Destination Mail – Saint Helena

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Saint Helena is a British Overseas Territory located in the South Atlantic Ocean. It consists of a remote volcanic tropical island lying some 1,950 kilometres (1,210 mi) west of the coast of southwestern Africa, and 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro on the South American coast.

In 1900 and 1901, over 6,000 Boer prisoners were held on the island. The resulting population reached an all-time high of 9,850 in 1901.

Population (approx. in 1900): 4,500
Destination Scarcity: 4/5
Rate: 2½d (single UPU rate)

1887 (Jan 26) Envelope from Chatham to St. Helena with 1887 6d Jubilee, addressed to the Colonial Secretary William Grey-Wilson

1888 (Dec 6) Envelope from London to St. Helena via the Colonial Office and carried by diplomatic mail bag to the Colonial Secretary William Grey-Wilson

1898 (Jul 16) Envelope from Sheffield with 1s green and 1/2d vermilion tied by Sheffield double circle ds, arrival cds adjacent.

For sale by Samwells Oct 2011 for £375

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