George Chetwynd (post office)

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George Chetwynd (1824 – 3 December 1882)[1] was the Receiver and Accountant General of the British Post Office.[2] He conceived of the Postal Order in 1874 though it was 1 January 1881 before the first "post office notes" finally went on sale.[2] Chetwynd's scheme was so successful that when the scheme started, around 1.5 million noted were printed by Bradbury Wilkinson but another million had to be printed by the end of 1881.[3]

He died at Blackheath, London, aged 58.[1]