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1901 usage of Indian ½a Envelope overprinted 'C.E.F.' endorsed "H Degan Peking/China NSW/Naval Brigade", to Sydney uprated with CEF on India QV ½a tied by very fine 'FPO No 7/2MA01' cds used at Peking, 'BASE OFFICE/ B /3MR/01' (Peking), 'HONG-KONG/MR14/01' & Sydney transit cds and poor Leichhardt arrival backstamp, flap fault and small repair at the top. [Able Seaman H Degan was a member of "D" Company: see photo at page 140 of "Bluejackets & Boxers" by Nicholls (1986). This is only the second Australian Boxer Rebellion cover we have handled in 30 years. The other - overpaid & without an appropriate endorsement - sold for $1568 at our auction of 14/8/2004]
World War II
'DUNERA BOYS": 1941 (Apr 28) plain lettersheet from a Jewish internee at Hay Camp to his parents in China with the rare boxed 'PERMISSION/GRANTED' h/s & forwarded to Sydney where struck with 'PASSED BY CENSOR/S. 104' h/s, 5d Ram pair affixed partly across the boxed h/s & tied by Sydney cds of 3/5/1941, 'SHANGHAI' arrival b/s, opened a little roughly at the back & overall aging with some tonespots mostly on the reverse. ̃̃During May and June 1940, the British rounded up 75,000 mostly Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria and interned them. Churchill suspected there were "Fifth Columnists" among them & wanted them out of Britain. Some 2500 were sent to Australia aboard the "Dunera", a ship with a maximum capacity of only 1500 including crew. Conditions were appalling & on arrival at Sydney the inspecting medical officer's report resulted in the officer in command being court martialled. The British were acutely embarassed and placed a 100 years embargo on the "Dunera" file! The Dunera Boys were released in late-1942 & hundreds were accepted into the British & Australian Armies. After the war, many stayed in Australia & achieved prominence in academia, sciences, the arts and business.The sender, Fritz Guttenburg, was a "Dunera Boy": see also Lots 134 & 196.
BURMA: 1942 (Jan 30) cover to "Noonamah Camp, Darwin" with 2a 4a & 8a tied by 'BASE PO/BURMA' cds, superb Unit Censor h/s & signed "FNBraund", the flap endorsed "Mission 204", minor toning on the perfs, with corresponding short typed letter. [In Feb 1942, the 2 officers & 43 men of "Tulip Force", with 6 tons of equipment, drove 2500 miles along the Burma Road into China, then trekked into the mountains. The members of Mission 204 were to train Chinese soldiers in guerilla tactics against the Japanese. However, the Chinese refused their aid & after 7 fruitless months the project was abandoned]
LABELS: 'G [Coat of Arms] R/OPENED BY CENSOR/HONG KONG' KM#L2 on cover to Japan, Victoria cds of 4NO/39. Rated 7.
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LABELS: ditto, with thicker lettering KM#L3 tied to the face by boxed '41' KM#C6 (rated 4) in green, on Oct 1940 cover from Thailand to Washington DC. Rated 6.
LABELS: ditto, with sans serif lettering KM#L4A on Mar 1943 airmail cover from 'KUNMING' to Shanghai. Rated 7.
LABELS: ditto, red/white with sans serif lettering KM#L4B & small boxed '15' in green & '112' both KM#C6 (rated 4), on Jan 1941 cover to Shanghai. Rated 7.
LABELS: ditto, blue/white with sans serif lettering KM#L4C & small boxed '23' KM#C6 (rated 4), on mid-1941 cover from Bangkok to the United States. Rated 8.
CACHETS: circular 'PASSED BY/CENSOR/HONG KONG/No. 6' KM#C2 (rated 8) on Dec 1940 registered air cover to the USA; triangular 'PASSED - CENSOR/ 9 /HONG KONG' KM#C4 (rated 6) on Apr 1940 air cover from Shanghai to London; & boxed 'NOT OPENED/BY/CENSOR' KM#C7 (rated 5) on Jun 1941 cover to Grenada (!). (Qty 3)
MILITARY: inverted-triangle 'PASSED/BY/CENSOR/113' & '.../120' on Mar & May 1940 airmail covers at $1.15c rate to GB. (Qty 2)
NAVAL: double-oval 'PASSED BY CENSOR/218' & 3-line 'PASSED BY/NAVAL/CENSOR' both in blue on Mar & Oct 1940 airmail covers at $1.15c rate to GB. (Qty 2)
1857 entire to Scotland "via Southampton" with lengthy letter headed "Shanghae/August 31 1857" & signed "NHBrown" (?), rated "6" in black, partial 'HONG KONG/8SE8/1857', London & Edinburgh transit & 'PORTOBELLO' (in blue) arrival b/s. [A remarkably tender letter about family and staff matters but the writer states "...The Imperialists chartered an English Ship to convey Soldiers down the Coast which were changing their Station. She brings back part of another Regiment. Peculiar country this China...Amoy is a very rising Port"]̃̃The Second China War or Second Opium War of 1856-60 arose from the desire of the British to legalise the trade in opium, open all of China up to foreign trade, and exempt imports from internal transit duties. The first phase of the war ended in 1858 with the Treaties of Tientsin that greatly expanded the number of "Treaty Ports", granted reparations against China & were otherwise favourable to Britain and the other Western nations with interests in China. The one-sided nature of the treaties meant that "peace" didn't last long.
WWII undated cover with 'Shanghai War-prisoner's camp' [sic] imprint & 'Sec Des Prissinniers De Guerre' [sic] h/s in red to the USA.
1940 surface cover to Norway with 'RETURNED BY ORDER/OF GPO LONDON' h/s, 1941 (Dec 5) cover to NSW with boxed 'DETAINED IN HONGKONG/BY JAPANESE/...' h/s (opened a bit roughly), & four 1945 stampless air covers from a released officer to Ceylon (one with octagonal 'HONG KONG/1945/POSTAGE PAID' h/s). (Qty 6)
1941 (Jun 17) registered air cover to Michigan with KGVI 30c pair & $2 + Centenary 15c & $1, red/blue airmail label tied by boxed 'NOT OPENED/BY/CENSOR' h/s.
1941 (Nov 25 to Dec 12) censored airmail covers from Prahran (Vic) to Hong Kong with 9d x3 or 1/6d frankings, 'NOT TRANSMISSIBLE/SERVICE SUSPENDED' (2) or 'UNDELIVERABLE/RETURN TO SENDER' h/s in violet, all with 'Fickle Finger' h/s plus Sydney or Melbourne DLO cds in red on reverse, some peripheral blemishes. [The Japanese invaded Hong Kong on 8/12/1941] (Qty 4)
1941 (Dec 3) unsealed printed matter rate cover to Fiji with Centenary 5c & 'NOT OPENED/BY/CENSOR' b/s, largely superb 'DETAINED IN HONGKONG/BY JAPANESE/...' h/s. With the enclosed Christmas card. (Qty 2 items)
1943 & 1944 inwards Prisoners of War mail 1) cover from Macau to Camp "N" with 20a orange; & 2) stampless POW cover from GB to Stanley Camp; a few characteristic faults. (Qty 2)
CHINA EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: 1900 'ONE/ANNA' on 2a6p yellow-orange Envelope Lang #ME6X, stained from the gum on the flap as usual, unused. Unissued. [Dr Lim Eng Kwen's similar example sold for $HK17,250 (= $A2400) at auction in April 2010]