Prestige Philately Auction 169 CatalogueQUEENSLAND - Moreton Bay District
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Displaying 5 Lots in Category - QUEENSLAND - Moreton Bay District
1854 entire letter - without cover - headed "Myall Creek 9th August 1854" and signed "R Hetherington" in which he relates the difficulties of reaching Gladstone by land "...I am told we are just now 200 miles from Gladstone...I shall be there in 18 days"; also a letter headed "Brisbane 9th June 1856" & similarly signed. [Richard Hetherington was Gladstone's first mayor, and postmaster from 1857. In 1870, he died while delivering mail aboard a ship when he fell into the ship's hold: a newspaper notice of his death is included. Myall Creek PO opened 1/8/1854 - so this was a VERY early letter from there - and was renamed Dalby c.1858. No Myall Creek postmarks have been recorded]
1854 envelope to "Bonshaw/Frasers Creek" [sic] endorsed "via Drayton/& Tenterfield" and also "The Postmaster at/Gayndah will please/forward to Drayton", Laureates 1d vermilion pair (faults) with lousy cancels of 'GLADSTONE/NSW' (bold b/s), poor 'GAYNDAH/NSW' b/s & fine oval 'DRAYTON/NEW.S.WALES' transit d/s on the face, also with Armidale & Tenterfield transit b/s, some soiling but quite presentable. A rare cover, with part (undated) cross-written letter within. Drayton PO renamed from Darling Downs 1848; Gayndah PO 1/1/1850; and Gladstone PO 1/7/1854. [The NSW PO at Frazer's Creek opened 1/1/1853. There was no PO at Bonshaw until 1866]
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.
1855 entire signed "R Hetherington" with Laureate 2d tied by poor cancel, postmaster's endorsement "Gladstone 23rd Oct 55", light but discernible backstamps of Drayton, Warwick (28mm), Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Armidale & Dundee, minor blemishes.
1856 outer with enclosed letter signed "R Hetherington", Diadem 2d tied by poor cancel, backstamps comprising bold 'GLADSTONE/NSW', 'GAYNDAH/NSW', oval 'DRAYTON/NEW.S.WALES' & rare 22mm 'WARWICK' cds (without 'NSW' at the base) plus oval 'TENTERFIELD/NEW.S.WALES', minor blemishes. An excellent combination of Moreton Bay District datestamps, the Warwick cds being a type not recorded by Hopson & Tobin.