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    Lot 162

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    C ]AUSTRALIAN COLONIES
       - VICTORIA
         - POSTAL HISTORY [ View this Category ]
    Estimate: $2,200 Purchase Price : $1,981


    1856 (30 Jan) entire from Melbourne to Edinburgh franked with 6d Orange Woodblocks (2, one just touched) tied BN 1, endorsed 'Per "Hellespont"/via Singapore' with London transit and Edinburgh arrival backstamps. With mss '6' in red representing the accountancy due to the Victorian P.O., on arrival the circular 'MORE/TO/PAY' was struck and mss '8' was due from the recipient. During a lack of shipping due to the Crimean War, the Victorian P.O. took advantage of the sailing of the 'Hellespont' to Singapore to despatch an English mail, which connected with the P.&O. service. However, the British P.O. considered the leg from Singapore to Galle constituted an extra 4d charge, hence the deficient postage charge (2 x 4d for a double weight letter). A fine example from this famous voyage

     

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