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Displaying 19 Lots in Category - Vice-Regal (Governors') Mail
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]
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]
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Handstamped proof impressions 1) 'ATTORNEY GENERAL' and 'CHIEF SECRETARY' both in blue on c.1864 single small piece, Rated RRR+; and 'GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA' Die 7 (30˝mm single circle with 1˝mm arcs at the sides) three superb proof impressions in black on c.1891 piece of very thin paper. The second is illustrated at page 80. [The only such proof items recorded for any franks of Victoria]
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ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GOVERNMENT: Posthumous per favor strike in violet on small piece. [Struck from the original handstamp held in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney: both items illustrated at page 9. No contemporary strikes, and no entires, are recorded]
Examples could be expected to exist from the six separate periods between governorships when an Administrator was appointed. However it is expected that the frank was never actually issued or used. The lot includes a 1901 mourning cover from the second period of administratorship of Sir John Madden, with Governor Die 6 h/s]
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GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1877-1901 envelopes with all different handstamps comprising Die 1 in red (signed by the Governor "GF Bowen") & in violet (both rated RR), Die 3 in violet (RR), Die 4 in violet (RR), Die 5 in violet (R) & in magenta (unlisted), Die 6 in violet & in blue and Die 8 light strike in watery black (RRR), condition variable.
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1884-1902 all-different envelopes (various sizes) with flap devices comprising colourless embossing 'THE GOVERNOR OF/[Arms]/VICTORIA' & "belt & buckle", Coat of Arms Type 1 (full-face lion) in red x2, dull blue x2, ultramarine x2, grey-blue x3, grey, & black, Coat of Arms Type 2 (lion looking at unicorn) in dull blue x3, 'Government House, Melbourne/[Coat of Arms]' in red, Crown in red & gold, Coronet & LN Monogram, and curved 'GOVERNMENT HOUSE/MELBOURNE' x2, various franks including Dies 1 & 3, condition variable.
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1868 superb vellum front (stated by S&W to be from a wrapper #W10, the only recorded example) with printed address of The Principal Secretary of State, to London 'By RMS ("Geelong")' with largely very fine Die 1 h/s in blue & signed "JHT Manners Sutton" at L/L; and 1874 envelope to Debrett's Peerage in London sent "via Brindisi" with partial Die 1 h/s in black (#E50) & signed "GF Bowen" at L/L. A very scarce duo. [Sir John Henry Thomas Manners-Sutton was Governor 15.8.1866 to 2.3.1873. He was succeeded by Sir George Ferguson Bowen 31.3.1873 to 22.2.1879]
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1872 envelope with Die 1 (Small 'OF' & large fleuron below Arms) h/s in blue cutout (!) affixed & tied by Melbourne duplex (S&W #E110), to the Governor & endorsed "To be delivered at Toorak" but note on reverse states "This was delivered at the Government Offices instead of at Toorak", vertical & horizontal folds. A remarkable usage.
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.
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1902 envelope with largely very fine Die 5 (29mm double-circle) h/s in violet & 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s (S&W unlisted), to London where redirected to France & 'T' h/s applied, 'VEULES-DES-ROSES' arrival b/s, flap removed. [From about 1896, Franks no longer had validity on overseas mail & required an 'OFFICIAL PAID' marking to be added. The Post Office in France probably understood the handstamp to mean "Paid to Destination" so no fine was collected]
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: Undated envelope with very fine impression of Die 6 (triple-circle) in violet (S&W #500), flap removed & minor blemishes, unused. Die 6 is the commonest of all the Governor franks but unused items are rare.
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: Undated envelope with superb impression of Die 7 in black with Coat of Arms in ultramarine on the flap (S&W unlisted), unused. Rated RRR+. Superb!
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1892 & 1896 envelopes with Die 6 in violet (superb) or blue h/s, unusual Travelling Post Office usages with 'UP TRAIN/ MG7 /JA14/92/VICTORIA' cds or 'ENGLISH MAIL TPO/NO17/96/ + - VICTORIA' duplex. [See also Lot 281250 ]
GOVERNOR-GENERAL: 1900-02 envelopes with the h/s in blue, the first an irregular & unauthorised pre-Federation usage within NSW with Sydney DE29/00 cds & 'Government House Sydney/[Arms]' in red on the flap, the others with 'GOVERNOR GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA/[Arms]' in black (mourning cover, the flap damaged) or ultramarine on the flap, both to England with 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s. All absent from the census but the first is illustrated at page 87 where it is wrongly identified as #E40. [See also Lot 281250 ]
GOVERNOR-GENERAL: 1901 mourning envelope-front with magnificent strike of the h/s in blue, to England with Sydney & 'POSTAGE PAID SYDNEY/FE11/1901/NSW' cds. Superb! Not included in the Census.
Although the Governor-General was a Commonwealth official, until 1927 he was based in Melbourne. There was no Commonwealth legislation in respect of postal franks so the regulations of Victoria (& NSW) applied, as evidenced by the fact that the Governor-General frank was withdrawn at the same time as the State types, on 31.10.1902.
GOVERNOR-GENERAL: 1901 mourning envelope with very fine h/s in violet & Melbourne cds of 22.6.01 (S&W #90), to the Administrator of Tasmania, flap removed & minor blemishes. Rated RRRR: the only cover recorded with the h/s in violet. [From the period between the departure of Tasmanian Governor The Lord Gormanston and the arrival of Captain Sir Arthur Havelock]
GOVERNOR-GENERAL: 1902 usage of Queensland 1d Postal Card ("Gold Mine and Works Charters Towers") with unnecessary usage of the frank h/s in blue (S&W #P20) to London with Brisbane d/s of OC4/02 & message on the reverse headed "Government House", rather aged & with a repaired tear at the top. The only such item recorded but we have seen another similar card (in worse condition).
TYPE 2 (DUPLEX): Very fine cancel of AU27/02 across largely very fine 'GOVERNOR-GENERAL/[Arms]/FRANK STAMP/AUSTRALIA' h/s in blue on cover with 'GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA/[Arms]' embossed in blue on the flap, to England with superb 'VICTORIA/[Crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s as required on franked mail going abroad. A terrific TPO usage. Unlisted in the Stieg & Watson Census, where only four other envelopes with the flap embossing - three of them mourning types - are recorded. The franking privilege was withdrawn 31.10.1902, making this a very late usage (and the second-latest Governor-General envelope recorded by Stieg & Watson).
It is almost certain that the duplex & Official Paid h/s were struck in the same ink, suggesting that the h/s was part of the TPO "furniture". However, there is no such marking on Lot 281230 , which raises the previously unexpected possibility that the Official Paid handstamp was allocated to the Governor-General for use on his mail to the Old Country!