Prestige Philately Auction 170 CatalogueTHE AUSTRALIA STATION
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NEW SOUTH WALES: 1857 cover endorsed "From G Millican Seaman on/board HMS Herald" & countersigned (Lieut) "John Hutchison", to Leicestershire with NSW Diadems Imperf 1d (almost full margins) tied by bold bars cancel of Sydney (b/s of NO10/1857), superb 'LEICESTER/JA13/1857' - error for 1858 - arrival b/s, minor repair at upper-left. One of the most outstanding items of military mail from Australia. Only one other pre-1860 sailor's letter from NSW is recorded. It is from the same correspondence as this item: the stamp is defective. Carried per E&ARM "City of Sydney", departed Sydney 11/11/1857; "Teviot", departed Alexandria 29/12/1857, arrived Southampton 12/1/1858.George Millican was captain's steward & acting seamen's schoolmaster! HMS "Herald" served on the Australian Station between 1853 & 1861, principally charting large areas of the South-West Pacific Ocean. In 1856, it was involved in the resettlement on Norfolk Island of the inhabitants of Pitcairn Island.
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NEW SOUTH WALES: 1864 triple-rate cover endorsed "From HK Robshaw [engineer's servant] HMS Salamander Australia" & countersigned (Lieut) "H Grimston", to Yorkshire with 1d Stars strip of 3 just tied by '50'-in-diamond of the London Foreign Branch, very fine 'DEWSBURY/DE22/64' arrival b/s, the flap renovated, repaired tear at right & repaired at lower-left. Rare multiple-rate sailor's letter. Carried per P&O "Bombay", departed Sydney 22/10/1864; "Simla", departed Galle 17/11/1864; "Delhi", departed Alexandria 4/12/1864, arrived Southampton 21/12/1864. [3d paid the concessional rate via Marseilles. However, the arrival cds proves it went on the long all-sea route. The long envelope also indicates that the article exceeded the standard Żoz limit] The paddle-sloop HMS "Salamander" served on the Australian Station between 1863 & 1868, engaged mainly in surveying along the east coast of the continent. On 16/11/1866, Harry Robshaw was discharged at Sydney "per request & order".
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1868 cover endorsed "From Sergeant Wm Grimes 61 Co Royal Marines/HMS Galatea Sydney" & countersigned (Lieut) "FH Poore", to London with 1d Stars (faded) tied by 'B56' mailboat cancel used aboard P&O "Bangalore", light 'LONDON N/ JA /AP25/68' arrival cds in red on the face, repaired flap tears. Carried per P&O "Bombay", departed Sydney 1/3/1868; "Surat", departed Galle 28/3/1868; "Bangalore", departed Alexandria 12/4/1868, arrived Southampton 25/4/1868. During 1867-68, HMS "Galatea" under the command of Queen Victoria's second son, Captain HRH Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, was engaged in a world cruise. "Galatea" arrived at Adelaide on 31/10/1867 to commence what was effectively the first Royal Visit to Australia. This cover was posted about 2 weeks before an assassination attempt on the Duke's life, in Sydney. On 12/3/1868, the Duke was seriously wounded when the Irish radical Henry James O'Farrell shot him in the back at close range. The Duke recovered &, despite recommending clemency, was still in Sydney when O'Farrell was hanged, on 21/4/1868. On 3/6/1893, the Duke was appointed Admiral of the Fleet. [See also Lot 274]
NEW SOUTH WALES: a similar 1869 cover from the same correspondence, countersigned (Marines Captain) "RF Taylor", to London with 1d Plate '97' (?) tied by 'A81' mailboat cancel used aboard P&O "Tanjore", superb 'LONDON N/ FO /MY22/69' arrival cds in red on the face, opened-out & resealed. Carried per P&O "Avoca", departed Sydney 27/3/1869; "Candia", departed Galle 23/4/1869; "Tanjore", departed Alexandria 9/5/1869, arrived Southampton 22/5/1869. The attempted assassination of the Duke of Edinburgh resulted in the remainder of the world cruise being cancelled. HMS "Galatea" departed Sydney 26/6/1868 & made haste for England. However, after some months, the "Galatea" again set sail for Australia, to complete the originally intended tour, arriving at Fremantle 28/1/1869, departing Sydney 3/4/1869, one week after this letter was sent.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1868 cover from England to "D McAlpin RN/HMS Blanche/Australian Station" with 6d lilac Plate '6' tied by 'MILFORD/MR24/68' duplex, London transit b/s, no other markings. Ex Geoffrey Osborn: illustrated by him at page 95. Carried per P&O "Delta", departed Southampton 18/4/1868; "Nubia", departed Suez 4/5/1868; "Avoca", departed Galle 19/5/1868, arrived Sydney 11/6/1868. HMS "Blanche" arrived a fortnight later, on 26/6/1868. [McAlpine was the ship's assistant paymaster]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1870 cover with 'WH SMITH & SON/186/STRAND/WC' embossed on the flap, to "The President/Gun Room Mess//HMS Blanche/Australian Station" with 2d Plate '18' strip of 3 tied by superb 'LONDON-WC/ X /SP30/70 - WC/15' duplex, no other markings, endorsed "R 6/12/70" on the reverse, repaired flap fault. [The Gun Room Mess was traditionally the Midshipmen's Mess. HMS "Blanche" had been in New Zealand in 1869 when the Duke of Edinburgh visited on HMS "Galatea". He went from Wellington to Port Chalmers aboard the "Blanche"]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1873 overweight officer's letter to "F O'Neill/HMS Basilisk/Sydney/Or Elsewhere", endorsed "Via Brindisi" with GB 9d straw Plate '4' tied by 'DEVONPORT/FE20/73 - 250' duplex, British 'DEFICIENT POSTAGE ("9")/FINE ("6")' h/s & rated "1/3" in black, 'SYDNEY/ D /AP10/73= A =' arrival b/s. Ex Geoffrey Osborn: illustrated by him at page 105. Carried via Brindisi, then per E&ARM "Poonah", departed Brindisi 24/2/1873; "Malwa", departed Suez 1/3/1873; & "Sumatra", departed Galle 17/3/873, arrived Sydney 10/4/1873 (endorsed by the addressee "Recd at/Sydney/2d July 73". [The addressee was the paymaster, Francis StJohn Steer O'Neill]The paddle-sloop HMS "Basilisk" served on the Australian Station between 1871 & 1874. When this letter arrived at Sydney, "Basilisk" was surveying the coastline of what became British New Guinea (Papua), returning to Sydney 2/7/1873. The commander was Captain John Moresby, who named Port Moresby after his father, Admiral Sir Fairfax Moresby.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1881 cover endorsed "From W Gibbs Seaman HM Ship Carysfort Flying/squadron Sidney New South Wales Australia" & countersigned "GT" (Lieut Gerald T Langley), to London with 1d Venetian red tied by 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, boxed 'LONDON EC/SP6/81' & 'LONDON SE/ AD /SP7/81' b/s both in red. Ex Gerald Sattin. As the name suggests, a "Flying Squadron" is a group of vessels that move rapidly from port to port, engaging in little more than observation. HMS "Carysfort" arrived at Sydney 14/7/1881, and departed 9/8/1881 for Brisbane - the original intention was to go from Sydney to Auckland - & Fiji.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1885 officer's letter with 'HMS ESPIEGLE' imprint in blue on the flap, to Lt-Gen RW Lowry in London with 1d lilac x6 (3 pairs) tied by 'LONDON/ YE /MR29/85' arrival cds, the flap has been renovated. Ex Geoffrey Osborn. [The sender was First Lieut Robert Swinburne Lowry, writing to his father. Promoted to Captain in 1896, he became the senior officer at the Royal Naval Engineering College]
NEW SOUTH WALES: a very similar cover from the same correspondence, with 1d lilac strip of 6 tied by 'FB'-in-bars cancels of the London Foreign Branch. Ex Geoffrey Osborn.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1886 cover endorsed "From Jas AF Clark HMS Nelson Sydney NSW" & countersigned (Commander) "HD Hamilton", to Middlesex with 1d lilac x2 - paying the via Brindisi rate - tied by 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, superb 'STAINES/DE27/86' arrival b/s. Carried per coastal ship to Melbourne; P&O "Tasmania", departed Melbourne 18/11/1886; "Ballaarat", departed Colombo 7/12/1886, arrived Brindisi 24/12/1886; mails arrived London 27/12/1886.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1888 cover endorsed "From JE Young S.G.T. [= Seaman Gunner/Torpedo Man] HMS Swinger Sydney Australia" & countersigned (Lieut) "GW Cornish", to Lincolnshire with NSW 1d Centennial tied by rubber 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, 'BOSTON/JU28/88' arrival b/s, repaired minor opening tears. NB: Gerald Ellott states that this is the earliest of the 15 recorded HMS "Swinger" covers, & one of only three from which the stamp has not been excised & replaced. [JE Young was with the Royal Marines]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1889 cover from the same correspondence, endorsed "10/1/89" at lower-left & countersigned (Lieut) "FA Hodge", with NSW 1d Centennial tied by oval of 5 horizontal bars of the London Foreign Branch, superb '1D/FB' tax h/s, 'BOSTON/FE18/89' arrival b/s. NB: Gerald Ellott states that only three - two from NSW - of the 15 recorded HMS "Swinger" covers have not had the stamp excised & replaced: this is the finest of them.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1889 cover from the same correspondence, with NSW 1d Centennial tied by rubber 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, superb '1D/FB' tax h/s, 'BOSTON/FE3/90' arrival b/s, the stamp excised & replaced. Carried per coastal vessel to Adelaide; P&O "Carthage", departed Adelaide 30/12/1889, arrived Brindisi 1/2/1890; mails arrived London 3/2/1890. [The cover was underpaid 1d for the 2d rate via Brindisi]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1890 cover from the same correspondence, unusually for "Swinger" covers with GB 1d lilac tied by ' FD / LONDON/AP3/90 - 87' duplex of the London Foreign Branch, superb 'BOSTON/AP5/90' arrival b/s, the stamp excised & neatly replaced.
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1889 cover to "Commander G leC Egerton/HMS Orlando/Australian Station" with Jubilee 6d - paying the via Naples rate - tied by 'LONDON-W/ F5 /FE8/89 - W/6' duplex, no arrival b/s, repaired flap fault. Carried per Orient "Ormuz", departed Naples 11/2/1889, arrived Sydney 15/3/1889. Ex Geoffrey Osborn: illustrated by him at p132, the last item in his book. [HMS "Orlando" was flagship on the Australia Station 1888-97. In 1899, she was sent to China to relieve the Peking Legations]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1893 usage of 1d Postal Card to "FWH Migeod RN [clerk] /HMS Orlando/Sydney" apologising for having inadvertently sent him an unstamped letter. Ex Geoffrey Osborn. [Illustration on our website]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1895 usage of Indian 9pies 'SOLDIERS AND SEAMENS ENVELOPE' to a seaman aboard HMS "Katoomba" at "Sidney" [sic] with superb 'COLABA/5MA95/BOMBAY' squared-circle cancel, superb Sydney arrival b/s of 'MR27/95', redirected to Lyttelton (New Zealand) & then to Auckland (b/s of 6AP/95), repaired opening faults on the reverse. Unusual destination. [Gerald Ellott states he has never seen one of these envelopes used from a sailor, and this is the only example he has recorded used to a sailor, this between brothers]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1898 cover endorsed "A Sherriff ERA [= Engine Room Artificer] HMS Mohawk Australia" & countersigned "ACS" (?), to Lincolnshire with NSW 1d Arms tied by Sydney duplex of AP5/98, superb 'GRIMSBY/MY9/98' arrival b/s. [The enclosed letter states: "Australia is a very expensive place I would never advise anyone to come out here...There are no fortunes to be made in Australia now...we expect to proceed to China at once in the event of War being declared..."]
NEW SOUTH WALES: 1900 cover with 'HMS MILDURA/AUSTRALIAN STATION' embossed imprint in blue on the flap, to Sussex with 1d lilac tied by 'LONDON/ CB /AU20/00' cds, 'HASTINGS/STATION OFFICE' arrival b/s, repaired flap tears. Ex Geoffrey Osborn. [HMS "Mildura" was on the Australian Station between 1891 & 1905, principally for protection of "floating trade" in Australian waters. Between 14/6/1900 & 16/7/1900, she was stationed at Sydney. In October 1900, Lord Ranfurly, the Governor/Governor-General of New Zealand (1897-1904), travelled on the "Mildura" to attend the formal ceremony for the annexation of the Cook Islands & Niue] See illustration on our website.