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The "GALLE PENNY" Surcharge on NEW SOUTH WALES mail routed through Melbourne, VICTORIA
1874 cover marked "via Galle" to Dublin, Ireland with QV 1d, 6d pmk'd Sydney MY 16 74 duplex, no backstamps, part flap missing. Ex Trevor DAVIS (2002), "Emerald" (2003), CHARTELL (2018).
When the new contracts came into force in 1874 New South Wales refused to contribute to the P & O service because Melbourne, Victoria was made the mail terminus, and because NSW favoured the route via San Francisco. To use the route via Melbourne and Pt de Galle NSW had to pay a fee to Victoria based on the amount of letters sent by that route. In order to defray that expense, and also to discourage NSW writers from using the route, a 1d surcharge was added to the basic rate (6d via Southampton, and 9d via Brindisi) from 10 FEB 1874 to 27 MAY 1875. This surcharge is commonly called the "Galle Penny".
£300




GEELONG, Victoria to CONARGO, New South Wales postal history
1878 cover and enclosed letter to Joseph Brand, Conargo, nr. Deniliquin, New South Wales with Victoria QV 2d pmk'd Geelong "2" duplex dated 3 X/MY 17 78 showing manuscript "Unclaimed" and framed "ADVERTISED/UNCLAIMED" with red crayon "1" and "52", reverse UP TRAIN M.G.2. VICTORIA MY 17, Deniliquin MY 18, Conargo MY 18 and JY 2, Sydney JY 9 78, and green ink D.L.B. VICTORIA H/MY 9 79.
£125

DOMINICA to AUSTRALIA postal history
1948 printed A.C. Shillingford & Co, Roseau cover to South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with corner fault KG6 2/6d pmk'd Roseau */17 AP 48 d/ring.
Interesting social history about the Shillingford family enclosed.
£20



NEW SOUTH WALES cross border RIVERINA "forerunner", VICTORIA postal history
1852 wrapper with large part content to Deptford, London with clipped corners Victoria 1d x 2, 3d (SG.9a, 37 paying 2d inland rate, 3d ship letter rate) pmk'd Maidens Punt barred oval "12 and rated unpaid"8", reverse MAIDENS PUNT DC 18 1852 and Melbourne DC 20 1852.
The Maidens Punt Post Office was actually at Moama in New South Wales on the northern bank of the Murray River, and therefore can be considered as a cross border Riverina "forerunner".
£250


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180

VICTORIA postal history
1855 cover marked "per Kent" (Wigram's Blackwall Line) to Alnwick, Northumberland with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on SE 12 1855 1856 showing half share red "3" for private ship carriage, reverse with Alnwick NO 29 1855 arrival.
£40


VICTORIA postal history
1856 outer wrapper marked "P. Invincible" (tallest ship sailing out of London built at New York 1851 for White Star Line) to Edinburgh with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on FE 11 1856 showing half share red "3" for private ship carriage, reverse with Alexander Wilson Nephew & Co/Melbourne seal and Preston Pans MY 12 1856 arrival.
£40

VICTORIA postal history
1856 cover marked "Per Spray of the Ocean" to London with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on JU 17 1856 showing half share red "3" for private ship carriage and SP 18 1856 arrival.
£48

VICTORIA postal history (ex Groom)
1856 entire headed "Melbourne 26 July 1856" to London marked p. "Formosa" to Pt de Galle" with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on JY 29 1856 showing handstruck red "1d" accountancy and OC 18 1856 arrival. Ex GROOM.
£80



VICTORIA postal history
1883 cover with QV 2d sepia strip of three (right stamp large tear) to London pmk'd "587" with COBDEN SE 1 83 despatch. RPS (2012) Certificate.
£475

The "1d GALLE SURCHARGE", New South Wales postal history
1874 cover "Ellora via Galle and Brindisi" to Lower Norwood, Surrey, England with NINEPENCE on QV 10d, QV 1d pmk'd Sydney D/MY 15 74, reverse London JY 10 74 arrival. Edge tear at top, soiling.
When the new P&O contracts came into force in 1874 NSW refused to contribute to the P&O service because Melbourne was made the mail terminus, and because NSW favoured the route via San Francisco. To use the route via Melbourne and Pt de Galle NSW had to pay a fee to Victoria based on the number of letters sent by that route. In order to defray that expense, and also to discourage NSW writers from using the route, a 1d surcharge was added to the 9d rate via Brindisi from February 10th 1874 to May 27th 1875.
£325

VICTORIA postal history
1868 cover and lengthy enclosure with QV 2d pair, single pmk'd Melbourne JY 18 68 duplex to Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
£50


VICTORIA postal history
1868 cover to Edinburgh with strip of three QV 2d pmk'd "196" numerals with boxed "TOO LATE" handstamp alongside, reverse BRANXHOLME despatch datestamp showing "MR" slug, fine blue Melbourne AP 1 68 and Edinburgh JU 19 68 arrival, some toned perfs.
This cover missed the previous ship, the GEELONG, by just one day
£140



VICTORIA postal history
1875 cover to Edinburgh with QV 9d pmk'd Geelong "2" duplex dated JY 13 75, sender's printed flap and Edinburgh SP 13 75 arrival backstamp.
The "Ceylon" went aground and broke her shaft on her outward leg.
£150



VICTORIA postal history
1875 cover to London with QV 6d, 1/- pmk'd Melbourne SE 7 75 duplex, sender's printed flap, some soiling etc.
£120



VICTORIA postal history
1860 reg. cover with pair 1/- paying 1/- postage 1/- registration to Reading, Berkshire pmk'd "93" numerals with ARARAT C/MY 15 60 despatch and READING C/JY 8 60 arrival backstamps, left stamp with perf. faults.
£175

VICTORIA postal history
1875 cover via London to Germany with 4d, 1/- pmk'd MELBOURNE 5 K/MR 23 75 duplex, flap removed clear of SALDER 19 5 75 arrival, soiling etc.
£120

VICTORIA postal history
1867 reg. cover front to Locarno, Switzerland with QV 10d, 1/- pair, single (3/10d rate) pmk'd "3" numerals with REGISTERED CASTLEMAINE A/OC 25 67 alongside, soiling.
£250


T.P.O.3 small duplex UP TRAIN
(SD) JY 11 87 on QV 1d Post Card to Melbourne written from Sandhurst.
£20

VICTORIA to NEW BRUNSWICK postal history:
1867 cover to Cambridge, Queens County, New Brunswick marked "via Marseilles by Travelling Post" with QV 1d grass-green, QV 2d lilac-grey, pair QV 6d blue (1/3d rate) tied Richmond OC 28 67 "71" duplex. Melbourne OC 28 67, London DE 14 67, Saint John JA 2 68, Gage-Town JA 4 68 cancels. A rare destination.
£475
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