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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: Balance of the consignment with 1) London Chartered Bank of Australasia cheque for £1500 with 17 different signatures!, sadly decrepit & affixed to backing card; 2) 1877 Bank of Australasia Second of Exchange for £200, several folds; 3) three Victorian mining lease notices, one about fine, the others defective; and two other items. (Qty 7 items)
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 - NEW SOUTH WALES: 1821 (Dec 29) "Sydney Gazette" (soiled but the enclosed Supplement is fine) & 1841 convict's "Ticket of Leave" (ghastly condition but not surprising as the felon was required to carry it at all times); plus a few other items including South Australian 1849 (Dec 20) "Government Gazette". (Qty 5 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: 1873 commission promoting Captain Henry Keane Grant of the Victorian Volunteer Force to the rank of major, signed "James Service" (the later Premier?) at lower-right & "GFBowen" (Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen) at upper-left, 'Fergusson & Mitchell Lith Melb' imprint at lower-left, three folds & minor blemishes.
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)
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: 1901 multicoloured chromo-lithographed invitation (292x230mm) to the State Reception on the evening of the opening of the first Federal Parliament by the Duke of York, affixed to a larger piece of board that has corner faults & slightly affected by foxing at the edges. A beautiful item that should be re-mounted.
AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA: another copy in Mylar protector, some very minor blemishes.