Prestige Philately Auction 153 CatalogueTASMANIA - Postal History
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Displaying 9 Lots in Category - TASMANIA - Postal History
1860 to GB with Imperf 6d & postmaster's endorsement "CTown", 1861 mourning cover to Cressy with Imperf 4d & postmaster's endorsement "Forcett", 1884 to GB with 6d & endorsed "From AF Basset Hull" at lower-left, etc, & some Postal Stationery, variable condition. (Qty 21 items)
1824 (Dec 24) entire to Macquarie River with a fair - but still better-than-average - strike of the undated oval 'HOBART TOWN/VDL' handstamp, minor blemishes. [Very scarce NSW Period cover]
1836 entire headed "Hobart Town May 4th 1835" & signed "Chas Price", to London rated "4" in red for outgoing shipletter, boxed 'INDIA LETTER/DOVER' b/s in red & rated "1/-" for an incoming packetletter, 'G.P.' h/s of London in red, minor blemishes. From the period of no handstamps. [Charles Price was a prominent Congregational minister & temperance advocate. Price reached Launceston (for the second time) on 29/4/1836 so this letter is from immediately after his arrival. He speaks of asking "the Governor for a piece of ground for a Chapel...I shall leave no stone unturned to get a Chapel as soon as possible"]
1844 large-part entire headed "George Town" & signed "William Pulham", to England rated "5" - 1d for transit to Launceston + 4d for outgoing shipletter - straight-line 'SHIP-LETTER' & rated "1/8", 'YEOVIL' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [Interesting content: "...has taken the labour of the Convict population from the Settlers, and under the present probation system the prisoners are all let lose [sic] and walk about with a slip of paper called a pass and hiring themselves at not less than nine...pounds a year...Our present Governor is marrying the men and women by hundreds at a time...nothing can be worse than the conditions of this Colony..."]
1852 entire signed "HDowling" to the Cape of Good hope rated "4" in red & endorsed "paid" with 'LAUNCESTON/4NO4/1852' cds, tiny temperance tract affixed across the flap (sadly damaged on opening), untidy inwards rate marking, some internal reinforcing/repairs. An unusual destination in this period. [Henry Dowling was a Baptist minister at Launceston & an ardent advocate of teetotalism. His youngest son, also Henry, founded in 1834 the Launceston Bank for Savings]
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1862 town letter with Imperf 1d pale red-brown SG 26 (margins just shaved to large) tied by dumb cancel of Hobart, good strike of the rare boxed 'PRE-PAID/4 O-CLOCK/21FE21/1862' datestamp in red alongside, minor soiling.
1901 two underpaid commercial covers 1) from Victoria with Pictorial 2d in lieu of Postage Due tied by Scottsdale cds; & 2) from NSW officially registered with Stamp Duty 6d Platypus in lieu of Postage Due cancelled in pencil. Scarce duo. (Qty 2)
1903 cover from Launceston to Oatlands (b/s) with attractive illustrated advert for Hollidge's Writing Fluid. Superb!.
1912 entire to Clunes (Vic) with Pictorials ½d only paying the printed matter rate tied by Hobart cds, some soiling that predates the mailing, the contents being the entire "Hobart Town Gazette" of 19/7/1839!! An extraordinary postal item! [The concessional rate was ½d per four ounces]