Prestige Philately Auction 227 CatalogueSOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
Packet including 1872 with large 'P' h/s of Port Lincoln, 1881 to Germany with 9d violet, 1896 internal registered with 'O.S.' 2d & 4d, 1899 usage of German Postal Card with 2½d added, 1902 registered to USA, 1905 Education Department registered cover with 5d perf 'SA', 1928 from Cuba with 1d Postage Due strip of 3, 3d Registration Envelope with 8d added & CTO, undated 1d OS Wrapper front to Mauritius uprated with 'O.S.' ½d & 1d, several with 'PAQUEBOT' or 'LOOSE SHIP LETTER' markings, etc, condition variable but those mentioned are fine to very fine.
Large box of mostly PPCs with duplicated squared-circles & cds, pretty ordinary but lots of them; also 1984 philatelic covers x100 approximately.
(Qty many 100s)
1838cross-written entire headed "Adelaide SA/October 31 1838" and signed "Robt Leake" to his brother in Van Diemens Land with a largely very fine strike of the undated double-circle 'POST OFFICE/[lion & crown]/ADELAIDE' h/s, very fine boxed 'SHIPLETTER/3DE3/1838' d/s of Hobart where rated "11" (4d inwards shipletter + 7d for delivery between 75 & 90 miles), light vertical fold. Ex Michael Blake: sold at the Prestige auction of 23.9.2011 for $4370. A very fine and very early postmarked letter from the Colony, which was founded only two years earlier. [Postal operations began on 10/4/1837. Very few pre-1840 letters survive in private hands. The sole postage rate was 1d regardless of destination or distance carried & this was paid to the ship's captain]
Robert Rowland Leake was one of two sons of John Leake who settled in South Australia. Robert writes to his brother Edward - transcript included - "I have moved my flock to Coromandle village it is eight miles from Holdfast...you will want a weeks provisions...on first landing...walloughby (= wallaby) rugs...are excellent things in leaky huts...we have 22,000 sheep 2000 head of cattle and 200 horses in the Colony..."
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1859cover to Scotland "p Salsette/via Marseilles" with rare franking of Adelaide Printings 6d slate-blue SG 10 two singles (the first with margins just clear to large, the other with margins at places; Cat £400+ on cover) tied by dumb cancels unusually in blue, 'PAID/AU17/1859/=ADELAIDE- S.A.=' cds in blue & 'U M/EDINBURGH/OC9/59' arrival b/s. A very scarce double-rate franking. Ex Michael Blake. RPSofV Certificate (2014).
1859cover to London "per Emeu" with very scarce franking of First Roulettes 6d slate-blue SG 17 tied by 'PAID/OC18/1859/=ADELAIDE-S.A.=' cds in blue, 'LONDON-SW/ A5 /DE14/59' arrival b/s, minor soiling & wrinkling. Ex Rose (1960) & Michael Blake. Carried per "Emeu", departed Melbourne 18.101859; & "Ripon", departed Alexandria 30.11.1859, arrived Southampton 14.12.1859.
1861cover endorsed "PO Pt MacDonnell/16 May 1861" at upper-left, to North Adelaide with Rouletted 2d & manuscript cancel of four lines, 'MOUNT GAMBIER' transit & GPO arrival b/s. [The PO opened early-1861. No postmarks are recorded before March 1862]
1862entire to "Nuccaleena" with Rouletted 1d SG 19 horizontal pair (a couple of faults), Port Augusta cds, postmaster's manuscript endorsement "PO/Blinman/Nov 21 1862" on the reverse, unclaimed & returned via 'KANYAKA' (b/s) to the GPO (b/s) where presumably the 'UNCLAIMED' h/s was applied. Ex Michael Blake. Blinman PO opened 1/9/1862: ten weeks later the post office "furniture" had apparently still not arrived. A PO opened at Nuccaleena in early-1864 but closed -/9/1866.
1876triple-rate cover to Oxfordshire "Via Brindisi" with scarce three-colour franking of 9d red-purple SG 77 & 1/- deep red-brown SG 82 plus De La Rue Perf 10 2d brick-red SG 159 irregular strip of 3 tied to by GPO cds of JA1/76, very fine 'BANBURY/FE14/76' arrival b/s, ironed-out light horizontal fold well clear of the stamps, minor blemishes.
1887cover with DLR 2d tied by very fine 'JUBILEE EXHIBITION/JY13/87/S-A' squared-circle & a second fair strike alongside, to NSW with Manly arrival b/s, some toning & repaired tear at upper-left well clear of the datestamp. PO -.8.1887; closed -.3.1888. Ex John Bell. [Recorded JU13/87 to JA5/88 only: very few covers recorded]
1890cover endorsed "From Gunner J Woolley RMA [= Royal Marines Artillery] HMS Curacoa Australia" & counter-signed "IMRG" (Lieut Ian MR Grant), to London with South Australian 2d tied by 'SHIP MAIL ROOM/ JY9/90/SA - S.AUST' duplex, 'LONDON-SE/ 10 /AU13/90' arrival b/s in red, repaired flap fault. Rare: the only sailor's letter from South Australia that we have offered. Ex Gerald Ellott: acquired at the Prestige auction of 16.12.2011 for $3450. [The illustration is above Lot 435]
1894two homemade wrappers to "Savings Bank/Adelaide" endorsed "Passbook only/from JH White Oodla Wirra" or ".../HE White Oodla Wirra", each with DLR Perf 15 2d bisect tied by light but obvious 'OODLA WIRRA' squared-circle, the latter with a minor stain. A remarkable pair. Separate RPSofV Certificates (2011).
1907OHMS wrapper with printed 'Book Parcel Only' to Brisbane with scarce franking of 1d & Thick 'POSTAGE' 4d both punctured 'SA' tied by Adelaide cds, minor defects. A rare & very unusual item. [NB: the 4d has been cut from another article & affixed with the backing paper to this wrapper]
NORTHERN TERRITORY:c.1912 stampless NZ PPC to "B Tennant Esq/Batchelor's Experimental Farm/Northern Territory/ Queensland" (!) with NZ 'TO PAY/1d' h/s, redirected to "c/- Dr Huxtable/Ch Towers" (= Charters Towers Qld), corner bend. [In 1911, three experimental farms were established, one at Batchelor. Less than three years later, the government moved to shut down the farms at Batchelor and Daly River because of mismanagement]