New South Wales Postal Agency 1888 - 1908
Pre-1901 covers from The New Hebrides with NSW Stamps

Pre Condominium



Newspaper re PARA:

Source:Trove Australia

More about PARA:

Source:Trove Australia

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On 1 September 1900, Burns, Philp & Co. Ltd. agreed to carry the mails for a period of 10 years. In 1901, following federation, the NSW Post Office was merged with other Australian Colonial Post Offices to form the Commonwealth Postmaster-General's Department.

The Burns, Philp & Company's Island Line of Mail Steamers (Under Contract with the Government of Australia - as they called themselves) supplied the following services in 1903:

1.

To New Hebrides and Banks via Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, leaving Sydney on 1st February, April, June, August, October and December.

2.

New Hebrides Inter-Island Service, Monthly from Vila.

3.

To Santa Cruz and Solomon Islands, via Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and Vila, leaving Sydney on 1st Janusry, March, May, July, September, and November.

4.

To Ellice and Gilbert Groups, via Vila, leaving Sydney on 1st April, August, and December.


Tourists could use these vessels too, the rate charged was £25, Saloon, for 7 weeks' round trip to the New Hebrides, or to Santa Cruz and the Solomons. Source: BP & Co., Ltd. Sydney, 1903.
 
Throughout the life of the Agency, it would appear that the 2½d, 2d and 1d denominations were officially supplied, but others were known to have been used through the Agency to frank letters. On 10 May 1907, the stamps of other states were effectively authorised for use, but this decision was probably not widely known.

With the advent of the Condominium Post Office on 1 October 1908, NSW and New Caledonian stamps could be used concurrently with Condominium stamps until 30 November, when their usage was suspended.

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25 May 1895

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to Milton / New Zealand.
Eric (more likely Frederic) Wayne was not yet stock inspector in Milton in 1895 but agent for the Agricultural Department. In 1898 he became assistant inspector of stock at Wairarapa and in 1899 stock inspector at Milton. Maybe the sender was not so well informed.
(ex Stan Jersey coll. - I don't know where it is now)

16 June 1895

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to Bundaberg / Queensland. Inscribed by sender: "Shipletter Para Vanulava, N-H.".
Correct 2½d rate from Vanualava, Banks Islands to Bundaberg, Queensland bearing New South Wales 2½d (tied by PCH type 1 cds) and transported:
- from Vanualava to Vila by the Queensland blackbirding vessel Para;
- from Vila to Sydney by Burns Philp's SS Katoomba, (Captain James Grahl), arriving on 25 June 1895;
- from Sydney to Brisbane by overnight rail, arriving on 27 June 1895;
- from Brisbane to Bundaberg by rail, arriving on 27 June 1895.
Cancelled at Vila on 16 June 1895, in transit at Sydney on 26 June 1895 and Brisbane on 27 June 1895 and on receipt in Bundaberg on 27 June 1895, being 11 days in transit. (Treadwell coll.)

16 June 1895
25 May 1895
16 June 1895
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The following 3 cover are FAKES. Somehow somebody made a cliché from a real cancel and forged these cancellations. I found out which piece was the "mother of all fakes". It is shown below the faked covers at left.

4 September 1897

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK in conjunction with a British stationery. Addressee is Mr. Wm. J. Horton, 9 Edmund Place, London E.C. (NN coll.)
Please look closely: FAKED cancel in my opinion, Roland

4 September 1897

Strike of PCH Type 1 on two NSW 1d stamps and French Naval Service cachet. (NN coll.)
Please look closely: FAKED cancel in my opinion, Roland

4 September 1897

Strike of PCH Type 1 on NSW 1d in conjunction with G.B. Postal Stationery. (NN coll.)
Please look closely: FAKED cancel in my opinion, Roland

4 September 1897
4 September 1897
4 September 1897
1897 impressions

At left the original, in the middle: Horton cover, at right: International Stores.

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28 September 1897

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK. Addressee is Mr. Wm. R. Dover, 5 Lorne Road, Finsbury Park, London N4, redirected on arrival to Ash Lea, Elmdale Road, Palmers Green, (London N13). Backstamped transit Sydney ?? Oc(?) 97, Finsbury Park No 15 97 - (?) Redirection, arrival stamped London N No 15 97. Illustrated in Robson Lowe Encyclopedia vol IV p. 566, ex Ray Baldwin. ("Namba 2" coll.)
Picture shows the address in 2001.

Ash Lea in 2001

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK. Addressee is W. R. Dover, 26 Lorne Terrace, Finsbury Park Road, London, redirected on arrival to Ash Lea, Elmdale Road, Palmers Green. Backstamped Finsbury Park 15 November 1897. Backstamped Sydney 9 Oct 1897 so this letter was carried by Birksgate (Capt. C.E. Saunders) or Mt Kembla (Capt. Agutter) - both arrived in Sydney on 9 October. (Millet coll.)

28 September 1897

Backstamped Sydney 9 Oct 1897

28 September 1897

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK. Addressee is W. R. Dover, 26 Lorne Terrace, Finsbury Park Road, London, redirected on arrival to Ash Lea, Elmdale Road, Palmers Green. "No such Terrace (?) in Finsbury Park Road" in manuscript on reverse. Backstamped transit Sydney ?? Oc 9?, Finsbury Park (S.O.) N 11:30AM No 15 97, Palmers (Green?) 9.15PM NO 15 97. The stamp is cancelled with PCH type 1 on 28 SP 1897, another cds besides the stamp, a LONDON N(ON) 5.15PM (?), a No. 19 (Finsbury Park ?) cancel on the top right corner and another Finsbury Park cds on the stamp. (Klinger coll.)

28 September 1897
2 October 1897

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK. Addressee is Mr. Wm. R. Dover, 5 Lorne Road, Finsbury Park, London N4, redirected on arrival to Ash Lea, Elmdale Road, Palmers Green, (London N13). Cancelled with PCH type 1 on the stamp and left of it and cancelled London N No 15 97, the same time as the letter before. Backstamped Sydney OC 9, 97 and Finsbury-Park(S.O)N 15 Nov 97.("Mele" coll.)

28 September 1897
28 September 1897
28 September 1897
2 October 1897
26 October 1897

Correct 2½d letter rate from Vila with NSW agency CDS, the year stated in full. Transit stamped Sydney NO 6 97 and arrival/redirection London N 12.15AM DE 13 97. ("JGI" coll.)

7 July 1898

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK.
Addressee is Mr. Wm. R. Dover, Ash Lea, Elmdale Road, Palmers Green, (London N13).
Backstamped transit Sydney 1 AU 98, arrival stamped London Sp 5 98. ("Aore" coll.)

7 January 1899

Registered letter to Sydney, PCH type 1, carried on the Australian Steam Navigation Company ship to Sydney, 2½d postage for ½ oz and 3d for the registration. Backstamped Sydney 19 January 1899. The AUSTRALASIAN UNITED STEAM NAVIGATION CO. steamer VICTORIA (Capt. Williams) left Sydney on 1 December 1898 for Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, New Hebrides and the Banks Group and returned to Sydney on 19 January 1899. So she carried this letter from the New Hebrides to Sydney. (ex Goron coll. now unknown coll.)
One of only five recorded registered covers of NSWPA New Hebrides. (One is the famous 24 July 1897 ANHCo cover (please see there) and three are to Madame Kirsch in Marseille, France, dated 8 Dec 97, 26 May 98 and 5 Oct 98).

dd July 1899

The 2d and ½d NSW stamps tied with Sydney cancels, backstamped on arrival on 28. August 1899, London E.C. The addressee is Mr. Wm. R. Dover, 57 & 59 Ludgate Hill, London E.C. This was the address of the publishing house Messrs. Trübner and Co. and of the "Sunday School Union" with the periodical "Young England".
On the reverse the cover has an oval sender cachet: "Rev. W. Watt, Tanna, New Hebrides".
Mr. Watt had been in Tanna from 1869 till 1910, first in Kwamera in the south, then at the ex-Matheson and later at the ex-Neilson places in Port Resolution. Of course we will know if this letter was given to a captain of a ship in Tanna or mailed by Mr. Watts in Sydney only if we can find out whether or not Mr. Watt made a trip to Australia in July 1899. Anyway, this letter shows that the other two above were from Reverend Watt too. (A British Gentleman's collection)

dd July 1899
26 October 1897
7 July 1898
7 January 1899
dd July 1899
5 July 1899

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to USA. Backstamped with transit cancels Sydney? and arrival in Brooklyn.
Seen at the Schwanke und Sohn auction Oct 2002

5 July 1899
6 September 1899

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to Canada. Backstamped with transit cancels Sydney SP 19 99, Windsor, Ontario OC 25 99, arrival stamped Halifax ?? OC 99. (Ruecker coll.)

5 July 1899
6 September 1899
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