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1850 Sydney View One Penny Carmine Stamp

Viewing the Grahway Australian States

On October 23, 2014 Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions conducted the sale of the The Grahway Collection of Australia and States and New Zealand and Dependencies. In this viewing we will focus on the Australia States sections, keeping comments to a minimum in order to fit in as wide a representation of lots as possible.

The auction opened with New South Wales, one of the first lots being this 1850 Sydney View 1d dull carmine, plate I re-engraved, bluish paper (Sc. 2c) unused without gum, and with large margins, but two pressed creases, With an SCV of $5,000, a Gibbons (#11) value of $10,080 (converted from £), and a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-4,000, it realized…

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Australian Stamps Tell its History

From STAMPS Magazine, December 15, 1951, with images added

In this, Australia’s Jubilee Year, it is interesting to review some of the nation’s history as depicted on its postage stamps.

Commonwealth of AustraIia stamps have been issued since 1913. There are groups representing the Royal Family, figures in Australian history, and commemorating national events and special anniversaries. Others have related to Australia’s war efforts, its place in the aviation, and to its aboriginal and wild life.

Three of Australia’s six States have already celebrated with special stamps the 100 anniversary of their establishment. In September 1929 Western Australia, originally called "The Swan River Settlement," produced a 1-1/2d stamp for the occasion. The motif is a Black Swan, the emblem of Western Australia, and the designer was G. P. Morrison, Curator of the National Gallery, Perth. Swan River, on which Perth, the State capital, is situated, was discovered in 1697 by the Dutchman de Vlaming, who recorded for the first time the existence of…

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