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Displaying 12 Lots in Category - Missent Mail
DOWN TRAIN 1: Type 3 (Small Octagon) very fine strike of 'OC8/08' (the year slug '80' inverted) unusually on the face of 1d Postal Card Melbourne-Geelong but with superb 'MISSENT TO/WILLIAMSTOWN' h/s, Geelong arrival b/s of the same date, closed pinholes at U/R otherwise superb. Williamstown is on the branch line running south from the railway junction at Footscray. Absence of a second Melbourne marking indicates after processing at the Williamstown PO the card was returned only as far as Footscray RS to be put on the next Down train to Geelong, where the TPO marking was applied. A terrific item for the collector of missent or redirected mail.
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UP TRAIN 11: Type 2 ('TPO 11') largely very fine b/s of 30OC15 on Bank cover from Bendigo (cds of 30SE15) to New York with small 'Passed' censor h/s of Melbourne in violet, repaired opening tear on the reverse clear of the cds & minor blemishes. Rated RRR, the latest recorded usage on cover. [TPO 11 is not recorded used on the Bendigo Line & it is improbable that it was transferred there even for a very short period. Les Molnar obviously took the 30OC15 date to be an error. However, we suggest that the one month gap could be as a result of the cover being missent on the Ballarat Line, inadvertently held at Ballarat for a month, then returned to Melbourne to be sent to Wodonga & on to Sydney & America]
UP TRAIN 3: Type 1 (Large Vertical Oval) very fine b/s of FE2673 on cover with DLR 2d tied by superb Sandhurst duplex, to Buninyong - 11km S of Ballarat - but missent all the way to Ballarat (part-b/s) where placed on the next Up service with light but generally very fine strike of the MG1 Large Oval, faint 'BUNINYONG RY STN' transit (the earlier of only two recorded strikes) & Buninyong duplex arrival b/s (affected by repaired flap tear). T he only recorded cover with two different Up Large Vertical Ovals . [Illustrated at page 46]
DOWN TRAIN 3: Type 3 (Small Octagon) largely very fine cancel of MR5/88 on 1d Postal Card with message headed "Baynton", to Melbourne with Castlemaine transit b/s, small defects. Baynton is 20km NE of Kyneton & thus south of Castlemaine, meaning this card was first missorted onto an Up train. Rated RR on cover but this is the only instance of it being used as a canceller on cover.
UP TRAIN 4: Type 1 (Large Vertical Oval) largely very fine b/s of 19FE73 on OHMS cover with '...PUBLIC INSTRUCTION' frank h/s in blue, superb 'MISSENT TO/RAVENSWOOD' h/s on the face (slightly affected by a repaired filing hole) & equally fine 'RAVENSWOOD' b/s (the only recorded example), placed on the next Up train with partial 'WALLAN WALLAN' arrival b/s, part of the flap is missing. The Oval is unusual for having been refigured to the DDMMYY format.
UP TRAIN 4: Type 3 (CDS with 'GM4' Error) very fine strike of JA19/76 on face of cover with Bell 2d cancelled with very fine 'TPO/ 4 ' obliterator, apparently from a Bendigo sender but missorted into the Melbourne Up Train mail, the error apparently noted by the Up Train mail guard who also applied the 'POSTED OUT/OF COURSE' h/s at upper-left, the cover then sent back to Bendigo with octagonal 'DOWN TRAIN/MG 3' b/s, Sandhurst transit & 'WHITE HILLS' arrival b/s, minor repaired flap tears. Illustrated at page 59. [Addressed to "7th White Hill". The area was named after the large mullock heaps containing so much quartz crystal that they gleamed in the sunshine]
UP TRAIN 4: Type 3 (CDS with 'GM4' Error) fine b/s of MY27/80 on cover from Melbourne to "Newtown", sent first to Newtown Scarsdale (SW of Ballarat), then to Newtown Geelong, then to Beechworth, Maryborough, Kyneton (the TPO d/s applied on this sector), & Williamstown (with obscured 'UP TRAIN/MG 3' cds), sent to the Dead Letter Branch (b/s in green) where boxed 'POST TOWN/NOT/KNOWN IN VICTORIA' h/s applied on face at L/R, finally forwarded to Newtown Sydney, soiled & the flap removed. A remarkable journey.
DOWN TRAIN 9: Type 1 (22mm Octagon) light cancel of AU18/79 on Bell 2d on cover to Benalla with Melbourne b/s, pencil note "is 9/checked/JRWP" (Bill Purves), minor blemishes. Rated RRR: the earliest of 12 usages on cover recorded. Illustrated at page 76. [Purves wrote about this cover "Does it mean that TPO 9 was originally allocated to [the Wodonga] Line? ". That theory is supported by the absence of any Gippsland marking. However, it could have been missorted at Melbourne onto the North Gippsland Line where the error was noted & the cover transferred to the next Up train, perhaps from Dandenong or Warragul]
DOWN TRAIN 18: Octagon very fine cancel of AU4/96 on 1d Postal Card with illustrated advice for Bleasby & Co Ironmongers (Melbourne), to Stawell with Ballarat transit & Stawell arrival b/s. Rated RRR on cover. [It appears this item travelled on the original Melbourne-Geelong-Ballarat Line. The sender's business was close to the North Melbourne RS, at which both the Geelong & Ballarat trains stopped. The card would appear to have been missent on the Geelong service but not returned to Melbourne because the Geelong-Ballarat connection was still in use]
UP TRAIN 19: Type 2 ('TPO 19/VICTORIA') very fine large-part cancels of UP28MR11 on 1d on PPC ("Princes Bridge, Geelong") to Deans Marsh, and DOWN3JA10 on PPC of Terang with message headed "Noorat". Rated RRRR - five covers recorded - and RRRRR - two covers recorded - respectively. ['19' on the Down cds is struck off the card. However, the measurements are consistent with other TPO 19 strikes & Noorat is 6km NNE of Terang on the Port Fairy Line. Of course, that means it's another missent item, carried on the Down train to Warrnambool where it was put on the next Up train to Melbourne]
DOWN TRAIN 19: Octagon very fine cancel of FE27/93 on 1d Postal Card with the message from "Colac", 'UP TRAIN/ MG 18' transit & Melbourne arrival b/s, two small filled spikeholes. Rated RRR. [Missent on the Down train, probably as far as Warrnambool, where placed on the next Up service to Melbourne. Only one other cover with both TPO markings has been recorded]
UP TRAIN 2: Type 2 ('TPO 2') largely superb cancel of 25OC10 on 1d Envelope with 'Shire of Cranbourne' header, to Clyde. Rated RRRR: eight examples on cover recorded. Clyde is only 6km SE of Cranbourne. The cover was apparently missorted, being sent on the Up Train to Dandenong, then returned to Clyde, making it very desirable double short-haul item. Illustrated at page 91. [Acquired at the Prestige auction of 2.9.2006 for $437]