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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - Autographs
C of A - Flight Covers
1929 (March 30) Richmond-England per "Southern Cross" #131 signed by pilots "CKingsford Smith" & "CTPUlm", the stamp damaged before being affixed & a couple of very minor tonespots hardly detract at all from the very fine appearance, Cat $2500 (2002). Only 12 carried. [The plane crashed in a remote area of Western Australia, sparking what became known as "The Coffee Royal Episode". The crew were rescued & the covers were added to the successful flight to England in June 1929. One of the most important Kingsford Smith covers]
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1931 Lord Howe Island-Australia #184a with KSmith 2d & 3d Airmail tied by the 'LORD HOWE ISLAND/NSW' cds, 3-line h/s in violet signed by the pilot "FrancisChichester" who has additionally endorsed the reverse.
1931 Lord Howe Island-Australia #184a with rare franking of 1½d Sturt endorsed by hand "2d/Paid/PM/LHI" - the famous "Lord Howe Island Provisional" BW #139c - + 3d Air with only the latter tied by the 'LORD HOWE ISLAND/NSW' cds - as was the "proper" course - 3-line h/s in violet signed by the pilot "FrancisChichester" who has additionally endorsed the reverse. Plus 1947 signed letter from Chichester stating "...I carried either 2 or 3 of these surcharged stamps on the same number of covers..." Eustis cites this information at page 58. Chichester numbered the covers. This is "No 123". Eustis states the highest number recorded is '123'. [One of the most important covers of Lord Howe Island philately]
1933 (Sep) Northern Territory Aerial Survey Expedition #325a with 2d cancelled at Brisbane, signed by pilots "Harry Bennett" & "FNeale". [Only 12 covers carried]
1933 (Sep 30) Aero Club of NSW large postcard (204x152mm) with illustration in red #331, endorsed "This card was flown in the Aerial Derby and signed by all competitors/Ernest A Crome" & with autographs of 19 pilots, black & yellow vignette on the reverse. [Only 50 carried, of which many have corner damage & other faults]
1936 (April 29) Adelaide-Cootamundra-Sydney SA Centenary Goodwill Flight #602 with 2d Cable cancelled on arrival at Sydney, signed by the pilot "CJMelrose" (his last flight), Cat $1000 (2002). Only 3 carried!!
TASMANIA - Postal History
1825 (c.) OHMS outer to Hobart Town with a large-part strike of the first undated 'LAUNCESTON' handstamp, countersigned "JTGellibrand" at lower-left, vertical folds. [Joseph Tice Gellibrand, described by Manning Clark as a "vulgar mountebank"!, was the VDL Attorney-General]
1827 (c.) undated entire with an almost fine strike of the undated-oval 'LAUNCESTON' handstamp, signed "EAbbott". [Most strikes of this handstamp are poor; this is one of the best examples we have seen. Edward Abbott was a member of the local Legislative Council]
NEW GUINEA - Mandated Territory Issues
1935 (Aug) Sydney-Wau per "Fairey Fox", Wau arrival cds of 14OCT35 AAMC #P83a, signed by pilots "RayParer" & "GHemsworth". Ex Allan Jennings. [The flight arrived at Wau on14th August. However, a small number of covers was overlooked and not processed until two months later: see footnote below #P83a. With photo of the plane]