New South Wales

New South Wales was the first part of Australia to be settled by Europeans, and the first to operate a postal service, which in 1803 was carrying letters between Sydney and Parramatta for a 2d charge.

In 1809 a collecting office in Sydney was established to receive mail from passing ships.The postmaster of the time, James Raymond, was in communication with Rowland Hill in England and worked to encourage the prepayment of letters in NSW.

In 1838, Raymond introduced envelopes embossed with the seal of the colony, and available for local mail for 1¼ pence each instead of the 2d charged letters paid for in cash. They are thus regarded as precursors of the Penny Black.

In 1842 regular mail service was carried by steamer between Melbourne and Sydney, and the first mail packet from Britain arrived in 1844. An act of 1848 reformed the postal system and authorized the use of stamps; the first stamps appeared on 1 January 1850. They were locally produced, and depicted a scene of Sydney and its harbour, thus becoming known as the "Sydney Views".

The 1d, 2d, and 3d stamps were separately engraved, and then re-engraved and retouched over the next year, yielding dozens of varieties.

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N.S.W 1850 2d Greyish Blue SG17 Later Impression Fine Used
£110.00
N.S.W 1905 8d Magenta SG344 Fine Used (2)
£4.00
N.S.W 1905 8d Magenta SG344 Fine Used (3)
£4.00
N.S.W 1882 5d Bright Green SG232 P.10 Good Used
£5.00
N.S.W 1883 3d Yellow SG236 P.10 Wmk Inverted Fine Used (2)
£10.00
N.S.W 1884 1s Black SG237d P.11 x 12 Fine Used
£4.00
N.S.W 1884 1s Black SG237d P.11 x 12 Fine Used (2)
£4.00
N.S.W 1885 5d Blue-Green SG233d P.11 x 12 Fine MM
£7.00
N.S.W 1885 5d Blue-Green SG233da P.12 x 11 Wmk Sideways Fine Used
£12.00
N.S.W 1885 8d Yellow SG236b P.11 Wmk Inverted Fine Used
£12.00
N.S.W 1888 1d Lilac SG253Var 'Stop after Penny' Fine Used
£5.00
N.S.W 1888 2d Prussian Blue SG040 Fine MM
£4.00
N.S.W 1888 2d Prussian Blue SG040 Fine MM (2)
£4.00
N.S.W 1889 6d Carmine SG042a P.12 Fine Used
£5.00
N.S.W 1889 6d Carmine SG042Var Wmk Inverted Fine Used
£5.00
N.S.W 1890 1s Maroon SG044 Fine MM
£22.00
N.S.W 1891 12 1/2d on 1s Red SG268b P.11 Good Used
£14.00
N.S.W 1891 12 1/2d on 1s Red SG268d P.12 x 11.5 Fine Used
£14.00
N.S.W 1891 12 1/2d on 1s Red SG268e P.12 Fine & Fresh LMM
£18.00
N.S.W 1893 3d Emerald-Green SG228 P.10 Good Unused
£20.00
N.S.W 1893 3d Emerald-Green SG228d P.12 x 11 Wmk Double Lined DA Fine Used
£8.00
N.S.W 1897 2 1/2d Deep Violet SG296a Fine MM
£16.00
N.S.W 1897 5s Reddish Purple SG297c Fine MM
£30.00
N.S.W 1902 6d Yellow-Orange SG318 Wmk Inverted Fine Used
£5.00