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TASMANIA - Postal History
1855 entire headed "Empression Bay 1855/November 25" & signed "Ed BA Hardy/Westmoreland", to Lancashire endorsed "Convict Letter" & at U/L "Exd/AJV/I Kerr" (= Examined), GPO cds & '[crown]/FREE' cds of the same date, 'AUSTRALIAN/LIVERPOOL/26MR/56/=PACKET=' transit & 'KENDALL' arrival b/s, minor defects. Ex Michael Blake.
Impression Bay Probation Station was located on the northern shore of the Tasman Peninsula, on the site of Premaydena. Edward Hardy had the dubious distinction of having been transported three times!, firstly to Bermuda in 1833; then to VDL in 1841 for seven years; finally again to VDL in 1849 for life. This is extraordinary because it was a term of a convict's parole that he was not to return to England. The reference to "Westmoreland" is to the ship on which he arrived in 1841. He states "...I have been in a great deal of trobele through drink...[I] will put myself to better may please god..."
1868 cover to London with scarce Two-Issue franking of Imperf 4d blue SG 37 (margins close to large with a chunk of the adjoining unit at right) & Perf 10 2d yellow-green SG 60 (Cat £150 x10+ on cover) with neat bars cancel & 34mm GPO cds of 23AP23/1868 in red at left, London arrival cds of JU19/68, minor faults.
1871 large piece (200x143mm) from a registered parcel to Kent with remarkable Three-Issue franking (faults) of VDL Imperf 4d & Perf 10 1d x2 and 'TASMANIA' Imperf 6d & 1/- (cut-to-shape) all tied by BN '63' of New Norfolk, private 'BOURNBANK/Parish of/Wellington' h/s & 'N NORFOLK/22 4 71' postmaster's provisional h/s, sloping 'TOO-LATE' h/s applied at Hobart, a few repaired edge-tears & parts of the address label removed with the registration ribbon. Endorsed "Printed Book with Photographs..." & signed "Molesworth Jeffery" which permitted mailing at the concessional rate for a "book packet" + 6d registration. Only six items recorded bearing the 6d registration rate that applied between 1871 & 1880. Ex Randall Askeland, Patrick Reid & David McNamee.
No longer available
1887 cover to England with Sideface 1d red strip of 6, 2d green and 4d yellow all tied Barred Numeral '63' with 'NEW NORFOLK/JY27/87/TASMANIA' cds alongside paying 6d per ½oz ship letter rate x2, Hobart b/s, couple of minor marks. Apparently originally franked with the 1d strip and found to be over ½oz as the other two values have been affixed over a small part of the address, making a lovely three-colour franking.
FRANK STAMPS: Seven covers with different Franks of varying quality, another with very fine 'CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SHEEP' CTO, then three pages of what are apparently proof impressions dated 1895 x27 including 'CHAIRMAN HOSPITAL BOARD HOBART', 'CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SHEEP', 'ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH', 'MARINE BOARD HOBART', 'ADMINISTRATOR OF CHARITABLE GRANTS', 'HD QR DEF FORCE', 'HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE...', 'HM CUSTOMS HOBART', etc and old 'REGISTRY OF DEEDS/V.D.LAND'.
REGISTRATION ENVELOPES: 1903 Melbourne Printings 4d ultramarine size 230x100mm with V-cut below the flap #R4d (HG C4a) commercial usage to New York with Tablets 2½d & Pictorials 1d tied by Hobart cds of JA19/06, Vancouver Winnipeg & St Paul MN transit & 'WALL STREET STA NEW YORK NY/REGISTERED' arrival b/s, minor soiling & a small piece of the flap missing. Rare: only two other commercially used examples have been recorded, along with several philatelic usages. [David McNamee's example had a mutilated flap]
Packet of pieces franked with Emblems, Beaded Ovals or Laureates, pieces with crowned-ovals of 'ROKEWOOD' & 'THE LEIGH' and superb 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/GEELONG-VICTORIA' cds, eleven early outers including with crowned-ovals of 'PAID/GEELONG' in black in error, 'COLAC', 'QUEENSCLIFF' & 'WINCHELSEA'.
VICTORIA - Postmarks
Covers & postal stationery with cds including 1930 'STAUGHTON VALE' & 'ANAKIE' with Inverted Dateline (franked with Revenues & taxed), 1937 'BRIGHTON-WEST/VIC', 1931 'ST ANDREWS', 1931 'GREENDALE' etc, and Registration Envelopes including with 'NUTFIELD' (1961), 'MONT PARK' (1961) & poor 'MOSQUITO CREEK' (1927; the only recorded example; red label with Rat's Tail), etc, condition variable.
Post-1912 commercial registered covers with all-different datestamps including 'P O CASTERTON' (rated RRR), "FRASER", 'FLINDERS ST MELB' (RRR), '___ GLENALBYN' SDL ('TO' removed; RR), 1948 'KEILOR EAST', 'MILDURA' with Dotted Arcs, 'PUCKAPUNYAL TOWN', 'PURA PURA', 'RUBICON' (poor; better b/s), 'SEVEN CREEKS', 'WOORNDOO', etc, labels include reds & provisionals, only a few Decimal Period.
(Qty 100 approx)
VICTORIA - Postal History
1850 (Aug) large-part "On Service" entire with 2d grey-lilac SG 6  (margins just touched - at upper-left - to huge), with Butterfly '10' (RRR) & 'ALBERTON/PORT PHILLIP' b/s (both poor), Melbourne arrival b/s of AU19/1850.
1859 cover from England with very fine 6d lilac SG 70 tied by 'PLYMOUTH/JU8/59 - 620' duplex, to "Mr Ford/Parish of Connaware/County of Grant/Melbourne..." with Melbourne & Geelong b/s of AU8/59, "turned" & returned to Turnchapel !! with Emblems 2d violet Horizontally Laid Paper SG 70 plus Perf 12 4d dull rose SG 83 tied by BN '2' of Geelong (b/s of SE9/59), superb 'PLYMOUTH/NO11/59' arrival b/s, the flaps opened-out for enhanced display, a bit soiled. A truly extraordinary cover. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
1860-63 Classic frankings comprising 1) 1860 to Scotland with Queen-on-Throne 6d x2 pairs unusually with no British entry mark but with 'PRESTONPANS' arrival b/s; 2) mourning cover to England "per Benares" with Queen-on-Throne 6d single & pair plus Beaded Ovals 3d blue, light BN '157' of '____ COLLINGWOOD' (oval b/s with 'EAST' removed); 3) 1861 (June 25) flapless cover to London "per Jeddo" with Woodblocks 6d black SG 102 (a huge marginal example, stained by the "black boy" gum used) being the Earliest Recorded Usage; 4) 1862 to London "Per Northam/Via Marseilles" with Perf 12 1/- & Beaded Ovals 3d blue x3 (one with trimmed perfs, "black boy" gum); and 5) 1863 with Beaded Ovals 4d with Major Cracked Electro [D10], BN '84' & 'WINCHELSEA' crowned-oval b/s.
1874 Police Department long cover (268x113mm) with 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Frank Stamp in blue, 'STAWELL WEST/JA26/74/VICTORIA' unframed cds and Barred Numeral '152', endorsed "Registered" but apparently not handled as such and so officially registered on arrival in Melbourne with oval 'REGISTERED' h/s struck on face superscribed "Officially" in manuscript, couple of minor blemishes & light folds. Very unusual use of a handstamp generally seen only on outward mail as an expedient where no other appropriate marking was available.
1888-89 mail from Great Britain comprising 1d Postal Cards x2 (one correctly uprated with 1d lilac), cover paid 2½d but taxed 1½d + 4d fine (opening faults), overweight cover from Ireland with 6d Jubilee & '1s/MORE TO PAY'-in-oval h/s of Melbourne, and 5d rate cover to 'HONG-KONG' (b/s) forwarded to Sydney then to Melbourne with '(2d")/MORE TO PAY'-in-oval h/s, two items with remnants of NSW black/yellow 'MORE TO PAY' dockets on the reverse.
1890 cover with Solicitor's imprint on the flap, to London with rare franking of 1/6d orange tied by 'ENGLISH MAIL TPO/DE16/90 - VICTORIA' duplex cancel on cover to London arrival b/s of 9JA91, minor blemishes. [The rate was 6d ship letter x2 + 6d late fee for posting directly onto the English Mail TPO to Adelaide]
1891 usage of 2d Postal Card to Germany with Melbourne duplex of OC1/91 being the day Victoria joined the Universal Postal Union & from when the foreign postcard rate was reduced to 1½d, 'T'-in-oval h/s applied & then crossed-through when the error was realised. Superb! Ex Hugh Freeman. [An exceptional item for the Victorian postal historian or collector of UPU as a subject]
1896 cover to USA with fraudulent use of Large Stamp Duty 6d blue with pen cancel erased (but still visible) plus 2d tied 'BOURKE STREET EAST' cds paying 2½d letter rate x2 + 3d registration, San Francisco arrival b/s.
1909 PPC to Breslau (Poland) with ½d Bantam & 1d pink incorrectly routed across USA then with 'TRANSATLANTIC POST OFFICE/MY26/09/ 4' cds and 'MISSENT' cachet alongside. [These markings were used on board the White Star Liner 'Oceanic' carrying mail between New York & Southampton from 1908 to the end of the service in 1914]
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) or purple (with 'PB' excised). A rare pair.