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C of A KGV - Single Watermark
Rough Paper 1d rosine BW #72i tied to commercial cover to Samoa by Sydney machine cancel of AP29/1918, Samoan Censor #3 h/s in green, Cat $600 on cover. RPSofV Certificate (2009).
C of A - Postal History
1918 commercial covers to the Red Cross in Switzerland or to Chile both with Third Wmk 2½d Roo, the latter with very fine 'PASSED BY/4TH MD/CENSOR' h/s in violet, minor blemishes. (Qty 2)
C of A - Military - World War I
1914 (Oct 26) usage of US 2c Envelope (+ 3c adhesive) to an officer aboard the German Nord Deutscher Lloyd ship SS "Thuringen" at Fremantle (WA), fine strike of the scarce 'C.M.F/RELEASED/ BY CENSOR.' h/s (P&H #5CC1.2; ERD by 2 months) in blue, readdressed in blue pencil to POW barracks on Rottnest Island. [On 26/8/1914, the "Thuringen" was captured by the "Pioneer" off Rottnest Island & brought to Fremantle. The crew were interned on Rottnest Island]
1915 stampless cover to the Red Cross in Geneva endorsed on the flap "abs Willy Baumeister Prisoner of War/Langwarrin Camp/Australia - Victoria" with Melbourne cds, 'CENSORS OFFICE/GPO/ MELBOURNE' h/s & 'PASSED' h/s all on the face, 'GENEVE' arrival b/s. [Emery at p282 states "...was principally a supply base but housed some POWs". The camp closed in 1915]
1915 double-rate commercial cover to Drysdale with Kangaroos 2½d corner pair (probably First Wmk) paying 1d x2 + 3d registration & tied by 'MILITARY CAMP/23AU15/BALLARAT' cds (ERD), registration number in lieu of label, Ballarat transit b/s, minor flap fault. Rare: this is the only registered cover we have seen from any Victorian Military Camp other than Broadmeadows. [PO 11/8/1915; closed 4/12/1916]
1919 stampless South African PPC to Belgium endorsed "OAS", very fine boxed 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE/Franked by C O'Halloran/Military Secretary AIF' h/s (Emery CA212; ERD) in violet & 'PASSED CENSOR/C 6/99' h/s in purple, view-side blemishes. [From a returning troopship]
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C of A - Military - World War II
German annotated display of POW mail from camps in Australia to Germany (8, with various postcards - one with printed 6d indicium - or lettersheets) or Italy, another used internally, & a beautiful Italian Red Cross POW postcard to an Italian POW in Australia, condition a bit mixed. Also includes four Deutsches Rotes Kreus/Präsidium letters enquiring about the whereabouts of German servicemen. An interesting lot. (Qty 11)
Packet of covers with internal forces including Northern Territory usages notably 'RAAF/PO UNIT No7' cds on Air Mail Letter Card & 'VICTORY LOAN' h/s from FPO 26 at Gowrie, & overseas including from FPO 069 at Juba River NG (Proud "NS"), boxed UPS E36 at Neureim ("NS"), 'No 6 AUST BASE PO/-C-' used at Labuan, 'FIELD POST OFFICE23MR45/ 038 ' stated to be from Sarawak but earlier than noted by Proud, also British FPO 782 in Greece (2), airmail from Biak with 5½d tied by Dutch Forces cds & taxed and 1947 'AIRFORCE PO/MOROTAI' cds (unlisted by Proud), three RAAF leave passes etc, condition variable. A handy lot requiring write-up. (Qty 120 approx)
1942 commercial airmail cover to Sydney with 3d brown x2 & straight-line 'HMAS MELVILLE' cancel, a second very fine strike on the provisional registration label plus two more across the flap where also endorsed by the sender "EC JOHNSON/HMAS PLATYPUS", 'ARMY POST OFFICE/3JY44/065' (used at Darwin) transit & Sydney arrival b/s, tombstone naval censor h/s in violet. Use of ships' names was highly irregular & contrary to military postal regulations. ["Platypus" was in Darwin Harbour when the Japanese bombed Darwin on 19/2/1942. She remained in Darwin as a training ship & later as a base ship. HMAS "Melville" was the naval shore station at Darwin]
1943 Red Cross POW Envelope with solid bar at the base, to an Australian soldier in Java, Japanese Red Cross h/s & "chop" both in magenta, a few characteristic blemishes. Very scarce POW destination. [POW mails were exchanged with the neutral Portuguese at Mozambique!!]
1945 (June) stampless Italian Red Cross POW postcard between Italian POWs in Italy & Australia, 'GENOVA FERROVIA' cds & oddly with 'PW MIDDLE/EAST 116' transit h/s in violet, 'POW CAMP/MYRTLEFORD, VIC.' h/s applied on arrival in Australia & Australian Censor h/s.
1945 stampless commercial cover to Melbourne endorsed "NSA/Timor" (= "No Stamps Available") with 'AIR FORCE PO/23OC45/ 21 ' cds. Rare: Proud records no allocations of this datestamp.
1945-48 commercial airmail covers from an Australian officer with the British Military Administration in Borneo to his wife in Melbourne with stamps of North Borneo (7, with BMA or Cypher Opts) including usages at 'VICTORIA/LABUAN' or 'MIRI', Sarawak (8, most with BMA Opts but two with unoverprinted values) including usages at Jesselton & Labuan, two with North Borneo/Sarawak combination frankings from Labuan or Jesselton, several are YMCA envelopes, condition a bit mixed. A very scarce group. (Qty 14)
1946 commercial airmail cover from an Australian soldier (endorsement on flap) to Melbourne with Indian 'FPO/No 120/6AUG46' cds used at Labuan, mss "B120 FPO" on Indian provisional registration label, Sydney transit b/s of 15AU46, minor blemishes. Rare.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Northern Territory Postal History
CHARLOTTE WATERS: 'CHARLOTTE WATERS/18OC15/N.T.' cds on Kangaroos 2½d & 5d on triple-rate cover to Switzerland, 'PASSED.' h/s in violet, a few faults. Terrific Northern Territory origin.
1900-07 comprising 1) cover to Cape Colony with Tablets 6c & small black/cream 'OPENED UNDER MARTIAL LAW' label; 2) Indian ½a Envelope to Colombo with the stamp cancelled on arrival; 3) usage of Ceylon PPC to GB with Ceylon 6c & India 1a tied by Rangoon cds; & 4) underpaid PPC to Bombay with tiny 'BOMBAY/UNPAID' d/s in green. Reasonable offers considered. (Qty 4)
GILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS - Postal History
BERU: undated double-circle 'CUSTOMS OFFICER/GILBERT &/ELLICE ISDS./BERU ISLAND' (#27) three superb strikes on 1945 Baldwin cover to Sydney (b/s), manuscript "BERU IS/R No 1023" & cut-down '___/PASSED BY CENSOR/No. 8' h/s in violet, Suva transit b/s of 5FEB45. [Vernon states "[The Customs cancel] is known on a cover backstamped Suva 5FEB45 but this particular cover may have originated pre-war". Why?]
HULL ISLAND: 'POST OFFICE/21AUG1944/HULL ISLAND' cds on Frigate Bird ½d pair to a native on "Faning [sic] Island", superb strike of the double-circle '.../POST OFFICE/HULL ISLAND/(ORONA)' handstamp at lower-left partly covered by plain greenish tape endorsed with manuscript "OPENED BY CENSOR" in red, part boxed Censor h/s in violet with initials in magenta, minor soiling. A rare World War II inter-island cover.
TARAWA: c.1944 stampless apparently official cover to the Solomon islands Government-in-Exile in Sydney with largely very fine strike of the undated '.../POST/OFFICE/TARAWA' handstamp (Vernon #25) in violet & boxed Censor No 6 h/s also in violet.
INDIA - Postal History
1943 (June 15) commercial usage to London of KGVI 1½a+3a Registration Envelope size H (Lang #REI1) with 2a 3a 4a & 2r tied by Lahore cds, charred & repaired at the edges with post office tape, roneo'd 'Salvaged air mail Cairo-Karachi/despatch No.65' label (Nierinck #430600a, Cat SFr260 in 1995) affixed at Bombay DLO (b/s). Full of character, : "No information is available" but he identifies mail from China, Ceylon & Aden proving the label should have been inscribed "Karachi-Cairo".