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Miscellaneous Melbourne covers including 1873 OHMS lettersheet with tiny 'MOO/MELBOURNE' cds within, 1885 to Germany with Bell ½d & Naish 8d, 1880 to Castlemaine with superb 'NOT KNOWN BY/LETTER CARRIER', 1893 with boxed 'INSUFFICIENTLY/ADDRESSED', 1901 OHMS mourning cover to USA with 'REGISTERED/ MELBOURNE - R' duplex, 1906 with boxed 'IRREGULARLY/POSTED', 1903 "The Advance Australia" wrapper with double-circle 'PAID AT MELBOURNE/-1-' cds, 1908 mangled PPC with boxed 'RECEIVED TORN/AT GPO', 1925 with extremely late usage of boxed 'RETURNED TO THE POST/OFFICE MELBOURNE FROM/...', etc, also Official postcards with various 'PAID AT/...' datestamps including 1903 with double-circle '8', 1912-16 'PAID AT/MELBOURNE VIC' '11' x2 & '12' each with '½D' slug, condition variable.
1843-51 1843 OHMS outer to "Wandoo Vale/Mt Rouse" endorsed "pDiana" and signed at lower-left "CJ Latrobe", light but fine strike of the boxed 'FREE/MELBOURNE' h/s in red & 'MELBOURNE/OC25/--/NEW.S.WALES' b/s (no year), minor blemishes. [The addressee, John George Robertson, arrived at Melbourne in -.2.1840 & took up the Wando Vale run near present-day Casterton. The "Diana" departed Melbourne for Portland 26.10.1843. Charles La Trobe was appointed Superintendent of the District of Port Phillip. After Separation in 1850, he was named Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor. Covers with his signature are rarely available]
1849 OHMS outer with 'Chief Secretary's Office/Sydney' imprint dated "6th August 1849" at lower-left, to the "Surgeon Superintendent/of the Elizabeth/Hobsons Bay/Melbourne", fine strike of the boxed 'FREE/MELBOURNE' h/s in red & 'MELBOURNE/AU16/--/PORT PHILLIP' b/s (no year), a bit soiled. [There is no Sydney postmark so this item was probably brought to Melbourne in a closed bag, where it was processed on arrival]
1864 stampless OHMS entire endorsed "Post Office/Echuca 10-8-64" at lower-left with very fine BN '40' and 'ECHUCA' b/s. Superb! From 3.8.1864, OHMS mail was exempt of postage, provided a Frank stamp was impressed thereon. Probably no envelopes with PMG Frank had been received at Echuca at this early date.
1868 OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' frank h/s Die 1 (no fleuron below 'VICTORIA') very fine strike in blue & 'EDUCATION OFFICE/...' imprint at L/L with transits of 'SKIPTON', 'ROKEWOOD' (the earlier of only two recorded examples) & partial 'LEIGH ROAD' (on the face; used at Leigh Road R.S. & the later of only two recorded examples) & 'MT MERCER' arrival (the only recorded example) on the face, minor imperfections.
1869-84 Governors' mail comprising 1) 1869 OHMS cover with 'PRIVATE SECRETARY'S OFFICE' imprint & 'THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA' colourless embossing on the flap; 2) 1873 OHMS cover & enclosed letter both with Governor embossing & both signed "GF Bowen"; 3) two 1884 covers to the Governor of South Australia both signed "MNormanby". [Viscount Canterbury was Governor in1866-1873; Sir George Ferguson Bowen 1873-1879; and the Marquess of Normanby 1879-1884]
(Qty 5 items)
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1895 OHMS cover with printed 'MINISTER OF LANDS AND SURVEY' Frank & endorsed "L Colony" at lower-left, to Melbourne with very fine 'LEONGATHA/MY8/95/VICTORIA - 1592' duplex. The "Labour Colonies" of the 1890s were a little-known social experiment during the major economic depression of the 1890s. Most were run along charitable lines but the largest & most successful of them, at Leongatha, was "intended to fit men for a social order in which they hadn't had enough spunk to succeed and to which they were, in consequence, a menace" (from a book on the subject by REW Kennedy). This is the only Labour Colony item we have seen.
1897 OHMS cover with PMG's frank & rare albeit per favor usage of the 1/6d orange tied by 'REGISTERED/ MELBOURNE VIC' cds, to the USA with San Francisco transit & New York arrival b/s, minor overall soiling.
1900 penalty envelope with Entomological Branch imprint at lower-left, to "OT Supt [= Overland Telegraph Superintendent]/Barrow Creek/Central Australia" with 'OODNADATTA/SA' squared-circle b/s apparently where endorsed "Try GPO/Adelaide" & with 'PA RAILWAY/ 6 /SA' transit b/s, vertical-oval 'ADVERTISED UNCLAIMED/ ADELAIDE SA' d/s plus DLO b/s of Adelaide & Melbourne.
DEAD LETTER OFFICE: Returned Letter Envelopes Codes 'A' 'B' 'W' (with light 'DLB___/REGISTERED' h/s) & 'X', 1865 'Returned Free Letter' with 'Free' Barred-Out, three covers each with semi-circle 'RECEIVED OPEN/DLB/ VICTORIA' h/s in rosine, 1875 & 1883 covers each resealed with 'DEAD LETTER BRANCH/[crown]/ GPO/VICTORIA' seal impressed in red wax, 1869 with double-oval 'OPENED/ DLB /TO ASCERTAIN ADDRESS' b/s (not previously seen by us), 1872 piece from GB wrapper with superb boxed 'DLO/NO CONTENTS/MELBOURNE' h/s in green, and 1888 Postal Card for St Kilda Cricket Club with "shield" 'NO ADDRESS/DLB' h/s (the only example known to us), etc, condition rather mixed still a very desirable lot with a high degree of rarity.
DEAD LETTER OFFICE: Range of Returned Letter Envelopes inscribed 'Returned Free Letter' Code 'W' (1866; 'Free' barred-out), 'RETURNED PAID LETTER' (1853), 'Returned Paid Letter' Code 'X' (1865, 'Paid' barred-out), 'RETURNED LETTER' Code 'A' (1898), Code 'B' (1894 & 1909, different printings), Code 'C' (1893), Code 'E' (1895), Code 'U' (1879), Code 'W' (1876 & 1878, different printings) & Code 'X' (1879), 'RETURNED LETTER/REGISTERED' Code 'T' (1887), 'RETURNED MORE TO PAY LETTER' Code 'E' (1891, with Postage Due 2d & 4d) and Code 'G' (1898), and 'FOREIGN ENCLOSURE' Code 'R' (1887; not previously seen by us), condition variable. A very scarce, underrated and desirable group.
DEAD LETTER OFFICE: Returned Letter Envelopes Code 'W' (265x113mm, 1872 & 1883 printings with different settings) with light but clear strikes of the scarce boxed 'DLO___PB___/REGISTERED' h/s in green (not previously seen by us & the only other example known to us is in Lot 281065 ) or purple (with 'PB' excised). A rare pair.
GOLDFIELDS EXPRESS COVERS: 1858 stampless OHMS cover (267x115mm) with 'Police Department' imprint at lower-left & endorsed "Ballarat/Nov 3 1858" below, rated "8/6" & endorsed "pr Escort" in the same hand at upper-left, to the Chief Commissioner of Police at Melbourne, no postal markings, two vertical folds. Ex Rod Moreton. Nothing to look at but very rare.
OFFICIAL MAIL: An excellent selection of envelopes including with imprints of Attorney-General (1857), Treasury (1859) & Public Lands, 1889 for Royal Mint, 1890 for Board of Health headed 'FREE BY ACT No 1011 SEC 9' & another unused (rare thus), 1901 mourning envelope for GPO registered to France, 1908 for Money Order Office with 'MO OFFICE/MELBOURNE VIC' cds in blue, etc; lettersheets including 1867 for GPO to be 'turned", 1872 for Accounts Branch, 1893 'MEMORANDUM FROM PARCEL POST BRANCH', 1894 'Notice of Withdrawal' (from Post Office Savings Bank), 1902 for Registrar-General, etc; postcards including 1889 for Registrar-General headed 'Free by Act of Legislature', 1910 Mines Department 'Particulars in Tendering for Slack Coal' with the reply-half still attached (not previously seen by us), etc; & various wrappers for Government Printer & Telephone Exchange; a few franked items & a few Government Gazette wrappers with John Ferres' "frank", etc, some duplication, postmark interest especially Melbourne duplexes, condition variable but many are fine to very fine. A very interesting lot that could be the subject for a single-frame or multi-frame exhibit.
(Qty 150 approx)
BARRED NUMERALS: Original State '35' largely superb cancel on 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Frank h/s in blue with very fine oval 'DURHAM OX/JU18/69/VICTORIA' d/s (LRD) alongside, on OHMS cover with 'Police Department ("Kerang")' imprint at L/L, to Sandhurst with superb arrival b/s, minor blemishes. Rated RRRR. PO renamed from Hardy's Inn 1.1.1855. [Goldmining]
EASTBROOK: Fine 'EASTBROOK/NO7/84/VICTORIA' & another strike of two days later - the only recorded strikes - on reverse of OHMS cover to Inglewood & redirected several times with b/s including 21½mm 'INGLEWOOD' (LRD) & Inglewood duplex (LRD), and six strikes of 'KINGOWER'. Remarkable item: Eastbrook's Barred Numeral 'M90' - not present - is rated RRRR. PO 7.10.1878; closed 30.6.1887. [Goldmining]
'PAID AT/...' HANDSTAMPS: 1853-54 struck in Red for '.../BALLAN' (very fine, on entire headed "Bradshaws Station/near Ballan", postmaster's manuscript "Ballan/Dec 29th 54" on the reverse), '.../COLLINGWOOD' (very fine on equally fine entire unusually with crowned-oval d/s on the face), '.../FORREST CK' (light but obvious strike on outer; spelling error for "Forest", renamed Castlemaine 1.1.1854), '.../GISBORNE' (very fine, on outer with equally fine crowned-oval b/s) & '.../SPRING CK' (a bit untidy, on entire with poor oval b/s). A very scarce group. Ballan, Forest Creek & Spring Creek were goldfield towns]
'PAID AT/...' HANDSTAMPS: 1855-58 now struck in Black for '.../BUCKLAND' (poor, on entire headed "Pore Punka/Ovens River" with poor b/s), '.../CHEWTON' (superb on cover with superb oval b/s), '.../DIGBY' (very fine on part-outer), '.../FIERY CK PGF' (light but obvious on outer with fine b/s, renamed Raglan 16.5.1860) & '.../SPRING CK' (fine, on entire headed "Camp Beechworth" with light b/s with no year, renamed Beechworth 1.1.1854). [All but Digby were goldmining towns]
'REDIRECTED' HANDSTAMP: Very fine boxed 'REDIRECTED' h/s on 1874 OHMS reply lettersheet with 'SOLICITIOR GENERAL' Frank & 'CRESSY' arrival cds from where forwarded to St Kilda. The only such marking we have seen from Victoria: if they were issued to other post offices, why were they apparently not used?
REGISTRATION: Very fine 'DLB___PB___/REGISTERED' h/s in green on 1873 'RETURNED LETTER' Envelope Code 'W', and the same marking with 'PB' Removed in violet on 1886 'RETURNED LETTER/REGISTERED' Envelopes Codes 'T' & 'W'.