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NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1841 (Mar 15) entire headed "Chumsleigh Port MacQuarie" & signed "Benjn D Wemyss" (?), to Scotland with fair strike of the octagonal 'PORT/MACQUARIE/PAID' h/s in red & oval d/s, 'SHIP LETTER/SYDNEY' cds in red on the face, London & Edinburgh transit b/s, a few minor blemishes. [The lengthy partly cross-written contents allude to the economic depression of 1840 "...farming here at present will not pay...reduced the price of Wheat from 10/- to 4/- a bushel", complains about the easy lot of men with capital but "...some men that were thought to be worth their thousands on thousands won't pay 10/- in the pound. their is a great dirth of money at Sydney", and "...Labourers & Mechanics are much wanted here and get high wages..."]
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1845 large-part outer with fair rounded-boxed 'NEW CASTLE/POST PAID' h/s in red & oval 'NEWCASTLE/ NEW.S.WALES' d/s, oval GPO arrival b/s.
1848 local envelope signed by "GH FitzRoy" & with 'PRIVATE SECRETARY/[crown]/NEW SOUTH WALES' impressed in wax on the flap, with an unusually fine & largely legible strike of the GPO seal impressed on the face, light Sydney cds & boxed ' 6 /OCLOCK' h/s. An unusually fine example of the world's first Postal Stationery item. [George FitzRoy was the son of the Governor (1848-54), who appointed him his Personal Secretary]
1849 (Jan 26) entire headed "Boyd Plain" & signed "Wm Mitchell Boyd", to Scotland with worn strike of the rounded-boxed 'PAID AT/ARMIDALE' h/s & rare postmaster's manuscript endorsement "Armadale/Jany 31 49" [sic] on the reverse, Sydney & London transit & Edinburgh arrival b/s, repaired tear on the flap.
1849 entire to Somerset "Per Penyard Pack" with octagonal 'WINDSOR/POST PAID' h/s in red & oval 'WINDSOR/ NEW.S.WALES' b/s, oval 'PAID SHIP LETTER/SYDNEY' d/s in red, London transit & superb 'BATH' arrival b/s.
New South Wales Postal History - Registered Mail
1851 entire headed "Sofala/River Turon/15 8 51" to England, carried outside the posts to Sydney where fine strikes of the scarce ovoid 'PAID/OC*11/1851/SYDNEY' d/s & italicised 'Registered/Sydney' h/s both in red were applied, rated "1/-" in red & on arrival "3/2" in black, fine 'CARLISLE' arrival cds in blue-black, readdressed with superb 'MARYPORT' arrival b/s in blue, minor soiling. A very early goldmining letter. [The writer states "After all my thoughts of California I am at the diggings but in Australia....it is a friend going to Sydney who will post this. In it you will find specimens of gold from the diggings here obtained by myself...we cannot trust the post here...last month I made £56...there are thousands here and claims are scarce..."]ÞÞIn early 1851, Edward Hargraves was credited with discovering gold in the Bathurst region and claimed the large reward offered by the NSW Government as the first man to do so. By May the first Australian gold rush was in full swing. Sofala was one of the first goldmining towns in Australia: the PO opened 16/8/1851 - the day after this letter was written. Goldmining letters from this earliest period are rare & highly desirable. Acquired for $6037 at a Sydney auction in 2004.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1840 entire headed "Adelaide 5 May 1840" to Scotland carried privately to Sydney where placed into the mails, superb 'PAID SHIP LETTER/[crown]/MY*27/1840/SYDNEY' d/s in red, rated "3" in red for an outgoing shipletter, British boxed 'SHIP LETTER' h/s & London b/s both in red, rated "8" in black for an inwards shipletter, boxed Glasgow arrival b/s, two vertical filing folds. A very early "outside the mails" letter from South Australia.
1844 outer to Ireland "per Duke of Sussex" with a light but largely fine strike of the undated double-circle 'POST OFFICE/[lion & crown]/ADELAIDE' h/s, rated "Paid 1/3" for an outwards shipletter weighing between 2oz & 2½oz (3d per ½oz), straight-line 'SHIP-LETTER' b/s in black, London b/s in red & rated "2/8" for a quadruple-rate inwards shipletter, diamond transit of Dublin in red & 'LIMERICK' arrival b/s, remarkably fine for an overweight letter. Ex John Griffiths (Lot 1) and Michael Blake.
TASMANIA - Postal History
1845 1847 & 1851 entires endorsed "Money Letter" all to Launceston with postmasters' endorsements "Port Sorell" (on the reverse), "C Head" of Circular Head or "Geo Town" of George Town. [Tasmania was the only Colony that used the term "Money Letter" instead of "Registered"] (Qty 3)
THE 1835 NEW SOUTH WALES ACT: 1843 (Aug 18) entire to George Town (VDL) with fine strike of the boxed 'PAID AT/PORTLAND' h/s in red & endorsed "Registered" also in red, rated "3" in red for a single letter & "5" in black for inwards shipletter to a country town, repaired tear into the address. Ex Max Watson: acquired for $1092. [This is possibly the earliest recorded cover from Portland PO, which opened 4/12/1841] ÞÞPre-payment of postage was optional. However, the 6d fee for registration had to be paid in cash to the postmaster, who was entitled to retain the fee as a perquisite of his office.
THE 1835 NEW SOUTH WALES ACT: 1845 (Feb 10) OHMS entire headed "Yalla Le Pourra" (?) to the Supreme Court with unusually fine 'FIERY CREEK/[crown]/12FE/1845PORT PHILLIP' b/s (ERD) across the flap, rated "10" in black - for carriage between 121 & 170 miles - & endorsed "Registered" in red but the 6d fee not indicated. Ex Ray Kelly and Michael Silvasich: acquired for $1840. [With the enclosed employer's reference. This is the earliest recorded cover from Fiery Creek: PO 1/9/1844; renamed Streatham 1/1/1854]
THE 1835 NEW SOUTH WALES ACT: 1849 (May 12) entire to London endorsed "Registered" in red with fair 'PORTLAND/NEW.S.WALES' b/s, British 'SHIP-LETTER' h/s, rated "1/6" but scored-through & re-rated "3/2". Registered mail in this period to overseas addresses is very scarce. Ex Rod Moreton. [Interesting contents: "...I intend to boil down 2 or 3000 sheep...and get something out of it in tallow if I cannot in wool...labour itself continues as extravagantly high as ever...report of the discovery of a gold mine at the Pyrenees about 150 miles from here...two or three large lumps of nearly pure gold have been found there..." Gold was not "officially" discovered in Victoria until 1851, but there were a number of earlier rumours - some almost certainly true - of gold having been found in the Colony]