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c.1900s New Zealand and Australia group including "The Railway Accident at Sunshine/Easter Monday, 1908. 43 lives lost.", 'PACKING AND WEIGHING SHELL, TORRES STRAITS.', military cards including 'WITH ALL/GOOD WISHES/From one of the/New Zealand Expeditionary Force', 'In Memoriam, Dardenelles' unused, 'UNITED WE STAND/L'ENTENTE/CORDIALE', plus 1905 New South Wales 5d Jubilee card; toning concerns.(Qty 9)
C of A - Military - World War I
1918 OAS cover with 'AUSTRALIAN/YMCA' imprint unusually in black, to GB with British 'ARMY POST OFFICE/ 25MR18/SZ 23' "skeleton" cds in use at Beersheba (Palestine) & boxed 'DAMAGED BY IMMERSION/IN SEA WATER' h/s applied at London, a bit soiled. [See Hoggarth & Gwynn at pages 192-5.]This cover was carried per SS "Kingstonian" which, on 11/4/1918, was torpedoed by German submarine U68 and badly damaged. It was towed to Carloforte (Sardinia) where the mail - which had suffered water damage - was removed. At the end of April, she was again torpedoed by U48 & became a total loss.
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1862 (Nov 1) cover to London "via Southampton" with Albany cds at lower-left & the stamps washed-off, very fine boxed 'Saved from the wreck of/the Colombo' h/s, London arrival cds of JA1/63 in red, overall soiling. Carried per "Bombay" departed Albany 2/11/1862 for Galle. The "Colombo" was wrecked off Minicoy Island in the Laccadives on 19/11/1862. This item was put aboard "Nemesis" or "Ottawa" direct to Suez, then per "Massilia" from Alexandria 16/12/1862, arrived Southampton 30/12/1862. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1725. This was the first incident involving Australian mail to which a wreck cachet was applied. Brian Peace at p107 (2013 Edn) states "Only three items of mail from Western Australia have been positively identified."
1945 (Feb 22) cover to Western Australia with Canadian security machine cancellation & sender's Vancouver address on the reverse, the stamp fallen-off in transit, the cover & enclosed letter partly burned & charred around the edges, endorsed on the face "Rec June 1st 1945/after being Damaged by Fire on ship/and/explosion at/Vancouver/BC". The first item we have seen from this maritime incident. [Hoggarth & Gwynn at page 282 state that on 6/3/1945, the "Greenhill Park" exploded following a fire in the hold. 8 people were killed. 135 bags of mail were destroyed or damaged. Rated B: less than 20 covers recorded, all addressed to Australia]
1945 stampless OAS cover to England with 'RAFPOST 301/31AUG45/+' cds, minor faults. Dated the day after a "Liberator" crashed off-shore shortly after taking off for Perth. Ex Kim Dwyer. [With a photo of the memorial on Cocos to the four Australians & two Britons who perished]
NEW GUINEA - Mandated Territory Issues
POSTAL HISTORY: 1937 stampless registered OHMS cover endorsed "Rabaul/1193 a" & "Franked/JBourke", to Adelaide with Kokopo cds of 4JU37, Sydney transit & 'PARKSIDE' arrival b/s, the flap removed & ironed-out folds. Rare: the only registered cover we have seen from the disaster mails. [In early June 1937, Rabaul experienced violent volcanic eruptions. Emergency mails were transported to Kokopo, from where they were flown to Brisbane for on-forwarding. As indicated by the flight admonition at upper-left being crossed-out, this cover was forwarded by sea] Enclosed note signed "Jim Bourke" states "This went per Montoro on 9.6.37. You will appreciate that it was difficult to accept letters, air mail, for registration with no postage paid. No registered mail was despatched per VHU-YE".
"Australasian Wreck Mail" by Brian Peace (1997), 300pp hardbound with d/j.
"Railway Disaster Mail" by R Gwynn & N Hoggarth (2010), particular focus on United States material, 322pp hardbound with d/j. As new. [Prestige retail $140]