Prestige Philately Auction 133 CatalogueTASMANIA - Postal History
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Displaying 6 Lots in Category - TASMANIA - Postal History
1840 entire letter (partly cross-written) headed "Ship Perfect Bass Straits/19 December 1840" to Scotland with very fine oval 'PAID SHIP LETTER/SYDNEY' d/s in red, rated "3" in red & "8" in black, unusually with 'INDIA LETTER/PLYMOUTH' b/s & odd 'JUN/C 4 A/1841' arrival b/s in red, a little soiled. [Writer details the route from "Rio Janeiro" [sic], Tristan da Cunha (!!), Cape Town, St Paul's [French Southern & Antarctic Territories!!], St George's Sound [Albany, WA] & Port Philip Bay [Melbourne]. "...Port Philip appears at this time to be the magnet of attraction in this part of the world...The town of Melbourne is a wonderful place...people & money is what they want more than merchandise..." Then from Sydney 5/1/1841 "...completing our journey in half a year & two days..." and signed "John Mackensie", to his father of the same name]
1853 (May 9) entire to London with fine 'LAUNCESTON/10MY10/1853' cds on the face, rated "4" in red & "8" in black, arrival b/s of 20AU20/1853, ironed-out filing folds. [Carried on the "Yarra Yarra" to Melbourne to connect with the first voyage of the "Harbinger" out of Melbourne 16/5/1853, arriving Southampton 18/8/1853. After the Australian Royal Mail SNCo's packet service collapsed, the General Steam Navigation Co sent 3 ships, including "Harbinger", to NSW to demonstrate their ability to operate a packet service]
1864 cover to England, Imperf 2d grey-green & 4d bright blue - both with margins at places - cancelled with bold BN '18' with postmaster's endorsement "Carrick/18 3 64" at left, Launceston transit b/s & 'NEWARK' arrival b/s, minor blemishes.
1869 outer to England "Via Southampton" with Imperf Chalon 6d violet (almost full margins) tied by bold BN '68' of Hobart (red cds below), very clean.
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1869 long cover (265x115mm) with printed address of the Eastern Extension Australasia & China Telegraph Co in London with extraordinary & undeniably commercial franking of Postal Fiscals Platypus 6d mauve x6 & 1/- pink tied by very fine BN '37' of 'GEORGE TOWN' (cds alongside), opened a little roughly at top but not affecting the stamps, vertical fold at the extreme left.
1912 commercial cover to Melbourne with 'ONE PENNY' on 2d tied by Launceston Krag machine cancel of 26OCT12 which appears to be the first day of issue. All pre-1927 First Day Covers are great rarities. [Gibbons give "Oct" as the issue reference & Harrison gives October 27th as the earliest recorded date]