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Post Office Act, No. 44 of 1958

Long title


To consolidate the laws relating to the Post Office and matters incidental thereto.


Table of contents

SECTION TITLE

1. Definitions.
CHAPTER I. POWERS AND RIGHTS OF THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL
2. Administration and control of the department
3. Postmaster-General to prescribe fees, etc., for services rendered
4. Postmaster-General may enter into mail contracts
5. Ocean mail contracts and discouragement of shipping combinations
6. Ocean mail contract to be ratified by Parliament
7. Exclusive privilege of Postmaster-General
8. Agreement with local governing bodies, etc., for special postal facilities
9. Conveyance of mails by railway or trainway
10. Conveyance of postal officers
11. Postal officers, vehicles, mails etc., exempt from tolls
12. Postal officers vehicles, etc., to have precedence in public streets, etc.
CHAPTER II. TRANSMISSION OF POSTAL ARTICLES
13. Rates of postage
14. Transmission without payment
15. Petitions to Governor-General and Parliament exempt from postage
16. Definition of newspaper and supplement thereto
17. Registration of newspaper with Postmaster-General
18. Newspapers published outside Union
19. Letters to have precedence over other articles in certain circumstances
20. Regulation of postal articles
21. Insurance of postal articles
22. When postal articles deemed to be in course of transmission. or to be posted or delivered
23. Redirection and interception of postal articles
24. Articles deemed to be posted in contravention of Act
25. Articles to be sent by postmasters to returned letter office for disposal
26. Articles subject to customs duty
27. Articles other than letters may be opened for examination
28. Treatment of unclaimed letters in returned letter office
29. Unclaimed articles of value and articles posted in contravention of Act
30. Sender of undelivered article liable for all charges due thereon
31. Delay in transmission, return to sender or delivery to other than addresses of article prohibited
32. Undelivered articles of no value and newspapers may be destroyed
33. Articles addressed to insolvent persons
34. Articles addressed to deceased persons
35. Articles addressed to persons conducting lottery or dealing in indecent or obscene matter
36. Notice of departure of vessels
37. Masters of vessels to convey mails tendered to them
38. Masters of vessels to afford facilities for dealing with articles posted on board|
39. Payment for conveyances of mails by non-contract vessels
40. Custody of mails on board vessels
41. Mails and gratuity to be returned if vessel does not depart according to notice given
42. Letters arriving by vessel to be delivered to post office by master
43. Declaration to be made by masters on arrival of mails
44. Penalty for retention by any person on board a vessel of letter which should have been delivered to post office
45. Vessels not to report, etc., until declaration signed by master
CHAPTER III. REMITTANCE AND COLLECTION OF MONEY THROUGH POST OFFICE
46. Remittance of money through department
47. Postmaster-General may refuse to issue or pay money orders, postal orders, etc. to certain persons
48. Collection of money through department
49. Manner of making demand for money to be collected through department
50. Presentation of prescribed document for collection of money to e of same force as legal demand
51. Money orders etc., to be deemed bank notes, etc., in the case of forger or theft and unissued postal orders deemed public money
CHAPTER IV. POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANK
52. Constitution of Savings Bank
53. Limits of deposits
54. Deposits for minors, or in the name of married women
55. Deposits by certain societies
56. Interest
57. Method of obtaining repayments
58. Trust deposits
59. Repayments in event of depositor or trustee becoming insane
60. Repayment in event of death of trustee or person on whose behalf amount was deposited
61. Method of dealing with deposits in case of depositor’s death
62. Payment of deposits to representatives of illegitimate depositors
63. Account of deposits distributed under section 59, 61 or 62 to be forwarded to the Master
64. Settlement of certain disputes in regard to deposits
65. Secrecy to be observed
66. Accounts of deposits to be kept and moneys paid to Public Debt Commissioners for investment
67. Accounts to be laid before Parliament by Postmaster-General
68. Expenses of working bank to be paid out of money provided by Parliament
69. Amounts standing to credit of any depositor may be paid into revenue if no deposit or withdrawal made during period of fifteen years
70. Transfer of deposits from another country
71. Deposits to have security of revenue
72. Issue of certificates to Savings Bank depositors
73. Certificates may only be issued to depositors in Savings Bank and not to be transferable
74. Fee in respect of each certificate
75. Certificates to be signed by responsible officer and countersigned by the Postmaster-General
76. Rate of interest on certificates
77. Savings Bank certificate repayable on notice
CHAPTER V. TELEGRAPHS
78. Postmaster-General to have exclusive privilege in respect of telegraphs
79. Postmaster-General may take over private lines after notice
80. Right of entry and to construct lines across any lands, etc.
81. Lines may be laid under streets, etc.
82. Compensation for injury to property
83. Removal of lines at request of local authority or other person
84. Gates in fences
85. Animals to be allowed grazing and water
86. Trees obstructing telegraph lines
87. Height or depth of lines
88. Person establishing electrical works to conform to certain requirements of Postmaster-General
89. Order of transmission of telegrams
90. Telegrams which may be refused transmission
CHAPTER VI. OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
91. Forging, etc. of stamps, dies, etc
92. Removing marks from stamps, etc., with intent to defraud
93. Negligence or intoxication wile in charge of mail, false report of assault, and irregularly receiving, conveying, or delivering of postal articles
94. Fraudulent, injurious and offensive practices in connection with postal articles and premises
95. Placing of anything dangerous, filthy, noxious or deleterious in or against any post office, and theft of or stopping with intent to rob any mail or postal article
96. Irregular opening of or tampering with mail or irregular destruction, secretion or opening of postal articles
97. Wilfully obstructing or delaying mail
98. Wilful opening or delay by any person other than officer of postal article or telegram addressed to another person
99. Unauthorized use of words “Post Office”, “Royal Mail”, etc.
100Unauthorized entry of premises, obstruction of course of business, and refusal to comply with regulations issued by Postmaster-General
101Fraudulent issue or presentation or sending of communications regarding money orders, postal orders, etc.
102Personating officers of the department with fraudulent intent
103False declarations
104Theft, destruction, forging or alteration of telegrams
105Divulging contents of telegram
106Erection of telegraph lines without authority
107Injury to telegraph lines, etc., and arrest of offenders
18Accidental or negligent injury to telegraph lines, etc.
109Attempting to commit or procuring commission of offences
110Penalty for offences for which no special penalty provided
111Postmaster-General may settle certain cases
112In criminal proceedings, etc., property in postal articles, moneys, money orders, etc., may be laid in Postmaster-General
113Evidence: acceptance of official marks
114Deputy may appear for Postmaster-General
CHAPTER VII. MISCELLANEOUS
115Non-liability of department
116Documents prescribed to be exempt from all duties
117Moneys received to form part of postal revenue
118Detention of postal articles and telegrams suspected of being concerned with crimes or offences and handing over of same to public prosecutor on authority of Attorney-General, etc.
119Imprisonment where fine is not paid
120Regulation of manner of export of unwrought gold, etc.
121Officers to take oath
122Repeal of laws
123 Short title
1st Sch. FIRST SCHEDULE. [sic - no title] [s121]
2nd Sch. SECOND SCHEDULE. LAWS REPEALED [s122]
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