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Lot No. 1219

Auction No. 19
Category Stamps & Postal History
    Western Australia
      States and Territories
Est. $750
Status SOLD $750



1868 (19th June) Irwin void grid cancel tying 6d swan to cover addressed to Mrs George Fane in England. "I.P.O. 19-6-68" added in m/s to left of stamp & pmk. This proving cover was researched by the WASG. Three postal facilities were established along the Northern Mail route, Constable Goldwyer at Dandarragan, Mr Whitfield at Moore River & Mr Burges at his property, Yardarino, on the Irwin River. It is know Goldwyer was issued with 240 penny stamps on 30th June 1854 & that 60 four penny stamps & an obliterating stamp (which would have been a Void Grid) & some ink were issued to Goldwyer on 24th October. Pope & Reynolds notional distribution of Void Grids suggested that hitfield & Burges also received one at the same time. This cover confirms that no canceller was issued & the manuscript initials I.P.O. standing for Irwin Post Office sufficed. Supporting evidence comes from the fact that George Fane & his wife Frances had several children who came to WA in the 1860's & became graziers & stock owners in the region. Henley on Thames b/s dated SP 12 68. A wonderful item in good cond.


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