Postal History / Stationery
NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1884 (October), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by Sidmouth (2 Oct) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre” / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Roslin Castle’ / Oct 3, 1884”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Moodies Reef” (ZAR) and endorsed “Moodies Reef / via Kantoor’ in red The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (3 Nov) datestamp. Dartmouth (3 Oct), G.P.O. Natal (28 Oct), Newcastle (3 Nov), M.W. Stroom / Transvaal (6 Nov) transit / arrival backstamps. Closed flap tear, otherwise very fine and a very 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.