new world.
- Postage paid:
Often stamped on a pre-paid envelope. This type of envelope has already been paid for and does not require a stamp.
A mark printed over a stamp so that it cannot be reused. It also shows the date of posting.
An early term for a man who was in charge of running a Post Office.
An early term for a woman who was in charge of running a Post Office.
The possibility of developing into something.
Already paid for. For example, letters must now be pre-paid before they are sent, rather than paid for upon delivery.
An envelope that already has a stamp on it.
Organising, taking in or sorting.
If something is quarantined it is kept completely by itself in a secure place. Items that might be quarantined include food and animal products from overseas. This is to stop foreign diseases and pests entering Australia.
Something that might release radiation. Radiation is known to be harmful to the human body.
Slips of paper that detail purchase information including the cost of an item or service.
A way of recording details of something. For example, you must register cars and pets.
Can be counted on.
Far away or distant areas that might be isolated.
The sale of goods.
A path or passage that travellers follow from one place to another.
Areas outside large cities.
A unit of money that was once used in Britain. It is still used in a few British colonies.
- Signet rings:
A ring with an impression or mark on its surface that can be pressed into wax as a signature, or to seal a letter.
"Short Message Service" messages that can be sent from mobile phones.
Relates to society or relationships.
- Standard letter:
A letter in a standard envelope.
Up-to-date and modern, the best possible.
Different types of technology.
Sending information over long distances using technologies such as electricity, telegraph, telephone, radio, television and satellites.
- Telegraph / Telegram:
An old way of communicating where a message could be sent over long distances by electrical currents or Morse code. The message was often called a telegram.
Can refer to culture or customs, something that has been passed down through generations.
Money exchanged for an item or service.
Moved to somewhere, or onto something.
- Transport Connections:
Transport that will move mail to its final destination.
- Tray management:
A computer-operated system that transports letter trays on an overhead conveyor belt.
- Universal mail service:
A mail service that is accessible to everyone.
Not tied up, or behind a fence.
Expensive or important.
People who purposely damage property.
An area of land that is neglected, bare, empty or useless.