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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1834 (April 15) lengthy cross-written entire to an oil merchant in England with boxed 'INDIALETTER/BRIGHTON' b/s & London arrival cds of 4DE4/1834 in red, rated "2/-" but amended to "1/8", stained & soiled & extensive internal repairs/reinforcing. still presentable. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $747. [Between late-1833 and mid-1841 there were no postal implements in use at Perth. The writer, Barnard Clarkson, states "...whale fishing...shld be a proffitable concern here there are many whalers off this coast". Clarkson arrived 27/1/1833 on the "Cygnet", & died at York in 1836]
1840 (Dec 12) cross-written entire to England headed "Quambygine Farm", signed "Henry Carter" & on the face "HC Swan River", with postmaster's endorsement on the face "PO Perth 21 December 1840" & "Paid 4d" in red, straight-line 'SHIP LETTER' h/s & London arrival b/s of 6MY6/1841 in red, rated "8" in black. Carried via Mauritius per "Eleanor" which departed 1/1/1841. Rare post office endorsement in the period of no postal implements. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1437. [The post office was relocated from Charles Macfaull's home to the Public Offices on 12/3/1840. Henry Carter arrived -/6/1840 on the "Prima Donna". He became a leading pastoralist in the Avon District]
1854 (April) cover to England "By Overland route" with light but obvious strike of the undated Perth h/s in red & a light strike of the rare oval '___/[crown]/WESTERN AUSTRALIA/PAID' h/s (#Pd 1 with 'SHIP LETTER' removed) in red, London transit backstamp in red & superb 'BRIGHTON' arrival backstamp in blue, central stain. Carried per "Chusan" from Albany 4/4/1854; "Hindoostan" from Galle 28/4/1854; & "Simla" from Alexandria. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. [PMI records the recut h/s in 1854 only]
1854 small cover to Kent with fine strike of the octagonal 'PAID/("19 7 54")/GUILDFORD' h/s (#PA Pd2), endorsed "Missent" in red alongside 'CHATHAM' cds in blue, 'GRAVESEND' arrival b/s also in blue, minor soiling. Ex John Gartner and Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. [A very late pre-stamp usage, only three weeks before the first stamps were issued, on 1/8/1854]
1861 (Aug 24) cover to London "Via Southampton" with scarce franking of 1861 Intermediate Perf 14-16 6d purple-brown SG 36 (Cat £110 x5+) tied by poor 15-bar '5', fair 'GUILDFORD/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA' cds below, London '[crown]/ R ' inspector's h/s & readdressed, minor blemishes. Census #6. Carried per "Benares" from Albany 16/9/1861; & "Indus" from Alexandria. Ex Patrick Pearson and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1725. RPSofL Certificate (1973) as the then SG 39.
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1866 cover to "Elsworth/Maine" with exceptional franking of 1861 Perkins Bacon 4d vermilion Perf 14 SG 40 horizontal pair & Crown CC Perf 12½ 1/- bright green SG 61 tied by three very fine strikes of the 15-bar ‘6’ cancel, ‘ALBANY/JY4/1866/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=’ cds at lower-left, London transit cds & manuscript “11½” overstruck with American ‘5/CENTS’ accountancy h/s, ‘N YORK BR PKT/PAID’ cds at upper-left, repaired opening tears on the flap in no way detract from the very fine appearance. Rare & beautiful! Not recorded in the Pope & Reynolds Census. RPSofV Certificate (2012). [We know of only one other cover bearing a multiple of the 4d vermilion, also a pair. Dr Cecil Walkley's very fine cover with a single 4d vermilion + No Watermark 6d deep lilac sold for $10,350]
1875 (April 20) cover to England "via Brindisi" with Perf 12½ 6d mauve & DLR 3d brown tied by 15-bar '8', Fremantle cds below, 'LOUGHBOROUGH' arrival cds & redirected to London (b/s), minor blemishes. Pope & Reynolds Census #54. Ex "Austin" (du Pont) and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $661. [In 1873, the via Brindisi rate reverted to 9d]