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Displaying 8 Lots in Category - Pre-Stamp Mail
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
Early trio to England comprising 1841 entire with fair strike of the boxed 'BRAIDWOOD/POST PAID' h/s in red; 1856 cover with Imperf Laureates 3d x2 and very fine '3' h/s in red; and 1857 mourning cover with defective Imperf Diadem 6d. (Qty 3)
1838 pre-stamp entire to "GRNichols/Sydney" with GPO arrival b/s & very fine '2' h/s for the postage due, the letter headed "Sydney Gaol" & signed "John Fynn" who requests Nichols to visit him regarding his case, minor soiling/toning. [George Robert (Bob) Nichols was the son of the first Sydney postmaster Isaac Nichols. In 1833 he became the first Australian-born solicitor. He later had a distinguished legislative career]
1841 entire to England with fair strike of the rounded-boxed 'GOULBURN/POST PAID' handstamp in red, rated "1/1" in red (faded) & "8" in black, oval 'GOULBURN/NEW.S.WALES' & Sydney b/s, 'BRISTOL/SHIP LETTER' h/s unusually on the face, a bit soiled. [The writer states "...they were attacked by the Blacks...the number of Blacks they supposed to be 500, & only 13 or 14 White Men...all got away...but one & the Blacks carried him off on their Backs & left him for Dead, but he recovered & had nothing but a Dogs Tongue to eat for 5 Days...I hear that Government at home talk of bringing them [the aborigines] under the Law he may as soon catch the Old Hares at home & learn them to Talk..." The writer, "Arthur Bush", may have been a convict: he writes "Brother Jere[miah]... expect his liberty next December..."]
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1842 entire to the Congregational Church in London rated "8d" & with a largely very fine strike of the huge '[crown]/GENERAL POST OFFICE/ADELAIDE/SA/4JY4/1842' on the reverse, wax-stain on the face. [Harry Lower's entire with the same d/s of April 1842 sold for $834 at our auction of 12/5/2007]
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TASMANIA - Postal History
1853 (May 9) entire to London with fine 'LAUNCESTON/10MY10/1853' cds on the face, rated "4" in red & "8" in black, arrival b/s of 20AU20/1853, ironed-out filing folds. [Carried on the "Yarra Yarra" to Melbourne to connect with the first voyage of the "Harbinger" out of Melbourne 16/5/1853, arriving Southampton 18/8/1853. After the Australian Royal Mail SNCo's packet service collapsed, the General Steam Navigation Co sent 3 ships, including "Harbinger", to NSW to demonstrate their ability to operate a packet service]
1778 entire headed "Gibraltar 9th July 1778" to England rated "8" & with a light 'AU/1' "Bishop Mark" arrival b/s, soiled. [The writer "John Smith" writes "Twelve hundred Private & Sixty Officers are quartered on the Inhabitants...till a war will be declared, and as by every appearance that is near at hand..."]
Straits Settlements: 1847 entire to "Amoy/care of/Messrs Russell & Co/Canton" endorsed "p Braganza" with largely fine strike of the boxed 'PENANG/18 March /Bearing ' d/s (no year & no postage due entered) & rated "1/-" (?), very fine 'HONG-KONG' transit b/s, the flap endorsed "Should Captain Graves not/be at Canton Messrs Russell & Co/will please forward this letter/to Manila", a couple of light ironed-out filing creases.
SOUTH AFRICA - (Provinces)
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE: 1852 & 1853 outers with forgeries of the oval 'PORT ELIZABETH/MAY 24 1852/TO PAY' d/s (superb!) & 'PORT ELIZABETH/AUGT 29 1853/PAID' d/s (fine). (Qty 2)