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PUNCTURED 'OS': 1930 Sturt Centenary 1½d ACSC #139ba block of 32 (4x8) & 3d #140ba block of 18 (2x9) from the right of the sheets, each with two punctures in the right-hand margin almost certainly for retaining pins to facilitate the application of the perfins, mostly well centred, unmounted, Cat $1380+.
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C of A - First Day Covers
1930 Lord Howe Island ProvisionalSturt 1½d endorsed in manuscript "2d paid/PM/LHI" uncancelled on commercial cover to a Sydney solicitor with 'LORD HOWE_ ISLAND/22AU/1930/NSW' cds alongside, a few faults but presentable & the stamp is very fine, Cat $3250 (for usage on 22 or 23.8.1930). From the first despatch of provisionals from the island, with the earliest recorded date of 22.8.1930, making this a rare & generally unrecognised First Day Cover. [Most later covers were organised by collectors & invariably have the cds tying the stamp to the envelope]
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1838cross-written entire headed "Adelaide SA/October 31 1838" and signed "Robt Leake" to his brother in Van Diemens Land with a largely very fine strike of the undated double-circle 'POST OFFICE/[lion & crown]/ADELAIDE' h/s, very fine boxed 'SHIPLETTER/3DE3/1838' d/s of Hobart where rated "11" (4d inwards shipletter + 7d for delivery between 75 & 90 miles), light vertical fold. Ex Michael Blake: sold at the Prestige auction of 23.9.2011 for $4370. A very fine and very early postmarked letter from the Colony, which was founded only two years earlier. [Postal operations began on 10/4/1837. Very few pre-1840 letters survive in private hands. The sole postage rate was 1d regardless of destination or distance carried & this was paid to the ship's captain]
Robert Rowland Leake was one of two sons of John Leake who settled in South Australia. Robert writes to his brother Edward - transcript included - "I have moved my flock to Coromandle village it is eight miles from Holdfast...you will want a weeks provisions...on first landing...walloughby (= wallaby) rugs...are excellent things in leaky huts...we have 22,000 sheep 2000 head of cattle and 200 horses in the Colony..."
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CHINA:1907 French "Tricar Contal a L'Hotel de Nankao" fully laden for the famous Peking-Paris Motor Race, unused. [There were five entries. Only the 3-wheeler Contal failed to finish. It was lost in the Gobi Desert]
AUSTRALIAN:Basic collection to 2008 plus an array of mostly unaddressed FDCs & commemorative covers.
AUSTRALIAN:1961 Mawson photographic essay by Donald Cameron of unadopted design showing portrait of Mawson (similar to the issued stamp) alongside the "Aurora" in the Antarctic, also FDC of the issued stamp autographed by "Donald Cameron" and "PG Law" (ANARE leader).
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NEW ZEALAND:1908 philatelic cover to "Mr TD Robertson/King Edward VII Land/South Pole" endorsed "per Nimrod" with New Zealand ½d "John Bull printing kit"-type 'NOT KNOWN AT/KING ED-VII Land' h/s in purple, returned via Lyttelton (1DE06) & Christchurch where hexagonal 'NZ/CHRISTCHURCH/9DEC1908/UNCLAIMED' d/s applied in rosine, superb 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE/23DE/08/NZ' b/s in magenta, small repaired tear at lower-right.
1979 Captain Cook Death Bicentenary M/S imperforate progressive colour proofs unmounted, one folded & another with blue-ink mark around a printing flaw otherwise fine.
1940 Centennialvertically se-tenant stampsize photographic proofs of James Berry's essays for 1) ½d Arrival of Maori, 1½d Abel Tasman (with the central vignette replaced from a different sheetlet in scarlet) & 2½d Immigrants in yellow-brown; and 2) 4d Flag Raising, 8d Transport & 5d Gold Mining (with the central vignette replaced from a different sheetlet in grey-green). Important developmental proofs for this key commemorative issue. [James Berry was responsible for 10 of the 12 issued designs] (2 items)