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1845 lengthy Bunbury Correspondence entire headed "William's Town December 10th 45" to Suffolk "Per Spartan" with boxed 'INDIA LETTER/DARTMOUTH' h/s & rated "8" in black, 'DARTMOUTH/MY15/1846' transit & 'BURY ST EDMUNDS' arrival b/s, redirected to "Poste restante/Venice" with rate calculation to "2/1" in red, 'PD'-in-oval h/s of London in red & superb boxed 'ShipLetter'-in-italics b/s, light 'JTALIEN'-in-oval h/s, then forwarded to "Cologne" (at the time, in France), red-ink stain on the address panel. Ex Ray Kelly. [This is the earliest recorded item from Victoria to France, and any of the Italian States . The earliest recorded by Ben Palmer are of 1850 & 1856 respectively]
The chatty contents include references to aborigines, political unrest & the need for Separation from New South Wales, and the discovery of gold, some five years before the first "official" finds! "...The practical importance of these Colonies appears to be overlooked and practical jokes one might almost suppose them to be are played upon the unfortunate colonists by each succeeding Minister...[One of the Port Phillip members of the Legislative Council] told the G-G that he would drive the people into a rebellion...another...has openly at public meetings and in the newspapers advocated armed rebellion to the measures of the FitzRoy Government...The sheep farmers are all getting disgustingly rich and have no means of investing their surplus money...Gold of the highest quality has been found on the Sydney side ..."
1900 envelope with 'THE PRESIDENT/[arms]LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL VICTORIA' frank & 'THE PRESIDENT/...' crest on the flap both printed in red, to London with 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s, forwarded three times including to the "House of Commons", minor blemishes.
EASTBROOK: Fine 'EASTBROOK/NO7/84/VICTORIA' & another strike of two days later - the only recorded strikes - on reverse of OHMS cover to Inglewood & redirected several times with b/s including 21½mm 'INGLEWOOD' (LRD) & Inglewood duplex (LRD), and six strikes of 'KINGOWER'. Remarkable item: Eastbrook's Barred Numeral 'M90' - not present - is rated RRRR. PO 7.10.1878; closed 30.6.1887. [Goldmining]
'REDIRECTED' HANDSTAMP: Very fine boxed 'REDIRECTED' h/s on 1874 OHMS reply lettersheet with 'SOLICITIOR GENERAL' Frank & 'CRESSY' arrival cds from where forwarded to St Kilda. The only such marking we have seen from Victoria: if they were issued to other post offices, why were they apparently not used?
GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1902 envelope with largely very fine Die 5 (29mm double-circle) h/s in violet & 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s (S&W unlisted), to London where redirected to France & 'T' h/s applied, 'VEULES-DES-ROSES' arrival b/s, flap removed. [From about 1896, Franks no longer had validity on overseas mail & required an 'OFFICIAL PAID' marking to be added. The Post Office in France probably understood the handstamp to mean "Paid to Destination" so no fine was collected]
DOWN TRAIN 1: Type 1 (Large Octagon) superb strike of 18DC74 alongside almost as fine a strike of the large oval of the next day on reverse of "turned" Justice of the Peace lettersheet to Lal Lal with 'BUNINYONG RY STN' transit (only two other examples recorded), redirected to "Leighwood/Toorak" with 23mm 'TOORAK' arrival b/s (recorded four years only), small piece missing from the face. A remarkable item, being the only recorded cover with both the first type 'UP' & 'DOWN' datestamps . [NB: what appear in the illustration to be vertical folds are actually lines printed on the other side of the form]
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DOWN TRAIN 1: Type 1 (Large Octagon) superb strike of 29JU76 on reverse of 1d Postal Card from Geelong to 'TALBOT' (21½mm b/s; only the second recorded example). Superb! Ex Roy Holland: acquired for £132 (another bargain).
DOWN TRAIN 1: Type 3 (Small Octagon) largely superb b/s of NO11/78 on cover with Laureates 6d tied by very fine strike of the 'TPO/ 1 ' obliterator (rated RRRRR on Down covers), oval 'LITTLE RIVER' superb strike on the face & superb strikes on face & reverse of the rare 'POSTED OUT/OF COURSE' handstamp, light 'EDGECOMBE' arrival cds (ERD by 28 years!) on the face, professionally repaired upper-left corner (clear of the h/s). Only four TPO covers have been recorded with an Out of Course handstamp.
The unknown point of origin, makes this a curious cover. If posted at Little River (between Melbourne & Geelong), the stamp would have been cancelled there. Down trains radiated from Melbourne & Edgecombe is north of the city, NNE of Kyneton which is on the Bendigo Line. It seems, therefore, that the letter was probably collected from a station between Melbourne & Little River & processed as a 'Down' article, off-loaded at Little River & returned to Melbourne on the 'Up' service the same day, then re-sorted onto the Bendigo train but, surprisingly, not backstamped in transit. Isn't postal history fun!?
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.
UP TRAIN 7: Type 1 (CDS) largely superb b/s on large-part OHMS lettersheet from Melbourne to "Weatherboard" with largely fine strike of the rare boxed rubber 'BURRUMBEET' railway datestamp & two light but obvious strikes of 'WEATHERBOARD HILL' cds (the only recorded examples), redirected to "Warrion/near Colac" & processed on the TPO back from Ballarat to Geelong (b/s), 'BEEAC' transit & faint 'WARRION' arrival b/s (the earlier by 21 years! of only two recorded examples). Weatherboard Hill PO 9.3.1868; closed 17.6.1895. Warrion PO 24.8.1875. Ex George Bowman: acquired at the Prestige auction of 14.8.2004 for $661.
UP TRAIN 3: Type 1 (Large Vertical Oval) very fine b/s of AP2473 on cover with De La Rue 2d tied by very fine 'DUNOLLY/ VICTORIA - 239' duplex, to Sebastopol with Castlemaine & Ballarat transits & very fine 'SEBASTOPOL' b/s (the only recorded example), unclaimed there but forwarded a month later with light 'SMYTHESDALE' transit & fine 'ROSS'S CREEK' arrival cds (the only recorded example) on the face, repaired flap tears. The latest recorded usage.
DOWN TRAIN 3: Type 1 (Large Octagon) very fine b/s of MY2368 on cover with Laureates 2d tied by very fine '119' with superb 'WOODEND' cds (ERD) on the face, to "Lake Cooper" with Sandhurst, very fine 'ROCHESTER' (ERD) & almost fine 'COROP' b/s, redirected to "Sandhurst Hospital" & returned via Rochester. Rated RRRR on cover, with only five recorded. [Illustrated at page 56]
DOWN TRAIN 3: Type 4 ('TPO 3/VICTORIA' with No Arcs) large-part strike of 16AP12 on face of stampless entire 'REPORT OF CASE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE' with Kyneton cds & superb 'T ("1d")'-in-val h/s, to "Elphingstone" [sic] but redirected with Postage Due 1d tied by 'METCALFE' cds. Rated RRRRR on cover, being the only recorded postal usage on cover. [A remarkably short haul TPO item. Elphinstone is only 24km - 14 miles - NNW of Kyneton]
UP TRAIN 4: Type 1 (Large Vertical Oval) very fine b/s of MY2267 on 'Victoria Police Gazette' wrapper with superb 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Frank h/s in blue & superb Melbourne duplex of MY17/67, to Kyneton but endorsed "Missent to Glenlyon" & returned to Malmsbury where placed aboard the next Up Train, fine oval 'KYNETON' arrival b/s, repaired tear & a little aged. Rated RRR on cover, with ten recorded. Ex George Bowman: acquired at the Prestige auction of 24.6.2006 for $1150.
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 4: Type 1 (Large Octagon) largely very fine b/s of 3JY72 (LRD) on mourning cover from Scotland with Plate 5 1/- green, to "Scots Church/Melbourne" forwarded to 'TARADALE' (b/s) with De La Rue 2d x2 added for the redirection fee. Rated RRR+ with date configured DDMMYY (seen only in 1872).
DOWN TRAIN 15: Type 1 (Octagon) largely very fine b/s of JE17/02 on mourning cover from Scotland with superb 'BARRHILL/AYRSHIRE' cds, to "Metung/Gippsland Lakes" with Bairnsdale transit & 'METUNG' arrival b/s, redirected to Hawthorn, minor flap fault. Rated RRRR: seven covers recorded. Ex Max Watson.