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1887 Queen Victoria Black on Coloured Papers ½d black/mauve over-stamped with 1902-05 1d black/pale green - torn before being affixed - plus South Australia 1885 'V R' Perf 12 ½d green & 1d green all tied by multiple strikes of a very large but largely indistinct 'SPENCER ST' cancel in blue. A truly extraordinary combination franking with all stamps cancelled in Melbourne indicating that the Victorian Railways had a stock of South Australian (and NSW?) stamps at their Head Office for pre-payment of inter-Colonial/State fees.
This is as new a discovery as we could offer. On the day the final editing was being done, a local gentleman who is "down-sizing" arrived at our office with all manner of family correspondence and artefacts. With nothing like this in Amitabh Chand's collection, we thought it would benefit all parties if we were able to squeeze it into this sale.
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.
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1884 envelope with Die 1 h/s in violet to the Governor of South Australia with very fine 'SOUTH MELBOURNE/ NO22/84/VIC - 148' duplex & Adelaide arrival cds of NO24/84, stained on the reverse. Rated RR: not in the census.
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1881 envelope with largely superb Die 2 ('OF' same size as 'GOVERNOR') h/s in red & 'MELBOURNE CLUB' embossing on the flap (S&W #E130), remarkably posted in South Australia to the Governor of Western Australia with SA 2d tied by 'GPO ADELAIDE/FE18/81/S-A' cds, minor blemishes on the reverse. A rare & desirable "out of Colony" usage.
DOWN TRAIN 3: Type 4 ('TPO 3/VICTORIA' with No Arcs) superb per favor strike of 10JA13 on KGV Fullface 1d Letter Card ("MT LOFTY RANGES/SOUTH AUSTRALIA" - horse & cart - in claret), unsealed. Gorgeous, if philatelic. [Illustrated at page 11: the pencil address didn't belong & has been removed]
ASSOCIATED INTERSTATE MARKINGS: 'ENG MAIL TPO/S AUSTRALIA' cancels on Thick 'POSTAGE' 4d (superb strike) 6d & 9d (21FE1907, the ERD). [Les Molnar states in his exhibit that the NSW & South Australian types "were issued under the auspices of the Victorian Railways..." This is clearly wrong. Postal matters were the province of the Postmaster-General's Department, not the Railways, and each State was responsible for provision of postal markers for use within their relevant borders]
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ASSOCIATED INTERSTATE MARKINGS: 'ENG MAIL TPO/19SE1915/S AUSTRALIA' (LRD) superb cancel on Kangaroo 2½d on Morris Beckett & Co cover to Switzerland with superb 'PASSED.' h/s of Adelaide in violet. Superb! Rated RRRRR, being the later of only two examples recorded on cover, & the only cover with a Commonwealth franking. Acquired at the Prestige auction of 7.12.2012 for $1322.
The English Mail was transferred at Serviceton (Vic) from the Victorian Railways to the South Australian Railways. As in Victoria, mail was collected within South Australia. However, with only two covers recorded - the other from 1906, which Les Molnar describes as being on "a ruinously damaged postcard"! - this must have been an infrequent occurrence. The Adelaide imprint on this cover suggests it was posted very close to the end of the line.