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lot # 402 - brit. colonies New Zealand

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024 09:00 Europe/Zurich

Ingoing 1858 (14 March): Cover from Dorchester to "Captain Steward, Government House, New Zealand", bearing 2 d. blue (corner fault), 1 d. rose-red lettered CA and 6 d. lilac, tied by neat "DORCHESTER / 256" sideways duplexes, "AUCKLAND / NEW ZEALAND / 5 JU 5 1858" arrival receiver alongside. Reverse with UPWAY and NOTTINGTON undated circular handstamps in black and blue, respectively as well as LONDON transit cds in red. Some edge wear, nevertheless an attractive three-colour franking to an interesting destination.rnNote: Directed to Captain F. G. Steward, private secretary to Colonel Sir Thomas Robert Gore Browne (1807-1887), who was consecutively Governor of St Helena, Governor of New Zealand, Governor of Tasmania and Governor of Bermuda after the end of his military career. He was the 4th Governor of New Zealand from September 1855 to October 1861, his handling of Māori land issues were a contributing factor in the outbreak of the First Taranaki War. His governorship term ended in May 1861; rather than extend it, the Colonial Office in London replaced him with Sir George Grey.

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