Prestige Philately Auction 234 CatalogueWESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
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1848 large-part outer to Perth endorsed "Paid" with largely fine strike of the octagonal 'PAID/("26.8.48")/ALBANY' h/s (mss date) in dull red, rated "4"[d] for intra-Colonial rate, minor edge faults & slightly shortened at left.
1850 folded entire to Perth with fine strike of the octagonal 'PAID/("7/9/50")/FREMANTLE' h/s in red rated "4d" for intra-Colonial letter, note requesting conveyancing deed for "Allotment No 308 in Fremantle", light fold affecting marking and minor edge fault at base. PO 4.12.1829. [Cecil Walkley's 1845 entire with a poor strike of the 'PAID' marking, sold for $2300]
1849 (Oct 31) entire to France with unusually fine strikes of the undated Perth h/s (#PA PO1b) in black & oval Ship Letter h/s (#PA SL1) in red, light boxed 'COLONIES/&C ART 13' accountancy h/s in red applied at London, various French markings, the letter in French. Carried per "Caspar" which departed for Batavia 14.11.1849. Very few WA items are recorded with accountancy handstamps: see "Black Swan" (Sep 1987). Ex Cecil Walkley: acquired at the Prestige auction of 27.11.2010 for $4830.
The writer was the Catholic priest John Brady who had ministered to Irish convicts in NSW from 1838. Appointed Vicar-General of WA & arrived at Albany from Sydney 4.11.1843 with a priest & catechist. He published, in English & French, a dictionary of the local aboriginal tongue. The Diocese of Perth was erected 6.5.1845 & Brady was appointed bishop, being consecrated in Rome 18.5.1845. He returned with 27 missionaries, only one of whom was fluent in English! The letter, in French, explains the use of donations from France & is signed "Jean Evelyn [?] de Perth"]
1850 small envelope to Sydney (arrival b/s of FE*14/1850) with a fine strike of the worn '[crown]/GENERAL/POST OFFICE/PERTH' handstamp & an unusually fine strike of the large oval 'SHIP LETTER/[crown]/WESTERN AUSTRALIA/PAID' h/s in red. Scarce inter-Colonial mail: most early mail was to Britain.
1857 small envelope to Perth endorsed on the face "15.6.57" with 'Penny Black' SG 1 pair (full margins) on the reverse, two indistinct strikes of the Grid-Numeral '13' & largely very fine strike of the undated double-oval 'POST OFFICE/[crown]/TOODYAY/WESTERN AUSTRA[LIA]' h/s, minor soiling. [The stamps are not tied, so offered 'as is', with a very conservative estimate]
1859 cover to Oxfordshire with extremely rare franking of Hillman Rouletted 6d grey-black SG 23 (an unusually large stamp rouletted at top & base with a fragment of the adjoining unit below, Cat £1300 x4+) with very fine 15-Bar '1' cancel, Unframed 'PERTH/OC15/1859/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' cds in blue, GB 'TETSWORTH/DE15/59' arrival b/s. Pope & Reynolds Census #6.
1860 part-entire to London "Via Marseilles" with 'Penny Black' fine single & horizontal pair (right unit with full margins; left unit corner fault at U/L) plus Hillman 6d grey-black (3 margins; stain) tied by four light but discernible strikes of 15-bars '5' with light 'GUILDFORD/AU24/1860/=WESTERN AUSTRALIA=' cds (#1a) alongside, London 'OC16/60' arrival b/s in red, repaired by pasting down back 'flap' to re-attach stamps & backing paper which had been excised by knife. PO 22.7.1859. Unlisted in the Pope & Reynolds Census where it would follow #4, the only recorded item from Guildford to England at the 9d rate.
1861 small cover to "Miss Jane Franklin/Serpentine" with 1860 Perkins Bacon Imperf 2d SG 25 (3 margins, a little cut-into at the base) tied by 15-bar '2' cancel & very fine Maltese Cross 'PERTH/MR8/1861' d/s in blue, minor soiling.
1872 cover to Bunbury with a very fine strike of the scarce Framed-Oval 'GREENOUGH/MAY3/182/+WESTERN AUSTRALIA+' (LRD) on the face, 2d chrome-yellow tied by Void Grid (LRD), Perth Maltese Cross transit of MY13/1872 & 'BUNBURY/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' arrival b/s, repaired opening fault at U/L & part of the flap missing.
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1873 cover to Kent with 6d indigo-violet (faded), light 12-bar '16' cancel & unframed 'YORK/AP19/1873/ =WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' cds, a bit soiled & with a repaired flap. PMI records the CDS on OC2/1866 only.
1873 cover endorsed in the same hand as the address "Outside Mail from Pinjarrah" with unframed 'PINJARRAH/ DE8/1873/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' backstamp, to "Belvidere/nr Bunbury" with 2d yellow tied by 'PERTH/ DE8/1873/=WESTERN : AUSTRALIA= - GPO' duplex, no arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [The endorsement suggests the cover was sent first north to Perth, then south to Bunbury, probably by coastal ship]
1875 soiled cover "To be left at/Post Office/Champion Bay" with 15-bar BN '6' on 2d chrome-yellow & 'YORK/JY10/1875/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' cds, Perth Maltese Cross b/s & light but obvious 'CHAMPION BAY' arrival cds on the face. Pope & Reynolds Census #9 of 10. [Champion Bay was renamed Geraldton 5.6.1874 but the Champion Bay cds continued in use at least until 1880]
1884 cover to Hampshire with 2d chrome-yellow L-strip of 3 tied by very fine 'PERTH/15MR/84 - WEST/AUSTRALIA' duplex (Type DxC-2: ERD with no frame-damage at L/L), 'ANDOVER/AP22/84' arrival b/s.
1884 cover to Hampshire with 2d chrome-yellow single & pair tied by very fine 'PERTH/JY30/1884/ =WESTERN- AUSTRALIA= - GPO' duplex (Type DxA-2), 'ANDOVER/SP8/84' arrival b/s, horizontal fold affects one stamp.
1887 cover to Canada "via Sydney & San F"[rancisco] with Perf 14 1d yellow-ochre & 4d carmine pair tied by three very light strikes of 12-bars '33' & light strike of the 26mm Framed 'JARRAHDALE/DEC20/7/W.A. cds alongside, Perth & Windsor Ont transits and 'WELLAND/FE27/ONT' arrival b/s, a couple of very minor blemishes. The lack of any USA markings suggests the item was actually carried via England. A most unusual destination, especially so originating from a small, recently-opened office. TO 11.2.1880; PO -.9.1882. [Timber Mill] Unlisted in the Pope & Reynolds Census which records only four items & none before 1891.
1894 local cover with scarce albeit philatelic franking of Postal Fiscals 3d & 6d SG F13&14 horizontal pairs tied by superb 'FREMANTLE/WESTERN AUSTRALIA - F' duplex cancels, minor blemishes.
1895 cover to the USA with 2½d tied by 'GINGIN/SP5/1895/=WESTERN AUSTRALIA= - G ' duplex cancel (#DxL 2; LRD), 'Missent to Oakland, Cal.' cachet on face, minor blemishes. PO 2.1.1855. PMI records only one partial strike of the duplex.
1898 hand-illustrated envelope with pen & ink landscape drawing, to Victoria with 2d grey pair tied by 'BEACONSFIELD/NO30/98/WA' cds in blue, unfortunately faulty & repaired at top where piece missing.
1898 use of Swans ½d brown Town Rate Postal Card with printed "......./Boulder City..." address & advertising for printers HC Mott & Co, Piesse Street, Boulder City on back, to "Coolgardie Mint GMCo" [Gold Mining Co] with 'BOULDER/AP26/98/ WA-PO' duplex in violet & small-part Kalgoorlie arrival b/s, 5mm closed tear at base hardly detracts. [Boulder was within the town limits of Kalgoorlie]
1899 underpaid cover to Cornwall with 1d tied by unframed 'BEVERLEY/OC23/99/W.A', '("3d")/MORE TO PAY' h/s of Albany (b/s) and '3D/FB/ D ' h/s of London, a few blemishes.