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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]ÞÞThe 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.
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]
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]
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.
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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]
1902 1½d+1½d Reply Postal Card, irregular commercial usage to Hobart in 1908 with message written on the face stating "What do you think of my pet?" & photograph of a thorny devil (a desert lizard) affixed to the reverse of the message-half, 'MENZIES' duplex, minor blemishes, intact. Rare commercially used. [Until 1906, the face of all postcards was undivided because only the address could be written on that side. Therefore, this item would have been an illegal usage at the time of issue. However, by the time of use, it was permitted to place the message on the face]