New South Wales Postal Agency 1888 - 1908
Covers from The New Hebrides with NSW Stamps of 1901 & later

Pre Condominium

New on 15 March 2015:
11 May 1903


A comment on the Islands Mail Contract with Burns Philp & co. Ltd. in the Adelaide Register:
20 December 1905

Adelaide Register about the Mail Contract with Burns Philp & Co. Ltd.
Source: National Library of Australia



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10 May 1901

Letter to a lottery in Tasmania. (unknown coll.)

10 May 1901

Picture postcard to Australia - correct British colonial postcard rate 1½d.
Image thanks to Steve Drewett stamps.

10 May 1901

Picture side

6 November 1902

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to the UK. Backstamped on arrival Glasgow 29 November 1902. ("Aore" coll.)
The Rev. James Paton, D.D. was the youngest brother of the famous New Hebridean missionary John G. Paton. He was born in Dumfriesshire in 1843 and died in December 1906. John G. was born 24 May 1824 and died on 28 January 1907.

6 November 1902

Reverse of this cover ("Aore" coll.)
The Rev. James Paton, D.D. was the youngest brother of the famous New Hebridean missionary John G. Paton. He was born in Dumfriesshire in 1843 and died in December 1906. John G. was born 24 May 1824 and died on 28 January 1907.

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The upper writing shows John G. Paton's signature in 1894, the lower the address James Paton D.D. on this letter. The "D.D."'s and the "J" and the "aton" of the name give proof that this letter was written by John G. Paton during his second-last visit to Aniwa near Tanna in winter 1902/03.

11 May 1903

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to Sydney. The stamp has been cut out and then placed back again. It's tied with the redirection address. Additional cancel Sydney 29 May 1903 and NSW duplex on front, backstamped Sydney 29 May 1903, 8:30 am. ("Mele" coll.)

10 May 1901
25 August 1901
6 November 1902
11 May 1903
11 May 1903
11 May 1903

NSW 2½d as correct ½oz rate on letter to the U.S.A. Sydney transit 29 May and Oakland arrival 6 and 7 July 1903.
The cover was carried to Sydney by the Burns Philp steamer YSABEL.
Image thanks to Prestige Philately Australia

11 May 1903
11 May 1903

NSW 2½d as correct ½oz rate on letter to the U.S.A.
Description says it has Sydney transit and Oakland arrival backstamps.
The cover was most likely carried to Sydney by the Burns Philp steamer YSABEL too. There are two A.N.H.Co. stamps on the cover too with this typical 11 DEC 00 CTO.
Image thanks to Steve Drewett incorporating Empire Stamp Auctions.)

14 August 1903

Correct rate to Sydney, bearing the 1892 New South Wales 2½d stamp tied by PCH type 1 cds and backstamped on arrival Sydney 24 August 1903 No 19 cds (the mail room), being 10 days in transit. The ship carrying this letter to Sydney was the Burns Philp steamer OVALAU. It was her first and last complete voyage to BSIP & New Hebrides. She sunk at Lord Howe Id on the next one. (Treadwell coll.)
When she was in the Islands she met the steamers TAMBO and YSABEL at Port Vila on 12th August, the Burns Philp auxiliary schooner for the interisland trade MALEKULA at Tanna on 14th August. She also reported that H.M.S. ARCHER with British Resident Commissioner Captain Rason on board arrived at Port Vila on 14th August too and that on 15th August the French warship MEURTHE is expected at Port Vila with the Governor of New Caledonia, Monsieur Picanon.
Busy days in Port Vila!

25 August 1901
11 May 1903
14 August 1903
12 October 1903

NSW 2½d as correct rate on letter to England. The PCH Type 1 on the cover has an inverted day block. The stamp cancelled Sydney 1, 3 November 1903 "noon", backstamped Sydney 2, 3 November 1903, 7 am, Sydney 1 as on stamp and Reigate 5 December 1903. This is a stationery of British Residency (Imprint on flap). The Burns Philp steamer OVALAU carried this letter as far as Lord Howe, where she sunk following a fire in the holds during the night from 19 to 20 October. Passengers, crew & mails where landed and some passengers and the mail carried to Sydney by the pilot steamer CAPTAIN COOK (Capt. Hildbrand) to Sydney where the steamer arrived in the morning of 3 November. Ovalau left Sydney on 1 September for the Solomon Islands, Banks Islands and the New Hebrides and left Norfolk Islands on 15 October to Lord Howe. ("Mele" coll.)

NSW 1d stamp on a postcard to France. Cancelled Polignac 25 January 1904 on arrival. Taxed in Australia 5c (Incorrectly taxed as the colonial postcard rate was 1d since 1903). Carried by the YSABEL which arrived in Sydney on 20 December. (Millet coll.)

8 December 1903

Picture side of the card

15 April 1904

Correct 2½d letter rate with all backstamps and with original letter. The letter was written by Frank Bayldon, master of the 'Tamboo', the Burns Philp boat which provided the regular mail service between the New Hebrides nad Sydney. This was subsidised at £3,600 per annum by the New South Wales government. The 2½d NSW stamp is cancelled with PCH type 1 (or 1A?) with the '0' of 1904 missing. Backstamped Sydney AP 25 04 in transit and on arrival SPALDING MAY 30 04. ("JGI" collection).

15 April 1904

Reverse of this cover.

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The letter which was still inside.

26 October 1904

Two ½d N.S.W. stamps on a postcard to Sydney cancelled with PCH type 1. Addresse is Allen Street, Glebe Point, Sydney. (Seen on Ebay in April 2008)

26 October 1904

reverse of this card

12 October 1903
8 December 1903
15 April 1904
26 October 1904
dd mm 1904

Letter to a lottery in Tasmania (taxed). (unknown coll.)

dd mm 1904
4 January 1905

NSW 1d as correct postcard rate to New Zealand.
The PCH Type 1 is the day/month type with four digits year block. ("Mele" coll.)

4 January 1905

Underpaid postcard from Vila to England short paid ½d. PCH type 1 datestamp. The NSW 5 taxmark is incorrect as the amount should have been 10c, double the dificiency. Backstamped Sydney 21 January 1905. The corerect amount of postage due was indicated by the mark applied in England: 1d I.S.H. Circular arrival datestamp Liverpool 25 February 1905. ("Aore" coll.)

4 June 1905

Dessus d'enveloppe lourde affranchie à 10d (photographies) par quatre timbres de 2½d. (quatriême échelon de poids) de l'émission de 1897 de Nouvelle Galles du Sud. Timbre à date NEW HEBRIDES VILA 4 JU 1905 (2e état du premier type) à destination de la France. (Millet coll.) (Cover front of a heavy cover with photographs franked 10d, the fourth weight level. Stamps of the N.S.W. 1897 issue, cancel PCH Type 1, destination France.)

24 August 1905

Ex Stan Jersey's collection:
Here's Stan's text for this cover more than 30 years ago: New Hebrides, New South Wales Postal Agency at Vila. Datestamp on ordinary stamp of New South Wales. (picture thanks to Stan Jersey) I wonder where this cover is now.

4 January 1905
4 January 1905
4 June 1905
24 August 1905
4 December (1905)

NSW 1d as correct postcard rate to New Zealand.
The PCH Type 1 is the day/month type with four digits year block. ("Mele" coll.)

4 January 1906

Two ½d NSW stamps cancelled PCH type 1 as correct postcard rate to Sydney (at least not taxed) with arrival cancel, forwarded to Fiji(?). (Goron coll.)

29 June 1906

Strike of PCH Type 1 on NSW 1d and ½d stamps (correct postcard rate) on a card to Sydney. ("Namba 2" coll.)

25 August 1906

Picture postcard to Sydney "Village de Bignambo Malakula". The 1d & 1½d NSW stamps are cancelled with GK Type PM1. Overpaid as the colonial postcard rate was 1d from 1903 on.
Image thanks to Steve Drewett & Empire Stamp Auctions

25 August 1906
4 December (1905)
4 January 1906
29 June 1906
25 August 1906
8 September 1906

5d on a cover to EnNgland.

10 December 1906

1d stamp on a postcard to Fiji. Cancelled with GK Type PM1 (missing last two digits of the year slug) and frontstamped Levuka 7 January 1907 and Suva 7 January 1907.
Image thanks to Lugdunum Philatélie

10 December 1906

reverse of this card

8 September 1906
10 December 1906
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PCH Type 1 forgery

This is a sample of the forged PCH type 1 which was cut in about 1925 and later destroyed by the Pacific Island Study Circle of the Royal Sydney Philatelic Club. Before the dies were defaced some pulls were made on CROWN PARCHMENT NOTE paper to assist in the detection of forged postmarks. This is one of these pulls. (Klinger coll.)

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11 March 1907

Timbre à 1d. de Nouvelle Galles du Sud sur carte postale pour l'Australie oblitéré par le premier type de timbre à date (2e état( NEW HEBRIDES VILA 11 MR 1907.
Arrivée GUNDAGAI N.S.W. 23 MR 1907 et, au verso, transit SYDNEY MAR 22 1907. (Millet coll.) (1d N.S.W. stamp on a postcard to Australia cancelled with PCH Type 1)

10 April 1907

NSW 1905/10 SG 333 2d stamp cancelled PCH type 1 on a letter to England ("Aore" coll.)

13 January 1908

Strike of PCH Type 1 on NSW 1d and ½d stamps (correct postcard rate) on a card to Sydney. ("Namba 2" coll.)

15 April 1908

PCH Type 1 on NSW 2d stamp (intercolonial rate) to Sydney. Backstamped Sydney 29 April 1908 - the date on which the Burns Philp's steamer TAMBO arrived. ("Mele" coll.)

11 March 1907
10 April 1907
13 January 1908
15 April 1908
23 July 1908

PCH Type 1 on NSW 2d stamp (intercolonial rate) via Fiji to New Zealand. Backstamped Suva 26 July 1908. (Goron coll.)

12 November 1908

This picture postcard to Sernhac, Gard, France is dated 11 NO 1908 on the canceller and arrival cancel is dated 26 December 1908. It is written on September 7, 1908, and tells about the visit of the Kersaint in Port Vila. The 1½d NSW stamps are cancelled with PCH type 1. (Ruecker coll.) The latter part of 1908 was spent by "Kersaint" in what are described as 'punitive' expeditions to Ambrym (New Hebrides), followed by a similar exercise at Santo. This particular expedition was mounted in response to the death of a settler (Greig) and his two daughters, an enquiry, held locally, being undertaken by Lt Valat of the "Kersaint". (Source: "Pacifica", Jan 2004, Jacques Mérot: New Hebrides - The Cruiser "Kersaint".)
Maybe these activities caused the delay of this postcard.

12 November 1908
25 November 1908

NSW 1d x4 on a letter to Sydney cancelled with PCH Type 5. Backstamped Sydney 21.DE.08. This cover was brought to Sydney by the Burns Philp & Co. Ltd steamer TAMBO, Captain Hillman, which arrived at Sydney on this day.
The addressee was Hugh Venables (1877-1935) Vernon, son of the famous Sydney architect Walter Liberty Vernon, who was in partnership with Howard Joseland at Castlereagh St. (Goron coll.)

25 November 1908
9 October 1909

Well after the suspension (10 months) of the use of NSW stamps: Cover to Nouméa with PCH type 5 on a NSW 2d stamp. (SeSi collection)

23 July 1908
12 November 1908
25 November 1908
9 October 1909
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The 12 December 1908 postcards to Frank Malmberg in New York - please see menu "1908 - 1908 Postal History - Used in 1911 or later" for postcards to Frank Malmberg when he was in the New Hebrides and letters he sent when he left Vila.

12 December 1908

Malmberg postcard with NSW ½d and 1d cancelled with type 1. Seen in some old auction catalogue snippet.

12 December 1908

PCH Type 1A on NSW ½d and 1d stamps on a postcard to USA. The addressee is Frank Malmberg, who lived on Tongoa in later years (see 18 DE 1910, 01 JA 1911 and 11 AP 1911 in "1908 used in 1911"]). On the picture side cancelled on transit with a Sydney machine cancel. The Vila cancel rather clearly is PCH type 1A which in PCH is known in 1897 and 1899 only. The date DE 12 would be an incorrect use of the NSW stamps after the deadline Nov. 30th but was probably tolerated as the people on the islands were probably not informed on the regulations in time. (Klinger coll.)

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Blow-up of stamp and cancel

12 December 1908

PCH Type 1A on NSW ½d and 1d stamps on a Sydney picture postcard to USA. The addressee is the same as on the postcard above. (seen at the May 2003 auction of the German auctionhouse Steltzer.)

12 December 1908

PCH Type 1A on NSW ½d and 1d stamps on a "House of a chief" picture postcard to USA. The addressee is the same as on the postcard above. (Treadwell coll.)

12 December 1908
12 December 1908
12 December 1908
12 December 1908
12 December 1908

PCH Type 1A on NSW ½d and 1d stamps on a picture postcard to USA. The addressee is the same as on the postcards above. Image thanks to Auktionen Gärtner, Nov 2006.

12 December 1908

PCH Type 1A on NSW ½d and 1d stamps on a picture postcard to USA. The addressee is the same as on the postcards above. ("Mele" coll.)

12 December 1908

PCH Type 1A on NSW ½d and 1d stamps on a picture postcard to USA. The addressee is the same as on the postcards above. This one is a real photo postcard.
Seen in auction 199 of Prestige Philately and mossgreen.
12 December 1908

12 December 1908
12 December 1908
12 December 1908
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