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Overprinted 'NOUVELLES HEBRIDES'
Cagu bird 5 c green 10 c red Harbor of Noumea
25 c blue (surcharged red) 50 c red on orange Sailship
1 F blue on green (surcharged red) Surcharged: '5 c.' on 50 c red on orange Overprinted 'NOUVELLES HEBRIDES CONDOMINIUM'
Cagu bird 5 c green 10 c red Harbor of Noumea 25 c blue (surcharged red) 50 c red on orange Sailship 1 F blue on green (surcharged red) Surcharged
'5 c.' on 50 c red on orange '10 c.' on 25 c blue
Are the following stamps bogus issues?
Overprinted 'New Hebrides CONDOMINIUM', 'N' 'H' and 'C' larger
1/2 p darkgreen and lightgreen 1 p red 2 p lilac and orange 2 1/2 p blue on blue 5 p lilac and green 6 p lilac and red 1 Sh green and red Overprinted 'NEW HEBRIDES CONDOMINIUM'
1/2 p green 1 p red 2 p grey 2 1/2 p blue 5 p lilac and green 6 p lilac and violet 1 Sh black on green
British issue, inscription 'NEW HEBRIDES':
1/2 p green 1 p red 2 p grey 2 1/2 p blue 5 p green 6 p lilac 1 Sh black on green 2 Sh purple on blue 5 Sh green on yellow Surcharged
'1 d.' on 1/2 p green '1 d.' on 5 p green '1 d.' on 1 Sh black on green '1 d.' on 2 Sh purple on blue '1 d.' on 5 Sh green on yellow '3 d.' on 1 p red '5 d.' on 2 1/2 p blue '10 c.' on 5 p green French issue, inscription 'NOUVELLES HEBRIDES'
5 c green 10 c red 20 c grey 25 c blue 30 c brown on yellow 40 c red on yellow 50 c olive 75 c orange 1 F red on blue 2 F violet 5 F red on green Surcharged
'2 d.' on 40 c red on yellow '5 c.' on 40 c red on yellow '10 c.' on 5 c green '20 c.' on 30 c brown on yellow '30 c.' on 10 c red '50 c.' on 25 c blue
Inscription 'NOUVELLES HEBRIDES'
5 c, 1/2p black 10 c, 1 p green 20 c, 2 p grey 25 c, 2 1/2 p brown 30 c, 3 p red 40 c, 4 p red on yellow 50 c, 5 p blue 75 c, 7 1/2 p brown 1 F, 10 p red on blue 2 F, 1 Sh 8 p lilac 5 F, 4 Sh red on green Inscription 'NEW HEBRIDES'
5 c, 1/2 p black 10 c, 1 p green 20 c, 2 p grey 25 c, 2 1/2 p brown 50 c, 5 p blue 60 c, 6 p lilac 1.25 F, 1 Sh black on green 2.50 F, 2 Sh purple on blue 6.25 F, 5 Sh green on yellow
Some of these stamps exist with overprint 'CHIFFRE TAXE' or 'POSTAGE DUE' to serve as postage due stamps (issued 1925).
A jeweller from Sydney, named Alavoine made a forged cancel 'PORT VILLA NELLES HEBRIDES 16 NOV 11'. Stamps cancelled with it were sold by a dealer. On the above mentioned website examples can be found on stamps of Fiji, Victoria, New South Wales and the 'Syndicat Francais' stamps. The best criteria to identify the fake are the malformed P of "PORT", the out of the circle dash left of the S of "HEBRIDES" and the date "16 NOV 11".
In 1892, the Australasian New Hebrides Company, took on the responsibility for handling mails for the NSW Postal Agency, the local manager being appointed postal agent. In 1896, it issued their its own commercial notes. By 1897, because of changes in trade and increased competition by the French and their well-subsidised shipping, the Company decided to charge for delivering letters between the islands, Vila and Sydney.The NSW government objected to this last, as the Company was already receiving a subsidy for delivering mail between Vila and Sydney, but left the question of charging delivery for inter-island letters up to the Company. Two stamps had already been printed for the purpose. They were issued on 17 March 1897. The Company eventually failed, with Burns, Philp & Co. Ltd. taking over its assets, including the remainders of the stamps, on 30 September 1897. On 1 September 1900, Burns, Philp & Co. Ltd. took on a 10-year subsidised agreement to carry cargo and mail, and the use of the locals was specifically forbidden under the terms of the subsidy. The Government of the Commonwealth and the Presbyterian Mission both contributed a subsidy. The remainders of the locals (140,000 1d, 94,000 2d) were sold by tender in 1913 to T.H. Nicolle, a Sydney stamp dealer. There is no doubt that these locals were genuinely issued to prepay postage. However, there are relatively few used singles bearing cancellations dated prior to August 1897, and no commercial covers are known. Copies dated after 30 September 1897 are likely to be philatelically used."The islands called at were Anietyum (Aneityum), Aniwa, Aoba, Aurora, Epi, Erromanga, Futuna, Mai, Nguna, Pentecost, Tongariki, Tonga (Tongoa), Sandwich and Vannaleva (Vanna Luava), also at times other islands, notably in the Santa Cruz, Banks' and Torres' groups.
Sources: "Billig's Philatelic Handbook", Volume 04, page 205, the names in brackets are those Hals/Collas use on page 39. and: "All about Burns, Philp & Company, Limited, Their Shipping Agencies, Branches & Steamers. John Andrew & Company, Sydney, for Burns, Philp & Co. Ltd., 1903.
After The Australasian New Hebrides Company stopped its services many of the remaining stamps were sold to stamp collectors. Forgeries do not seem to exist. Cancelled to order stamps of this company and manipulated letters do exist.
(Genuinly used stamp?)
The 'Syndicat Francais' stamps were forbidden by the government and the remainders were confiscated (source: http://ro-klinger.de/NH/)
http://ro-klinger.de/NH/ (made by Roland Klinger, Germany, webmaster New Hebrides Stamps and Postal History); excellent website with much information!