Prestige Philately Auction 234 CatalogueVICTORIA - Postal History
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1853 entire town letter headed "Mount Gellibrand/24th March 1853" & signed "Beal & Prebeck", to the "Clerk of Petty Sessions/Colac" with rare solo franking of Half-Lengths 1d dull red SG 8a just tied by poor Barred Oval '25' with light but obvious oval 'COLAC/[crown]/MA*25/1853/VICTORIA' b/s, light soiling. A rare town letter: according to John Barwis' Census only 27 town letters bearing Half-Lengths are recorded. Of these, 25 are from Melbourne. This is stated to be the only provincial town letter in private hands, and that only one other Barred Oval '25' cover is recorded. Rodney Perry (2006, erroneously states 1851 for 1853) & RPSofL (2018, states the stamp is SG 8) Certificates. The Perry comment has resulted in this item being listed by John Barwis at page 146 as being from 1851.
Mount Gellibrand is an extinct volcano nearer to Birregurra than Colac, and the site of a sheep station held by Charles Ayrey (aka Airey), who sold the property to his manager, Charles Beal, in 1852. The letter, which is about registration of sheep brands, must have been carried privately to Colac & posted there. Beal arrived at Port Phillip in March 1839.
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1861 four pages from the German-language newspaper 'GERMANIA' datelined 'Melbourne Freitag den 5 Juli 1861', to Celle/Hannover/Germany" endorsed "via South Hampton", Emblems 1d Wmk 'ONE/PENNY' pair (stained by the 'blackoy' gum used) just tied by poor cancels, London transit of SP20/61, double-ring 'Aus ENGLAND/21/9/PER AACHEN' cds in red & 'CELLE/22/9' arrival cds in blue, some splitting along the horizontal folds as should be expected. A rare & stunning postal history item! Unrecorded in Ben Palmer's Census of pre-UPU mails and believed to be the only example of a newspaper or printed matter sent to Germany pre 1.10.1891, when Victoria joined the UPU.
1881 (July 18) cover to Switzerland with Laureates 8d & Bell ½d tied by very fine Lilydale duplex, superb 'ROMONT' arrival b/s, minor blemishes.
1890 commercial usage of the scarce 3d 'Via Italy' red/green Postal Card to Manchester with St Kilda duplex & Melbourne transit both of NO8/90. A very scarce correct and contemporary usage. [The message between brothers states "...I am returning to Sydney today by steamer..."]
1891 stampless linen-lined OHMS Envelope with PMG Melbourne address crossed-through & "Warrnambool" entered, 'CUDGEE/JE17/91/VICTORIA - 889' duplex (rated R) & boxed 'REGISTERED' h/s, fault at L/R & overall soiling. Not seen by us before.
1891 to London endorsed "RMS Carthage/late fee pd" with 2½d red/yellow and 6d blue tied Melbourne 'FE3/91' duplex cancels paying pre-UPU 2½d United Kingdom treaty rate plus 6d Late Fee, 'CLAPTON SO/MR9/91' arrival b/s, couple of minor blemishes.
1895 Jules Renard & Co cover to Austria with 2½d red on yellow and 6d blue tied 'ENGLISH MAIL TPO/AU6/95/+ -VICTORIA' duplex cancel paying foreign rate plus 6d Late Fee, Vienna '12.9.95' arrival b/s in blue, fine condition. [Items posted after 3pm at Spencer Street Station would be forwarded by that day's Melbourne-Adelaide Express Train TPO service upon payment of 6d Late Fee]
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1900 Melbourne Observatory OHMS wrapper (220mm wide) to Belgium with 2d violet (corner fault) affixed over 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Frank Stamp (Die 5) tied Melbourne cds paying double 1d per 2oz foreign printed matter rate.
1902 Messageries Maritimes postcard (Steamship) to Mauritius with 1½d orange/yellow tied Melbourne '19 2 02' d/s, lengthy message in French, 'REDUIT/20MAR/1902' arrival d/s.
1903 'Victorian Letter Card' with view of 'Bourke Street, Melbourne, Looking West' on back and vignette views of GPO, Yarra River, Government House and 'Giant Tree Camp, King Parrot Creek' inside, sent to USA with 3d tied Melbourne cds convenience-overpaying 2½d foreign rate, San Francisco arrival b/s, splitting repaired with archival tape. The photographs are credited to NJ Cairne, South Yarra, the design registered by CH Tomlinson 17th September 1903 (less than two months prior to use), but it was "Etched and Printed at the Examiner Office, Launceston, Tas".
1907 PPC ('Wombat Hill, Daylesford') from "Moama" (NSW) to Langwarrin with Victoria 1d pink affixed at U/R, not accepted in New South Wales & boxed-out in red pencil, 'MOAMA/JU27/1907/[N.S.]W' cds & 'MORE TO PAY ("2d")' struck alongside, Melbourne 'T 2D' oval h/s, on arrival two further 1d pinks affixed at L/R in lieu of Postage Dues and all three cancelled by barred numeral '1716' of Langwarrin Railway Station. PO 9.9.1889; renamed Langwarrin 24.7.1913.
1911 Italian PPC to Essex with NSW 1d tied by boxed 'LOOSE SHIP LETTER' h/s of Melbourne (cds of 10AP11 alongside), message headed "Melbourne/10.4.11" states "...We hope to arrive in Melbourne about 2 tomorrow morning..."
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