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Displaying 11 Lots in Category - Mining
MAIL TO UK & EMPIRE
1914 (June 29) usage of of 1d Roo Envelope to "Springbok/Namaqualand/South Africa" with First Wmk 3d olive tied by very fine 'SMOKY BAY/STH AUSTRALIA' cds, another strike on the distinctive SA-type registration label, minor blemishes on the reverse only. Gorgeous! Unusual destination. [Namaqualand is an arid diamond-mining region in the west of South Africa]
1926 (July 10) Cutress cover to Derby with Kangaroo ½d green and KGV 1d red, 1d green & 2d orange tied by 'KALGOORLIE/WA' cds, small 'BY AIR MAIL' only h/s (private?), boxed 'FORWARDED/BY AIR MAIL' h/s in red with superb 'SHIP ROOM/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' cds, 'DERBY/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' arrival cds on the face.
TO EUROPE ASIA & AFRICA
1936 (Dec 3) cover to Italy with Kangaroos 9d + Large Kookaburra 6d pair tied by superb 'MT ISA' (Qld) cds, 'MERANO CORRISP PACCHI/BOLZANO' (?) arrival b/s. [The envelope has a security print within of various early aircraft. The all-air rate was 1/9d. The illustration is on the next page]
OVERSEAS: 1913 (May 15) usage of Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co wrapper to England with Kangaroos First Wmk 3d olive Die II (Cat $500 on cover) tied by Melbourne cds, central fold.
OVERSEAS: 1905 (Dec 8) parcel piece (198x114mm) with OHMS address label affixed and 'BOOK POST' h/s & boxed 'GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF NS WALES/MINES DEPARTMENT, SYDNEY' h/s both in violet, to Belgium with NSW 1d Arms, 2d QV & 4d Captain Cook all with 'OS/NSW' perfins tied by poor Sydney cds. [The rate was 1d per 2oz so the parcel weighed between 12 & 14oz]
PARCELS - OVERSEAS
1930 entire makeshift parcel label (200x170mm) still affixed to a slightly larger piece from a linen bag to Switzerland with an amazing seven-colours franking comprising Roos 6d brown, 1/- x2 & 2/- maroon vertical pair (the upper-unit Chopped Neck BW #39d) + KGV ½d orange, 1d green, 'TWO/PENCE' on 1½d red & 3d blue all tied by 'PARCEL POST/ROCKHAMPTON' cds, noted as weighing 150oz or "11 lbs avoid", insured for £50 with a green/white 'INSURED PARCEL' label (not previously seen by us), on arrival two Swiss labels added, some minor blemishes but remarkably fine for such an item. Truly astonishing! Acquired for $7762 at our Postal History auction of 27/7/2009.The rate was 5/4d for a parcel weighing between 8 & 11 pounds (represented by the stamps at upper-right), plus 1/8½d - the stamps at lower-right - for insurance cover between £48 & £50. Also with the relevant extracts from the 1930 "Post Office Guide". The bag probably contained sapphires as it is from one of the prominent gemstone miners at "Sapphire via Anakie" in central Queensland. Other towns in the vicinity are Emerald & Rubyvale.
1932 Electrolytic R & S Co unaddressed parcel tag with outstanding 5-values multicoloured franking of Kangaroos Third Wmk £1 grey + Small Multiple Wmk 6d chestnut, 2/- maroon, 5/- grey & yellow and £2 grey & rose-carmine tied by poor 'WOLLONGONG/8DE32/NSW' cds & blue-pencil registration lines, blue & black/white registration label, a couple of minor bends well clear of the High Values. A highly significant item for the collector of Kangaroo usage, believed to be the only recorded entire postal article franked with the Small Multiple Wmk £2: three examples are known on a large parcel piece.At least until 1925 gold bullion was a prohibited export. However, during the 1930s, gold bullion was routinely sent to the United States for refining. A concessional rate of 2d per ounce - the same as the domestic letter rate - applied. The rate was 2d x403 = 806d = £3/7/2d(+ 3d registration & 1d late fee) for a gold bar weighing 403oz. The Postal Regulations included a provision, buried in the small print, that if a parcel to the United States contained items worth more than $US100, it must include "an invoice certified by a United States consul".
1938 linen parcel tag to the San Francisco Mint with outstanding multicoloured franking of KGV 5d pair, KGVI Robes 5/- & 10/- + Kangaroos CofA Wmk £1 grey - marginal from the top of the sheet - and £2 black & rose-carmine tied by 'REGISTERED PERTH/25OCT38/WESTN AUSTRALIA' cds, slightly reduced affecting the eyelet (which is of no significance). [The rate was 2d x453 = 906d = £3/15/6d (+ 3d registration & 1d late fee) for a gold bar weighing 453oz. From 1939 export of gold was again restricted, all gold produced within Australia & its Territories being required to be lodged in a refined state with the Commonwealth Bank]
1939 (Dec 4) cover with printed 'URGENT/PRESS PARCEL', KGVI 2d red Die II tied by scarce 'WILD DUCK CREEK/VIC' cds (LRD). PO 15/3/1862; closed 16/4/1962; on the McIvor Goldfields. [There is no mention in the Post Office Guides of a "press parcel" service. It appears to have been an arrangement with the Victorian Railways whereby letters so endorsed were treated expeditiously on arrival]
OVERSEAS: 1909 (May 18) cover to Germany with unusual franking of Western Australian ½d green x11 - 2½d postage + 3d registration - tied by 'MOO SANDSTONE/WESTN AUSTRALIA' cds & 'R'-in-circle h/s, German oval 'LEIPZIG- HOF/BAHNPOST/ZUG 21' TPO transit b/s & 'Vom Auslande/über Bahnpost 21' registration label.
Advice of Delivery (Avis de Reception)
DOMESTIC: 1901 (Oct 4) usage of Western Australian AR form to Perth with Swan 2½d tied by boxed 'MONEY ORDER OFFICE,/CUE, W.A.' d/s (unrecorded in PMI) in violet, Perth arrival b/s, 'NOT IN...DELIVERY' h/s & two different Dead Letter Office d/s, minor repair at the top. Most unusual.