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Displaying 1 - 20 of 273 Lots in Category - Australia, Commonwealth of
British Commonwealth predominantly used collections to 2002 in Stanley Gibbons one-country albums with Australia from 1913 in two volumes; Great Britain from 1840s in 4 volumes with QV to 5/- (2), KGV 1913-19 Seahorses to 10/- plus Re-Engraved trio; New Zealand from 1855 in 2 volumes; Canada from 1859 in 3 volumes. The collections are generally sparse or patchy to 1960s with the early material in very mixed condition, however the 1970s to mid-1990s issues show a better degree of completion. The albums alone are worth a fair proportion of the estimate. (Qty 1000s)
British Commonwealth disorganised accumulation in stockbooks with unmounted Australia including sets, M/Ss, complete sheets, stamp packs and booklets; Great Britain & Channel Islands and New Zealand sets & M/Ss; plus Australian Territories, British Antarctic Territory, Canada & Tokelau sets; also some used/CTO stamps. Huge initial cost. (Qty 1000s)
AUSTRALIA: 1930s Eyre Peninsula Airways Ltd "The Fastest Way" label in black/yellow block of 4, the last unit with Dark Globe variety Frommer #24b, lower units unmounted, Cat $750+.
AUSTRALIA: 1996 Wetlands Conservation $15 Ducks x4 M/S for Taipei Exhibition, set of imperforate colour separation proofs on gummed paper, unmounted. Reasonable offers considered. (Qty 7 M/Ss)
AUSTRALIA - NEW SOUTH WALES: 1930s (?) NSW Railways perforated poster stamps on thick gummed paper, all-different & of various sizes, lightly mounted. (Qty 9)
COINS & BANKNOTES
AUSTRALIA: 1984-2001 RAM Uncirculated Coin sets complete, also uncirculated $1 (13) and $5 (4) coin packs, etc. (Qty Qty)
AUSTRALIA: c.1860 Hopwood's Ferry (Echuca) "One Pound" note (240x139mm) drawn on Wm Nicholson & Co at Melbourne, signed "JMcManus" at the base but unused, light vertical fold & a few minor blemishes still remarkably fine. aEF. A great rarity of Australian Colonial banknotes. [In the early 1850s Henry Hopwood, a former convict in NSW & Van Diemen's Land, acquired a punt on the Murray River & established the settllement that was later named Echuca. By buying out his competitors & building a pontoon bridge, Hopwood acquired a monopoly on local inter-Colonial trade. The illustration on the note's reverse is of both the punt and the bridge]
DOCUMENTS & EPHEMERA
AUSTRALIA: 1855 Tallis photo-lithographed map (366x272mm) showing Victoria as 'Australia Felix' & Queensland as 'Cookland'! being a 1988 reproduction, small fault at upper-right; also 1932 London Geographical Institute map showing the Northern Territory divided into the short-lived administrative districts of 'North Australia' & 'Central Australia', a couple of folds. (Qty 2 items)
AUSTRALIA - TASMANIA: 1832-34 issues of the Hobart Town broadsheet "The Colonist" from Vol 1 No 6 (10/8/1832) to Vol 3 No 92 (8/4/1834) bound together but removed from the original volume, some faults but internally generally respectable. A wealth of social and mercantile content: researchers wanted.
AUSTRALIA - TASMANIA: 1849 Convict Pardon on vellum (316x193mm) for William Sweeney - sentenced in 1840 at Limerick (Ireland) to 10 years transportation - conditional upon him not returning to the United Kingdom until the original sentence expired, signed by the Lieutenant-Governor "WDenison" & with a largely fine impression of the Colonial Seal affixed & wafered at lower-left, unusually without the convict's details completed on the reverse, vertical folds otherwise remarkably fine.
AUSTRALIA - TASMANIA: c.1850 police pass with printed 'Police Office [arms] ____' with space for the office name stating 'The bearer _______ a Prisoner, holding a Ticket-of-Leave, has Permission to pass this Day...', pro forma for the bearer's identification details printed on the reverse, complete with the counterfoil and remarkably fine unused. [A similar used item of 1839 sold for $1437 at our auction of 5/12/2009]
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: Newspapers comprising broadsheet editions of "Portland Guardian" (5/2/1878, 28/9/1880 & 26/1/1886) and "Ballarat Courier" (2/6/1902), awful condition but rare. (Qty 4 items)
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: 1838 (Jan 8) "The Melbourne Advertiser" Vol 1 No 2 4pp hand-written!! foolscap pamphlet with shipping and trade notices, advertisements for Fawkner's Hotel (the first in Melbourne) & Fawkner's Library etc, also with a lengthy report "Particulars of the Murder of Constable Tomkins" including a correction to an error is issue #1, minor splitting at the fold reinforced with archival tape. A rare & remarkable social document of great historical merit. [This, the first Victorian newspaper, was published by the great self-promoter John Pascoe Fawkner. The first nine issues were handwritten. When type & a press arrived from Hobart Town he continued to publish weekly, until the paper was suppressed because Fawkner had no licence]
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: 1854 (Dec 3) government notice (440x560mm) headed 'Government Camp, Ballarat' over 'Robt Rede/Resident Commissioner' and stating "Her Majesty's Forces were this Morning fired upon by a large body of evil-disposed persons of various nations, who had entrenched themselves in a Stockade on the Eureka, and some Officers and Men killed or wounded...", some faults and repairs, starkly framed which is quite appropriate for a document of such gravity. ÞÞProspecting goldminers were required to pay hefty licence fees that generated widespread resentment. Demands for repeal of the licence fees, & for all males to have the vote, escalated. A group of 500+ miners under Peter Lalor barricaded themselves on the Eureka Diggings. This brought a brutal response from the military who attacked the Eureka Stockade on 3rd December. The fighting was intense but was over inside 20 minutes. 25 diggers & 5 soldiers were killed. However, public sentiment for the miners was so strong that none of the 13 sent to trial for treason was convicted. A Royal Commission resulted in all the miners' grievances being addressed. The male franchise was extended & Peter Lalor was elected the first parliamentarian for Ballarat. This notice is a poignant reminder of a pivotal moment in Australian history, regarded by many as the birth of the Australian identity.
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: 1854 (Dec 6) government notice on linen (395x538mm) stating "Recent events at the Mines at Ballaarat render it necessary for all true subjects of the Queen...to assist in preserving Social Order...Anarchy and confusion must ensue unless...", John Ferres Government Printer imprint at the foot, some thread-degradation at right and overall soiling/aging but quite presentable. An excellent partner for the previous lot. [Martial law for the diggings was declared on 6th December, the only time this measure has been introduced in Australia]
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: 1854 (Dec 11) government notice on linen (372x470mm) offering an enormous reward of £500 for the capture of the German Frederick Vern, one of the Eureka Stockade leaders who had escaped during the fighting, soiled/stained & with several holes. Despite the poor condition, this is a highly evocative artefact. [The reward was the highest posted for any of the Eureka participants. Vern was not captured but returned to Ballarat after the abortive trials. In 1856 he was imprisoned in Ballarat for 3 months for "rioting"]
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: Chinese newspapers published on the Ballarat Goldfields comprising "Chinese Advertiser" (14/6/1856 & 21/6/1856) & the successor "The English & Chinese Advertiser" (28/11/1857), awful condition but rare. (Qty 3 items)
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: Five illustrations of Ballarat streetscapes enlarged (?) as modern transparencies (455x315mm), two "signed" "FCogné". Provenance & status unknown. [Francois Cogné (1823-89) was an accomplished illustrator whose local 1850s drawings & paintings grace major Australian galleries] (Qty 5)
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: c.1900 (?) two different multicoloured lithographs being cartoons of four card-players (310+x240+mm) both with 'TROEDEL & CO LITH' imprint at lowerr-left, ironed-out central folds & neatly framed. [Troedel & Co printed Victoria's earliest PTPO Postcal Cards] (Qty 2 items)
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: 1901 multicoloured chromo-lithographed invitation (360x292mm) to the "Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth/By his Royal Highness/The Duke of Cornwall and York" (later King George V), a few minor blemishes & a small fault at upper-right, with the slightly larger 'COMMONWEALTH CELEBRATIONS' envelope with printed 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Frank, both laminated. (Qty 2 items)