Sunday, July 19, 2015

Closing of Belle Rose Post Office & Opening of Trianon Post Office

The Mauritius Post released on 6 October 2014 a Special Envelope to mark the closing of Belle Rose Post Office (PO) and the opening of a new Post Office at the Trianon Shopping Park.

Belle Rose PO opened on 16 March 1948. Belle Rose is a locality in the city of Quatre Bornes and is stuck between the city of Rose Hill, the recently-founded cybercity of Ebène and another small locality, Trianon.

Priority mail sent from Belle Rose PO on 8 February 2005
Mail registered on 14 July 2008 with Advice of Delivery (AR)

Mail registered on 24 May 2013...
...with barely legible datestamp
Mail registered on 22 August 2014 with illegible datestamp.

The Belle Rose Type D circular datestamp was visibly in a very poor state and clearly needed some well-deserved rest...

Following the closing of Belle Rose PO on 4 August 2014, all postal and non-postal services were transferred to the new Trianon PO which opened to the public on 6 October 2014.

Belle Rose must not be confused with Rose Belle which is a village in the south-east of Mauritius.

Mail registered on 12 July 2013 at Rose Belle PO

Official inauguration of the Trianon PO was held on 9 October 2014, World Post Day, in the presence of Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, the then Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Arnaud Godère, the then Chairman of the Mauritius Post, and Giandev Moteea, the Chief Executive Officer of the Mauritius Post.

Commercial mail registered at the Trianon PO on 13 November 2014

Circular Type D datestamp of the Trianon PO with 'S.P' standing for 'Shopping Park'. Observant philatelists would have noticed the missing dot after the 'P'

The Trianon PO is the first one to be opened in a shopping mall in Mauritius.

Many Postal Agencies (PAs) used to operate in grocery shops (locally known as 'la boutik') such as Henrietta PA at a general store and La Louise PA at a bakery since 1969 until their closing on  17 August 2011 and in December 2012 respectively.

Albion PA currently operates in a supermarket.

Technical Details

Release date: 6 October 2014
Stamps: stamp-style pictures of Belle Rose PO (left) and Trianon PO (right)