Ballaarat Steam Engine Postage Paid Envelope


Ballaarat Steam Engine Postage Paid Envelope

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  • Marking 150 years of the oldest surviving steam locomotive built in Australia
  • Post to anywhere within Australia

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The Ballaarat Steam Engine postage paid envelope (PPE) features a photograph image of the famous steam engine in the postage paid area of the envelope.

  • Envelope size: 220mm x 110mm (width x height)
  • Release date: 13 August 2021

Ballaarat is the oldest surviving Australian-built steam locomotive and the first steam locomotive to operate in Western Australia. Built in 1871 in Ballarat (then “Ballaarat”), Victoria, commissioned by the WA Timber Company, it hauled timber around the Wonnerup area until 1888. In 1925, Ballaarat was donated to the Municipality of Busselton, which offered it to the WA Museum, Perth. Considered too expensive to restore, it was stored at Midland Junction. In 1929, after a coat of paint, Ballaarat featured in the state’s centenary parade. Around 1934, community members and councillors lobbied the Commissioner for Railways to return the engine to Busselton. It arrived back in 1937 and was placed in a park, where children clambered over it for decades. Between 2012 and 2017, Ballaarat was lovingly restored by community volunteers. It sits proudly on display at Railway House in the Busselton Jetty Precinct.

Cover design: Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio

Photographs: Rail Heritage WA collection, P4717 (front); City of Busselton (stamp area)

This envelope is prepaid for one posting to any destination within Australia, delivered in accordance with the timetable applicable to the ordinary letter service at the time of posting, as published by Australia Post from time to time. When posted, the envelope is not to exceed 50 grams in weight or 5 millimetres in thickness. Full terms and conditions relating to postage prepaid envelopes and more information about the timetable are available at

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This service has no compensation for loss or damage as Australia Post has no liability pursuant to section 34 of the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989.

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