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Displaying 3 Lots in Category - Convict Mail
C of A - First Day Covers
JACK PEAKE: 1953 Tasmania Sesquicentenary 3½d se-tenant pair & 2/- tied to three long covers (240x105mm) with different Port Arthur illustrations by Gladstone cds of 23SE53.
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Official Stamps - Departmental Overprints
CONVICT DEPARTMENT: Black 'C.' on DLR Crown/SA Rouletted 2d orange, professional repairs at U/L & L/R corners, superb Receiving House numeral '6' cancel originally allocated to Redruth. Rated RR. Chris Ceremuga Certificate (2002). [Campbell & Pearce state the '6' canceller was returned to the GPO in 1867 - before Departmentals were issued - perhaps being applied to mail that arrived in Adelaide uncancelled. We suggest that the numeral was reallocated to the Gaol. Fine examples have sold for up to $575]
VICTORIA - Postal History
1852 entire unstamped letter headed "No 182 King St Melbourne/...Decr 30th 1852" & signed "Roberts Bros", to London endorsed "Registered Letter" & "Per Great Britain", also "Registered" & "G Roberts" on the reverse both in red crayon, variously rated, oval 'SHIP LETTER/[crown]/JA*1/1853/MELBOURNE' b/s in red, boxed 'LIVERPOOL/ SHIP/AP2/1853/ B ' transit & poor London arrival b/s, light overall soiling.
The lengthy letter provides marvellous content including "...many of our characters are sets of desperate fellows chief part of them are old convicts out of their time, many escape from Van Dieman Land...they have no respect for life or property, the vagabonds are not contented with robbing the successful gold diggers on our country roads, but they must discharge a revolver loaded with ball, through the thickest part of their victims thigh sometimes through their hands against a tree. The Bushrangers on the Roads to the diggings they go in gangs from 4 to 8 men...our horse police in the bush find it a difficulty to catch the wretches...You could not travel 350 miles...without being devoured by the aboriginal natives...I am afraid if these northerly hot winds, should it continue, the Bush must catch fire..."