Postal History of the 1908 Provisional Series - used in 1909 from July to December

1908



You can look at another H.O.Steer card in "1908 PH 1909 JAN-JUN" above with the date of 6 APRIL 09.




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3 July 1909

Registered cover to Nouméa with all French und 7 of the British stamps. Cancelled with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. Backstamped on arrival Nouméa on July 6, 1909. ("SeSi" collection)

4 July 1909

Postcard to Singapur written on the "Oui Oui". PM2 on a 1908 10c stamp. (ex Millet coll.)

4 July 1909

Letter to Suva, Fiji. The letter rate 2d stamp cancelled with PCH type 7. Backstamped Suva 25 July 09. ("SeSi" coll.)

3 July 1909
4 July 1909
4 July 1909
8 July 1909

Heavyweight registered letter to France. Addressee extinguished caused by some French exhibition rules. Thw 1/- stamp cancelled with Type PM2. Backstamped Paris 4.9.09. ("Mele" coll.)

8 July 1909

Similar heavyweight registered letter to France. Addressee extinguished caused by some French exhibition rules. Thw 1/- stamp cancelled with Type PM2. Backstamped Paris 4.9.09. (ex Millet coll.)

9 July 1909

About 10 - 15 July: Cover with 2d and 10c to the U.S.A. cancelled with GK type PM1. Must have been cancelled at about 15 July as the TAMBO arrived in Sydney on 23 July when it bas backstamped ai Sydney, Chicago 28 August 1909 and Saginaw 29 August 1909. Non-colonial ltter rate was 25c so the cover is 5c overfranked. (ex Millet coll.)

9 July 1909
15 July 1909

The well known postcard with the picture of the Noumée guillotine and hangman : card to England, franked 2d (overfranked). ("JGI" coll.)

15 July 1909
8 July 1909
8 July 1909
9 July 1909
15 July 1909
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The interisland auxiliary schooner "OUI OUI" - Alain Millet coll.

4 July 1909

Postcard to Singapore written on board the "OUI OUI". The 1908 French 10c stamps is cancelled with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2 on 4 July 1909.

16 July 1909

Advertisement in the "Straits Times" Singapore pages on 16 July 1909 writing about Mr. R. Delacotte.

22 November 1908

Thre New Caledonian stamps cancelled with Type PM2 on 22 November 1908 and handstamped "OUI OUI".

30 May 1914 Nouméa

The card tells: "Oui Oui" Old auxiliary schooner of the Messageries Maritimes line New Hebrides - Noumea. Burnt on sea.
It is unclear if the ship belonged to MM or to the French New Hebrides Company. She was an interisland trader in the New Hebrides and connected with the MM steamer Pacifique in Noumea or in Port Sandwich, NH. A Sydney Morning News article of Oct 16 states that the ship belonged to the "Societe Francais des Nouvelles Hebrides" and "has lately been known as 'Emile Mercet'". She sank in Port Sandwich on 25 September 1909 after a fire occured on board.

4 July 1909
16 July 1909
22 November 1908
30 May 1914 Nouméa
Crew OUI OUI

The crew of the OUI OUI.

Crew OUI OUI

The OUI OUI.

Crew of the OUI OUI
The OUI OUI
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24 July 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Bern, Switzerland to the editor of a Swiss stamp journal. Heavy weight, most likely stamps from the postmaster.Two British 6d stamps cancelled with Type PM2. Backstamped REGISTERED SYDNEY AU 09, 09 and Bern 12 September 1909. ("Mele" coll.)

29 July 1909

Letter to U.S.A., the British ½d and 1d and French 5c stamps tieb with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. Backstamped Sydney 9 AU 1909 hence carried by S.S. PACIFIQUE which arrived in Sydney on 9 AU. ("JGI" collection)

29 July 1909
29 July 1909

The complete French 1908 set used on a cover to Switzerland thus overpaying the 25c letter rate and 25c registration fee by 1F 40c. (Goron coll.)

31 July 1914

Letter from Api to Nicholas "Tibby" Hagen in Nouméa, the French 10c stamp cancelled with PCH type 4. There is no evidence that these two letters were not used in a normal postal way. Therefore we must assume that normal usage of PCH type 4 later than 1908 - maybe on board the "Pacifique" or another ship - was possible. Backstamped Nouméa on arrival. (Treadwell coll.)

24 July 1909
29 July 1909
29 July 1909
31 July 1909
31 July 1909

Letter from Api to Nouméa, the three French 5c, 10c and 25c stamps cancelled with the PCH type 4 (Pt. Sandwich). A script text says "Par M.S. Pacifique" the ship which served on the line Sydney-Nouméa-New Hebrides" from 1899 to 1925. (Merot coll.)

31 July 1909

Registered letter from Port Vila to Sydney with the British 2d and 2½d stamps, prepaying the correct rate for a registered letter to Australia. (2d for the letter and 2½d registration fee). Backstamped REGISTERED SYDNEY AU 09, 09 - transit 10 days. See: Hals / Collas p. 66.). ("JGI" coll.)

31 July 1909

Cover to Nicolas "Tibby" Hagen in Noumea. Backstamped 4 AOUT 0? - can only be 09. As the PACIFIQUE came to Sydney on 9 Aug 09, she left Noumea on 5 Aug and arrived there from Port Vila on 4 Aug. So she left Port Vila on 2 Aug 1909. Pt. Sandwich cancel on a French 10c stamp, a "1" can be seen at right of the day slug so it is 31 July too. (Blinco coll.)

31 July 1909
2 August 1914

Cover to "Tibby" Hagen in Nouméa . The French 10c. cancelled with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2 PORT-VILA 2 AOUT 09 . Backstamped NOUMEA 4 AOUT 09 on arrival. The steamer PACIFIQUE left Port-Vila on 2 August and called at Nouméa on 4 August. ("SeSi" coll.)

31 July 1909
31 July 1909
31 July 1909
2 August 1909
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The H.O. Steer postcards. Steer travelled on the Burns Philp & Co. Ltd. steamer TAMBO and wrote 9 picture postcards to a friend in South Africa. 5 of these 9 cards are on this page. They were all cancelled with the P.C.H. Type 6 cancel (similar to Type 1) which is supposed to have been kept at Vila post office and was used only for mail from the interisland vessels TAMBO & MALAITA. We do not know what he did in the New Hebrides but he often travelled on Burns Philp ships: 1 Oct 1908 on MALAITA to Vila, 21 December 1908 on TAMBO from Vila to Sydney, 31 December 1908 on TAMBO to Vila, 1 June 1909 on MALAITA to Vila, 29 June 1909 on MALAITA from Vila to Sydney, 26 August 1909 on MALAITA Vila - Sydney, 1 September on MALAITA to Vila (?).
On one postcard he writes that he is working as Supercargo on the BP ship.

11 August 1909

"Climbing the cocoanut tree": The sender writes "Malekula, 7.8.09. I am continually travelling round the islands on B.P. & Comp. steamers....". Type 6 cancel with the different 9 too. Stamped Naaupoort Sep 23 09, Port Elizabeth Sep 24, 09 in transit and on arrival Willowmore Sep 27, 09.(Goron collection)

11 August 1909
11 August 1909

"Muskets have taken the place of spears etc." Maybe the cards were NOT cancelled in Port Vila: "JGI" wrote years ago: "Card cancelled with Type 6 Vila cds. Note the different second 9 in 1909 and the date under the year. .... As it is known used only on mail from outer islands, it is suggested that it was ship-borne as the English Language equivalent to SERVICE MARITIME. It could possibly have been used on the Burns Philp S.S. TAMBO." Stamped Port Elizabeth Sep 24, 09 in transit and on arrival Willowmore Sep 27, 09. ("JGI" collection)

11 August 1909
11 August

Cover to Nicolas "Tibby" Hagen in Noumea. Backstamped 4 AOUT 0? - can only be 09. As the PACIFIQUE came to Sydney on 9 Aug 09, she left Noumea on 5 Aug and arrived there from Port Vila on 4 Aug. So she left Port Vila on 2 Aug 1909. Pt. Sandwich cancel on a French 10c stamp, a "1" can be seen at right of the day slug so it is 31 July too. (Blinco coll.)

11 August
11 August 1909
11 August 1909
11 August 1909
11 August 1914

Another postcard to South Africa written in Vila on 11 August 1909 to the same destination, posted at the same day and transported with the other ones. (Goron coll.)

11 August 1914
11 August 1914

10c postcard rate for British Commonwealth to South Africa written in Vila on 11 August 1909 to the same destination, posted at the same day and transported with the other ones. Originating from Malekula, the card is cancelled with thw ship-borne VILA cds showing the variation year 1909 above date AU 11. ("JGI" coll.)

11 August 1914
11 August 1909
11 August 1909
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23 August 1909

Letter to France with correct 10c postage and 25c registration fee stamps cancelled with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. ("Aore" coll.)

23 August 1909

Letter to Washington, U.S.A., the French 1908 5c, 10c (x2) and 25c stamps and the British 1908 2½d stamp cancelled with PCH type 6. New Caledonia, San Francisco and Washington back stamps. ("Mele" coll.)

29 August 1909

Postcard to England, the 1d stamp cancelled with type 7. (unknown coll.)

29 August 1909
29 August 1909

Postcard to England, the 10c stamp cancelled with type 7. Picture thanks to Chris Rainey

29 August 1909
23 August 1909
23 August 1909
29 August 1909
29 August 1909
5 September 1914

Postcard to England with long message, 10c/1d rate, cancelled with type 7. (unknown coll.)

5 September 1914
29 August 1909

Letter to Noumea. Colonial letter rate was 10c, so undefranked. Maybe this was a greeting card and therefore printed matter. Backstamped Noumea 30.8.09 ("SeSi" coll.)

5 September 1909
2x August 1909
13 September 1909

Postcard to France, less than five words, the ½d stamp cancelled with type 7. (Klinger coll.)

12 October 1909

Unusually fine strikes of PCH type 1A on a letter to England. 2d was the correct rate. Backstamped Sydney 27 October 1909 and Thornton-Heath 6 December 1909. ("Aore" coll.)

20 October 1909

Postcard "Pirogue des Nouvelles Hébrides" from Vila to Lyon France. The French 10c tied by Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. ("SeSi" coll.)

20 October 1909
20 October 1909

Same sender, same addressee: Postcard "Dans un village indigène" from Vila to Lyon France. The French 10c tied by Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. (seen at Delcampe.)

20 October 1909
13 September 1909
12 October 1909
20 October 1909
20 October 1909
22 October 1909

Cover with mixed franking (French 25c, British 2d) to Nouméa which is the correct rate 20c postage and 25c registration fee. Type PM2 cancel. Backstamped Nouméa Oct 26 arrival. Seen in a Cherrystone auction in April 2009.

22 October 1909
24 October 1909

Three picture postcards to Noumea, each with a 1d stamp cancelled with PCH type 7. All addressed to Louis Le Scour, son of the first (and very famous) doctor in Noumea. According to the writing on one of the cards from Nov 1909, Louis sent these cards in a letter to a friend (in France ?). ("Sesi" coll.)

24 October 1909

Three picture postcards to Noumea, each with a 1d stamp cancelled with PCH type 7. All addressed to Louis Le Scour, son of the first (and very famous) doctor in Noumea. According to the writing on one of the cards from Nov 1909, Louis sent these cards in a letter to a friend (in France ?). ("Klinger" coll.)

24 October 1909

Three picture postcards to Noumea, each with a 1d stamp cancelled with PCH type 7. All addressed to Louis Le Scour, son of the first (and very famous) doctor in Noumea. According to the writing on one of the cards from Nov 1909, Louis sent these cards in a letter to a friend (in France ?). ("Sesi" coll.)

27 October 1909

Registered Letter to the U.S., routed via Sydney and Seattle. The 1d and pair of 2½d British stamps are tied with PCH type 7. (Seen in an old dealer's offer)

24 October 1909
24 October 1909
24 October 1909
27 October 1909
27 October 1909

Registered Letter to the stamp dealer Hans Naumann in Dresden/Germany. The British stamps are tied with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2, the registration handstamp is Goyns-Klinger type NR 1C. Backstamped SYDNEY N.S.W. - REGISTERED / A/NO 12/09. Travelled to Sydney with the Union Commerciale (Nouméa, Maison Ballande) steamer St. Louis. (Klinger coll.)

27 October 1909
30 October 1909

Correct 1d postcard rate to England tied with PCH type 7. The picture postcard depicting "Carrying Turles, Tanna, New Hebrides". (Ruecker coll.)

30 October 1909
dd October 1909

Postcard to London cancelled on arrival on 6 Dec 1909, type 4 Pt Sandwich cancel not readable so we assume October 1909 to be correct. ("Mele" coll.)

2 November 1909

Postcard, the 10c stamp cancelled Type PM2. Dated manuscript 9 Nov. 1909. (unknown coll.)

27 October 1909
30 October 1909
dd October 1909
2 November 1909
11 November 1909

This cover is to Noumea should have been registered but was not: it has the incorrect rate. 1d was the letter rate for a French colonial destination between 1908 - 1912 and registartion fee was 2½d. So it was underpaid. Backstamped Noumea 13 November 1909. Sealed "DG" on reverse (this could mean Dal David Gubbay). The stamps are cancelled with GK Type PM4. (Image thanks to Argyll Etkin )

11 November 1909
12 November 1909

This cover is to New Zealand and has the correct 2d letter rate for a British colonial destination between 1908 - 1912. The stamp is cancelled with the old NSW postal agency postmark GK Type PM1, which was used for a couple of years after 1908 on the Burn Philp steamer Malaita. It is applied in blue. MALAITA left Port Vila on 12 November 1909 and arrived in Sydney on 24 November. Mail was dispatched to Dunedin on November 29 via S.S. MANUKA arriving at Dunedin on December 7. (Blinco coll.).

11 November 1909
12 November 1909
13 November 1909

Commercial cover to Sydney with the correct British colonial up to ½oz. letter rate franking. The stamp is cancelled with GK Type PM4. No backstamps. Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie

20 November 1909

Postcard with a 10c stamp, written in "Eromago" on 16th November 1909 and cancelled in Vila with the Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. The sender reads "CmRobertson", which is Christina McNeill, daughter of John Dawson, Little Harbor, Pictou, the wife of the well known Eromanga missionary Hugh Angus Robertson. (Yeomans coll.)

20 November 1909
20 November 1909

Registered letter to Pnom-Penh Cambodia 50c. (25c registration fee and 25c postage) cancelled by PCH type 4 with italic month. Backstamped Pnom-Penh (date block illegible). ("SeSi" collection)

20 November 1909

Australian postcard used in Vila to Nouméa: 5c. stamp tied by PCH 5. Another impression of the cancel was applied to the address side. ("SeSi" collection)

20 November 1909
13 November 1909
20 November 1909
20 November 1909
20 November 1909
20 November 1909

Australian postcard used in Vila to Nouméa: 5c. stamp tied by PCH 5. Written by the same sender as 09NO20b & c. (Goron collection)

20 November 1909

Australian postcard used in Vila to Nouméa: 5c. stamp tied by PCH 5. Written by the same sender as 09NO20b & c. (seen on Ebay May 2008)

20 November 1909
20 November 1909

Australian postcard used in Vila to Nouméa: 5c. stamp tied by PCH 5. Written by the same sender as 09NO20b & c, d.: Dal Gubbay to Bertram Gubbay. This seems to be 31st card of 60 sent. They seem to be sequentially numbered in the top LH side. (unknown coll.)

20 November 1909
26 November 1909

1d correct rate to France, cancelled wwith type 7. One of the earlier owners of this cover used it to keep his "Côte d'Ivoire doubles" in it (and wrote it on it with a biro!!) ("Aore" coll.)

20 November 1909
20 November 1909
20 November 1909
20 November 1909
13 December 1909

British 1d paying the correct rate to New Caledonia, tied with PCH type 7. Louis Catalan (1877-1953) managed the "Catalan Frères" company in Nouméa, his brother Joseph resided in France. (ex Jersey coll., now ???) The cover surfaced again in February 2014 in a Lugdunum auction.

16 December 1909

"Natives Vila", postcard writen by the postmaster Roy to the US. The 1d stamp is cancelled with PCH type 7, also applied on the address side. Cancelled Sydney Dec 27 on the picture side. (Klinger coll.)

16 December 1909
16 December 1909

Kiderlen letter to Ulm, Germany. The stamps cancelled with type 7. Backstamped Ulm Bahnhof 30 Jan 10. ("Mele" coll.)

18 December 1909

"Grand Native Chief with decoration", the pig's tusk through the nose was very unusual. A British 1d stamp with a 1908 PCH type 4 is not very usual either. (Goron coll.)

13 December 1909
16 December 1909
16 December 1909
18 December 1909
19 December 1909

Correct postcard rate, cancelled with Goyns-Klinger Type PM2. ("Aore" coll.)

20 December 1909

Correct 1d rate to Australia, tied by Type 7 cds in black. (Treadwell coll.)

19 December 1909
20 December 1909
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