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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
'C OF A' Perfins on Great Britain with KEVII 2½d on cover to Switzerland with 'THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/...' imprint at L/L, KGV 1d on local PPC, 6d pairs * & U, Seahorses 2/6d x3 & 5/- x4; KGVI to £1 brown x2 & Festival to 5/- pair; QEII with Castles to £1 x5 including a pair; a few mint including KGVI ½d orange block of 12; condition variable. The illustration is above Lot 32.
(Qty 100+ & 2 covers)
C of A - Postal Stationery
POSTAL CARDS - OFFICIAL: 1915 KGV Sideface 1d red with Type 2 'OS'-in-the-Die ACSC #PO2B for the Federal Commissioner of Taxation at Perth with 'FEDERAL ENTERTAINMENTS TAX' advice on the reverse, minor blemishes, unused, Cat $1250. [The ACSC gives the issue date as "1915?"; the printer's imprint on the reverse of this card is '7.15' indicating printing in July 1915]
ENVELOPES - OFFICIAL: 'OS'-in-the-Die group with Kangaroo 1d the three sub-types, KGV Sideface 1d red Type 1, 1½d red-brown Type 2, 2d orange x2 (both with minor faults), Star with 'POSTAGE' 2d orange, 1½d green, 1½d on 2d scarlet, 1½d scarlet x4 (one unused), 2d on 1½d, Oval KGV 1½d & 2d x3 (one unused & very scarce thus), various users but all the long types are for the Victorian Education Department, some postmark interest including the scarce 'WALLACEDALE NORTH/VIC', generally fine to very fine, Cat $4000.
Buy NowPrice $750.00
C of A - Postal History
1927 (c.) large-part Commonwealth Serum Laboratories registered parcel tag to the Chief Quarantine Officer in Sydney with rare franking on the reverse of Punctured 'OS' Third Wmk 1/- pair, SMult Wmk 6d block of 6 & 9d + KGV 2d brown tied by two largely complete strikes of the enormous undated 'CHIEF PARCEL OFFICE/ MELBOURNE' h/s.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
POSTAL CARDS - STAMPED TO ORDER: 1911 NSW Government Railways 1d 'CABBAGE PALMS...' to Sydney with very fine rubber 'STATION MASTER/[crown]/ORANGE' h/s & superb 'TPO 2 WEST/7JL11/NSW' cds, Anthony Hordern receival cachet in red.
QUEENSLAND - Travelling Post Offices
Southern & Western Railway: 28mm 'TPO S&WR/A/UP/ 1 23SP/84 1 /=Q.L=' plus similar 'TPO S&WR/A/DOWN/ 2 SP25/84 2 /Q.L' & 'TPO S&WR/DOWN/ 4 SP25/84 4 /Q.L' largely fine to very fine transit backstamps on Victorian OHMS Franked lettersheet without additional postage as required but not taxed, to 'YULEBA' (b/s) & redirected to Toowong. An extraordinary cover!
Buy NowPrice $190.00T
1909 (c.) Four Figures 1d red punctured 'OS' on remaindered stock from the 1889-91 Post Office issue with printed advice headed 'Department of Public Lands', to Townsville with Brisbane cds of DE7/09, discolouration and rounded corners. An extraordinary and rare hybrid issue, and the earliest of the four recorded examples. [Illustrated at page 41. Absent from Ron Butler's collection]
1911 (c.) with 'ADDRESS.' Added Four Figures 1d red as HG 17 but punctured 'OS' with printed advice headed 'Department of Public Lands', locally used with Brisbane machine cancel of 6MAR14 and chamfered-boxed 'CROWN [crown] SOLICITOR/BRISBANE' receival cachet in blue on the reverse, rounded corners & minor discolouration. [Illustrated at page 42, where stated to be "the only recorded example". Absent from Ron Butler's collection]
(c.) 1912 with Four Corners 1d red printed over 'STAMP' in black, headed 'POST CARD/Department of Public Instruction' peculiarly with the Address-Half at left and the Message-Half at right, with black & white view 'A SUBURBAN SCHOOL', minor blemishes. Rare: only one or two examples each of a few different views are recorded. [Illustrated at page 42. Absent from Ron Butler's collection]
OFFICIAL REGISTRATION ENVELOPES: Unstamped OHMS type with printed address 'Post and Telegraph Department/ Brisbane', unused; 'RETURNED UNCLAIMED LETTER' types three different editions, the last with 'On His Majesty's Service' used in 1898 1899 & 1908 respectively, the earliest & latest each with 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE/[crown]/ QUEENSLAND' impressed in red wax across the flaps; a few faults but highly presentable. Rare: illustrated at pages 115 (the first) or 116.
Buy NowPrice $380.00T
UPU ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DELIVERY ENVELOPE: 1898 usage of a simple AR envelope printed in black on cream stock with no reference to the issuing authority but with Coat of Arms in red on the flap, to Massachusetts with 'REGISTERED/JA 24 98/BRISBANE' cds, Boston transit & 3-line 'RECEIVED/MAR 15 1898/New Bedford, Mass' arrival b/s both in violet, faint blemishes. Illustrated at page 116. [AR Envelopes from all the Colonies/States are rare. We have recorded only one other example of this issue. How the FIP can deny that emissions such as this, required by the UPU, are postal stationery is an enduring mystery]
OFFICIAL: 1906 usage of Four Figures 1d red with 'OHMS' h/s above the text & oval 'Statistical Office/OCT 20 1906/BRISBANE' cachet at L/L, also with '[B]OOK POST' h/s at U/L, to Belgium, opened a bit roughly at the base & neatly repaired. The only example we have seen. [Illustrated by Jan Kosniowski]
OFFICIAL: 1897 Four Figures 1d red punctured 'OS' & with 'OHMS' h/s in rosine below the text, the stamp with a prominent natural paper flaw at U/L, ironed-out folds, unused. Illustrated at page 72 where it is stated "...this item falls into the same category as other material removed from sale stock because of a visual or other impairment, and was later...pressed into service by a Government Department". [Illustrated by Jan Kosniowski]
** Consensus among collectors is that this item is a fake. The OHMS heading may be genuine (but no other examples have been seen) but the 'OS' perfin is agreed among the experts to be a forgery. Nonetheless, we believe that some people will be interested in acquiring this piece, a view with which Alan Griffiths agrees. He has asked us to leave Lot 628 in the sale but to offer it without reserve **
QUEENSLAND - Postal History
1899-1901 OHMS covers with various Police cachets.
1912 OHMS Government Savings Bank envelopes registered to Brisbane with cds and red & black/white R labels of 'BYRNESTOWN__/...' ('RS' removed; not recorded by Bernie Manning) or 'DIDCOT', the first with minor blemishes.
Buy NowPrice $115.00T
Great Northern Railway: squared-circle 'G.N. RAILWAY/---/S.A' (date indistinct) largely fine b/s on 1882 OHMS wrapper to "Railway Works/Quorn Railway", 'UNCLAIMED' h/s & DLO b/s in purple. Rated RRRR+: the only example recorded on cover. [Recorded 1882 only]
- Railway: 21mm 'P-O/MR19/69/RAILWAY' transit b/s on OHMS cover from 'Kanyaka' (poor '122' cancel & fine 'KANYAKA' cds on the face), endorsed "Rec'd open" & sealed with large-part 'PO RAILWAY/[crown]/SA' in red wax.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1897 double-rate OHMS cover with 'COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF/AUSTRALIAN STATION' imprint at L/L, to "HM British Consul/Samoa" with Tannenberg 5d tied by Adelaide squared-circle, minor blemishes.
Buy NowPrice $115.00
VICTORIA - Postmarks
1874-84 Justice of the Peace 'turned' lettersheets all with scarcer duplexes including 'NHILL - MCCC/11' (rated RR) x2, 'HORSHAM - 51' (RR), 'BELFAST - 6' x2, 'PRAHRAN - 69' x2, 'ST KILDA - 78', 'WINCHELSEA - 84', 'WOODS POINT - VICTORIA', etc, some other postmark interest, condition variable. [From the final release of material from the hoard discovered in the 1980s]
1874-84 Justice of the Peace 'turned' lettersheets selected for Gippsland content with numerous scarce to rare cds & cds/numeral 'ties', many record dates & very fine strikes, condition variable. A veritable 'goldmine', with strong goldmining content. [From the final release of material from the hoard discovered in the 1980s]