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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1846 entire headed "Northam 7 May 1846" & signed "SA Barker", to the Colonial Secretary and endorsed "Free", largely fine strike of the extremely rare octagonal 'UNPAID/("May 19 46")/NORTHAM &/TOODYAY' h/s in black and crossed-out as unnecessary on free mail because it rendered the recipient liable to postage due, internal faults/repairs but facially attractive. [Samuel Adams Barker arrived -/11/1834 per "John Adam". Prominent in the York and Northam areas, in 1850 he departed for South Australia. Later that year he was named as a defaulter in WA Mining Co shares]̃̃The Post Office opened 16/4/1842 at Katrine, halfway between Northam and Toodyay. This is the only Australian post office (apart from TPOs) that shared two town names!! On 23/4/1847 it was replaced by separate offices in both towns. According to PMI, this is the only recorded example and, in fact, the only recorded use of any Northam & Toodyay postal marking.
1847 envelope (not a lettersheet) to London per "Overland Mail" rated "d6" with an unusually fine strike of the octagonal 'PAID/(23.6.47"/FREMANTLE' handstamp in red, two London arrival backstamps both in red & charged "1/-" for an incoming packet letter, minor stain at the base. A most attractive pre-stamp cover. [The sender added a postscript inside the flap & signed it "G King". George King was an important early settler. He arrived -/10/1841 on the "Ganges". He built St John's Church at Fremantle, ran a school for Aboriginal children & was a critic of government policy regarding aborigines]
1853 entire headed "Beverley Augt 15th 53" & signed "Ch Smith", to "Mr Keats/Fremantle" with poor strike of the undated '[crown]/POST OFFICE/YORK' h/s (#PA PO1c) & mss date "22 8 53" at lower-left, mss "2" in black, apparently used in legal proceedings marked "Exhibit II No" within & with 'LAND TITLES OFFICE/1MAY95/PERTH WA' cachet in violet on the face, soiling. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $552. [Charles Smith arrived from Tasmania on the "Orelia" on 12/10/1829 as agent for Walter Gellibrand. Between 1862 & 1876 he was postmaster at Mourambyne. Beverley is 34km SSE of York. PO opened 1/5/1858]. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley.
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1912 Surcharge 'ONE PENNY.' in Red on 2d blue LC6 with message dated "24.11.12", to Canada with poor Perth machine. Very scarce commercial usage. [Remarkably, the sender of both this and the previous item was May Creeth. With her sister, Helen, May Creeth ran an art school in Perth and was involved in theosophy (= divine wisdom), the main subject of this letter]