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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1892-1910 "dead" letters with oval 'INSPECTOR DEAD LETTER OFFICE' d/s in violet (rare; in use for one month only), with 'INSPECTOR' removed in blue & in red-purple, one with 5d perf 'WA', & one other, a few minor faults. (Qty 5)
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1893 flapless cover to Guildford (duplex backstamp) with very early & scarce franking of 'ONE PENNY' on 3d pair tied by Perth duplex of FE27/1893, minor blemishes. Acquired for $437 at our Bushfire Charity Auction of 13/3/2009. [Gibbons give "Feb 93" as the date of issue]
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]
1893 cover to the United States with rare albeit philatelic franking of ½d & Postal Fiscals 2d SG F12 (Cat £70 x10+) tied by Perth duplex of NO3/1893, minor blemishes.
1894 cover to Victoria with all-over advertisement for Edward Mayhew Wholesale Druggists on the reverse, 'I. R.' 2d tied by Fremantle duplex, repaired flap fault & a couple of minor blemishes. Very attractive & scarce.
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.ÞÞIn our opinion, parcels and other non-letter rate mail are a grossly underappreciated and undervalued field.
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']
1902-13 Avis de Réception forms 1) 1902 with 'P.O. 89' imprint 'CUE' to Perth with 2½d, large 'SEAL OF THE WARDEN'S COURT/[Arms]/CUE, MURCHISON' cachet in violet; 2) 1908 with '[P.O. 103.]' imprint 'CUE' to 'MOUNT MAGNET' with 1d strip of 3; 3) 1912 with No Imprint local usage with ½d & 1d x2 and superb 'L.C.ROOM/PERTH' cds; & 4) 1913 with '[P.O. 107.]' imprint 'GERALDTON' to 'GREENOUGH' unusually with 4d perf 'OS'; a few minor blemishes. A very scarce group. (Qty 4)
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]
1904 (Oct 3) triple-rate cover to England with Western Australia Wmk W[crown]A 2½d x3 tied by Perth cds, embossed crest of Charles Cammell & Co (agents for Cyclops Steel & Ironworks in Sheffield UK) on the flap, Manchester transit & Oldham arrival b/s. Ex Kevin Nelson: acquired for $287.
1906 OHMS cover with 'CROWN LAW DEPARTMENT' d/s at lower-left, scarce franking of Perf 11 2d yellow BW #24b x2 (Cat $100 x2, unpriced on cover) & Perf 12½ 1d pink tied by 'R'-in-oval cancels, 'COTTESLOE' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [The illustration is on our website]
1912 OHMS cover with 1d perf 'OS' to Kalgoorlie with complete & largely very fine strike of the scarce 'I/.../XI' postmen's delivery h/s on the reverse initialled by all letter carriers, boxed 'UNCLAIMED' & straight-line 'UNKNOWN...' h/s on the face, Perth DLO b/s in red, minor defects. [The illustration is on our website]
FRANK HANDSTAMPS: 1) Type 2 'GOVERNOR...' with Large Arms large-part strike on 1896 envelope with embossed Arms in blue on the flap, very fine; 2) 'PUBLIC WORKS...' in green on 1901 envelope with 'HER' obliterated by 'HIS' h/s in violet, registered to Melbourne, flap fault; & 3) 'RAILWAYS...' on green penalty envelope with 'Her' crossed-through & mss "His" inserted, to Sydney, very fine. (Qty 3)
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]
FRANK HANDSTAMPS: 1902 all-different group on unaddressed OHMS covers including 'CLERK LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY', 'COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE', 'COMMONWEALTH MILITARY FORCES' (in green), 'EDUCATION DEPARTMENT', 'ELECTORAL', 'ENGINEER IN CHIEF'S OFFICE', 'GOVERNOR...' (small Arms), 'HARBOUR MASTER'S OFFICE' (with mss "Specimen" in red) & 'DEPARTMENT OF MINES' etc all CTO with 'PERTH/ OC30/02/W.A' cds, the strikes mostly in violet & generally fine to superb, unaddressed, a few very minor blemishes but generally very fine. A rare & desirable group. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1610. [The franking system in all States was abolished 31/10/1902] (Qty 16)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Numerals
15-BARS: usage on covers comprising '12' & 'CLAREMONT' cds on 1904 Postal Card to Germany, '21' & 'VASSE' cds on 1895 front to Belgium, and on 1896 Postal Card to GB with 'AUSTRALIND' transit; and '23' & 'GINGIN' cds (part-manuscript date) on 1885 cover to Guildford #2 in the Pope & Reynolds Census; condition rather mixed. [The first three are not listed in the Pope & Reynolds Census] (Qty 4)