Category: Postal History
1841 (c.) undated town entire to "Servents Home/Perth" with a light but clear strike of the very rare octagonal 'PAID/___/PERTH' handstamp (#PA Pd1) in red & faint endorsement "Pd 1" in pencil, missing piece at right hardly detracts. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $3910. [A touching love letter "...I am now waiting the time that I can express more than I can by pen...every hour will seem a day...". The romance apparently came to nought as the addressee, Miss Bridget Phillips, married the accountant Wiiliam Cooper in 1855] ̃̃Stated to be the only recorded example of the 'PAID' handstamp and believed to be the earliest recorded non- official item from Perth in private hands. Such information is made highly pertinent by the fact that at the Walkley sale, the Western Australian Library purchased 22 pre-stamp letters, an egregious squandering of $100,000 of public money. As a consequence, the number of WA pre-stamp items remaining in private hands was significantly diminished. We anticipate that values for the remaining items - especially entire letters - must rise sharply.̃̃The first post office was established at Fremantle on 4/12/1829 with Perth following on 4/5/1830. The early years were chaotic administratively. Perth became the principal office about 1840 & in June 1841 the postmaster, Captain Edward Picking, was appointed Postmaster-General. NB: Between late-1833 & mid-1841, no postal implements are recorded used at Perth. This is thus an extremely important early postmarked usage.
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