TRAVIS, GEORGE

1844 - 1912 from England


official and philatelist, was born at Tetney (Lincs) and baptised on 24 September 1844, the son of Thomas and Mary Travis of Westfield Farm. He worked for two firms in the City of London, before going out to the Islands in the employ of the Falkland Islands Company and in 1868 wrote to his mother that he hoped: 'the Directors are as well pleased with me, they ought to be - for I have done far better than any of my predecessors and am worst paid'.

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343 Honourable philatelist.

In February 1870 Governor Robinson wrote to London, recommending Travis for the post of financial clerk: 'Mr. Travis is a person of whom I entertain a very favourable opinion. His manners are gentleman-like and prepossessing, he is intelligent and I believe a very good accountant'. On 1 April 1871 he was appointed finance clerk and collector of customs in government at £200 pa, and from 1873 he was appointed postmaster. In the Colonial Office list of 1877, he is shown as colonial treasurer and acting colonial secretary with a salary of £375 pa. The following year he returned home with the title Honourable, following service on Exco, and named his house in Tetney, 'Falkland Lodge'. He died on 17 October 1912.

In May 1977, the philatelic auctioneers, Harmers of London, received various letters from Travis to his mother, two of which bear the rare FALKLAND ISLANDS PAID 'frank' in black of 1869 to 1876, and others from England to Travis when he was residing in the Falkland Islands and yet more from the Falklands to him when he had returned to Tetney.

Authors

David Beech