PHILATELY FROM AUSTRALIA, DECEMBER 1961
THE LOCAL STAMPS OF THE AUSTRALASIAN NEW HEBRIDES COMPANY
Answer from HAMILTON CROAKER to Nathan Hals' article
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Sir - I have read most carefully Mr Nathan Hals' letter in P. from A. for
March 1961 and also his article written jointly with Mr James Crompton in
Stamp Collecting (24 February and 3 March 1961).
As a result I have not been
able to find any evidence or statement of fact that would lead me to revise the
conclusions I reached in my article in P. from A. for September 1960.
While I appreciate Mr Hals' kind remarks and do not mind him smiling
at my expense I am still at loss to know what facts produced the smile!
I am still waiting for documentary evidence that the locals served any
true postal purpose. I would also welcome Mr Hals' explanation of the
many genuine commercial (i.e., non-philatelic) letters that were carried
without any of the local stamps.
Yours. etc., Hamilton Croaker, F.R.P.S I.