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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1834 entire headed "Cape Town/Cape of Good Hope/Febr 15th 1834" to "Mr George Atkinson/Perth or elsewhere/ on the Swan River" endorsed "Per Quebec Trader" rated "4" in red & with a largely very fine strike of the undated oval 'SHIP LETTER/[crown]/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE' h/s. Remarkably fine, and a very early inwards item to the Colony, which was founded only five years earlier. The "Quebec Trader" departed Cape Town on 18/2/1834 and arrived in Fremantle on 19/4/1834. [George Atkinson arrived in Perth per "Medina" in July 1830, and worked as a carpenter until his death in 1843]
1854 entire headed "King Georges Sound" & signed "AThomson" (?) to Victoria with a good strike of the rounded-boxed 'PAID/("4 9 54")/ALBANY' h/s (#PA Pd2) in red & rated "4d" in red, 'SHIP LETTER/MELBOURNE' transit b/s in red & 'GEELONG/VICTORIA' arrival b/s. An unusually clean pre-stamp entire and a very scarce destination in this period. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1265.
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.
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]
1873 cover to India with Perf 12½ 6d mauve SG 60 vertical pair tied by light but obvious 15-bar '16' cancels, 'YORK/NO22/1876/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' cds alongside, Bombay transit & Delhi arrival b/s, repaired flap faults. Pope & Reynolds Census #10. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $460. A very scarce destination.
1875 (Oct 4) cover to France with Perf 12½ 2d yellow & 6d violet SG 55 & 57 tied by bold 15-bar '2' cancels & Perth cds at lower-left, 'P.D.' h/s, the addressee's name obliterated, minor blemishes. Pope & Reynolds Census #25. The rate was 8d via Alexandria & Malta. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. [Dr Walkley states that the 'P.D.' h/s (= Paid to Destination) was applied at Perth. As the cover did not go via England, that would seem to be correct]
1883 (Aug 7) cover to Italy "per Pekin" with Perf 14 1d yellow-ochre & 6d lilac tied by poor 15-bar '6' cancels, fine Albany cds at base, fumigated at Venice where cut by three chisel slits (one affecting the 1d, another through the complete Union Bank of Australia wafer on the flap), Naples arrival, upright-oval '1A/DIST/11/SET/83' & '81'-in-heart postman's backstamps, minor faults. Ex Patrick Pearson and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $3105. RPSofV Certificate (2011). Carried "Pekin" 7/8/1883; then "Venetia" from Aden direct to Venice arrived 9/9/1883. A very scarce 7d rate cover: see "Black Swan" (Mar 1987). Pope & Reynolds Census #54. [A cholera outbreak in Egypt caused Italian authorities to accept mail from the East only if it was not trans-shipped in Egypt]
1891 (Feb 5) cover to India "via Singapore" with De La Rue ½d & 2d tied by 'GT'-in-bars, 'GERALDTON/=WA=' cds (#2b), 'SINGAPORE' transit & two different 'CALCUTTA' arrival backstamps, minor blemishes. Pope & Thomas Census #4. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $368. [On 1/1/1891, the overseas rate to all destinations was reduced to 2½d but this lasted for only 2 months! The rate reverted to 6d, until it was again reduced to 2½d on 1/10/1891 when the Australian Colonies joined the UPU. Mail from this brief rate period - especially to unusual destinations - is very elusive]
1899 (June 26) large red parcel piece (194x114mm) to Belgium with DLR 2d grey x2 ried by fine 15-bar '21' cancels (LRD), 'VASSE' cds alongside, endorsed "Printed papers only", ironed-out folds. Ex Dr Walkley: acquired for a paltry $345. Pope & Reynolds Census #41. The printed matter rate was 1d per 4 ounces or part thereof so the parcel weighed between 12 & 16 ounces.̃̃In our opinion, parcels and other non-letter rate mail are a grossly underappreciated and undervalued field.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Numerals
9-BARS: '4' of Greenough thirteen fair to very fine strikes tying 1d yellow-ochre Perf 14 SG 76 x8 (including a block of 4) and Perf 12 SG 81 vertical strip of 5 to the reverse of 1884 cover to Belgium "Per Ferret", poor 'GREENOUGH/WA' cds (#3a) & fine 'R'-in-cogwheel on the face where sadly the address has been largely erased, Brindisi transit & Brussels arrival b/s & '253' postmen's h/s on the face, minor soiling. Pope & Reynolds Census #2 of only 3 recorded covers.
1879 ½d brown/pinkish PC1 to Sweden in 1894 but not uprated so taxed "5c" amended to "10c" both in blue pencil with superb Swedish 'T' h/s & mss "16öre" also in blue, 'GOTEBORG' arrival b/s. Most attractive. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $977.