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NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History




1819 entire headed "Parramatta NSWales/12th June 1819" and signed "Geo Tho Palmer" to "Dingle/Ireland" variously rated "2/2", then "3/8" & finally "5/6", light but fine 'SHIP LETTER/[crown]/26OC26/1819/LONDON' transit cds, professionally cleaned & with some archival tape backing.

A very early "country" letter, believed to be the earliest recorded letter to the British Isles from outside Sydney . The remarkably quick passage of only 18 weeks is explained by the writer: "This letter goes by a whaler direct to England, which is to sail tomorrow: her name is the Foxhound" and in a postscript "I beg to apologize for the slovenliness of this hasty scrawl. I reside 15 miles from Sydney, and an opportunity offers for sending it, which I am likely to lose but for the haste".

George Thomas Palmer arrived at Sydney in 1806 as a lieutenant with the 61st Regiment but with permission to settle there. Governor Macquarie held him in high regard. He became a major landholder, establishing "Pemberton Grange" near Parramatta, and was one of the earliest settlers of the Canberra district, taking-up 13,000 acres at Ginninderra.


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1826 mercantile entire headed "Sydney 18 Decr 1826" to the Netherlands endorsed "pSteamer/of 13 June" with oval 'POST PAID SHIP LR/12AU12/1827/LONDON' d/s in red & Dutch 'England/...Amsterdam' b/s in red, rated "8" & "50", remarkably fine. Oh that this was what it purports to be; an 1826 entire from NSW to Holland. In fact, it is a duplicate of the original, in Dutch, sent to Schiedam by the London forwarding agent to whom it was originally sent. Even so, it is a remarkable document that proves the existence of trade between Holland and NSW in this very early period.






1847 small outer endorsed "Windsor June Eighteen 1837" at the top & signed "JW Panton" (?) at lower-left, largely superb strike of the small boxed generic 'FREE' h/s in red & oval 'WINDSOR/[crown]/JU*18/1847/NEW.S.WALES' b/s, very fine GPO arrival b/s. [The origin of the generic handstamps can usually be identified only if on cover]







1832 large-part OHMS entire endorsed "Ratnapoora Catchery June Sixteen 1832" & signed at lower-left, to Kandy with largely very fine strikes of the previously unrecorded 'RATNAPOORA' & 'FREE' handstamps, overall damp-spotting that is not unattractive. An exciting new discovery of a significant rarity. Ted Proud states Ratnapura opened only in 1861, while Geoff Oxley's ERD for any Ratnapura marking is 1858. Here is proof that there was a post office at Ratnapura as early as 1832. [The strikes are superior to those on a similar outer only of three months later that sold in our auction of 6.3.2015 for $1228]

Four similar covers were found. On one, the strikes are poor. The finder has retained the fourth example.


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1858 small 3pp (8vo) letter headed "Matautu/18 Aug 1858" from the missionary Henry Nisbet to his wife at Safotulafai, light vertical filing fold.


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Two albums with Denmark including 1792 outer addressed to 'Militaire Wahre Magazin', 1853 stampless entire with 'SKANDERBORG' cds, 1863 entire & 1864 outer both with Rouletted 4s brown, later commercial covers and postcards including registered plus a group of first flight and commemorative covers, and postal stationery with good range of Postal Cards Envelopes & Wrappers, mint and used; Danish West Indies 1889 & 1897 postal cards to/from St Thomas and 4öre bi-sects on illustrated envelope & PPC both with 'ST THOMAS' cds; and Sweden with military and naval covers, postcards, WWI 'Kriegsgefangenen' Prisoner of War postal cards including 1918 used Reply card intact and 1916 Red Cross card to Poland, Orlogspost datestamps, also 6 PPCs of warships; etc, condition variable. (Qty 210 approx)


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