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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1857 (Feb 27) outer to "Williams River/South Australia/Sidney" (!) endorsed "Convict's Letter Establishment Western Australia" at top & countersigned "Thomas H Dixon/Superintendent" at lower-left, good strike of the undated oval 'POST OFFICE/[crown]/FREMANTLE/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' handstamp, Sydney transit b/s of AP2/1857, heavy central fold, professionally & expertly cleaned. Illustrated by Haynes & Pope at page 428, who stated "The authorising signature of Thomas Dixon was the equivalent of Passed by Censor". Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $4600.̃̃The Williams River is north of Newcastle NSW! Of course, there is also a Williams River in WA, SW of Narrogin. Given that the writer was severely geographically challenged, the local Williams River was likely his intended destination! Convict mail from Western Australia is very scarce and highly prized. Dr Walkley's extraordinary 1855 convict entire to Poland (!) was, regrettably, acquired by the WA Library for $36,800. ̃̃Thomas Hill Dixon arrived with the first group of convicts per "Scindian" as the first Superintendent of Convicts. He is credited with running a humane service & was opposed to flogging. In 1859 he was dismissed after admitting embezzling £89 of public money. His subsequent life in Singapore, Labuan & China reads like a 1930s adventure novel!
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1860 very fragile cover illiterately addressed to "The Govenor of Gingrants (?) to whome/Morton Bay/New South Wales/South Australia" (!) with a large Hillman 6d grey-black SG 19 (margins good to large except at top where just shaved) tied by 15-bars '5' of 'GUILDFORD' (light but very fine cds of FE14/1860 below), Adelaide transit b/s in blue & the Guildford cds overstruck with superb 'MISSENT/TO ADELAIDE SA' handstamp in blue, very fine 24mm 'BRISBANE/MR28/1860=NSW=' arrival b/s, stained & extensively repaired. Despite its obvious shortcomings, this is a truly remarkable origin/destination cover that could be accepted into even the most important of collections. Absent from the Pope & Reynolds Census.
1908 2d yellow EN5 with manuscript date "21/6/09" at lower-left, to Sydney with 'WAVERLEY/JU22/09/W.A' cds, very fine 'ENGLISH MAIL NSW' machine backstamp, minor spotting at right. Very rare. [Absent from Margaret Hamilton's collection]