Postal service at sea 1815-1845?

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    Jane Wickenden
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    I’m researching a surgeon RN on the West Africa station Jan-June 1845. How was his will deposited with his nephew’s law firm in Adelaide, South Australia in mid-May 1845? His service record does not indicate that he was ever on the Australian station. I’m assuming he wrote a new will when the news of his mother’s death on 11 December 1844 reached him.

    Before you ask, I’ve read Brian Vale’s article The Post Office, The Admiralty and Letters to Sailors in the Napoleonic Wars; New South Wales and Tasmania were on the packet-ship route by ?1835 but not South Australia as far as I can see.

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