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Displaying 6 Lots in Category - Indigenous Peoples
DOCUMENTS & EPHEMERA
NEW HEBRIDES: c.1880 two album pages (263x365mm) with seven albumen print photographs of drawings affixed including "Rongavai or Cannibal Club House", "Graves of murdered Missionaries Dillon Bay Erromango", "Mysterious Hut and Images, Mallicollo New Hebrides", three untitled of groups of idols & one of a mission house, the reverse of one page with superb albumen print (270x220mm) of Govett's Leap in the Blue Mountains (NSW).
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C of A - Commemorative Covers
1939 Visit of American Indians usage of KGVI 2d Envelope with typed "First Visit to Australia of American Indians and officer of Canadian RNWMP Easter 1939", signed by "Joe crowfoot", "Frank Manyfingers", "James Starlight" & the Mountie, 'SHOW GROUND/1AP39/SYDNEY' cds.
VICTORIA - Postal History
1839 OHMS entire headed "Tuesday 8th 10 39" & signed "WmThomas" to "GA Robinson/Chief Protector of Aborigines", no postal markings. A very early - the earliest recorded in private hands? - & very rare internal OHMS letter sent free of postage because it was addressed to a government officer. NB: all other 1830s letters of which we are aware were sent from Melbourne, making this an extremely significant item. William Thomas arrived from England in 1838 as Assistant Protector of Aborigines. He was allocated the Port Phillip, Westernport & Gippsland Districts, and established his base at Narre Warren, 40km SE of Melbourne. In the letter, he requests permission of his superior to visit "my Station at Arthurs Seat. There are three Black Lubra's...left under my Sons protection; and the anxiety of Mrs Thomas for the little orphan under her care now at Arthurs Seat becomes great...The Native Encampment here is perfectly quiet...& if my services by the Yarra could be dispensed with for a few days...I would be glad...". NB: "Pastoral Pioneers of the Port Phillip District" notes Arthurs Seat as being settled only from 1844. Various internet sites name Andrew McCrae as the first settler at Arthur's Seat. This letter challenges those notions. George Augustus Robinson arrived at Hobart in 1823. In 1829, he was appointed Protector of Aborigines and administered the forced settlements on Bruny Island, and later on Flinders Island. In February 1839, he was appointed to the same position in the Port Phillip District where, on his travels, he documented many atrocities against the indigenous people, fuming in his journal "This would not be allowed in civilised society". ** "Historical Records of Victoria: Volume 2B Aborigines & Protectors 1838-39" Chapter 20 includes numerous extracts from Wlliam Thomas's Journal. At pp550-551 7-11/10/1839 "...repaired to native encampment...The Chief Protector by writing permits me to take my family to Arthur's Seat, but orders me to return immediately...Had I not a son, my wife must be helplessly and unprotected left in the bush...Got stuck in Moody Yallock [= Mordialloc]...arrived at Tubberrubabel, where my hut was..." **
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Issued Stamps
1952 Pictorials 10/- Map & £1 Fisherman both with 'SPECIMEN 1' h/s in rosine, on fragments of pink backing paper & with pen cancellations.
REGISTRATION ENVELOPES: 1957 usage of 1/0½d at the South Pacific Conference with 6½d tied by Rabaul cds, 'RABAUL S.P.C.' h/s & 'S.P.C.' h/s on Rabaul registration label, to the Solomons; 1/7d with 'GOROKA/ 1SE59/...' cds (First Day of Issue) & label; and 1/7d (+ 3d) to Queensland with Lae cds of 8OC57 & label; ACSC Cat $950+. Very scarce trio. [SPC = South Pacific Conference](Qty 3)
SAMOA - 1914-1920 Overprints on New Zealand
1921-25 Huts frankings including ½d to 1/- complete blocks of 4 (Cat £440+ as singles) on six 1929 registered covers, ten commercial covers with values to 6d including 1d Silver Jubilee, 5d registered to Germany & 6d registered to Mexico (!) with numerous b/s & finally returned to Samoa where endorsed "Sender returned/to China", and three others, condition variable.(Qty 19)