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Auction: 133 - Lot number: 754 << Previous   Next >>

Category: WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History

Description: 1854 entire headed "Lynton Cottage, Port Gregory/June 8th 1854" to England endorsed "To be forwarded" at upper-right & "Overland/by/1st Opportunity/HASanford", rated "1/8" in black, faint strike of the oval Perth Ship Letter handstamp, London transit & 'WELLINGTON-SOM' arrival b/s both in red. [Port Gregory is 64km north of Geraldton. Sanford, grandson of the Duke of Bedford, was appointed Superintendent of Convicts for a Ticket of Leave Depot established in 1853 at Port Gregory to supply labour to the Geraldine lead mine. Sanford resigned in (early?) 1854 to pursue whaling & agricultural interests. His house survives to this day. The convicts were removed in 1856. A post office operated 1/3/1854 until 30/4/1862, by which time Champion Bay was the major town in the region. Only two examples of the Port Gregory oval h/s have been recorded, both in late-1855: it is possible the postal "furniture" had not been received by the date of this letter. In 1943, the town was shelled by a Japanese submarine, ostensibly to divert Allied attention away from Guadalcanal!!][The lengthy & evocative letter states: "...Our cattle & sheep are being speared & carried off by the natives...the settlers being obliged to do police duty themselves. I am afraid about 50 natives have been shot in the last two months and two white men have been roads made in the district except those by individual enterprise...upwards of 150 T of L [ticket of leave] men are in the district many roaming around without employment...What was the country made a penal colony for? To make it go ahead or make it a haven of the worst scoundrels & every encouragement given to them to carry on their evil courses..."]

Listed in: Postal History , WESTERN AUSTRALIA , AUSTRALIAN COLONIES General , Historic Letters , Police, Law & Order , Pre Stamp , Whaling , Convict Mail

Estimate: AUD$ 1500.00T

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Item was sold for: $3,600.00T