John Henniker Heaton (1848–1914)

Having emigrated to Australia from Kent when he was just 16 years old, John Henniker Heaton returned to the UK in the mid-1880s. He knew the value of a letter; while away, he wrote many to family and friends. Heaton saw mail between Great Britain and the colonies as a vital part of the postal system.

Heaton was a passionate campaigner for the introduction of the ‘Universal Penny Postage’ which would have reduced international letter charges to one penny for anywhere in the world. While the idea was opposed on financial grounds, Henniker did manage to reduce the international rates from sixpence to two pence halfpenny in 1890.