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THEMATICS & TOPICALS
SCOUTING: KUT 1938 multicoloured New Year card "Our Home/at/The Outspan/Nyeri" with printed "signatures" of Lord & Lady Baden-Powell, some minor damp-spotting. Unusual.
COINS & BANKNOTES
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 - 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.
C of A - Other Pre-Decimals
1928 International Philatelic Exhibition 3d Kookaburra M/S block of 4 with even toning, mounted in margins only, plus a single M/S with Exhibition cds of 29OC28 (first day of issue) in red and another mint (missing selvedge at left) signed in selvedge by John Ash & James Murray (the Exhibition Postmaster); also 3d Kooka perf 'OS' block of 6 */** and a facsimile "proof" in dull blue on thin watermarked paper (156x116mm) with 'Hélio-Vaugirard - 1949' imprint. (Qty 7 items)
C of A - Commemorative Covers
2009 First National Philatelic Pub Crawl cover (230x162mm) with 'P' stamps featuring a full beer glass ('RAISE THE ROOF...') & then a skulled (empty) glass ('I SURVIVED...') tied by the infamous 'ONE/BASTARD/FIRKIN' pictorial datestamp, signed by noted philatelic imbibers including Martin Walker, John Walker, Arthur Bergen, John Bell, David Figg, Steve Meharry and Richard Breckon. The cover features a thoroughly sloshed vagrant who bears more than a passing resemblance to [CENSORED]. [Proceeds to the SA Philatelic Council]
C of A - Flight Covers
1937 (Aug) Crome cover with 'WAVE HILL/12AU37/N.T.' cds and fine 'MACKAY AERIAL/ RECONNAISSANCE EXPEDITION/...' h/s in blue, signed "HarryTBennett", "FNeale" & "JCPollock" AAMC #758, tiny blemishes, Cat $275+.
TASMANIA - Postal History
1836 entire headed "Hobart Town May 4th 1835" & signed "Chas Price", to London rated "4" in red for outgoing shipletter, boxed 'INDIA LETTER/DOVER' b/s in red & rated "1/-" for an incoming packetletter, 'G.P.' h/s of London in red, minor blemishes. From the period of no handstamps. [Charles Price was a prominent Congregational minister & temperance advocate. Price reached Launceston (for the second time) on 29/4/1836 so this letter is from immediately after his arrival. He speaks of asking "the Governor for a piece of ground for a Chapel...I shall leave no stone unturned to get a Chapel as soon as possible"]
1844 large-part entire headed "George Town" & signed "William Pulham", to England rated "5" - 1d for transit to Launceston + 4d for outgoing shipletter - straight-line 'SHIP-LETTER' & rated "1/8", 'YEOVIL' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [Interesting content: "...has taken the labour of the Convict population from the Settlers, and under the present probation system the prisoners are all let lose [sic] and walk about with a slip of paper called a pass and hiring themselves at not less than nine...pounds a year...Our present Governor is marrying the men and women by hundreds at a time...nothing can be worse than the conditions of this Colony..."]
1852 entire signed "HDowling" to the Cape of Good hope rated "4" in red & endorsed "paid" with 'LAUNCESTON/4NO4/1852' cds, tiny temperance tract affixed across the flap (sadly damaged on opening), untidy inwards rate marking, some internal reinforcing/repairs. An unusual destination in this period. [Henry Dowling was a Baptist minister at Launceston & an ardent advocate of teetotalism. His youngest son, also Henry, founded in 1834 the Launceston Bank for Savings]
No longer available
FRENCH POLYNESIA - Postal History
1845 brief missionary entire headed "Raiatea Jany 1 1845" & signed "George Charter", to London carried per favor to Sydney with very fine 'PAID SHIP LETTER/FE*5/1845/SYDNEY' datestamp in red & rated "3" for an outwards shipletter, London arrival b/s in red & rated "8" for an inwards shipletter. [After his service in Polynesia, George Charter went to Sydney where he continued his religious work, in 1855 becoming the first minister of the Wollongong Congregational Church]
INDIA - Flight Covers
1932 (Feb 20) Viceroy's Cup Aeroplane Race cover with Race & 'TIME IS MONEY/USE THE AIR MAIL/...' labels & Flown h/s, somewhat aged & a couple of perripheral faults. Stated only 90 carried.
1941 (Nov 21) "The Missing Link" patriotic envelope with 'BY AIR' cachet in red & signed "JWoolerton/CC Calcutta".
ROCKET MAIL: 1934 (Dec 17) with 'SEMAPHORE/STATION/SAUGOR ISLAND/...' d/s & 'BY ROCKET MAIL' h/s both in purple, red 'Shore to ship/By Rocket!" label, signed "WShenton", minor blemishes.