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ARTHUR B. “WIZARD” STONE FLIES HIS BLERIOT PLANE IN AUSTRALIA, 1914

The illustrated postcard shows a flying ‘Bleriot’ monoplane over a bushland scene as well the faces of two men, Wizard Stone, Aviator and P.V. Ryan, Organizer and Manager. The message reads ‘Goulburn , May 22nd 1914 hope "Wizard" Stone succeeds in delivering this card. It is addressed to Sydney and is postmarked on arrival by train (Figure 1).


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BENJAMIN KANE, INSPECTOR of NATIONAL SCHOOLS, MELBOURNE (1834-72)

This stampless entire was addressed to Benjamin Kane Esquire, Acting Inspector of National School Board, Melbourne on 28 April 1853. It was sent from Lake Colac, as shown by the framed red ‘PAID/ LAKE COLAC’, and was rated by a manuscript red ‘2' (2d being the inland letter rate)as well as the manuscript ‘Free’. The reverse (not shown) had back-stamps of Colac and Melbourne (Figure 1).


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CAPTAIN R.G.F. CANDAGE, BOSTON MASS. from MT BLACKWOOD, VICTORIA

The cover is addressed to Captain R.G.F. Candage, 17 Merchants Exchange, Boston Mass., United States America and it has a manuscript ‘22/4/70' at lower left as well as ‘Ans Jul 1 70' at the left edge of the cover. There is an unframed MT BLACKWOOD/ AP 22/ 70/ VICTORIA postmark and both stamps, a brown lilac ‘TWO PENNY’ and a blue Laureate ‘SIX PENCE’ were cancelled with the barred numeral ‘64'. There were two red circular cancels, a LONDON/ B/ PAID/ A/ (-----), as well as a red unknown cancel, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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CHARLES MEREDITH (1811-1880) & LOUISA ANN MEREDITH (1812-1895)

This cover was found in Freeman & White’s The Numeral Cancellations of Victoria (2001) where it served as an example of a Victorian Barred Numeral. It shows the 2d and 4d Laureates of Victoria cancelled by a duplex of TALBOT/ JN 25/ 72/ VICTORIA with the B.N. 244. The letter is addressed to The Honble Charles Meredith, Malunnah, Orford, Tasmania and there is a manuscript ‘27' in crayon (Figure 1).


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COVER from SYDNEY to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, HUBBARD MEMORIAL HALL

The printed registered cover with the pre-printed violet 4½d KGV head stamp (‘A.C.S.C. RE 13' issued 1925 has been uprated with the red 1½d KGV head stamp and both have been cancelled with a GLEN INNES/ ( --- )/ N.S.W postmark. The front also has a transit REGISTERED/ F/ 27 JA 28 B/ SYDNEY N.S.W. as well as a double oval transit NEW YORK, N.Y./2-21/1928/ REGY DIV. postmark. It is addressed to Mr J.J. Edson, Hubbard Memorial Hall, Sixteenth & M. Streets, Washington D.C., U.S.A. (Figure 1).


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DAME MARY GILMORE, WRITER, POET, PACIFIST, SOCIALIST & UTOPIAN

A most unusual illustrated Aboriginal art cover had a strip of six orange ½d Kangaroo stamps postmarked by an indistinct roller cancel from Sydney in 1951, and below the stamps was printed ‘HOP - HOP -HOPPING ALONG’. It was addressed to Dame Mary Gilmore, No 9 Clearmont Flats, 99 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, with a large lizard drawn below (Figure 1).


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DAVID BLACK, EDITOR of the TASMANIAN MAIL, HOBART OBITUARY

The Tattersall’s cover was addressed to Mr. D. Black, Waterloo House, Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania. The cover was franked with a vertical pair of the pink ‘ONE PENNY’ QV stamps of Victpria which were cancelled by the duplex CLUNES/ SE 17/ 07/ VICTORIA with the stamps obliterated by the barred numeral ‘147'. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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DEEBING CREEK ABORIGINAL MISSION, NEAR IPSWICH, QUEENSLAND

The Post Card has single copies of th green ½d QV and the orange ‘Four Corners’ Queensland stamps which are cancelled with a duplex Toowoomba and the numeral ‘626' dated August 9, 1903. It is addressed to Herrn Adolphe Feige, Bethel bei Bielefeld, Westphalen, Germany. There is a reception postmark of BETHEL/ 14 14 9 03/ bei BIELEFELD (Figure 1).


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EDWIN J. DINGLE, PRECEPTOR EMERITUS, INSTITUTE of MENTAL PHYSICS, L.A.

Perhaps I should start a new category for ‘Unusual People To Whom Australians Write’, for ‘People’ or ‘Miscellaneous’ do not do justice to this man. The cover has an advert for The Grosvenor, the leading Private Hotel, Adelaide, S.A. Opposite Railway Station. The pair of green 1d Q.E. stamps are cancelled with a roller ADELAIDE/ 430AM/ 28 MCH/ 1941/STH AUSTRALIA with the slogan AIR MAIL/ SAVES TIME. It is addressed to Edwin J. Dingle F.R. G. S., Preceptor Emeritus, Institute of Mentalphysics, Second & Hobart Blvds(?), Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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EVERETT A. COLSON, ADVISOR to EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE, ETHIOPIA

The cover had a blue registration label for SYDNEY—C/ N.S.W. and the stamps consisted of an orange ½d, a green 1d and a red-brown KGV Head stamps, as well as the green 3d airmail stamp. They were postmarked by a REGISTERED/ B 14 MR 33/ SYDNEY N.S.W. The cover was addressed to E.A. Colson Esq, Box 215, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Abyssinia) (Figure 1).


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GRAND LODGE of TASMANIA to DR. W.A. DE WOLF SMITH, B.C. CANADA

This cover found on Ebay was particularly interesting not only because of the sender, but also the recipient, and there was a connecting thread between the two that was not immediately apparent. It was sent from The Grand Lodge of Tasmania of Free and Accepted Masons and it had a pair of the red 1d and the green ½d KGV side face stamps with three examples of the Hobart, Tasmania, 26 OCT 17 postmarks, two examples of the machine roller cancel and one of a circular date cancel. It was addressed to Dr. W.A. De Wolf-Smith, P.O. Box 189, New Westminster, British Columbia, Dominion of Canada, North America (Figure 1).


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HAIRENIK, ARMENIAN-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER, BOSTON COVER from MELBOURNE

The registered cover has a red registration label with ‘Commerce House’, a purple hand-stamp ‘REGISTERED’ and it is addressed to The Editor "Hairenik" American Newspaper, 7 Bennet Street, Boston, Mass, U.S.A. The postage is the chestnut 5d KGV head stamp and the green ½d KGV head stamp, with the large multiple watermark. The vendor states that it was posted from Melbourne in April 1918 (Figure 1).


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HENRY CONDELL (1797 -1871): FIRST MAYOR of MELBOURNE

This cover was offered by a major Australian auction house with an estimate of AUD 400 and it sold for AUD 300. It had been owned by a gold medal exhibitor and judge, and his description of the 'outer', used in the catalogue, left much to be desired. It stated:


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HIS MAJESTY BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ, KING of THAILAND

This cover was sent from Victoria by air mail with a the 65 cents yellow faced whip snake (issued in 1982) to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, The Grand Palace, Na Phia Lan Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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HUGO MUECKE, GERMAN IMPERIAL CONSULATE, ADELAIDE, S.A.

This Western Australian Post Card has the Postage One Penny blue ‘Swan’ stamp posmarked with the duplex TOWN HALL FREMANTLE/ 6/ SP 23/ 98/ W.A. with the obliterator P.O cancelling the stamp. It is addressed to H. Mucke (sic) Esq., "German" Imperial Consulate, Adelaide, S.A. (Figure 1).


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HUGO ZOLLER, GERMAN JOURNALIST, AUTHOR & WORLD TRAVELER

The South Australian postcard had a purple ‘ONE PENNY’ stamp postmarked by SHIP MAIL ROOM/ S2/ AU 2/ 88/S. A and it was addressed to Hugo Zöller Esq, Poste Restante, Melbourne. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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INTERNATIONAL CONCILIATION, THE EDITOR, CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR PEACE

I always associated the name Carnegie with a very rich man who donated a lot of money to fund the Carnegie Hall in New York, where my wife and I sat in the top tier listening to wonderful classical music. There were times whilst climbing a mountain of steps to our seat, I felt that an oxygen cylinder would have been handy.

The cover with the printed red oval 2½d KGVI stamp had a brown-purple 1d QE stamp added postmarked with a roller MELBOURNE/ 3.30 PM/ 23 JUN/ 1944/ VIC-AUS cancel. It had a red '3 Opened by Censor label' and a purple hand-strike 3 PASSED/ BY / CENSOR/ 83. It was addressed to The Editor, International Conciliations (sic), (Carnegie Endowment for Peace), 405 West 117 th St, New York City N.Y., United States of America. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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IRVING P. FOX of BOSTON Mass

An Uncommon Use of a Strip of Five KGV Redheads:


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JAMES FRANCIS HOGAN, TEACHER, JOURNALIST & IRISH POLITICIAN

Three covers sent to the above were found on eBay on the same day and in dated order they were as follows: The first cover was postmarked with a duplex GEELONG/ 3H/ JA 31/ 72 with a BN ‘2' obliterator on the 2d lilac Victoria stamp, as well as an unframed reception postmark of ANAKIE/ JA 31/ 72/ VICTORIA (the same day delivery is not surprising as the 2 towns are only 25 km apart). The cover is addressed to Mr. James F. Hogan, School 21, Anakies, the sender has written ‘Immediate’ at the upper border, and there were no markings on the reverse (Figure 1).


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JAMES DENHAM PINNOCK, PUBLIC SERVANT & BANKER (1810? - 1875)

Three entires were found addressed to James Denham Pinnock over a period of 1847-1851, in his capacity as a public servant serving in two different roles in Melbourne. The first dated was addressed to him as the Deputy Registrar General, Supreme Court, Melbourne, Port Philip (sic) in July 1847. The front had a black rectangular boxed ‘JERRRYS PLAINS/ FREE’ and the ‘FREE’ was black-inked out with a wavy line and a rating of ‘1/7' (a red one shilling seven pence) was added (Figure 1).

 


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JOHN SEPTIMUS ROE (1797-1878), W.A. SURVEYOR GENERAL & EXPLORER

This 5 Oct 1850 stampless entire inwards letter from India, has a framed Calcutta datestamp on the reverse and is addressed to J.S. Roe Esqre R.N., Surveyor General, Swan River Settlement. It has a manuscript per Lady Margaret -via Adelaide plus a mss. '8'. On the right, there is a vertically written 'Calcutta. 5 October 1850. W. Bubly/Recd. 25 Oct 1851 p. "Unknown" via S Australia. The provenance of the item was Ex Juhl (Figure 1).


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JOHN DRUMMOND, DISGRACED NAVAL OFFICER, HOBART TOWN, V.D.L.

An inwards piece of mail was addressed to John Drummond Esq, Naval Officer, Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land. There was a red PAID SHIP LETTER/ [Crown]/ 7 MR 7/ 1818/ LONDON postmark, as well as a manuscript ‘1/9' in red paying the single rate to N.S.W. The entire’s letter was headed ‘Enfield Highway 5th 1818'. The vendor stated that it was the second earliest inwards mail to Tasmania, and an estimate of AUD 10,000 was placed on it (Figure 1).


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JOSIAH WIGGLESWORTH, WOOLSTAPLER, HALIFAX YORKSHIRE

The cover was addressed to Josiah Wigglesworth Esq., Woolstapler, Near Railway Station, Halifax Yorkshire, England, and there were two other manuscripts: Via Australasian and ‘Paid’. The imperforate orange-yellow 6d ‘wood block’ Victoria stamp had an indistinct barred numeral ‘1' of Melbourne (Figure 1).


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LEE BURRIDGE (1861-1915)
INVENTOR, THE SUN TYPEWRITER CO., NEW YORK

The On Public Service cover has the red 1d Tasmania pictorial of Mount Wellington stamp cancelled by a HOBART/ S/ AU 20/ 1902/ TASMANIA cancel. It is addressed to The Manager, New Sun Typewriter Co., 239 Broadway, New York (Figure 1).


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LETTER from CRETE to DR. CONSTANTINOS KYRIAZOPOLOUS, MELBOURNE

The vendor describes the cover as "1904 usage of orange 20 lepta & green 5 lepta (Hera) stamps of Crete Greece stamps on private cover with cachet at left "New Freedom (Neas Eleftherias)" sent from Heraklion to Dr. Konstantine Kyriazopoulos, 168 Victoria str., North Melbourne, Australia with a Melbourne backstamp. An enlargement of the purple cachet is also shown (Figures 1 & 2).


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LORRES BONNEY( MRS. H.B. BONNEY), FIRST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN PILOT

Lorres Bonney (1897-1994), a.k.a. Mrs. H.B. Bonney, wife of a wealthy Brisbane leather manufacturer, was the first Australian woman to gain a pilot's licence in Australia and was issued with No.17. She took up flying in 1930 because, "I was a golf widow every weekend, and the aerodrome was right next to the golf course. After initial flying training at Eagle Farm, Queensland with Charles Matherson, she went on to obtain her Commercial Pilot's Licence. Advanced flying was done at Archerfield under Cyril Broom of the Royal Aero Club of Queensland. A photo of Mrs. Bonney in flight gear is seen in Figure 1.
 


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MODERN TIMES VILLAGE, THOMPSON’S STATION RAILROAD, LONG ISLAND

This cover was mailed from Melbourne on July 15, 1858 franked with two copies of the orange 6d imperforate ‘Woodblock’ stamps as well as a single lilac 2d ‘Emblems’ stamp of Victoria cancelled with the barred numeral ‘1' of Melbourne. There was a red manuscript rating of ‘8' and an obliquely placed manuscript ‘via Great Britain/ per Emeu/ Mail Steamer’ as well as a red handstamp LONDON/ 88/ SP 10/ 58/ PAID. In addition there was a large black handstamp of 5/ SP/ 24/ BOSTON BR. PKT . The cover was addressed to Miss Annie Newbery, Modern Times village, Thompsons Station Railroad, Long Island, New York, U Stat, written in a copperplate style (Figure 1).


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PETER NICHOLAS BROUN, FIRST W. A. COLONIAL SECRETARY

Two Western Australia Colonial Secretary stampless entires were found on auction sites, both with franking interest and sent to the same incumbent, but one was superior to the other in that both the sender and the receiver were of considerable interest. The first was addressed to The Honble The Colonial Secretary, Perth with a red manuscript 'Free' and a black undated 'Crown' over a 28 x 18 mm hexagon-shaped boxed 'GENERAL/ POST OFFICE/ PERTH' frank (Figure 1).


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RICHARD G. MEARES & REVETT H. BLAND,
BOTH RESIDENTS, YORK, W.A.

This 1849 part-entire to “N.G. Meares Esq., Resident, York” has a fine strike of the [Crown]/ GENERAL/ POST OFFICE/ PERTH and is endorsed with a manuscript ‘Free’. It also has a manuscript R.H. Bland at lower left. The vendor states that it is rare intra-Colonial mail (of the Swan River Colony, Perth) and the content is a piece of rolicking patriotic doggerel that mentions an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, which must have been that of 1849. By 1834 Bland had been appointed Resident of York and Meares was presumably his successor. Meares was also Acting Colonial Secretary in 1849 until March 1850 and it was during this short period that he would have enjoyed free franking privilege (Figures 1 & 2).


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ROBERT BROUGH SMYTH, SECRETARY OF MINES, MELBOURNE

This folded blue entire was addressed to the above, the postage being paid by a 4d rose pink Victoria ‘Beaded Oval’ stamp postmarked with the barred numeral ‘173' (Type 1B) of Daylesford and there was a blue boxed ‘TOO LATE’ alongside (Figure 1).


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SINCLAIR KENNEDY, WRITER/LECTURER to LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR JOHN MONASH

The accomplishments of John Monash, a famous Australian soldier, engineer and administrator are described in 8 pages of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. He was the subject of a paper at my website in the category ‘Armed Forces’, entitled General Sir John Monash, Soldier, Engineer, & Administrator. This paper will concentrate on aspects of the life of the sender, Sinclair Kennedy.

The cover was addressed to Lt.-General Sir John Monash, K.C.B., A.I.F. Headquarters, Horseperry, which should have read Horseferry Road, Westminster, London, S.W. 1, England. The sender was shown as Sinclair Kennedy, 1080 Beacon Street, Brookline, Mass. The red printed 2 Cents United States Postage stamp has a roller cancel of BOSTON, MASS./ JUL 21/ 10 30 PM/ 1919/ BACK BAY STA. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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SIR CHARLES TODD, POSTMASTER-GENERAL & SUPERINTENDENT of TELEGRAPHS, ADELAIDE

This Post Office memo is somewhat peripheral to the majority of the items on this website, but it is of particular interest not only because of its contents, but also because of the person issuing the directive. It was sent from Charles Todd to all South Australian Postmasters, and it reads (Figure 1):


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SUN WAH LOONG, STOREKEEPER: THE CHINESE in QUEENSLAND

Once again, mail to Tattersalls in Hobart (via one of the many forwarding agents, the Commercial Bank) reveals an interesting story. The registered cover has a strip of three blue 2d ‘Figures in four corners’ Queensland stamps as well as the same design single orange vermilion 1d stamp. There are four strikes of the barred numeral ‘534', as well as a single strike of the unframed CLONCURRY/ NO 3/ 05/ QUEENSLAND postmark and the two line REGISTERED/ CLONCURRY (Figure 1).


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THE FRENCH in NEW SOUTH WALES: LOUIS GILLE & JEAN ESCOTTIER, SYDNEY

The first cover was a printed envelope sent from Louis Gille & Co., of Sydney, 73-75 Liverpool Street and of Melbourne, 300-302 Lonsdale St., The addressee was printed in large black letters: FRANCE/ Messrs LOUIS GILLE et Cie/ Fabricants de Bronzes et d’Orfevrerie d’Eglise/ 37 Quai Claude Bernard./ LYONS. The routing of the letter is given as Per P & O. R.M.S. "Mongolia" Via Brindisi. There are a total of six New South Wales stamps, a pair and single blue 2d QV and 2 single green ½d QV stamps. The postmark is almost illegible, but it went through the Registration Branch, at Sydney/ DE 7/ 1904. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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VERNON EDWARD WHITE, QUEENSLAND SURVEYOR (1894-1967)

This registered cover looks as if it might be philatelically inspired (on account of its neatness and by the use of 6 Australian stamps of 4 different colours), but a total cost of 1/ 8½d would seem to be an unnecessary price to pay for a non-First Day Cover of the three 150th Anniversary of Newcastle stamps, which were issued on 8 Sep 1947. The cover is postmarked RABAUL/ 13 OC 47/ PAPUA NEW GUINEA and it has a red RABAUL registration label attached. The sender is identified as F.R. Davis, P.C.B, Rabaul, New Britain and it is addressed to Vernon E. White M.Q.I.S., Gympie, Queensland (Figure 1).


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W.D. LEROY, MAGICIAN BOSTON, MASS., LETTER from QLD’s PMG

The cover has the blue ‘Four Corners’ 2d QV and the green ½d QV stamps of Queensland canceled by the duplex BRISBANE/ 23/ JA 20/ 1905/ QUEENSLAND postmark, and there is a red manuscript ‘Private’. The cover is addressed to W.D. Le Roy Esq., Magician etc, office and salesroom, 103 Court Street, Boston, Mass., United States America. There is a printed sender’s name ‘Postmaster-General’s Department, Brisbane’(Figure 1).

 


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WHO WAS JOHN MOFFAT of IRVINEBANK?

I am no fan of philatelically inspired covers, having outgrown the habit some 40 years ago, but I had no reservations about buying this Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland) cover. It celebrated the life of John Moffat by unveiling a plaque of him at Irvinebank some 32 years after his death. The unveiling occurred on May 24, 1950, the same day of the IRVINEBANK/ 9-A 24MY50/ QUEENSLAND postmark His later life photograph adorns the cover, and there is a cuteness about the printed “The children ended their prayers each night with “God Bless John Moffat”. The pristine condition of the cover plus the fact that the postage stamps only amounted to 1½d suggest that it was sent in a separate cover (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM HENRY GRAY, ONE of SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S CHIEF CONSTABLES

This philatelically contrived cover is different from the vast majority of such covers in that it celebrates the centenary of the landing in South Australia of an ancestor of the sender, the addressee on the cover. The cover has the 1d green KGV sideface Australian stamp cancelled by the roller cancel, ADELAIDE/ 11 AM/ 10 FEB/ 1937/ S.A. In addition, a photograph of W.H. Gray is adhered to the cover, and underneath the following is typed: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing in South Australia of William Henry Gray in the ship ‘John Renwick’. Feb. 10 th 1837 - Feb. 10 th 1937 (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM NAIRN GRAY, ILLAWARRA N.S.W. POLICE MAGISTRATE & LAND COMMISSIONER

This 1850 Victorian cover has an 1850 2d ‘Half Length’ stamp cancelled by the ‘butterfly 14/V’ of Ovens and it is addressed to Wm Gray Nairn, Geelong. There is nothing to suggest the name of the sender. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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