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DOCUMENTS & EPHEMERA
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: 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: 1902 City & Town of Ballaarat "illuminated address" (500x620mm) to members of the volunteer forces returning from the Boer War featuring an allegorical figure offering a laurel wreath to mounted troopers, 'FW NIVEN & CO/LITHOS' imprint at lower-right, completed by hand with the recipient's name, wafer seals of the two municipalities (one deteriorated) affixed at lower-left & signed by the two mayors, behind glass in plebeian wooden frame, the paper-backing needs repair.
SOUTH AFRICA: c.1900 "Relief/of/Ladysmtih" fabric wall-hanging (495x515mm) featuring portraits of Sir George White, Major-General French, Lord Kitchener, General Buller & Lord Roberts of Candahar [sic], some soiling/aging.
C of A - Military - World War I
1914 (Oct 26) usage of US 2c Envelope (+ 3c adhesive) to an officer aboard the German Nord Deutscher Lloyd ship SS "Thuringen" at Fremantle (WA), fine strike of the scarce 'C.M.F/RELEASED/ BY CENSOR.' h/s (P&H #5CC1.2; ERD by 2 months) in blue, readdressed in blue pencil to POW barracks on Rottnest Island. [On 26/8/1914, the "Thuringen" was captured by the "Pioneer" off Rottnest Island & brought to Fremantle. The crew were interned on Rottnest Island]
1915 stampless cover to the Red Cross in Geneva endorsed on the flap "abs Willy Baumeister Prisoner of War/Langwarrin Camp/Australia - Victoria" with Melbourne cds, 'CENSORS OFFICE/GPO/ MELBOURNE' h/s & 'PASSED' h/s all on the face, 'GENEVE' arrival b/s. [Emery at p282 states "...was principally a supply base but housed some POWs". The camp closed in 1915]
1915 double-rate commercial cover to Drysdale with Kangaroos 2½d corner pair (probably First Wmk) paying 1d x2 + 3d registration & tied by 'MILITARY CAMP/23AU15/BALLARAT' cds (ERD), registration number in lieu of label, Ballarat transit b/s, minor flap fault. Rare: this is the only registered cover we have seen from any Victorian Military Camp other than Broadmeadows. [PO 11/8/1915; closed 4/12/1916]
1919 stampless South African PPC to Belgium endorsed "OAS", very fine boxed 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE/Franked by C O'Halloran/Military Secretary AIF' h/s (Emery CA212; ERD) in violet & 'PASSED CENSOR/C 6/99' h/s in purple, view-side blemishes. [From a returning troopship]
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C of A - Military - World War II
German annotated display of POW mail from camps in Australia to Germany (8, with various postcards - one with printed 6d indicium - or lettersheets) or Italy, another used internally, & a beautiful Italian Red Cross POW postcard to an Italian POW in Australia, condition a bit mixed. Also includes four Deutsches Rotes Kreus/Präsidium letters enquiring about the whereabouts of German servicemen. An interesting lot. (Qty 11)
Packet of covers with internal forces including Northern Territory usages notably 'RAAF/PO UNIT No7' cds on Air Mail Letter Card & 'VICTORY LOAN' h/s from FPO 26 at Gowrie, & overseas including from FPO 069 at Juba River NG (Proud "NS"), boxed UPS E36 at Neureim ("NS"), 'No 6 AUST BASE PO/-C-' used at Labuan, 'FIELD POST OFFICE23MR45/ 038 ' stated to be from Sarawak but earlier than noted by Proud, also British FPO 782 in Greece (2), airmail from Biak with 5½d tied by Dutch Forces cds & taxed and 1947 'AIRFORCE PO/MOROTAI' cds (unlisted by Proud), three RAAF leave passes etc, condition variable. A handy lot requiring write-up. (Qty 120 approx)
1942 commercial airmail cover to Sydney with 3d brown x2 & straight-line 'HMAS MELVILLE' cancel, a second very fine strike on the provisional registration label plus two more across the flap where also endorsed by the sender "EC JOHNSON/HMAS PLATYPUS", 'ARMY POST OFFICE/3JY44/065' (used at Darwin) transit & Sydney arrival b/s, tombstone naval censor h/s in violet. Use of ships' names was highly irregular & contrary to military postal regulations. ["Platypus" was in Darwin Harbour when the Japanese bombed Darwin on 19/2/1942. She remained in Darwin as a training ship & later as a base ship. HMAS "Melville" was the naval shore station at Darwin]
1943 Red Cross POW Envelope with solid bar at the base, to an Australian soldier in Java, Japanese Red Cross h/s & "chop" both in magenta, a few characteristic blemishes. Very scarce POW destination. [POW mails were exchanged with the neutral Portuguese at Mozambique!!]
1945 (June) stampless Italian Red Cross POW postcard between Italian POWs in Italy & Australia, 'GENOVA FERROVIA' cds & oddly with 'PW MIDDLE/EAST 116' transit h/s in violet, 'POW CAMP/MYRTLEFORD, VIC.' h/s applied on arrival in Australia & Australian Censor h/s.
1945 stampless commercial cover to Melbourne endorsed "NSA/Timor" (= "No Stamps Available") with 'AIR FORCE PO/23OC45/ 21 ' cds. Rare: Proud records no allocations of this datestamp.
1945-48 commercial airmail covers from an Australian officer with the British Military Administration in Borneo to his wife in Melbourne with stamps of North Borneo (7, with BMA or Cypher Opts) including usages at 'VICTORIA/LABUAN' or 'MIRI', Sarawak (8, most with BMA Opts but two with unoverprinted values) including usages at Jesselton & Labuan, two with North Borneo/Sarawak combination frankings from Labuan or Jesselton, several are YMCA envelopes, condition a bit mixed. A very scarce group. (Qty 14)
1946 commercial airmail cover from an Australian soldier (endorsement on flap) to Melbourne with Indian 'FPO/No 120/6AUG46' cds used at Labuan, mss "B120 FPO" on Indian provisional registration label, Sydney transit b/s of 15AU46, minor blemishes. Rare.
1823 printed entire from Calcutta to "Lieut Coll H Stacpoole/Ceylon", largely very fine ovoid 'MADRAS' d/s & oval 'GPO/MAY/Pt Pd' h/s, very minor soiling. Early inwards mail. [The letter apologises for having to reduce interest on monies held because of "The great depreciation which the value of Money is now experiencing...[and] the depression under which the Money Market labours..."] Reasonable offers considered.
FIJI - Postal History
Batch of mostly commercial covers including several WWII NZ Forces stampless covers, 1941 with 'FIJI BOMBER FUND' label, 1944 registered to Canada with Censor X/113 label, commercial airmails, a few advertising covers etc, condition variable. (Qty 31)