Postal History of the 1908 Provisional Series - used in 1911 & later

1908







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10 January 1911

Cover front with mixed frankings: the French 1910 issue 10c, 25c, 50c and 1F, and the British 1908 ½d, 2d, 5d and 6d stamps cancelled with PCH type 7, registration mark R1 applied between the stamps. The cover was sent to Paris and has a backstamp Sydney registered on Jan 20, 11. (Klinger coll.)

10 January 1911

Cover with mixed frankings to Paris. (unknown coll.)

14 January 1911

Very late use of the Port Sandwich cancel PCH type 4AU, supposedly used by complaisance, the year block "11" is inverted. It cancels a complete 1908 French set. The idea that this cover is a CTO is supported by the fact that the typical little handstamp "circle with a number" is not present which was applied in Brussels when a letter was distributed. ("JGI" coll)

23 January 1911

Cover to Paris, the French 1908 25c stamp and the British 1910 1d stamp cancelled with PCH type 7. ("Mele" coll.)

10 January 1911
10 January 1911
14 January 1911
23 January 1911
11 February 1911

Correct 2d rate to Canada, tied by PCH Type 7B (the inverted "FE") cds in blue and backstamped at Sydney "20 February 1911" in transit. (Treadwell coll.)

11 February 1911

Registered letter to Piedigriggio Corse . British 1909 1/2d - 2 1/2d - 5d - 6d - and 1s , and 1911 2d - 1d stamps cancelled in blue with PCH type 7A . Registered cachet type R1 in blue. Backstamped Nouméa 14 FEVR 11 in transit and Ponte-Leccia 29-3 11 on arrival. Travel time : 47 days.
"Jean Colonna né le 1er janvier 1864 à Piedigriggio Corse , juge président du tribunal de première instance à Nouméa le 20 septembre 1905 , détaché dans les fonctions de juge de paix à compétence étendue à Port-Vila en 1909, juge au tribunal français et juge au tribunal mixte des NH le 24 juin 1909; il assura l'intérim des commissaires résidents 2 fois du 28-01 au 24-06-1908 et du 22-12-1909 au 26-07-1910." (O'Reilly)
Image of thanks to Philatelie.Cealis, Paris

11 February 1911

As Hubert Goron (+) wrote a decade ago: The "F" of the cancel was made by an apprentice: it was NOT mirrored on the cancel so it's impression was mirrored. You can see that it is o.k. when the impression of the cancel is mirrored and rotated by 180°: then the "F" is o.k.

11 February 1911
11 February 1911
11 February 1911
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The Malmberg covers - please see menu "Pre-Condominium - New South Wales Agency - Covers 1901 & later - 12 December 1908 for postcards to Frank Malmberg when he was in New York in 1908.

10 June 1910

Postcard from J.F. Newman at Tongoa to Frank Malmberg in New York. The cancel is unreadable but the card is dated 10 June. Seen on an auction platform in 2006. Newman came to the New Hebrides between 1902 and 1907.
Here we learn that Frank Malmberg was godfather to Newman's daughter Olive (known as Olub) Leiwia Neumann (born 27 April 1908). Obviously the papers still stated "Neumann" instead of the English version "Newman".

18 December 1910

Incoming Mail from Göteborg to Tongoa. (Klinger coll.)

18 December 1910
18 December 1910

Postcard to Sweden with correct 1d rate, tied by PCH type 5 in blue. The sender, Frank Malmberg, lived at the place of J. F. Newman, a Norwegian settler in Tongoa. This postcard is to his mother in Gothenburg. (Ruecker coll.)

18 December 1910
1 January 1911

Incoming Mail: At the same time, his sister wrote to him a postcard from Sweden, which is shown here. (Yeomans coll.)

10 June 1910
18 December 1910
18 December 1910
1 January 1911
4 January 1911

Incoming Mail from Sydney to Tongoa. (Treadwell coll.)

4 January 1911
2 February 1911

Incoming Mail from Göteborg to Tongoa. Image 11FE02 thanks to Postiljonen, Sweden

18 December 1910
4 January 1911
2 February 1911
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Burns Philp Line imprint on reverse of the covers below


 

 
RegNo: 445 - 11 April 1911

Another registered "Malmberg" cover to Sydney. 25c 1908 x3. Registered and backstamped Sydney AP 24 / 11. (Klinger coll.)

RegNo: 446 - 11 April 1911

Three French 25c stamps on a registered "Malmberg" cover to Sydney. The stamps are tied with PCH type 5, the cover is from the Burns Philp Line, backstamped on arrival at Sydney on 24 April 1911. The MAKAMBO arrived at Sydney on 23 April 1911 so the letter was carried by her. As Frank Malmberg was a passenger on the "Ausralian-Canadian Line" MARAMA, which left Sydney on May 8 to Vancouver (arr. May 31) and no other vessel came from Vila in time, Frank Malmberg must have been on the MAKAMBO himself. So he wrote to himself to the G.P.O. Sydney and could get the letter there. ("Mele" collection)

RegNo: 446 - 11 April 1911
RegNo: 447 - 11 April 1911

Very late use of the Port Sandwich cancel PCH type 4AU, supposedly used by complaisance, the year block "11" is inverted. It cancels a complete 1908 French set. The idea that this cover is a CTO is supported by the fact that the typical little handstamp "circle with a number" is not present which was applied in Brussels when a letter was distributed. ("JGI" coll)

RegNo: 453 - 11 April 1911

Registered letter to Sydney, written to the sender himself at G.P.O. Sydney. A horizontal strip of four ½d stamps, a 2½d, two 5d and a 6d stamps are cancelled with PCH type 5. Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie.

RegNo: 453 - 11 April 1911
11 April 1911
11 April 1911
11 April 1911
11 April 1911
RegNo: 454 - (Br) 11 April 1911

Registered letter to Sydney, four 1d stamps, a 2½d pair and a 1s stamp cancelled with PCH type 5. Backstamped Sydney. As you can see from the postcard in A.1.5.4 this letter has been written by Frank Malmberg himself. Images thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie, auction 4 March 2002.

RegNo: 446 - 11 April 1911

Registered letter to Sydney, like [A.2.3-11AP11] and [A.2.3-11AP11a] it is written to the sender himself at G.P.O. Sydney. Two horizontal strips(?) of two ½d stamps, two 2½d and a 6d stamps are cancelled with PCH type 5. ("Mele" coll.)

11 April 1911
11 April 1911
 

Burns Philp Line letterhead in one of these covers.


 

J.F. Newman came to the New Hebrides in about 1904/05. He was on the Burns Philp & Co. steamer TAMBO which left Sydney on 1 December 1905. His son Oscar (well known in the New Hebrides) was born in 1907, his first daughter Olive (later called Olub) in 1908 and later his second daughter Thora.
All these Malmberg letters above from reg.-no. from 445 to 456 (or even more) were written I suppose on board the MAKAMBO (Burns Philp & Co.). The Makambo left Sydney on 1 March for Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island and the New Hebrides. She made the usual run through all the islands and returned to Sydney on 23 April. The covers are backstamped Sydney, April 24. On 8 May 1911 Frank Malmberg left Sydney to Vancouver on the R.M.S. Marama (Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Line) according to a notice in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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16 June 1911

Registered cover to Sydney. The mixed language stamps cancelled with Type 7. (Goron coll.)

7 August 1911

Registered cover to Halifax, England. The five 2½d stamps from the 1908 British issue are cancelled with PCH type 5. Backstamped Sydney 24 August 1911 and London 29 September 1911. (ex Jersey coll., now ???)

7 August 1911

Registered cover with a mixed franking of 5+10c French stamps and 1+2½c Edward VII, Cancelled "PORT-VILA NELLES HEBRIDES 7 AOUT 11". It shows the non-colonial letter rate of 2 1/2d (25c) and a registration fee of 2 1/2d (25c) Transit and arr.pmks on back (unknown dates). (unknown coll.)

7 August 1911

Letter in this cover from Mr. A. Deschamps, the second condominium postmaster:

I answer to your letter of 26th April 1911 and send you 4 letters R (registered?) without the 5th. I stored one letter on which is affixed a 0,25 F French Condominium stamp. This stamp is not yet valid here as these have not been sent from France. I'll send you this letter directly when I can. My best wishes, A. Deschamps.

9 August 1911

Registered cover to Coffs Harbour, N.S.W., two French 1908 25c stamps and the 10c and 50c of the French 1910 issue cancelled with PCH type 5. Stamped Coffs Harbour 28 AU 11. ("Mele" coll.)

16 June 1911
7 August 1911
7 August 1911
9 August 1911
9 August 1911

Registered cover to Coffs Harbour, N.S.W. with a couple of British stamps. (unknown coll.)

14 August 1911

Cover front with mixed frankings: the French issue 10c pair, the French 25c and the British 2½d stamps cancelled with PCH type 5, registration mark R1 applied below the stamps. The cover was sent to Sydney and may have been a double weight cover. ("RMD" coll.)

14 August 1911

Registered to New Zealand. The 5d and 6d stamps cancelled with Goyns-Klinger type PM2. Registration cachet type NR1C. Registered colonial letter rate per ½ oz. was 2d and registration 2&fec12;d - possibly a heavy letter and still a bit overpaid. TPO/NZ/MAINTRUNK AK (OUT) b/s with s/r WESTPORT and BURNETTS FADE arrival marks from being re-forwarded.
Image thanks to Steve Drewett stamps.

21 October 1911

Registered cover to Liverpool, England. The complete set of stamps from the 1908 British issue is cancelled with PCH type 5. We see a 1/- multiple crown CA watermark! ("Mele" coll.)

9 August 1911
14 August 1911
11 October 1911
21 October 1911
16 December 1911

Buess cover to Germany. 2 x 6d and a 1/- cancelled with Goyns-Klinger type PM2. Registration cachet type NR1C. Image thanks to Steve Drewett stamps.

16 December 1911

English 1908 1d and 2½d together with a French 25c stamp make a total of 60c for this registered letter to Australia. 25c registration and three pence halfpenny for double weight? I don't know. Cancel is PCH type 7 with an unusual grave accent on the E of DE. Cancelled on arrival at Coff's Harbour on 29 December 1911. Normally a red pencil cross means "Express Letter", a blue one "Registered". I don't know why this one and one other one to Gilles have a red cross. (Goron collection)

31 October 1911
16 December 1911
16 December 1911

The 1908 French set on a cover to Australia cancelled with PCH Type 7 ("Aore" collection)

16 December 1911

Registered letter (front) to NSW, 50c paying letter rate (20c) and registration rate (25c), overpaid 5c. Boxed type R1 handstamp, cancel Type 5 and Coffs Harbour (29 Dec 1911) receiving cancel. (Ruecker coll.)

16 December 1911

Another Gilles cover: complete 1908 French set cancelled with PCH type 7. According to the registration numbers there could be more of them. (Seen on Ebay in June 2006)

16 December 1911

A late cover with the British 1908 issue:
Registred letter from Vila to London with the ½d (W. CA simple), 1/2d (W. CA multiple), 5d, 6d, and 1s. stamps cancelled with PCH type 5A (the one with the inverted 2). Backstamped Sydney 20 JA 12 in transit and at arrival in London 25FE12.("SeSi" collection).

16 December 1911
16 December 1911
16 December 1911
16 December 1911
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1912 and later covers of the 1908 provisional issue

10 January 1912

A late cover with the British 1908 issue:
Registred letter from Vila to London with the ½d (W. CA simple), 1/2d (W. CA multiple), 5d, 6d, and 1s. stamps cancelled with PCH type 5A (the one with the inverted 2). Backstamped Sydney 20 JA 12 in transit and at arrival in London 25FE12.("SeSi" collection).

9 February 1912

Registered letter with three 25c stamps of the 1908 French series with the typical 1912 rotated 2 cancel, backstamped in Sydney and Ulm (23 MRZ), with an additional cancel on the front which is the mirror inverted copy of the Ulm arrival cancel from the next letter.
This is a late "Kiderlen" letter. There are many earlier ones to (from) him, 1894 Labuan or 1898 Western Australia for instance. (Klinger coll.)

9 February 1912

Another "Kiderlen" cover, registration number 220. Backstamped Sydney 19 February 1912 and Ulm March 23, 1912. The cover must have been in an exhibition in France or Belgium: for some time it was not allowed there to present covers with the name of the addressee, it therefore is erased. ("SeSi" collection).

9 February 1912

Another "Kiderlen" cover, registration number 223. Backstamped Sydney 19 February 1912 and Ulm March 23, 1912. (44 days). ("JGI" collection).

10 January 1912
9 February 1912
9 February 1912
9 February 1912
10 January 1912

Registred letter from Vila to London with two French 25c stamps cancelled with GK type PM2 (the one with the inverted 2 in (19)12). Backstamped Sydney 19 February 12 in transit and at arrival in Ulm on 23 March 1912. Maybe this one had an erased address name too like the one above and somebody restored it with a wrong name or didn't find "Kiderlen" so positive. (Seen on Delcampe).

9 February 1912
28 March 1912

A very late cover to England with the British 1908 issue. The 1d and 2½d stamps cancelled with PCH type 5. ("Mele" coll.)

25 August 1912

Letter to Germany, 25c seems to have been the correct rate to not French/British Europe. PCH type 5. ("Aore" coll)

16 April 1912

Registered letter to Switzerland, the 1908 - 1910 mixed British postage cancelled with Type 5. (unknown, coll.)

10 May 1913

Letter to Belgium, 25c letter rate too, PCH Type 5, circular Belgian postal service handstamp on front, backstamped with Sydney machine cancel on May 23 and on arrival Brussel/Bruxelles June 29, 1913. The cover arrived in Sydney on 22 May with the MALAITA. (Klinger coll)

28 March 1912
25 August 1912
16 April 1912
10 May 1912
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