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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1865 cover to Ireland with scarce franking of No Wmk Perf 13 6d dull violet SG 51a (Cat £48 x6+) tied by 'PERTH/DE26/1865/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA= - GPO' duplex (#DxA1; ERD), 'DONNALSTOWN' transit and 'LEIGHLINBRIDGE' arrival b/s, a few pinholes not affecting the stamp. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1035. RPSofV Certificate (2011).
1885 masonic cover (symbol embossed in blue on the flap, that can be opened for display) to England with scarce franking of a very well centred Perf 12 6d reddish lilac SG 85 vertical pair (Cat £100+ x10+ on cover) tied by Fremantle duplex, Birmingham transit & 'SPARKBROOK' arrival b/s, a few very minor blemishes & repaired flap-tear.
1893 (Feb 24) local mourning cover to George Clifton with scarce franking of 'ONE PENNY' on 3d brown SG 108 (?) tied by the unusual Perth duplex with vertical cuts through the bars (#DxB-6). Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $264. [Most covers seen with this stamp are of a philatelic nature]
1901 Tatts cover to Hobart with 1d carmine single & block of 4 tied by very fine 'GUILDFORD/FE21/00 1/ WESTERN AUSTRALIA - PO' duplex & superb strike of the impressive straight-line 'REGISTERED.' h/s (77x8½mm) in violet. [The WASG "Handbook" states at p176 "Several are known, but none have been tied to an office". NB: Guildford obviously hadn't been supplied with a '01' year slug, so contrived '1901' from the year slug '00' & day slug '1']
1903 stampless OHMS front with Ship Mail Room duplex and superb strike of double-boxed 'ACCOUNTANT/ 16JUL1903/GPO PERTH' d/s in blue at lower-left, to Fiji with superb 'SUVA' arrival cds.
1904 stampless cover to the local Electoral Returning Officer with very fine 'VASSE/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA= - V ' duplex & very worn oval '("2d")/MORE TO PAY' h/s, CofA Postage Dues with Blank Tablet 6d pair - rare on cover: paying the fee on six such items - tied by the same duplex. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $483. [While it is not unusual to see Tatts covers with similar "bulk payment" for multiple unpaid items, non-Tatts covers similarly treated are quite exceptional. We have no record of any other cover with a pair of the 6d]
FRANK HANDSTAMPS: Type 2 'GOVERNOR OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA/[Arms]/FRANK STAMP', superb strike in violet on 1899 cover to London, Ship Mail Room duplex & 'PAID/OFFICIAL/WEST AUSTRALIA' h/s (required on franked overseas mail), embossed Arms in red on the flap, London arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [Without Governor Smith's signature h/s but addressed in his hand. Lieut-Colonel Sir Gerard Smith was Governor from 1895 to 1900 and the first Grand Master of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Western Australia. Involved in several commercial scandals, Smith was "invited" to return to England where he resigned, causing WA to have no incumbent Governor as at the date of Federation - 1/1/1901]
1879 1d blue PC2 to Germany in 1897 uprated with 1d tied by KGS duplex, & to London in 1899 uprated with 2d grey, also ½d brown/white PC6 to England in 1897 uprated with 1d, a few minor blemishes, all apparently commercial. A very scarce trio. [The 1892 Regulations allowed for the uprating of Postal Cards with a ½d stamp only. All other upratings in the Colonial Period were thus contrary to the Regulations] (Qty 3)
1890 2d carmine PC3 to Germany with 'ALBANY/JY28/91/WA - KGS' duplex & 'HAMBURG' arrival cds of 2.9.91, minor blemishes. Very rare contemporary usage, absent from Margaret Hamilton's collection: most used examples are later philatelic contrivances. Ex Peter Basterfield (sold for £575) & Dr Ed Druce ($172, where the significance of this item was completely overlooked). [Issued 1/1/1890 for the long sea route to GB. On 1/1/1891, the 2d rate - somewhat inadvertently - was extended to all overseas destinations. Two months later, this error was rectified. From 1/10/1891, the overseas rate became 1½d. This item should have been taxed but the rates chaos in mid-1891 probably resulted in many such oversights]
1890 3d green PC4 with message dated "16/7/90", very early usage to Sussex with superb 'PERTH/JY23/1890/ =WESTERN-AUSTRALIA= - GPO' duplex, corner bend at upper-right. Very rare contemporary usage, absent from Margaret Hamilton's collection: most used examples are later philatelic contrivances. [Issued 1/1/1890 for cards to GB via either Naples or Brindisi. The rate was effectively revoked on 1/1/1891, when the 2d long sea rate was effectively extended to all places beyond the Colony. The 3d cards then became redundant]
1892 ½d sepia PC7 locally used with Perth duplex of NO13/1895.
1892 ½d sepia PC7 locally used with Perth duplex of OC26/1894, City of Perth election notice on the reverse.
1902 "Melbourne Zinco" 1d dull blue PC8 with printed advice for the Conqueror Tobacco Works, to Collie (poor b/s) with Fremantle duplex & Perth transit cds, minor bend. Very scarce. Ex Peter Basterfield: sold for £149. [This printing is identified by the general rough appearance, distorted lettering below the Coat of Arms, and a Spot after Central Bar of 'E' of 'THE']
1902 1d(+1d) Reply Postal Card message-half to Holland with message dated "August 3rd", uprated with ½d tied by 'SHIP MAIL ROOM/AU3/03/PERTH WA - GPO' duplex.
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1902 1d+1d Reply Postal Card to London with message dated "12.1.03", uprated with ½d tied by 'FREMANTLE/ JA12/03/=W.A= - PO' duplex, intact. The ERU, being 6 weeks earlier than the PSAC's ERU of 1/4/1903. [The sender writes: "Isn't this a rummy idea. You detach reply card & return. I suppose the theory is actually back blox so that an out of the way squatter can reply at once without travelling miles to nearest Post Office..."]
1902 1d+1d Reply Postal Card with No Stop after 'CARD ' on the Message-Half, philatelic usage in 1905 to Switzerland - no message - with ½d tied by 'ALBANY' duplex,'BERN' arrival b/s. We have not previously been aware of this variety.
1902 QV 2d brown-red LC2 Die 1 with 'TWO.PENCE', philatelic usage to New Zealand with 'SHIP MAIL ROOM' duplex of OC22/02 & 'DUNEDIN' arrival b/s, intact & sealed.
1902 with Thick & Thin Border-Lines ½d emerald WR1, to Victoria with superb 'BUNBURY/MY16/3/=WESTERN- AUSTRALIA= - B ' duplex.
1903 with Thick Border-Lines ½d emerald to "Cave House/Yallingup" with 'VASSE/SP3/04/=WESTERN- AUSTRALIA= - V ' duplex. [Used 9 days earlier than the PSAC ERD]