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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1855 "Penny Black"
FOUR PENCE - IMPERFORATE: 4d blue SG 3a, margins close to large, bold void grid cancel in bright red, Cat £250+.
FOUR PENCE - IMPERFORATE: 4d blue SG 3a, margins good to large, central void grid cancel in red, Cat £250+. Stunning! RPSofV Certificate (2012).
FOUR PENCE - IMPERFORATE: 4d blue SG 3a horizontal pair, margins just clear to good except where slightly cut-into at upper-left, the right-hand unit with a small thin, two superb strikes of a void grid cancel in red, Cat £500+. A very scarce & striking multiple. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1552.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1901-12 Commonwealth Period
ONE POUND: V/Crown £1 orange BW #W66B (SG 128a), well centred, a couple of nibbled perfs, superb 'KATANNING/ 8APR11' cds, Cat $750 (£325). Rare commercially used: most used examples are CTO with a Perth cds. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley (2007).
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal Fiscals
1881 'I. R.' Surcharges on 3d Lilac 'ONE PENNY' on 3d, 'HAY STREET/NO2/00/EAST PERTH' cds, Juhl Cat $300 (1992). Very scarce postally used. Simon Dunkerley Certificate (2008). Acquired for $862 at our auction of 31/3/2008.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1841 (c.) undated town entire to "Servents Home/Perth" with a light but clear strike of the very rare octagonal 'PAID/___/PERTH' handstamp (#PA Pd1) in red & faint endorsement "Pd 1" in pencil, missing piece at right hardly detracts. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $3910. [A touching love letter "...I am now waiting the time that I can express more than I can by pen...every hour will seem a day...". The romance apparently came to nought as the addressee, Miss Bridget Phillips, married the accountant Wiiliam Cooper in 1855] ̃̃Stated to be the only recorded example of the 'PAID' handstamp and believed to be the earliest recorded non- official item from Perth in private hands. Such information is made highly pertinent by the fact that at the Walkley sale, the Western Australian Library purchased 22 pre-stamp letters, an egregious squandering of $100,000 of public money. As a consequence, the number of WA pre-stamp items remaining in private hands was significantly diminished. We anticipate that values for the remaining items - especially entire letters - must rise sharply.̃̃The first post office was established at Fremantle on 4/12/1829 with Perth following on 4/5/1830. The early years were chaotic administratively. Perth became the principal office about 1840 & in June 1841 the postmaster, Captain Edward Picking, was appointed Postmaster-General. NB: Between late-1833 & mid-1841, no postal implements are recorded used at Perth. This is thus an extremely important early postmarked usage.
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]̃̃The 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.
1847 envelope (not a lettersheet) to London per "Overland Mail" rated "d6" with an unusually fine strike of the octagonal 'PAID/(23.6.47"/FREMANTLE' handstamp in red, two London arrival backstamps both in red & charged "1/-" for an incoming packet letter, minor stain at the base. A most attractive pre-stamp cover. [The sender added a postscript inside the flap & signed it "G King". George King was an important early settler. He arrived -/10/1841 on the "Ganges". He built St John's Church at Fremantle, ran a school for Aboriginal children & was a critic of government policy regarding aborigines]
1851 mourning cover to Ireland "Overland" rated "1/-" with a poor strike of the crowned Perth handstamp unusually in black & a largely fine strike of the large oval 'SHIP-LETTER/[crown]/WESTERN AUSTRALIA/PAID' handstamp in red, charged "2/2" on arrival, Dublin transit b/s in red & 'LEIGHLINBRIDGE' arrival b/s in blue. [This is a very early mourning cover from WA. Dr Walkley had only one in the pre-stamp period, of 1854, to the same addressee]
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 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.
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]
1854 cover to England with Lithographed 4d pale blue SG 3 (good margins except where just shaved at upper-right) tied by superb void grid cancel, largely very fine strike of the undated oval 'POST OFFICE/[crown]/ PERTH/ WESTERN AUSTRALIA' h/s - with curved 'PERTH' - in red, London transit b/s in red & fine 'KETTERING' arrival cds in green on the face. A very attractive cover. [The Perth h/s is recorded between 19/9/1854 & 23/9/1858, this being a very early c.September 1854 usage. It is also a very early usage of the 4d stamp, which was issued on 1/8/1854. Dr Cecil Walkley had only one 4d solo franking, of March 1855: it sold for $2760] [The illustration is above Lot 255]
1854 (c.) cover to Perth with a fine "Penny Black" rouletted pair tied by void grid cancels & very fine strike of the undated oval 'POST OFFICE/[crown]/SWAN/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' h/s, two ironed-out vertical folds clear of the stamps and postmarks. Most appealing. BPA Certificate (2010) states that the roulettes have been faked & that the pair may not belong to the cover. A punter might seek a second opinion!
1859 cover to England with Hillman Litho 6d grey-black SG 19 (margins close to large except where just shaved at lower-right) tied by a void grid cancel, undated oval 'POST OFFICE/[crown]/("15 4 59")/GUILDFORD/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' h/s, Manchester arrival b/s, flap removed & minor surface abrasion on the face. Carried per "Malta" which departed Albany 23/4/1859. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862.
1864 cover to London "via Marseilles" with scarce franking of 1861 Intermediate Perf 2d blue x2 & 6d purple-brown SG 34 & 36 tied by 15-bars '21' of 'VASSE' (cds of DE21/1864 alongside) both in blue, London arrival cds of FE15/65 in red on the face, parts of the address blacked-out & small stain below the 6d. Pope & Reynolds Census #10. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. Rapture in blue-on blue-on blue! [Carried per "Northam" from Albany 31/12/1864; "Nubia" from Galle 17/1/1865; & "Poonah" from Alexandria 5/2/1865; departed Marseilles 14/2/1865] [The illustration is above Lot 266]
1865 cover to Ireland with scarce franking of No Wmk Perf 13 6d dull violet SG 51a (Cat £48 x6+) tied by 'PERTH/DE26/1865/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA= - GPO' duplex (#DxA1; ERD), 'DONNALSTOWN' transit and 'LEIGHLINBRIDGE' arrival b/s, a few pinholes not affecting the stamp. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1035. RPSofV Certificate (2011).
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]
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']
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Numerals
12-BARS: '8' very fine strike tying V/Crown 2d yellow to c.1904 mourning cover to Perth, poor but identifiable strike of the rare 'LOWER BLACKWOOD/WA' cds (no year slug) at lower-left, 'LCR/PERTH WA' arrival b/s. PO 10/8/1870; renamed Nannup -/10/1907. The only recorded 12-bar '8' cover with 'LOWER BLACKWOOD' "tie". [Although the year of use is unidentifiable, the stamp was issued in 1902 & the ERD for the Letter Carrier Room cds is 8AU/03]