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AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING GUNS COVERS: 1880, 1915 & 1932

The first cover shows a stylised ‘ribbon’ advertising JOHN REA/ GUNMAKER/ MCCRAE STREET/ NEXT BLACK SWAN/ SANDHURST and the cover has the 2d lilac mauve stamp of Victoria, postmarked with the duplex SANDHURST/ A/ NO 20/ 80 plus the barred numeral ‘4' as the obliterator. The Australian Firearms Museum, in a listing of Colonial gunsmiths, gives the following information: ‘Rea, J McRae Street Bendigo (formerly Sandhurst) Vic. 1890', and a further listing under his name: ‘Little Scotland, via Geelong Vic. 1851'. There is no certainty that the two addresses are for the same man, and in fact Robert B. Shannon’s Colonial Australian Gunsmiths 1967, does not list a John Rea at all, but lists a G. Rae at Bendigo, Vic. c. 1890 and a Thomas Rea at Little Scotland, via Geelong, Vic. 1851, which is all very confusing.

The other point of considerable interest is that the cover is addressed to ‘The Very Rev. Dean (Hussey Burgh) McCartney (sic), (Anglican Dean of) Melbourne’ (Figure 1).


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CHARLES COWLES of COWLES & DUNN, GUNSMITH & FIREARMS DEALER

This advertising cover was sent from Cowles & Dunn, Gunmakers and Importers of Ammunition, 72 King Street, Sydney to John M. Evans, Dinner Hill, Peelwood (N.S.W.). The red 1d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp was cancelled with a roller cancel of SYNEY/ JE 12/ 6-15P N.S.W./ 1913. There was no cancellation on the reverse (Figure 1).


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SIL ROHU (SYLVESTER EDWIN ROHU) PRACTICAL GUNSMITH

This advert cover was for "Sil Rohu, (Late A.I.F), Successor to W. Graham & Son), Practical Gunsmith, and Importer of High-Grade Guns and, Rifles and Shooters’ Accessories, 110 Bathurst Street, Sydney (Aust.)". The red 1½d KGV head stamp was cancelled with SYDNEY/ 10PM/ 22 JUN/ 1928/ N.S.W. roller postmark with a slogan COMMONWEALTH LOAN/ NOW OPEN/ APPLY AT ONCE. It was addressed to Mr.H. Woodd Adams, Cookamidgera, NR. PARKES (N.S.W.). The unusual part of the advertisement was the information added by typewriter, as follows: "1928 Open Season for Game in N.S.W., Duck, February 15th to April 10th, Quail, May 15th to July 15th, ( ) Birds, April 15th to July 31st . NO LICENSE REQUIRED FOR SHOTGUNS and RIFLES". There is also a printed ‘If not claimed in 14 days, please return’ as well as ‘Repairs – OUR HANDS MAKE GOOD ARMS’ (Figures 1 & 2).


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THE SMALL ARMS FACTORY AT LITHGOW, N.S.W. 1912 - 1989

This 1943 violet 2d KGVI postcard is perfined OS/ NSW and postmarked with a machine cancel SYDNEY/ 10/ 9 15 AM /10/ 4 NOV/ 1948/ N.S.W. with a slogan cancel SEND MONEY/ BY POSTAL NOTE/ OR MONEY ORDER. There is a red ‘clock’ cancel showing receipt on 6 NOV 1948. It was addressed to Officer in Charge, Small Arms Factory, Lithgow (Figure 1).


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