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    AUSTRALIAN COLONIES, VICTORIA, POSTAL HISTORY

    Lot 383
    Estimate: $400T

    1849 (26th Jun) entire letter headed 'Marmalaid Creek' to Melbourne with fair strikes of framed 'PAID AT/BUNNENYONG' in red, rated '8' for carriage of 51-80 miles, backstamps of 'BUNNEYONG' and 'MELBOURNE/PORT PHILLIP'. Ex Purves

     

    Lot 384
    Estimate: $250T

    1853 (9th Feb) small envelope Melbourne to Ballarat bearing 2d Purple Brown Queen-on-Throne (four good to large margins), tied by pie-crust '1/V' cancel. Some annotation and slight soiling, otherwise intact and fine

     

    Lot 385
    Estimate: $400T

    1854 (17th June) stampless outer entire, Official Mail to the PMG, with 'PAID/JU17/1854/MELBOURNE' struck in red and No. '14' butterfly handstamp struck in red alongside. The butterfly handstamp was used in 1854-55 as a receiving mark on Official Mail. Some age spots, otherwise fine and scarce

     

    Lot 386
    Estimate: $500T

    1854 (24th June) stampless envelope (small faults) Hamilton to Launceston. Oval 'HAMILTON/JU24/1854/VICTORIA' and scarce boxed 'PAID AT/HAMILTON' struck in black, mss. "1/-" in red. Launceston backstamp 6th July 1854

     

    Lot 387
    Estimate: $650T Realised Price : $500

    1855 (1st June) envelope (roughly opened at left) from Battersea U.K. to Melbourne ("To be left at the Post Office till called for"), 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/AU 27/1855/GPO VICTORIA' arrival handstamp in red on reverse. 'ADVERTISED/AND/UNCLAIMED' in black and large '1d' applied in red, the envelope returned to the U.K. and to the sender inside a 'Returned Paid Letter' envelope (some staining). Interesting contents refers to the Crimean War "the Allies are still beseiging (sic) Sebastapol every time the Russians attempt to meet us in the open field they are completely routed and cut to pieces"! Unusual and scarce

     

    Lot 388
    Estimate: $750T Realised Price : $575

    1856 (29th Sep) envelope (small tear top left) Warringal to England bearing fine 3d Half-Length pair (left unit touched at base) tied by indictinct barred oval cancel. Large '1d' and 'AUSTRALIAN/PACKET/PAID/LIVERPOOL/JA 7/57' struck in red, average 'WARRINGAL' and 'MELBOURNE' oval datestamps on reverse. A little roughly opened, otherwise fine and most attractive

     

    Lot 389
    Estimate: $200T Realised Price : $150

    1860 (10th Apr) 'REGISTERED LETTER' receipt for a letter addressed from U.K. to 'Geelong Road/Footscray/Victoria' with Old Cavendish Street incoming and outgoing datestamp. A rare survivor - the only example to Victoria we have recorded

     

    Lot 390
    Estimate: $650T Realised Price : $650

    1860 (25th Jul) outer entire to Birmingham "via Marseilles" bearing 3d Beaded Oval (3) and 1/- Blue (perf fault at left), tied by untidy strikes of barred numeral '1', overpaying the double rate by 1d. 'MELBOURNE' and 'BIRMINGHAM/SP 13/60' cds's on reverse

     

    Lot 391
    Estimate: $1,000 Realised Price : $750

    1862 (24th Oct) cover from Talbot to Hamburg carried aboard ill-fated "Colombo", which sank off the Laccadives, showing superb strike of 'Saved from the wreck of/the Colombo.' Eight covers from this wreck recorded for Victoria, this being the only example to a destination other than U.K.

     

    Lot 392
    Estimate: $300T

    1865 (25th Jan) cover Geelong to London "via Marseilles" bearing 6d Adapted Design 4d Laureate (flaw - frame above 'VICT' damaged), tied by Geelong duplex, red 'LONDON/MR 15/65/PAID' and arrival cds in black on reverse. Cover faults, incl missing back flap and re-inforced along top edge, still attractive

     

    Lot 393
    Estimate: $450T

    1866 (28th Oct) inwards cover Grantham U.K. to "Alwin Brook/Australia", with 'POST TOWN/NOT KNOWN IN/N.S.W.' struck in red and framed 'POST TOWN/NOT/KNOWN IN VICTORIA' in black. Fine appearance

     

    Lot 394
    Estimate: $500T

    Cancellations: Selection of Barred Numerals on covers (largely 'Tatts' origin) including Freeman & White rarity ratings S (14), SS (9), R (10) and RR (2), a very small number of duplicates, quality of strikes generally good and legible (81)

     

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