Prestige Philately Auction 170 CatalogueNEW ZEALAND
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1869 cover endorsed "From Sergeant Wm Grimes Royal Marines LI/HMS Galatea New Zealand" & countersigned (Captain of Marines) "RF Taylor Commanding Detachment", to London with 1d Plate '97' tied by light 'A85' mailboat cancel used aboard P&O "Delhi", light 'LONDON EC/PAID/16JY69' arrival cds in red on the face, piece of the flap missing. Ex Joseph Hackmey (2010). Carried per Circular Saw Line "Alice Cameron", departed Auckland 8/5/1869; P&O "Geelong", departed Sydney 20/5/1869; "Surat", departed Galle 15/6/1869; "Delhi", departed Alexandria 3/7/1869, arrived Southampton 15/7/1869.HMS "Galatea", under the command of Queen Victoria's second son, Captain HRH Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, visited New Zealand in 1869, arriving 22nd April to commence what was effectively the first Royal Visit to New Zealand. A ballroom had been added to Auckland's Government House in anticipation of the visit! [On a stay in Sydney in 1868, the Duke was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt on his life, causing the cancellation of what had been intended to be a world cruise by HMS "Galatea"]
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1869 a very similar cover from the same correspondence & carried in the same mails, of somewhat better condition & with light London arrival b/s of JY16/69 in red. This and the previous item are the only two covers recorded from the first Royal Visit to New Zealand. (In honour of the Duke's visit, a large Maori War redoubt was named Fort Galatea.) They are also the only pre-1870 sailor's letters from New Zealand of which we are aware. The outstanding collection formed by John Woolfe included only 3 soldiers letters & no sailors letters. Joseph Hackmey's magnificent collection included only five soldiers letters - one Ex Woolfe - & one sailors letter (the previous lot).
1870 cover with 'WH SMITH & SON/186/STRAND/WC' embossed on the flap, to "Gun Room Officer/HMS Blanche/Wellington/New Zealand", with 6d mauve Plate '8' tied by superb 'LONDON-WC/ X /OC27/70 - WC/15' duplex, sensational 21mm 'AUCKLAND/JA13/1871/NEW-ZEALAND' arrival b/s, however the ship had departed so the cover was redirected to "Adelaide" in red with transits of 'HOBART-TOWN/TASMANIA', diamond 'SHIP-LETTER-INWARDS-FREE' b/s in red also applied at Hobart, 'PORT ADELAIDE' (b/s) & 'GPO/FE17/71/ ADELAIDE' arrival cds on the face. A beautiful cover. Ex Geoffrey Osborn: illustrated by him at page 101. [On 29/9/1870, the Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, visited New Plymouth where a large group of hostile Maori had assembled. He wrote "...the presence of HMS Blanche produced an excellent moral impression on both the loyal & the disaffected natives: encouraging the former and dispiriting the latter"]
1873 cover with superb embossing of the 'HMS/BASILISK' serpent crest in silver, to Wellington with Chalon 2d vermilion tied by ' A /NZ/AUCKLAND/DE4/73 - 1' duplex, ' A /N Z/WELLINGTON/DE11/73' arrival b/s. [The sender was Surgeon Godfrey Goodman, to his wife. While in NZ, HMS "Basilisk" visited White Island, the only active volcano in the colony]
1886 cover endorsed "30.1.86/Jas AF Clark Boy 1st Class/HMS Nelson Wellington NZ" & countersigned (Commander) 'WDHamilton' (handstamp), to Middlesex with 1d lilac tied by 'F'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, very fine 'STAINES/MR12/86' arrival b/s, a couple of minor repaired tears. Carried per "Mariposa", departed Auckland 2/2/1886, arrived San Francisco 22/2/1886; Nord-Deutsche Lloyd "Eider", departed New York 3/3/1886, arrived Southampton 11/3/1886. [HMS "Nelson" was on the Australian Station between 1881 & 1888, and was the flagship 1885-1887. TD Taylor, in "The New Zealand Naval Story", stated that HMS "Nelson" visited NZ in 1887. This cover proves it was a year earlier. The "Wellington Evening Post" of 1/2/1886 advised that "Nelson" would be departing for Tasmania the next day]
1895-97 series of lengthy letters - 50+ pages in all - all headed "HMS Lizard" at Auckland (27/4/95), Lyttelton (9/11/1896) & Wellington (28/1/1897), others from Sydney (5/9/96 & 15/1/1898), Cairns (22/7/1896) or "At Sea" (26/5/1896, to be posted at Townsville), all signed "Henry W Finlayson" to his wife, some minor blemishes but generally fine to very fine. Research opportunity. [HMS "Lizard" was on the Australia Station between 1889 & 1904. Finlayson was the ship's surgeon. In 1900, HMS "Lizard" was one of three ships that carried the NSW Naval Contingent to serve in the Boxer Rebellion (China)] See illustration on our website. (Qty 7 letters)