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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 speared...no 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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