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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]
1834 (April 15) lengthy cross-written entire to an oil merchant in England with boxed 'INDIALETTER/BRIGHTON' b/s & London arrival cds of 4DE4/1834 in red, rated "2/-" but amended to "1/8", stained & soiled & extensive internal repairs/reinforcing. still presentable. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $747. [Between late-1833 and mid-1841 there were no postal implements in use at Perth. The writer, Barnard Clarkson, states "...whale fishing...shld be a proffitable concern here there are many whalers off this coast". Clarkson arrived 27/1/1833 on the "Cygnet", & died at York in 1836]
1840 (Dec 12) cross-written entire to England headed "Quambygine Farm", signed "Henry Carter" & on the face "HC Swan River", with postmaster's endorsement on the face "PO Perth 21 December 1840" & "Paid 4d" in red, straight-line 'SHIP LETTER' h/s & London arrival b/s of 6MY6/1841 in red, rated "8" in black. Carried via Mauritius per "Eleanor" which departed 1/1/1841. Rare post office endorsement in the period of no postal implements. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1437. [The post office was relocated from Charles Macfaull's home to the Public Offices on 12/3/1840. Henry Carter arrived -/6/1840 on the "Prima Donna". He became a leading pastoralist in the Avon District]
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 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]