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A.A.A.C. PRESIDENT GREGORY’s LETTER to PROFESSOR WILLIAM HARKNESS

It is not frequent to find on the front of a cover, the proof of documentation of two men, one from Australia and the other from the USA, both of whom made highly significant contributions to their own country, in so many ways. This cover was sent from the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science (A.A.A.C.) by its President, A.C. Gregory to Professor Harkness, The Observatory, Washington D.C., U.S. of America. The stampless cover has been cancelled with an unframed duplex BRISBANE/ 28/ MR 8/ 94/ QUEENSLAND with the obliterator Q. L. (Figure 1).


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ALFRED LEWIS SMITH, ARCHITECT, MELBOURNE LIBRARY of SUPREME COURT

Six French covers appeared on Ebay, two of which were addressed from Paris to Alfred L. Smith, a celebrated and at times controversial architect in Melbourne, Victoria. The cover was an entire with no identification of the sender, with no postmarks on the reverse, and it was addressed to Alfred L. Smith Esq., Architect, Bourke Street East, Melbourne, Australia. There was a black ink ms. ‘3' and two double circle cancellations of PARIS/31/ DEC/53, but the two imperforate pairs of ‘EMPIRE FRANC’ 40c. stamps with the bust of Emperor Napoleon III were postmarked with a rectangular block of dots. The left hand pair of stamps had a horizontal bisect of the lower stamp. There was also a small red handstamp of a boxed ‘PD’ (Figure 1).


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ALFRED WILLIAM HOWITT, EXPLORER & NATURAL SCIENTIST (1830-1908), PART ONE

Two covers appeared at the same website, one to Alfred and the other to his wife, both sent from Meran, Austria. This town in the South Tyrol (Meran in German, and now Merano in Italian, was Austrian up till1918, but now is in Italy) and both have Austrian stamps totaling 30 kr, but also they have a red manuscript ‘50' rate. The first was sent ‘Via Brindisi April 29' (1880) to Alfred W. Howitt F.G.S. (L), Tenclyde, Sale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, and there was a transit T.P.O. DOWN octagonal postmark, with a back-stamp of Melbourne (Figure 1).


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ALFRED WILLIAM HOWITT, ETHNOLOGIST, (1830-1908) PART TWO

This somewhat battered and stained ‘cover’ adds to the information on the multifaceted Alfred Howitt. It was sent by him to Cyrus E. Doyle Esq, Werrinia, Kunopia, Moree, N.S.W. and it has the green 1d Bell designed Victorian stamp postmarked with BAIRNSDALE/ AU 31/ 77/ VICTORIA duplex with barred numeral ‘174' (the first duplex, which is not rated by Freeman & White, 1997). Along the top of the cover there is a black ink manuscript ‘Ethnological circular only from/ A W Howitt Bairnsdale’, and there is a portion of red sealing wax at the lower edge (Figure 1).


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ARDASEER CURSETJEE WADIA, FIRST INDIAN ELECTED to ROYAL SOCIETY

I have to admit that this insignificant cover probably has little or no relationship to the person to be described in this paper, other than they both resided in India, and had a common surname.   The cover shows 3 green ½d KGV head stamps, two of which appear imprinted copies, with 2 postmarks of MELBOURNE/ 22/ 430A 12 NO 19/ VICTORIA.  It was addressed to Messrs. Curtsejee & Sons, Merchants, Ahmednagar, India.  The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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ARTHUR FRANCIS BASSET HULL (1862-1945)

This long Tasmanian printed to private order pink 1d Tasmanian wrapper with advertisement was mailed with the HOBART/ 2L/ AP 18/ 91 duplex to München (Munich) Germany with The Federal Australian Philatelist as BOOK POST. The sender is identified as "Published by A.F. Basset Hull, Eldon Chambers, Elizabeth Street" and the price of the journal is described as Post Free, 1s (shilling) per annum (Figure 1).


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ARTHUR HENRY VOYCE (1899-1984) Missionary, Philatelist, Conchologist, Hymenopterist & Horticulturist

Reverend A.H. Voyce first came to my attention when I acquired a cover of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra 5½d joined pair which were issued on February 10, 1958. This cover was not a first day cover, but it was postmarked with a special postmark: R.S.L. NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS/ 14TH B.E.S.L./ CONFERENCE/ 17-21 FEB 1958/ 20 FEB 58/ CANBERRA AUST. It was addressed to ‘Rev. A.H. Voyce/ Methodist Mission, Kihili, Buin, Bougainville, Terr. of Papua & New Guinea’. The meaning for R.S.L. is familiar to Australians as Returned & Services League, but I was not familiar with the other acronym (B.E.S.L.) which denotes the conference of the British Empire Service League. The name and address of the sender is printed on the reverse, but is not relevant to this discussion (Figure 1).


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AUBURN N.S.W. LETTER to DR. ROLANDO GUIDOTTI, SIDI MESRI, LYBIA

This letter was sent in March 1951 from Auburn N.S.W. to Dr. Rolando Guidotti, Sidi Mesri Experimental Farm, Tripoli L'Africa, Lybia, North Africa by Air Mail. It was franked with 3 stamps, the small 6d Kookaburra, the 9d platypus and the 3d KGVI head stamp, a total of 1 shilling 6 pence. There is a reception postmark in arabic on the front (Figure 1).


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AUGUSTUS SIMSON, PLANT & INSECT COLLECTOR, SHARE BROKER

The New South Wales Postcard with the printed red ‘Shield’ stamp was cancelled with the duplex SYDNEY/ MR 5/ 1 P.M/ 00/ 10 with the barred oval N.S.W obliterator. It was addressed to Augustus Simson Esq, Patterson Street, Launceston, Tasmania (Figure 1).


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AUSTRALIA & THE EARLY SWEDISH CONNECTION

I was surprised to learn of the past and present Swedish connection with Australia when I came across a very ordinary cover on Ebay listed as an advertising cover. It hardly lived up to expectations for the very plain commercial cover with the 3½d KGVI stamp was sent from Sydney in 1952 to a firm in New Zealand. An address for return was given as 'SWEDISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SYDNEY (Figure 1).


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BEDE THEODORIC GOADBY, SOLDIER & BOTANIST, HERBERTSHÖHE, 1914

The cover has a manuscript ‘Herbertshoe (sic)/ Garrison’ and the red 1d ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp has been cancelled with a straight line purple HERBERTSHÖHE handstamp. It is addressed to Mrs.Goadby, Rowanhurst, McMillan Street, North Sydney, N.S.Wales. There is a red ms. ‘Censored’ and the sender is identified as ‘B.T. Goadby/ Lieut RAS/ o/c Lands & Survey’. The reverse was not seen, but the vendor states it was sent in 1914 (Figure 1).


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BENJAMIN DUNSTAN, QUEENSLAND GEOLOGIST, ASSAYER, PUBLIC SERVANT

The postcard had two Queensland QV stamps, a green ½d and an orange 1d ‘Four Corners’, both with the ‘OS’ perfin. They were postmarked with a roller cancel BRISBANE/ ( ). JUL. 12. 6-PM / QUEENSLAND, and it was addressed to The Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. America (Figure 1).


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C. W. RICHMOND, ASSIST. CURATOR of BIRDS, U.S. NATIONAL MUSEUM, D.C.

The O.H.M.S. cover was addressed to C.W. Richmond Esq., Assistant Curator Dept. Birds, U.S. National Museum, Wahington D.C., United States America, and was sent from the Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 4-9-1897. The 2½d QV stamp of Queensland is cancelled with a poor Brisbane postmark, but in addition there was an octagonal Brisbane G.P.O. cancel with V/ P 5 B/ BRISBANE/ SP 4/ 97 (Figure 1).


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CAPT. PHILIP HENRY GEORGE GOSSE MD, DOCTOR, NATURALIST, AUTHOR

The cover had a ms. ‘By airmail to Perth’ and the brown 5d KGV Head stamp was canceled by ADELAIDE/ 1934/ 20 JUN/ 1030PM/ SOUTH AUSTRALIA, with a slogan cancel ‘POST EARLY EACH DAY’. It was addressed to Philip Gosse Esq MD, Weppons, Steyning, Sussex England, and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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CAPTAIN H. T. FOX, MASTER MARINER, MARINE SURVEYOR & INSURANCE AGENT

The first item is a blue entire franked with a single and a pair of a blue ‘TWO PENCE QV’ stamp of Queensland with an indistinct postmarking, but it was mailed in September 61. At the top there are 2 unframed postmarks, one of a transit BRISBANE/SP 14/ 1861/ QUEENSLAND, the other an indistinct originating postmark of Rockhampton, probably of the same date. It is addressed to Henry T. Fox Esqre, 25 Lower Fort Street, Sydney and there is a framed arrival postmark D/ SYDNEY/ SP 20/ 61. Along the R.H. border there is a 6-line black ink manuscript with a notation that this letter was in answer to a previously received letter. There was a heading to this notation of ‘C.P. Woolley’ which may be of relevance (Figs. 1 & 2).


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CAPTAINS FLAT N.S.W. to CARTAGO, COSTA RICA

An ordinary first day cover can tell quite a story with humble beginnings in rural N.S.W. and exotic endings in Central America. The cover celebrates Baron Sir Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von Mueller (1825-1896) born in Germany of Danish origin and died in Melbourne. The cover has 2 copies of the red 2½d von Mueller stamp postmarked CAPTAIN'S FLAT/ 13 SP 48/ N.S.W and it is addressed to Mr. James Wood, Box 124, Cartago, Costa Rica, Central America (Figure 1).


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CARL CURT HOSSEUS, GERMAN BOTANIST, CORDOBA, ARGENTINA

This registered self-printed cover has a red registration label ‘Queensland/ Brisbane’ with five stamps totaling seven pence, made up of two 2d red KGV head stamps as well as three 1d purple KGV stamps, individually cancelled REGISTERED BRISBANE/ 15 SE 22/ QUEENSLAND, and it is addressed to C.C. Hosseus, Casilla de Correo 74, Cordoba, Rep. Argentina, South America (Figure 1).


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CHARLES BAGGE PLOWRIGHT M.D.: A VICTORIAN POLYMATH

The ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICES cover was sent with a duplex MELBOURNE/ 10 S/ FE 16/ 92 and the VICTORIA obliterator was partially obscuring the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE/ FRANK STAMP/ VICTORIA. It was sent to Dr. C.B. Plowright, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England. The sender was identified by the printed Department of Agriculture, Melbourne 16/ 2/92. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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DR. ALAN CARROLL & MRS. D. IZETT, ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY, A’SIA

The privately printed postcard has an ornate crest of the Anthropological Society of Australasia which was situated at 7 Lincoln’s Inn Chambers, Elizabeth St., Sydney. N.S.W. and the red 1d ‘Shield" stamp of N.S.W. was postmarked with a SYDNEY/ OC 11 roller cancel. It was addressed on Oct 10th 1910 to the Secretary of the Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee, USA. There was a boxed ‘DEF 5/ DUE 5 CENTIMES’ tax handstamp plus 2 other faint purple0 ‘DUE’ handstamps (Figure 1).


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DR. LYON, EXPERIMENT STATION, H.S.P.A., HONOLULU, LETTERS from N.S.W.

Two letters were seen on Ebay, both addressed to Dr. Harold L. Lyon at the Experiment Station, H.S.P.A. (Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Association), P.O. Box 411, Honolulu, T.H., (Territory of Hawaii). Both covers had a pair of the red 1½d KGV Head stamps, the first cancelled BROADWATER/ 30 JE 28/ N.S.W and the second BROADWATER/ 13 AP 29/ N.S.W. (Figures 1 & 2).


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E.P. RAMSAY, ORNITHOLOGIST, ZOOLOGIST & SYDNEY MUSEUM CURATOR

Five covers were found on eBay, addressed to three members of the Ramsay Family from 1867 to 1874, and they will be described in dated order. The first was addressed to J.S. Ramsay Esqr., Care of J. McNiven, Cardington, Molong. The blue ‘TWO PENCE’ stamp of New South Wales was cancelled with a duplex D/ DE 24/ 67/ SYDNEY found in an incomplete circle and a 3-ringed oval N.S.W. obliterator. This specific duplex was in use from 1.5.67 until 20.3.68. The addressee was John Simeon Ramsay, the best known son of E.P. Ramsay, the main subject described in this paper (Figure 1).


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EDGAR WAITE, AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, SYDNEY from STANFORD UNIVERSITY

The cover was sent from the Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford University, California to Mr. Edgar E.(sic) Waite, Australian Museum, Sydney , N.S.W., Australia and it was franked with a single carmine 2c Washington stamp (Scott 319) which was postmarked with a duplex STANFORD UNIVERSIRY/ JUN/ 27/ 8 AM/ 1904, CAL. The cover had two taxing handstamps, a black 15/ CTMS/ Tas well as a black 3D. The cover was a front only, so the arrival date is unknown (Figure 1).


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EDWIN DAINTREY, DOCTOR, SOLICITOR, BOTANIST, LAND DEVELOPER

This cover has a total of 8 cents US postage, a single red 2c plus a pair of brown 3c postmarked with 3 examples of a NEW YORK/ AUG 22/ 3 PM/ D/ 85 duplex with a large ‘D’ in an oval of six thick bars. It was sent ‘Via San Francisco’ to Edwin Daintrey Esq, 33 Castlereagh St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. There was a vertical manuscript in a different hand ‘Rec Sept (?)/ 85. The reverse was not seen but had Sydney backstamps (Figure 1).


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GEORGE BARNARD & E.G. LOVE, A TALE ABOUT TWO ENTOMOLOGISTS

The UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE CARTE POSTALE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA has a black 1½d stamp cancelled by an illegible postmark, and it has a photo of the ‘Charleville Bore’. It is addressed to E.G. Love Esq Ph.D., 80 East 55 St., New York, U.S.A. and there is a reception postmark NEW YORK, N.Y.-STA. H/ JUN 15/ 8 - PM/ 1901 (Figure 1).


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GEORGE LYELL, NATURALIST CO-PUBLISHER of BUTTERFLIES OF AUSTRALIA; AND, GOVETT'S LEAP, BLACKHEATH

The POST CARD had a red ‘ONE PENNY’ stamp of Victoria which was canceled with a duplex SALE/ PM/ 4.0/ 21 12 04/ VICTORIA and the barred numeral ‘72'.  It was addressed to Geo. Lyell Jnr Esq., Gisborne, Victoria (Figure 1).


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GUILLAUME SEVERIN, CURATOR of BRUSSELS MUSEUM: LETTER from ENTOMOLOGICAL BRANCH, DEPARTMENT of AGRICULTURE, SYDNEY

This On His Majesty’s Service envelope is franked with two red 1d N.S.W. ‘Shield’ stamps and a single green ½d stamp, all three perfined OS/ NSW, were cancelled by THE EXCHANGE/ N.S.W. A manuscript at lower left shows that the cover was sent on 3/9/1912 from the office of the Department of Agriculture. There is also an indistinct boxed purple handstamp which reads in part ‘ENTOMOLOGICAL BRANCH/ DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE/ SYDNEY, as well as a small black handstamp ‘66' in a circle. The cover is addressed to Mons. G. Severin, Curator Mus(eum) Royal Nat(ural)/ His(tory), Rue Vautier 31, Bruxelles, Belgium. The reverse was not seen but the vendor states that it was backstamped ‘9 Oct’ (Figure 1).


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H. P. BROWN, P.M.G.’s DEPT, MELBOURNE: LETTER from ALEC A. ROSENBLUM

The letter was addressed to H.P. Brown Esq., Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs, P.M.G.’s Department, Melbourne, C.2. and it was sent by A.A.Rosenblum, from a P.O. Box, Melbourne. There was a late use of 2d Pictorial stamp of Tasmania, cancelled by a roller postmark of MELBOURNE/ 2 15 PM/ 25 MY/ 1932/ VICTORIA with a slogan ADDRESS MAIL TO / PRIVATE BOX NUMBER/ IT EXPEDITES DELIVERY. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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H.B. SELBY & CO., SCIENTIFIC APPARATUS & LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

This advertising cover for H.B. Selby & Co. at 393 Swanston St., Melbourne has the blue 3d Submarine Telephone Communication to Tasmania stamp postmarked with a roller cancel dated 25 May 38 and is addressed to Difco Laboratory, a Michigan-based manufacturer of microbiology media and supplies in Detroit, USA. The reverse shows a figure of an aneroid barometer (Figure 1).


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H.K. LEWIS, BOOK PUBLISHER, SELLER & LENDING LIBRARY, LONDON

This Victoria postcard with the red ‘UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION’, ‘1½d’ and two deletions applied to the 2d overseas card was issued in 1891 and the printed stamp was cancelled with a duplex Melbourne in 1904.  It was addressed to H.K. LEWIS Esq, Bookseller, Gower Street, London, England (Figure 1).


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HORSES’ CONSTITUTION BALLS: F. CUPISS, U.K. & J. YELDHAM, SYDNEY

The illustrated cover had a Trade Mark picture of horses, the name CUPISS at the top, in the middle CONSTITUTION BALLS, and at the bottom, HORSES & CATTLE. John Yeldham was described as the ‘Sole Representative: Australia and New Zealand’ (the latter crossed out) for ‘Francis Cupiss Ltd., England, Makers of the World’s Celebrated Constitution Balls for Horses and Cattle’, and there was a Sydney Box G.P.O. address. The red 3½d Christmas 1957 stamp was canceled with a boxed SYDNEY/ 18 4-PM 18/ 27 FEB/ 1958/ N.S.W. AUST. with a roller cancel ‘NAVY-ARMY -RAAF/ OFFER GOOD CAREERS/ AND SECURITY’. The cover was addressed to Messrs. Rocke Tompsitt & Co. Ltd., 292 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Vic., and the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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IAN S.R. MUNRO, C.S.I.R.O. FISHERIES SCIENTIST & HIS LARGE FISH COLLECTION

The cover has a single black 3½d ‘Emblem of Antarctic Division of Australian Department of External Affairs stamp canceled with a Bexley, N.S.W. postmark and it has 2 cancels of MAWSON/ ANARE/ 16 FE 55/ AUST. ANTARCTIC TERR postmarks, as well as a boxed ‘3½D AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC/ COMMEMORATIVE STAMP/ FIRST DAY OF ISSUE AT/ MAWSON AUST ANT TERR’ handstamp. It is addressed to I.S.R. Munro Esq, 1 Allison Rd. Cronulla N.S.W. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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JAMES LESLIE PROVAN, PRINCIPAL, DOOKIE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, VIC.

This unpretentious cover had a roller cancel of a boxed MELBOURNE/ 3.15 AM/ 1 MAR/ 1949/ VICTORIA with the obliterating slogan CHECK ADDRESS/ IF INCOMPLETE/ ADVISE WRITER which cancelled the red 2.5d KGVI stamp.  It was addressed to Mr. L. Provan, Principal, Dookie Agricultural College, Dookie, Victoria.  The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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JAMES PARK THOMSON, ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY A’SIA (QLD)

Although these covers produced by the Geographical Society are philatelically contrived, they do contribute to our knowledge of Australian history and geography in addition to honouring Australian men; and, now that I come to think of this statement, I am not aware of any women who have also been honoured. This cover was produced to record the Diamond Jubilee of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland) from 10th July 1885 to 10th July 1945. The medal has the bust of James Park Thomson C.B.E., LLD., F.R.S.G.S., J.P., the founder of the Society and it records a sketch of his scientific career. The blue 3½d Duke and Duchess of Gloucester stamp is canceled BRISBANE/ 9A- 10 JY 45/ QLD and the cover is addressed to Whangaparaoa, (Maori for ‘Bay of Wales’) New Zealand. The reverse was not seen. This is not a First Day Cover for the three stamps, red 2½d, blue 3½d and dark blue 5½d stamps of identical design were issued on 19th February 1945 (Figure 1).


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JANE & HENRY RUSSELL, MR. BARFF, & the UNIVERSITY & OBSERVATORY, SYDNEY

A series of covers on Ebay addressed to two of the three above- named persons, all of whom were interrelated, opened up an interesting story about all three persons as well as two long-standing important Sydney institutions. The first cover to Mr. Barff, 48 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney with the blue N.S.W. 2d QV stamp postmarked with the Type D4 duplex (in use1894-1901) COWRA/ JU 20/ 6 15 PM/ 00/ N.S.W with numeral ‘12' obliterating the stamp, hardly inspires any confidence that it might be an entry point into a group of interesting stories (Figure 1).


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JEAN WHITE-HANEY, AUSTRALIAN BOTANIST & the PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS

Four censored covers from Victoria were sent in 1943 to the United States, all with the red censor label and with the Passed By Censor purple handstamp. The first was sent from PORTSEA/ VIC cancel on the brown-purple 1d QE II and a pair of the small green ‘Lyre Bird’ stamps to Dr. Jean White-Haney at Lovelock Nevada, and readdressed to Arizona (Figure 1).


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JEOFRY STUART COURTNEY-PRATT of HOBART (1920-1995) [USA]

Three covers appeared on eBay in August 2003, two almost identical and addressed to Jeofry in 1931 to his home, and one addressed in 1930 to A.W. Courtney-Pratt (later proven to be his father) at his place of work in Hobart. Extensive research into these covers was prompted not only by the somewhat unusual surname but also by the purple exhibition vignette. The only difference in the 2 covers sent to Jeofry, was that one had the 2d pictorial, whereas the illustrated one had 2 stamps with a combined postage of 2d.


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JOHANN GOTTLIEB OTTO TEPPER, BOTANIST, SCHOOLTEACHER, & ENTOMOLGIST (1841-1923)

This dull rose-red 1d Victorian embossed envelope has an additional 1d stamp added and both are postmarked with the barred numeral ‘461' of Hochkirch and there is also an unframed HOCHKIRCH/ JU 8/ 03/ VICTORIA postmark, with the year slug inverted and reversed. It is addressed to Mr. Teppper, Entomologist, Public Museum, Adelaide, S. Australia. The sender is identified by the purple hand-stamp as Louis Kurtze, Hochkirch, Victoria. The ‘4' of ‘461' is very worn, so that the B.N. appears as ‘161'. The ‘461' is a second B.N. for the original post office was ‘337' for the time period 15.2.1861 to 1.1.1863, whereas the ‘461' was used at the P.O. re-opening on 21.1.1864 (Figure 1).


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JOHN GEORGE ROBERTSON, BOTANIST, PASTORALIST (1803-1862)

This 1849 O.H.M.S. entire is addressed to John George Robertson Esq, Wando, McKinlays Post, Glenelg. It has a faint red boxed FREE/GEELONG (at upper left) and is signed CJ Latrobe/ Commissioner, at lower left (Figure 1).


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JOSEPH BOSISTO, CHEMIST & M.L.A. RICHMOND, VICTORIA (1824-98)

This 1885 1d dull rose on buff Victoria postcard was mailed out to members of the Richmond Cricket Club as an invitation for the Annual Dinner to be held on Saturday 25 July, 1885 in the Richmond Town Hall, dinner commencing at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Although the card was sent by the Hon. Secretary, Henry Brock, J. Bosisto, Esq., M.L.A., the President of the Club, was to occupy the Chair (Figure 1).


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JOSHUA THOMAS ANDERSON, CIVIL, MINING & MECHANICAL ENGINEER

This cover front only was sent from the University of Sydney to J.T. Anderson Esq, B.A., B.E., A.M. (---- ), Messrs Monash & Anderson, Civil and Mechanical Engineers, Australian Buildings, 49 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne and the pair of the lilac ‘ONE PENNY’ ‘Sydney Views’ stamps of New South Wales were obliterated with an illegible postmark, but there was a fine HOMEBUSH/ SP 27/ 1894/ N.S.W postmark alongside (Figure 1).


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KENDALL BROADBENT, NATURAL HISTORIAN & ORNITHOLOGIST, QUEENSLAND

The cover has a manuscript ‘O.H.M.S’. and ‘Per Esk’ and was addressed to Mr. K. Broadbent, George Town, Bristol Hotel, Tasmania. It was readdressed in pencil ‘Sydney’and the original address was crossed out in blue crayon, as was ‘314'. The blue ‘TWO PENCE’ QV stamp of New South Wales was cancelled with a duplex O/ MR 25/ 79/ 1/ SYDNEY with the 3-ring oval NSW obliterating the stamp. There was a black boxed ‘ADVERTISED/ UNCLAIMED handstamp as well as a reception postmark of (GEORG)E TOWN/ MAR 31/ 1879. The possible reason why the cover was not re-addressed was that at the LHS of the cover it had a framed embossed ‘AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM/ SYDNEY/ NEW SOUTH WALES’ which probably ensured its return to the Museum (Figure 1).


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KIMBERLEY, TASMANIA to ALEX NORTH F.R.V.I.A., ARCHITECT LAUNCESTON

This Tasmania Post Card with the red 1d King Edward VII head was the third Tasmanian type of official postcard issued with this sovereign’s head, the 2-line inscription having been removed from beneath the crest of the previous issue. It was issued on a buff colored card with an early date of 4 September 1906 and reissued on a white card, with an early date of 1 June 1912, the latter being scarce.  It was postmarked with a fine KIMBERLEY/ OC 4/ 10/ TASMANIA cancel and it was addressed to Alex North Esq., F.R.V.I.A., A.M.P. Chambers, Cameron St., Launceston (Figure 1).


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KING SOLOMON MINE, COOLGARDIE, W.A. & THE CLARKE BROTHERS

This Western Australian Post Card is ‘nothing to write home about’ but it serves to introduce the King Solomon Gold Mine, Coolgardie as well as the Clarke brothers. The postcard is poorly addressed to – De Stonly (?) Esq, King Solomon G. M., Coolgardie and the printed brown ‘Postage One Half Penny’ stamp of Western Australia is cancelled with a fine unframed duplex COOLGARDIE/ 2/ AU 18/ 1899/ WESTERN AUSTRALIA, with the W.A. obliterator over the stamp. The receiver of the card was never identified, and the message on the reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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LETTER from JENOLAN CAVES to A. M. LEA, ENTOMOLOGIST, HOBART, TAS.

The registered N.S.W. cover has added postage of a pair of the blue ‘TWO PENCE’ QV stamp which is postmarked with the numeral ‘1452' of Jenolan caves, whereas the red printed registration stamp is canceled with the circular JENOLAN CAVES/ SP 14/ 1906/N.S.W. In addition there is an unframed, with double arcs, transit cancel of OBERON/ SP 14/ 1906/ N.SW. which is only 31 k away. It is addressed to Mr. A.M. Lea, Govt. Entomologist, Hobart, Tas. The reverse has a poor arrival postmark of Hobart (Figure 1).


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MONTAGUE THOMAS NELMES BLUCK. WHAT’S in a NAME?

I was immediately intrigued by the surname in the return address for this Civil and Mechanical Engineer, from Araluen, N.S.W., in spite of the poor quality of the cover. It was addressed to the Manager, Commercial Bank of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas and the pair of the blue ‘Two Pence’ New South Wales stamps were cancelled with a faint ARALUEN/ JY 28/ 1904/ N.S.W postmark with the barred numeral of ‘424' of Araluen. The reverse was not seen. (Figure 1).


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MUSEUM CURATOR, SYDNEY, EDWARD P. RAMSAY, 1ST AUSTRALIAN BORN

The postcard had a pink ‘One Penny’ printed QV stamp of New South Wales postmark of the ‘Rays’ 30 of Camden and it was addressed to The Curator, Museum, Sydney. In addition there were 2 additional postmarks, an originating CAMDEN/ DE 15/ 1877/ N.S.W of Type 1 C, the earliest recorded date, as well as a reception postmark of SYDNEY/ (-)/ DE 15/ 77/ 8 (Figure 1).


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MUSEUM, SYDNEY to ACADEMIE IMPERIALE des SCIENCES ST. PETERSBURG

The Commonwealth of Australia, New South Wales Post Card is addressed to The Secretary, Academie Imperiale des Sciences St. Petersburg: it has a printed red 1d ‘Shield’ stamp of N.S.W. with the uncommon OS/ NSW perfin, which perforates the card. There is a roller cancel SYDNEY N.S.W. AP 11- 3-PM 1912. In addition there are 2 identical ST. PETERSBURG (in cyrillic)/ -1-5-12-, as well as an additional ms. ‘Russia’ and other illegible manuscripts, in a different hand (Figure 1).


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PACKET BOAT CANCELS COVERS to E.M. EHRHORN, ENTOMOLOGIST, HAWAII

This cover has a ‘Packet Boat’ handstamp as well as a HONOLULU/ MAR 7/ 8 30 AM/ HAWAII cancel in a circle with the year date shown separately as 1925 as well as a large 2 in a barred ellipsoid, cancelling a pale dull blue 3d KGV head Harrison plate die I Australian stamp. It was addressed to Mr. E.M. Ehrhorn, Chief of the Division of Plant Inspection, P.O. Box 2520, Honolulu, Hawaii (Figure 1).


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PAVITT FAMILY, U.K., NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA & NORTH BORNEO

The printed to private order wrapper was produced for the TASMANIAN MAIL, HOBART and it had two embossed QV stamps of Tasmania, a pink ‘ONE PENNY’ and an orange ‘HALF PENNY’ incorrectly addressed to Mr. E.A. Pavett (Correct: Pavitt), Sandakan, North Borneo (Figure 1).


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PEABODY MUSEUM of AMERICAN ARCHEOLOGY & ETHNOLOGY at HARVARD

 

The Commonwealth of Australia, New South Wales postcard has a printed red 1d ‘Shield stamp of N.S.W. which was perfined OS/ NSW and a blue-green ½d QV stamp has been added, and it was also perfined OS/ NSW. The stamps were postmarked with a roller cancel of SYDNEY/ NSW/ 1911, and the postcard was addressed to the Librarian, Peabody Museum of American Archeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (Figure 1).


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POSTCARD to T. AITKEN, VICTORIA PARADE BREWERY, EAST MELBOURNE

This Victorian postcard is an example of the 1876-81 1d "Bell" Post Cards, a variant of the initial issue which had a fine outer frame-line of the ornamental border, for the outer frame-line is thick. It was issued in mid-1878 and this example was postmarked with the duplex MELBOURNE/ 11Y/ SE 27/ 81 and was addressed in bold print to Mr.T. Aitken, Victoria Parade Brewery, East Melbourne (Figure 1).


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PROF. ARCHIBALD LIVERSIDGE 1846-1927, UNIVERSITY of SYDNEY

A front of a very simple cover was sent to Professor Liversidge, Sydney University and readdressed in manuscript to the Union Club, in Sydney. It had a duplex cancellation different from the first duplexes in that the date stamp part was upright instead of sideways and had a double circle instead of one, and the obliterator oval had 4 rings instead of 3. It was probably of local manufacture and the 2 parts of the cancel could be used separately. In the concentric circle the letters A, C, D, E, H, I, K?, & L are found, and it was in use from 1871-1881. The double circle datestamp had an L, and was dated SP/ 76/ SYDNEY on the 1d N.S.W. stamp (Figure 1).


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PROFESSOR J. A. GRAY D. Sc., O.B.E., FRSC, FRS [ENGLAND/CANADA]

Australia's gift in radiation physics to Great Britain and Canada:


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PROFESSOR SIR EDGEWORTH DAVID’s LECTURE on CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

This Commonwealth of Australia postcard documents one of Australia’s multifaceted heroes, who is described in a 4 page entry in The Australian Dictionary of Biography (A.D.B.) as an Academic, Army officer, Explorer, Geologist, Palaeoentologist and Public servant. The red-brown 1½d KGV Head stamp is cancelled with a roller cancel in which SOUTH AUSTRALIA is legible and neither Adelaide nor the date are visible. The card is addressed to T.E. Powell, Esq., 87 King William Street, Adelaide (Figure 1).


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PROFESSOR WILLIAM MORRIS DAVIS, GEOGRAPHER (1850-1934)

The 1d red roo on map of Australia stamped wrapper (H. & G. E-2) which is postmarked WILLIAMSTOWN/ 215A 30 SE 14/VIC has a manuscript Printed Matter and is addressed to Professor W.M. Davis, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A. The name of the sender has not been identified, but immediately below the name there appears to be written 'Survey Egypt' (Figure 1).


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QUICK, A.C., MARINER/CARTOONIST, CHURCH SQUARE, GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLD

This cover was seen on Ebay on sale by a vendor in England, and it was described as follows:  "A scarce long vertically  llustrated cover from a mariner (who was also a ships artist) to his wife in Guernsey.  Franked 4d (pair 1d red swan & single yellow swan stamps of Western Australia, postmarked from Port Headland(s) (sic), correct Port Hedland, OC 12 05 (Figure 1).


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REV. FRANCIS ROBERT M. WILSON, PIONEER AUSTRALIAN LICHENOLOGIST

This very ordinary local cover has a pink ½d stamp of Victoria, canceled with a MELBOURNE/ 11 A/ MR 6/ 97 postmark, and it was addressed to Rev. F.R.M. Wilson, Kew, (Melbourne). The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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REV. JAMES GARRETT, MINISTER & NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTOR

The cover was sent Via Southampton from London E.C. with a lilac 6d QV stamp of Great Britain, the date of 1865 being illegible, to a Mrs T.R.Y. Thomson, Care Revd J. Garrett, Manse West Tamar, Launceston, Tasmania (Figure 1).


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REVEREND THOMAS COOPER SEARLE (1820-1876) MOURNING COVER

The small mourning cover that initiated this search to find out more about Cooper Searle was addressed to Mrs. Cooper Searle, and it has a copy of the 2d double lined outer oval dull violet-mauve perf. 13 (Bell design, Type II) Victorian stamp of 1878. The postmark is the barred numeral 21, Type A2 which shows that it originated from Broadmeadows, 20 km north of Melbourne's G.P.O. (Figure 1).


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REVEREND WILLIAM BRANWHITE CLARKE, GEOLOGIST (1798-1878)

This N.S.W. 1854 2d ‘Sydney View’ warn plate stamp was cancelled with barred numeral ‘39' (Cooma, N.S.W.) And was addressed to Revd. W.B. Clarke, St. Leonards, Sydney, and it had a manuscript ‘Answered’ at the top (Figure 1).


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RICHARD HELMS, ZOOLOGIST & BOTANIST, DEPT. of AGRICULTURE, SYDNEY

The postcard was sent from the Linnean Society of New South Wales, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney as Printed Matter Only, to Richard Helms Esqr., Department of Agriculture, 140 Lower George Street, Sydney. The green ½ penny N.S.W. stamp was canceled WILLIAM STREET/ MY 2 ( )/ 3-5-P.M./03/ N.S.W (Figure 1).


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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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ROYAL SOCIETY of TASMANIA POSTCARD to CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, D.C.

The postcard has a red 2d KGV Head stamp canceled by a roller cancel ‘SEND/ A/ TELEGRAM and a circular postmark HOBART/ 1PM/ 19 AP/ 1933. It is addressed to The Carnegie Inst. Of Washington, Washington (D.C.), U.S.A. (Figure 1).


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SAMUEL WALKER MCGOWAN, SUPERINTENDENT of VICTORIAN TELEGRAPHS

The cover is addressed to Saml. W. McGowan Esq, Supt. of Telegraphs, Central Office, Melbourne. The imperforate dull rose 4d ‘Emblems’ stamp of Victoria is canceled with the barred numeral ‘8' of Portland (Type A1) (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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SIR JAMES COCKLE, CHIEF JUSTICE & MATHEMATICIAN 1819-1895

This battered long blue envelope is addressed to Sir James Cockle, chief Justice of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland and it had the blue 2 d N.S.W. stamp postmarked with an unframed duplex SYDNEY/ E/ JU 1/ 74/ P postmark. There were no markings on the reverse (Figure 1).


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SIR RUDOLPH ALBERT PETERS, BIOCHEMIST (1889-1982) [ENGLAND]

Rudolph Peters was born13 April 1889 in Kensington, London, the only son and elder child of Albert Peters a general practitioner and his wife Agnes Watts. He was educated at Cambridge University and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London (graduating in medicine with MB and B. Chir.1915), although he entered as a classics scholar. He gained his higher research degree of MD in 1919. After teaching briefly at Cambridge, he accepted the recently established Whitley Chair of Biochemistry at Oxford which he held from 1923 until his retirement in 1954.


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THOMAS STEPHENS, EDUCATIONIST, MEMBER ROYAL SOCIETY, TASMANIA

An unpretentious one penny Tasmanian postcard reveals an interesting story about the addressee, Thos Stephens M.A., Inspector of Schools, Davey Street (Hobart). It was postmarked with a HOBART/ 1 D/ NO 4/ 82 duplex (Figure 1).


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TRACY E. HAZEN, PROF of BOTANY, N.Y., LETTER from BERRIGAN, N.S.W.

The letter was sent to Dr. Tracy E. Hazen, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York U.S.A. It had a pair of the red ‘Shield’ stamp of New South Wales, cancelled with BERRIGAN/ 16 AU 11 (T)/ N.S.W of the Type 2 (iv) (T) of Hopson and Tobin. There were 3 markings showing addirional tax, a blue crayon ms. with ‘T 1d’, as well as an octagonal ‘T/ 30c’ and a circular ‘Due/ 2/ CENTS’ handstamps, plus a NEW YORK N.Y./ OCT 7/ ( )TERM STA. (Figure 1).


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W.F. PETTERD (1849-1910) & the TASMANIAN EXHIBITION, LAUNCESTON 1891-2

This ON PUBLIC SERVICE ONLY stampless cover was addressed to W.F.Petterd, Brisbane St., City and it had a duplex cancel of LAUNCESTON/ A/ NO 21/ 91, TASMANIA which partially obscured a blue CORPORATION OF LAUNCESTON/ FRANK STAMP. There was a printed TASMANIAN EXHIBITION, 1891-92 in the lower left corner (Figure 1).


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WALTER FREDERICK GALE, BANKER & ASTRONOMER, LETTER FROM PERU

The cover had a pair of the yellow 1c and a pair of the 2c green stamps of Peru showing Manco Pacic, founder of the Inca Dynasty which were issued 1896-1900, but the colours were different than stated by Scott catalogue 142-143. They were cancelled by an illegible oval Peruvian postmark. It was addressed to Walter F. Gale Esqre,Newcastle N.S.W., Australia (Figure 1).


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WALTER WILSON FROGGATT, AUSTRALIA’S PREEMINENT ENTOMOLOGIST

The cover is an advertisement for a book Australian Insects by W.W. Frogatt , F.L.S., Government Entomologist, N.S.W. and it has the red 1d ‘Shield’ stamp of New South Wales, canceled by the Sydney suburb of Croydon with an uncertain date. It was addressed to Herr H. Ribbe of Dresden, Germany. There were several German entomologists with that surname, all experts in Australian and Papuan butterflies, and one of them was Herrn H. Ribbe of Dresden. The reverse of the cover was not seen (Figure 1).


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WATER SUPPLY, VICTORIA: JAMES HIERS McCOLL & ETTORE CHECCHI

This stampless ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ cover was addressed to Messrs. H.J. Cooper & Co. Ltd., 22 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London E.C. England. The duplex MELBOURNE/ 13 K/ AU 14/ 94 with ‘VICTORIA’ obliterator partially obscures a black copy of the MINISTER OF WATER SUPPLY/ FRANK/ STAMP/ VICTORIA. At lower left is a pink-purple oval ‘ V. W. S./ ms 13/8/94/ RIVER GAUGING & WATER BORING’, handstamp [V.W.S. = Victorian Water Supply] . The reverse was not seen but it had a red arrival cancellation of London Sep 15 1894 (Figures 1-3).


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WATHEROO OBSERVATORY, W.A. to DEPARTMENT of TERRESTRIAL MAGNETISM, WASHINGTON D.C.

This registered and air mail cover has a Perth registration label and the Australian postage of a single violet ‘Roo on Map of Australia’ stamp is postmarked PERTH REGISTERED/ 23 MY 30/ WESTERN AUSTRALIA. It pays for the ship voyage to the USA, and there are 2 pairs of the bicoloured US 5 cents Air Mail stamps also postmarked with the identical Perth postmark, to pay for the air mail flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. The vendor describes that a fifth 5 cents was lost in transit for a postal clerk has added a faint pencil ms. "stamp appears to fallen off" at the left upper corner. It is endorsed in ink ‘VIA AMERICAN AIR-MAIL’, and as shown by the purple handstamp, it was sent from the Magnetic Observatory, Watheroo, Western Australia. It was sent ‘Via Sydney’ to the Director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, 36th Street and (altered to 5241) Broad Branch Road, Washington, D.C. U.S.A. 34576. (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM DAWSON GRUBB & MORTON ALLPORT, EARLY TASMANIAN LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

This Tasmanian cover has an outer made from stiff paper which is inscribed with a manuscript 'Law papers only from/ Allport Roberts & Allport/ Hob Town 3 Sept 1862', was addressed to 'W.D. Grubb Esq/ Solicitor/ Launceston'. It has the 2d green and 4d blue Chalons tied by two impressions of the Hobart barred obliterator plus another impression of PRE-PAID/ 3 SEP 3/ 1862 cancel in red. The total of 6d postage was the rate for Book Packet Post article not exceeding 4 ounces. The reverse (not seen) was said to have a rectangular reception postmark of Launceston PRE-PAID/ 4 SP 4/ 1862 (Figure 1).


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WILLIAM JAMES FARRER, WHEAT BREEDER & SURVEYOR

This O.H.M.S. cover was sent from the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Richmond, 27-3-1904 to W. Farrer Esq, Wheat Experimentalist, Lambrigg, Tharwa Via Queanbeyan (NSW).  The blue 2d N. S.W. stamp is perfinned OS/ NSW and it has an illegible ‘Rays’ cancel, probably numeral ‘4' of the originating Richmond N.S.W.   In addition there is a RICHMOND/ MR 28/ 1904/ N.S.W , as well as a reception postmark of THARWA/ MR 29/ 1904/ N.S.W  .  There is also a transit postmark of GRANVILLE/ MR  28/ 1904/ N.SW, all three being Type 1D (i) (Figure 1). 


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WILLIAM JOHN MACLEAY, POLITICIAN/ZOOLOGIST & the MACLEAY FAMILY

The cover is addressed to W.J. MacLeay (sic)  Esq MLA, Australian Club and the 1d red-orange New South Wales ‘Laureate’ stamp was cancelled with a barred grid obliterator with 10 vertical lines characteristic of the Sydney G.P.O. ( Figure 1).


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WILLM. LEGRAND, NATURALIST, CONCHOLOGIST, & HOBART BOOK SELLER

Originally, I had no idea that this cover would reveal such an unusual man, William Legrand, Naturalist (Natural Scientist). The cover spoke to me, and I was not disappointed by the amount of information, albeit at times with conflicting data which was found (Name: Le Grand, Legrand; Origin: English, French; Age at death: 82 or 84 and 86). The cover had two stamps of New South Wales, the blue ‘TWO PENNY’ and the dull red ‘ONE PENNY’ QV stamps issued as early as 1862. They were cancelled with a single strike of a fine duplex of SYDNEY/ C/ FE 24/ 72/ A, with a vertically placed N.S.W obliterator.  The cover was addressed to W. Legrand Esqr, Naturalist, Hobart Town, Tasmania (Figure 1).


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WM. SHARLAND, NEW NORFOLK, SURVEYOR & DOBSON, MITCHELL & ALLPORT

The cover has a green 1d ‘Sideface’ stamp of Tasmania and it is postmarked with a duplex HOBART/ S/ OC 24/ (—) with the obliterator TASMANIA over the stamp. It is addressed to Wm. Sharland Esq, New Norfolk (Figure 1).


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