Saturday, 3 May 2014


Many locals know about the cast iron post box in Marrickville Road (near Lilyview Street).

Image Source: Wikipedia
 However there are at least 2 others in the district. One used to be in Canterbury Road near the Petersham shops, but it seems to have disappeared somewhere in the last 2 years.

One was removed outside Newtown Station during the revamp, and I am happy to report it has recently been reinstated.

Another is still to be seen at 398 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

These mailboxes were cast in iron and the red colour and the pattern on the top were symbolic of waratahs. The top also has a stylised waratah leaf pattern.

The Marrickville Road box is heritage listed and the database makes reference to the New Canterbury Road box (which doesn't seem to exist) and makes no mention of the Illawarra Road box.

I'd love to hear from anyone with more information about these boxes, or if you know if any others in the local area. Please leave a comment below with any information you have. I believe there is also one in Earlwood near the library and also one on the "other side of the road" at the Crn of Johnstone & Parramatta Road Annandale.


  1. What year is this Red Pillar Post box and is it still in use today.
    Gerry Coleman WA

  2. Im in the process of State Heritage listing in WA, VR 1876 penfold hexagional box still in use today 142 years. Just wondering if it is Australias oldest Penfold?


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