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1912 Victoria - 1912 Australian Pictorial Lettersheet containing 8 photos of Port Adelaide, addressed to Otago, New Zealand, franked with a 1d cancelled COLOMBO MAY 2 12. A straight line PAQUEBOT is on the front of the lettersheet. The contents mentions arriving in Colombo on 2nd May …. which was where this went into the mail system, having been posted at sea. Fine and uncommon.
1912 Victoria - 1912 Australian Pictorial Lettersheet containing 8 photos of Port Adelaide, addressed to Otago, New Zealand, franked with a 1d cancelled COLOMBO MAY 2 12. A straight line PAQUEBOT is on the front of the lettersheet. The contents mentions arriving in Colombo on 2nd May …. which was where this went into the mail system, having been posted at sea. Fine and uncommon.
1912 Victoria
1912 'Australian Pictorial Lettersheet' containing 8 photos of Port Adelaide, addressed to Otago, New Zealand, franked with a 1d cancelled COLOMBO MAY 2 12. A straight line 'PAQUEBOT' is on the front of the lettersheet. The contents mentions 'arriving in Colombo on 2nd May ….' which was where this went into the mail system, having been posted at sea. Fine and uncommon.
£95.00
Reference: K3174

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1860 Victoria - 1860 envelope to Salisbury, England, bearing a 6d, roulette 5½ x 6½ (SG 73) tied by a barred 1 obliterator with a MELBOURNE OC 25 60 datestamp on the back. A Salisbury DE 20 60 c.d.s. is also on the back of the cover. A few minor cover faults do not detract.
1860 Victoria
1860 envelope to Salisbury, England, bearing a 6d, roulette 5½ x 6½ (SG 73) tied by a barred '1' obliterator with a MELBOURNE OC 25 60 datestamp on the back. A Salisbury DE 20 60 c.d.s. is also on the back of the cover. A few minor cover faults do not detract.
£130.00
Reference: K3154

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1857 Victoria /Ship Incident - 1857 envelope to Leamington, Warwickshire, endorsed Per R.M.S. “Oneida” via Marseille, franked with a 6d cancelled by a barred obliterator with a MELBOURNE JA 26 1857. datestamp on the back. A London 4 MY 1857 datestamp is on the front of the cover and a Leamington 4 MY 57 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. The Oneida sailed from Melbourne on January 28 with 10,156 oz of gold on board (£50,000) and 15 boxes of mail. On 23 February she put into King Georges Sound with engine trouble. The gold, passengers and the mail were transferred to the European which sailed from King Georges Sound on 21 March and arrived at Suez on 19 April. The total journey took 98 days, well beyond the normal 65 – 70 days this trip should have taken.
1857 Victoria /Ship Incident
1857 envelope to Leamington, Warwickshire, endorsed 'Per R.M.S. “Oneida” via Marseille', franked with a 6d cancelled by a barred obliterator with a MELBOURNE JA 26 1857. datestamp on the back. A London 4 MY 1857 datestamp is on the front of the cover and a Leamington 4 MY 57 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. The 'Oneida' sailed from Melbourne on January 28 with 10,156 oz of gold on board (£50,000) and 15 boxes of mail. On 23 February she put into King George's Sound with engine trouble. The gold, passengers and the mail were transferred to the 'European' which sailed from King George's Sound on 21 March and arrived at Suez on 19 April. The total journey took 98 days, well beyond the normal 65 – 70 days this trip should have taken.
£325.00
Reference: K2832

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1880s Victoria - 1880s ½d newspaper wrapper (H&G E4) from Melbourne to Ceres, endorsed Newspapers only. A part MELBOURNE / VICTORIA duplex canceller obliterates the stamp.
1880's Victoria
1880's ½d newspaper wrapper (H&G E4) from Melbourne to Ceres, endorsed 'Newspapers only'. A part MELBOURNE / VICTORIA duplex canceller obliterates the stamp.
£55.00
Reference: K2798

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1869 Victoria - 1869 quadruple rate cover to France franked with a 2d, 6d and a pair of 1/- paying the 2/8d rate, cancelled by barred oval 9 duplex cancels of BEECHWORTH dated DE 4 69. On the reverse are Melbourne DE 7 and Paris 23 JA 70 transit cancels. Fine, the only known quadruple rate cover to France recorded.
1869 Victoria
1869 quadruple rate cover to France franked with a 2d, 6d and a pair of 1/- paying the 2/8d rate, cancelled by barred oval '9' duplex cancels of BEECHWORTH dated DE 4 69. On the reverse are Melbourne DE 7 and Paris 23 JA 70 transit cancels. Fine, the only known quadruple rate cover to France recorded.
£575.00
Reference: K1906

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1856 - 1856 outer wrapper to Geelong franked with a 1d lilac & rose (just touched at top) and a 3d deep indigo, (SG 28b & 31d) tied by a 2 in bars obliterator of Ballarat with an OCT 7 1856 datestamp on the reverse along with a Geelong OC 8 1856 arrival canceller. An attractive item.
1856
1856 outer wrapper to Geelong franked with a 1d lilac & rose (just touched at top) and a 3d deep indigo, (SG 28b & 31d) tied by a '2' in bars obliterator of Ballarat with an OCT 7 1856 datestamp on the reverse along with a Geelong OC 8 1856 arrival canceller. An attractive item.
£390.00
Reference: K0753

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1895 - 1895 stationery envelope with two 1d embossed stamps cancelled by the CARLTON 538 barred duplex of MR 25 95. Fine.
1895
1895 stationery envelope with two 1d embossed stamps cancelled by the CARLTON 538 barred duplex of MR 25 95. Fine.
£25.00
Reference: G2234

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1896 - 1896 stationery envelope with two 1d embossed stamps cancelled by the EASTERNWICK 300 barred duplexes of AP 16 96. Fine.
1896
1896 stationery envelope with two 1d embossed stamps cancelled by the EASTERNWICK 300 barred duplexes of AP 16 96. Fine.
£25.00
Reference: G2235

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