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Displaying 81 - 100 of 240 Lots in Category - Postal History
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1881cover endorsed "From W Gibbs Seaman HM Ship Carysfort Flying/squadron Sidney New South Wales Australia" & countersigned "GTL" (Lieut Gerald T Langley), to London with British 1d Venetian red tied by 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, boxed 'LONDON EC/SP6/81' & 'LONDON SE/ AD /SP7/81' b/s both in red. Ex Gerald Sattin and Gerald Ellott. [The Flying Squadron was on a flag-waving world tour: two grandsons of Queen Victoria were along for the ride. This was one of the earliest, and least-known, Royal Visits to Australia]
No longer available
1896large-part parcel tag (the eyelet removed) registered to a bank in Sydney with rare franking of Centennial 6d block of 8 + 1d & 2d all tied to the reverse by neat strikes of Rays '97' of 'WALCHA' (cds on the face), minor creasing. A rare usage. [At the time, the highest parcel rate was 2/11d. It is likely that the packet contained ore samples & was sent at the Samples & Merchandise rate of 1d per 2oz x48 = 4/- + 3d registration]
1898commercial cover to Wisconsin "via Vancouver" with Jubilee 2½d purple only tied by one of two strikes of the scarce 'NZ MARINE PO/15SEP1898/RMS WARRIMOO' scalloped cds in magenta, double-boxed 'PACKET BOAT' in the same ink alongside & superb NZ-pattern 'T/"25")/CENTIMES' h/s also used aboard the ship, 'TACOMA/WASH' transit & poor Milwaukee arrival b/s, superb 'US CHARGE/TO COLLECT - 10 CENTS' h/s & pre-cancelled Postage Due 2c x5 affixed, ironed-out vertical fold.
POSTMARKS:Unsorted accumulation of mostly 1d & 2d values with extensive postmark interest. Opportunity!
(Qty many 1000s)
RAILWAY STAMPS:c.1950s Russell & Sons Dairy Engineers (Toowoomba) complete parcel tag to Warwick with 1d blue & 10d purple both inscribed 'TOOWOOMBA' & Railway Numeral '55' (?) cancels. A scarce survivor.
QUEENSLAND - Postal History
1878(Jan 11) cover to France "Via Suez" with rare three-colour franking of 1d vermilion, 4d yellow & 6d apple-green tied by 'QL'-in-Rays of Brisbane (cds below), 'PARIS A RENNES/12/MARS/78/ B ' transit b/s & 'ST-SERVAN/ILLE ST VILLAINE' arrival b/s, a few faults.
POSTAL STATIONERY:High quality unused selection with both Reply Postal Card, 1d red "Views of Maryborough" CTO, 1d+1d Reply Letter Card CTO x2 , STO Envelope 1d 120x85mm, etc.
POSTMARKS:Registered covers from Camp Hill (1932), Dulbolla (1925), Eight Mile Plains (1928), Kuraby (1935, mss registration endorsement), Milmerran (1917), Russell Island (1948), Shinfield (1938, mss registration endorsement), etc, group of 1960s covers with provisional lables, also loose labels including black/blue & 'Air Force PO' types, noted 'Chevron Island' block of 25; then about 200 postmarks on piece, condition variable but many fine.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
Packet including 1872 with large 'P' h/s of Port Lincoln, 1881 to Germany with 9d violet, 1896 internal registered with 'O.S.' 2d & 4d, 1899 usage of German Postal Card with 2½d added, 1902 registered to USA, 1905 Education Department registered cover with 5d perf 'SA', 1928 from Cuba with 1d Postage Due strip of 3, 3d Registration Envelope with 8d added & CTO, undated 1d OS Wrapper front to Mauritius uprated with 'O.S.' ½d & 1d, several with 'PAQUEBOT' or 'LOOSE SHIP LETTER' markings, etc, condition variable but those mentioned are fine to very fine.
Large box of mostly PPCs with duplicated squared-circles & cds, pretty ordinary but lots of them; also 1984 philatelic covers x100 approximately.
(Qty many 100s)
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..."
1859cover to Scotland "p Salsette/via Marseilles" with rare franking of Adelaide Printings 6d slate-blue SG 10 two singles (the first with margins just clear to large, the other with margins at places; Cat £400+ on cover) tied by dumb cancels unusually in blue, 'PAID/AU17/1859/=ADELAIDE- S.A.=' cds in blue & 'U M/EDINBURGH/OC9/59' arrival b/s. A very scarce double-rate franking. Ex Michael Blake. RPSofV Certificate (2014).
1859cover to London "per Emeu" with very scarce franking of First Roulettes 6d slate-blue SG 17 tied by 'PAID/OC18/1859/=ADELAIDE-S.A.=' cds in blue, 'LONDON-SW/ A5 /DE14/59' arrival b/s, minor soiling & wrinkling. Ex Rose (1960) & Michael Blake. Carried per "Emeu", departed Melbourne 18.101859; & "Ripon", departed Alexandria 30.11.1859, arrived Southampton 14.12.1859.
1861cover endorsed "PO Pt MacDonnell/16 May 1861" at upper-left, to North Adelaide with Rouletted 2d & manuscript cancel of four lines, 'MOUNT GAMBIER' transit & GPO arrival b/s. [The PO opened early-1861. No postmarks are recorded before March 1862]
1862entire to "Nuccaleena" with Rouletted 1d SG 19 horizontal pair (a couple of faults), Port Augusta cds, postmaster's manuscript endorsement "PO/Blinman/Nov 21 1862" on the reverse, unclaimed & returned via 'KANYAKA' (b/s) to the GPO (b/s) where presumably the 'UNCLAIMED' h/s was applied. Ex Michael Blake. Blinman PO opened 1/9/1862: ten weeks later the post office "furniture" had apparently still not arrived. A PO opened at Nuccaleena in early-1864 but closed -/9/1866.
1876triple-rate cover to Oxfordshire "Via Brindisi" with scarce three-colour franking of 9d red-purple SG 77 & 1/- deep red-brown SG 82 plus De La Rue Perf 10 2d brick-red SG 159 irregular strip of 3 tied to by GPO cds of JA1/76, very fine 'BANBURY/FE14/76' arrival b/s, ironed-out light horizontal fold well clear of the stamps, minor blemishes.
1887cover with DLR 2d tied by very fine 'JUBILEE EXHIBITION/JY13/87/S-A' squared-circle & a second fair strike alongside, to NSW with Manly arrival b/s, some toning & repaired tear at upper-left well clear of the datestamp. PO -.8.1887; closed -.3.1888. Ex John Bell. [Recorded JU13/87 to JA5/88 only: very few covers recorded]
1890cover endorsed "From Gunner J Woolley RMA [= Royal Marines Artillery] HMS Curacoa Australia" & counter-signed "IMRG" (Lieut Ian MR Grant), to London with South Australian 2d tied by 'SHIP MAIL ROOM/ JY9/90/SA - S.AUST' duplex, 'LONDON-SE/ 10 /AU13/90' arrival b/s in red, repaired flap fault. Rare: the only sailor's letter from South Australia that we have offered. Ex Gerald Ellott: acquired at the Prestige auction of 16.12.2011 for $3450. [The illustration is above Lot 435]
1894two homemade wrappers to "Savings Bank/Adelaide" endorsed "Passbook only/from JH White Oodla Wirra" or ".../HE White Oodla Wirra", each with DLR Perf 15 2d bisect tied by light but obvious 'OODLA WIRRA' squared-circle, the latter with a minor stain. A remarkable pair. Separate RPSofV Certificates (2011).
1907OHMS wrapper with printed 'Book Parcel Only' to Brisbane with scarce franking of 1d & Thick 'POSTAGE' 4d both punctured 'SA' tied by Adelaide cds, minor defects. A rare & very unusual item. [NB: the 4d has been cut from another article & affixed with the backing paper to this wrapper]