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NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1836 (Oct 1) front (& black-flap) with an unusually fine strike of the rare undated 'HINTON/[crown]/ N.S.W' handstamp (#C30; ERD), rated "7d" for carriage between 30 & 50 miles, GPO transit d/s, various British markings including boxed 'INDIA LETTER/DEAL' & rated "1/-" for an inwards packet letter. Rare: absent from Brian Peace's collection. PO 28/8/1835; closed 1846.
1844 part-entire to Scotland "per first ship" with light but clear strike of the rounded-boxed 'PAID AT/MAITLAND' h/s in red & oval Maitland b/s, rated "7" in red = 4d for coastal shipletter + 3d for outgoing shipletter, 'PAID SHIP LETTER/SYDNEY' d/s in red, minor blemishes. Ex Brian Peace.
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1847 outer to Scotland "p.Cressy to Bombay and thence/p. overland mail via Southampton" with fine strike of the 30mm 'GPO/SOUTH AUSTRALIA' cds in black & rated "5/4" with 'M' in same hand scored through, British transit b/s & fine 'ABERDEEN' arrival b/s, some tears etc at back where seals have been removed.
TASMANIA - Postal History
1824 (Dec 24) entire to Macquarie River with a fair - but still better-than-average - strike of the undated oval 'HOBART TOWN/VDL' handstamp, minor blemishes. [Very scarce NSW Period cover]
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]
1844 entire to "Revd H Nisbet/Samoa" headed "Rarotonga 17 Jany 1844" & signed "ABusacott", no postal markings, minor blemishes & notations (sermon notes, mostly in pencil: the page frugally re-used for this letter) on the face. Ex J Edgar Williams. A rare item: there were no missionary letters in Ed Williams' main collection. Fitzpatrick & Boulangier each had one earlier. Jensen's earliest was from 1845. [Rev Aaron (?) Busacott or "Buzacott" translated the Bible into the Rarotongan language, and was apparently quite a craftsman. He writes to Nisbet "We forward you your sofa...It is superior to any we have hitherto made, & consequently the price is higher..."]
FRENCH POLYNESIA - Postal History
1824 brief entire headed "South Seas Tahaa Nov 8th 1824" & signed "Robert Bourne" with fine 'SHIP LETTER/[crown]/1SE1/1825/LONDON' cds on the face & arrival b/s in red, rated "8" as an incoming shipletter. Ex Hilton Israelsohn. A remarkably early missionary letter from the South Seas & noted by Beslu as being the earliest recorded letter from Tahiti. [The letter took 299 days to arrive in London. The absence of a Sydney transit indicates likely carriage via Chile & around Cape Horn. This & the next 6 lots include a copy of Israelsohn's article "The Early Posts of Polynesia" in which he notes that British, not French, missionaries who arrived in the early-1800s were the first European settlers. NB: The earliest of Brian Peace's 6 pre-stamp items from Polynesia was dated 1841, fully 17 years after this item]
1833 brief entire headed "Janry 14 1833/Huahine" & signed "Chas Banff" with fine '[crown]/GENERAL POST OFFICE/18AP18/1833/SYDNEY' datestamp on the face, equally fine 'India Letter/Gravesend' b/s across the flap & London arrival b/s in red. Another very early letter. [By the time this letter reached England, Banff & John Williams had left Polynesia for Samoa where, in 1836, they were eaten by cannibals!]
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]
1846 brief entire headed "Tahiti April 28th 1846" & signed "G[eorge] Stallworthy" with fine 'PAID SHIP LETTER/AU*19/1846/SYDNEY' datestamp in red on the face & rated "3" in red for outgoing shipletter, poor but discernible Calcutta transit & London arrival b/s both in red, rated "2/2" payable by the addressee, some staining within does not affect the fine external appearance. A very later English missionary letter. [The period 1836-46 was one of bitter rivalry. In 1843, the French outraged the British when they took formal possession of Tahiti. By the end of 1846 all the British missionaries had departed]
1861 (Aug 22) entire headed "Papeite" to France with good strike of the rare double-circle 'PAPEITI/TAITI' cds, various French markings includng '9' (decimes) h/s for postage payable by the addressee, minor blemishes. [From a French marine to his father. Probably carried by British vessel to Valparaiso, then around Cape Horn to Calais. A very early letter from the French post office established at Papeeté in 1861]
INDIA - Postal History
1813 large-part entire to Calcutta with fine strike of the elaborate '[crown]/INDIA PACKET LETTER/1JY1/1813/LONDON' d/s on the face & rated "1/-" in black, fine boxed 'KING'S POST/...' rate calculation arrival h/s across the flap.
1823 lengthy cross-written entire to Edinburgh with fine strikes of the intaglio 'Post/Moongy/Paid' h/s & 37mm 'CALCUTTA/7MARCH/1823GENL POST OFFICE' cds in red both on the flap plus double-circle 'CALCUTTA/18__/GENERAL POST OFFICE' on the face, largely fine strikes of the boxed 'SHIP LETTER/ISLE OF WIGHT' h/s & Scottish '˝' h/s, minor blemishes. A remarkable group of postal markings.
1827 large-part entire in French to Calcutta with fine strike of the boxed 'KEDGEREE/POST OFFICE/SHIPLETTER' h/s & rounded-boxed 'CALCUTTA/GPO/28OC28/1827' d/s in red both on the reverse, minor blemishes.
1840 (May 6) entire to France with boxed 'INDIA' h/s & boxed 'STEAM POSTAGE/...' rate calculation b/s both in red, two neat disinfection slits, rated "16" (decimes). [Posted on the official date of issue of the world's first postage stamp, the "Penny Black"]
NEW ZEALAND - Postal History