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VICTORIA - Postal History
1850 part-entire to Melbourne with rare franking of Ham Half-Lengths Original State of the Dies 2d lilac-mauve SG 2 (margins just clear to large) unusually tied by a single pen-stroke (a bit smudged), oval 'MELBOURNE/AP4/1850/ PORT PHILLIP' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. Ex Dr Wawn & "Capri Estate". RPSofV Certificate (2006). In John Barwis's Census, this is #9 of only 13 covers bearing SG 2. Gary Diffen's very fine cover sold for £4560.
Internal docketing "John Atkins/30th March 1850/Particulars of Sheep Stn" indicates that this is an up-country item. John Atkins was the Fyansford innkeeper so that may well be the origin of the cover. John Barwis & others have attributed the manuscript marking to Fyansford, near Geelong on the road to Ballarat. The post office there opened only in 1859. However, Atkins also had pastoral interests at Tooradin, Bolwarra, Bacchus Marsh & Charlton. The part-letter states "...the Station was originally selected & taken up by James McArthur for his fine sheep..." This identifies the property as Bolwarra, on the Moorabool River east of Ballarat. In either event, our expectation is that the letter was irregularly posted, not at a post office, but placed aboard a passing mail coach, at which time the manuscript cancel was applied.
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1860 (Aug 21) entire letter to Melbourne (b/s) with almost superb strike of the large & impressive 'VICTORIA EXPRESS/S.COLLOU & Co/STATIONERS/News & Letter Agents/&c/INGLEWOOD' h/s & mss "1" (signifying that the express fee of 1/- had been paid; partly obscured by the flap) in red both on the reverse, placed into the postal system at 'NEW INGLEWOOD' (oval b/s) where Beaded Oval 4d was tied by an indistinct numeral cancel, ironed-out filing creases are less prominent on the reverse. Ex Michael Silvasich: acquired at the Prestige auction of 22/4/2006 for $6900. [The Goldfields Expresses operated without official sanction and were suppressed late in 1860 to protect the postal monopoly. This is the later of only two recorded examples of the Victoria Express handstamp]]
1907 "NO STAMPS" PROVISIONAL MARKINGS local cover with printed address of Norman Prentice with very similar endorsement & signed "Fack", bilingual Bangkok 2 cds of 13.12.07, minor wrinkles. Philatelic Association of Thailand Certificate (2011).
1907 "NO STAMPS" PROVISIONAL MARKINGS at Bangkok 5: local cover endorsed "1 att stamp run/short Postage Paid" in red & signed "Manit", overstruck with superb bilingual Bangkok 5 cds of 14.12.07, Bangkok 1 arrival b/s of the next day, minor waterstain at upper-right. Philatelic Association of Thailand Certificate (2011). [Few covers from Bangkok 5 have been recorded: all are dated between 14 & 16/12/1907]