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1897 "ORATAVA" Shipwreck - 1897 envelope to Coolgardie, Western Australia, from England with the stamp washed off, posted at Redruth FE 11 97. A violet two line handstamp Damaged through / stranding of “Oratava”  is on the front of the cover. The 5857 ton SS Orotava, (not Oratava as in the cachet) grounded on the Scilla Shoal near Perim island in the Red Sea on the morning of 23rd February 1897. The mail, which had been damaged by sea water was taken off a few days later and taken to Aden by the P & O Ganges and the telegraph ship Amber. From Aden it went to Australia on the P & O steamer Ballarat arriving at Albany on March 27 where this letter was taken off and the cachet applied. One of only six covers recorded from this incident and one of very few covers from ship wrecks going to western Australia.
1897 "ORATAVA" Shipwreck
1897 envelope to Coolgardie, Western Australia, from England with the stamp washed off, posted at Redruth FE 11 97. A violet two line handstamp 'Damaged through / stranding of “Oratava” ' is on the front of the cover. The 5857 ton SS Orotava, (not Oratava as in the cachet) grounded on the Scilla Shoal near Perim island in the Red Sea on the morning of 23rd February 1897. The mail, which had been damaged by sea water was taken off a few days later and taken to Aden by the P & O 'Ganges' and the telegraph ship 'Amber'. From Aden it went to Australia on the P & O steamer 'Ballarat' arriving at Albany on March 27 where this letter was taken off and the cachet applied. One of only six covers recorded from this incident and one of very few covers from ship wrecks going to western Australia.
£1750.00
Reference: GW3277

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1906 Western Australia - 1906 envelope franked with a 1d cancelled KALGOORLIE MY 7 06. The envelope from the Kalgoorlie Municipal Council, with a fine printed crest on the back, has a number of cachets including NOT KNOWN BY LETTER CARRIER, UNCLAIMED & UNKNOWN IN …... WALK with 5 inserted in manuscript and initialled. A Kalgoorlie JU 7 cancel is on the front and a Dead Latter Office Perth JU 8 06 c.d.s. is on the back. An interesting cover!
1906 Western Australia
1906 envelope franked with a 1d cancelled KALGOORLIE MY 7 06. The envelope from the Kalgoorlie Municipal Council, with a fine printed crest on the back, has a number of cachets including NOT KNOWN BY LETTER CARRIER, UNCLAIMED & UNKNOWN IN …... WALK with '5' inserted in manuscript and initialled. A Kalgoorlie JU 7 cancel is on the front and a Dead Latter Office Perth JU 8 06 c.d.s. is on the back. An interesting cover!
£145.00
Reference: K2387

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1907 Western Australia / South Australia - 1907 picture post card (Barrack Street, Perth) to England, franked with a 1d tied by a straight line LOOSE SHIP LETTER handstamp. The card, which was posted on board a ship, was taken off and entered the postal system at LARGS BAY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, where it was cancelled OC 14 07. A very uncommon item.
1907 Western Australia / South Australia
1907 picture post card (Barrack Street, Perth) to England, franked with a 1d tied by a straight line LOOSE SHIP LETTER handstamp. The card, which was posted on board a ship, was taken off and entered the postal system at LARGS BAY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, where it was cancelled OC 14 07. A very uncommon item.
£190.00
Reference: K2069

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