Category: QUEENSLAND - Moreton Bay District
1855 similarly addressed cover (without the instruction to the postamster) with Laureates 1d vermilion pair (poor) with lousy cancels and unusually with rare postmaster's endorsement "Gladstone Febry 23rd 1855" on the flap, backstamped with fine 'DRAYTON/NSW' cds, poor Armidale cds & fair strike of the rare 'BYRON/NSW' 28mm cds (unrecorded by Hopson & Tobin: see also Lot XXX under Great Britain), minor soiling & spotting. Another very desirable item. [With enclosed letter headed "Nether [?] Gill/Port Curtis 13th Feby 1855" signed "R Hetherington"]
Port Curtis was chosen in 1846 as the site for the "capital" of the proposed colony of North Australia, comprising the entire area north of Gympie, west to the Western Australian border! An ill-conceived settlement was abandoned after three months, when word arrived from London that the anticipated influx of convict labour would not be eventuating. The new colony was still-born. It was only in 1853 that the town of Gladstone was founded at Port Curtis.
Morton Bay District , AUSTRALIA , postmarks - Numerals , Early Imperforate Stamps , QUEENSLAND , NEW SOUTH WALES , AUSTRALIAN COLONIES General , Autographs , Postmen , postmarks - manuscript cancellations