Postal History / Stationery
NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1885 (May), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by a Sidmouth (14 May) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Hawarden Castle’ / May 15, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton Moodies” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (11 June) single circle datestamp. Dartmouth (15 May), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July), Pretoria ? / Zuid Afrika 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.