Postal History / Stationery
NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1884 (June), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) cancelled with a Sidmouth (19 June) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Ngoka River / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Plymouth / Pr ‘Spartan’ / June 20, 1884”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Moodies Reef” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (21 July) datestamp. Plymouth (20 June), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July) and M.W. Stroom / Transvaal (22 July) transit / arrival backstamps. A very fine and scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884.