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Displaying 1 - 20 of 29 Lots in Category - Military & Censor Mail
1945 (Sep 2) Japanese Surrender (VJ Day) group including naval covers x26 from HMAS "Shropshire" x3, "Warramunga" x2 & "Hobart" x3, HMS "Teazer", "Duke of York" x4, "King George V", "Wolf" & "Newfoundland" (with Australian stamp, to Tasmania), HMNZS "Gambia", and USS "Botecourt", "Missouri", "Cecil", "Missoula", "Mount Olympus" x2, "St Paul" & "Delta", many with woodcut cancels/cachets & including some apparently non-philatelic items; also some related commemorative covers & ephemera.
1948-51commercial covers with Spelling Errors in the registration cachets 1) with UPS 453 cds & 'SEAVICE' for 'SERVICE', a bit wrinkled ; 2) with UPS 388 cds & 'Servise' for 'Service'; 3) with UPS 496 cds & 'Servise' for 'Service'; & 4) with APO 215 cds used at Kure, & 'POSTAR' for 'POSTAL' in blue, opened-out.
C of A - First Day Covers
AUTOGRAPHED FIRST DAY COVERS:Military Personalities accumulation including Victoria Cross recipients Sir Roden Cutler, W/O Keith Payne, Sgt RR Rattey, Cpl Jim Gordon, Pte Edward Kenna, Jack Daniel Hinton (NZ), Charles Upham, also, Admiral Sir VAT Smith, Rear-Admiral William Dovers, Air Marshall James Rowland, Group Captain Eric Black, BP "Bob" Butler (AFC), JC Hughes, Jim Doolittle, Nancy Wake, Bruce Ruxton, etc, on variety of covers up to 2000s, includes some PSEs, all set out on display pages.
C of A - Commemorative Covers
1953 AIF Golf Day:'FIELD P.O./VIC./24SE53/AUST/EASTERN GOLF CLUB' cds (rated RRR) two strikes (plus superb b/s) on ½d Kangaroo x3 & 5½d Newcastle pair on cover with 'FIELD PO/EAST'N GOLF CLUB' h/s in violet on provisional registration label. Rare: open one day only for Army Golf Tournament.
C of A - Postal History
Military Mail mostly from WWII with Field POs etc within & outside Australia, many registered items including from Northern Territory & Papua plus from several Mil POs & a couple with Security Number cds, a few later including BCOF & Vietnam registereds, 1950s OHMS with 'PAID AT AFPO PEARCE/WA' cds in black & in red, etc, also 1938 'FIELD POST OFFICE/No 2/VIC AUST' AIF Gold Day registered PPC x4, condition variable.
(Qty 120 approx)
C of A - Military - World War I
German Merchant Seaman Friedrich Schock correspondence from his internment at Liverpool Camp, NSW including his Diary (in German) with entry of 11.08.14 stating taken POW at Newcastle, 1913-14 covers from Germany to him aboard ship x3, 1915-17 postcards to him with Lt-Col Sands cachets x4 and 1918 Federal Commission of Land Tax OHMS envelope with letter requesting tax returns for last three years (!) plus 1919 letter from his employer FA Vinnen & Co, Bremen that he will be paid wages only up until their ship was seized, various other letters to & from him without envelopes including one on 'CONCENTRATION CAMPS AUSTRALIA/PRISONER OF WAR LETTER' stationery (with photo apparently removed by censor), unused 'PRISONER OF WAR LETTER/FREE' envelope, panoramic Liverpool Camp fold-out postcard plus small book of postcards & photographs from prior voyages & captivity including Hockey Club "Germania", Liverpool team photo, condition mixed but generally fine. Fascinating material with enough here to build a One-Frame Exhibit.
POWs in GERMANY:1915-18 mail c/- the British GPO in London or the Australian Red Cross in London comprising covers x4 all with a KGV 1d red, Postal Cards 1d Roo, 1d Fullface & 1d Sideface, and "Star" 1d Envelopes x5, all forwarded under cover to various camps & all but two with camp censor cachets applied on arrival; and mail to POWs sent directly to the camps in Germany comprising covers x2 each with a KGV 1d red, a PPC with the stamp removed (probably by the camp censor), Postal Card 1d Sideface (uncancelled, redirected internally: was the recipient paroled?), and "Star" 1d Envelope (uncancelled), all but the Postal Card without the required POW superscription but all with camp censor cachets applied on arrival, generally fine to very fine; also a 1915 British pamphlet 'COMMUNICATION WITH PRISONERS OF/WAR INTERNED ABROAD'.
POWs in GERMANY:Covers (3) & KGV 1d Postal Cards x2 all to Australians known to be POWs in Germany at Cassel (2, both with large circular camp cachet), Crefeld, Dulmen or Gottingen, the last forwarded to Dulmen, various British & German cachets, also a stampless PPC from Switzerland to an Australian POW at Friedrichsfeld bei Wesel. Nice group.
POWs in GERMANY:1915-16 issues of "In Ruhleben Camp" Nos 1-10 (1915) plus "The Ruhleben Bye-Election" (propaganda for candidate Israel Cohen); "The Ruhleben Camp Magazine" Nos 1-6 (1916-17); and larger format "Prisoners' Pie/ Ruhleben/New Year 1916"; some separation of the covers etc but generally in sound to fine condition. Lots of humorous content, illustrations etc providing excellent insights into camp life. (18 titles); also WWII Mickey Mouse souvenirs x2 & Marching Koalas Christmas Card.
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C of A - Military - World War II
Australian POWs in Europe group with Acknowledgement of Receipt of Parcel cards to London (unused) & Switzerland, advice of capture card to WA, advice of address cards to London & WA, two 'Feldpostkarte' with 'KRIEGSGEFANGENEN/SENDUNG' h/s in blue both to SA, various printed POW Postal Stationery items including an Envelope to WA with enclosed letter on matching notepaper, two plain covers from Parchim Camp to Victoria both with the enclosed letters, etc, many are fine to very fine. A good basis for expansion.
Large folio of mostly Forces covers including from Palestine and within Australia, several registered, a few better items including boxed 'Bank Notes must be/registered for trans-/mission through the Post' h/s (not previously seen by us), tiny parcel apparently post free but 3d registration paid, etc, condition variable.
(Qty 100 approx)
Military Camp covers including 'RELIEF/No8' cds with provisional 'Mornington Military Camp' R label (open for 12 days only), 'MIL PO DARBY No1' with manuscript R label (renamed Foster Mil PO 1.8.42), 'DHURRINGILE' (renamed Tatura Mil PO 16.4.40), 'FOSTER No1' with typed R label (closed 14.1.43), 'MANGALORE' (PO 3.8.1942; closed 15.6.1943), 'MT MARTHA' x3 one with 'ARMY/YCR 1V40/TELEGRAPHS' transit, 'OCEAN GROVE' (PO 20.11.1939; closed 19.12.1939), 'SHOWGROUNDS' x2 with different rubber d/s, condition variable.
1941OHMS air cover endorsed "Quartermaster/Parap Camp" (which was Darwin Mil PO No 2) to Cowra Camp (NSW) with 4d pair tied by rubber double-circle 'MIL PO DARWIN/7NOV1941/ 1 ', 'Military PO No 1/DARWIN NT' registration label, central fold. PO 23/4/1941; closed 21/2/1942.
1941Forces in Greece comprising cover (from Servia) & Active Service "honour" envelope (endorsed on the reverse "Kazani/N Greece) with '1ST BGE HQ PO/M1' cds of 28MR41 or 2AP41, cover with 'DIV HQ PO/13AP41/DM1' cds at Elasson, 'DIV SUPPLY HQ PO/11AP41/SWL' cds at Gerania, & Active Service "honour" envelope with 'RAILHEAD PO/5AP41/RM1' at Gerania, all with 9d Platypus, minor faults/repairs, censor h/s double-boxed 224 225 or 228, British 1916 or triple-circle 'PASSED BY UNIT/ 18 /CENSOR' h/s of the type used only by the AIF in Greece & Crete. Ex Russell Stern. [NB: Most postal devices used in Greece were lost in the course of the evacuation]
1941Forces in Crete airmail cover with 9d Platypus tied by '3RD BGE HQ PO/6MY41/M1' cds in use in Crete, square 'PASSED - BY - UNIT/276/CENSOR' h/s, endorsed on the reverse "From N Hill" (location?). [After leaving Greece, the Australian forces regrouped near Retima on Crete. However, on 21/5/1941, the Germans launched a decisive airborne attack. All datestamps used in Greece & Crete were lost]
1942stampless "Sparrow Force" cover to Hobart with small 'HM TRANSPORT' h/s - used aboard HMT "Westralia" or "Zealandia" - overstruck with light but obvious 'FIELD POST OFFICE/18JA42/ 071 ' - Ted Proud "NS" = Not Seen - in violet used at Koepang (East Timor), boxed AIF Censor 305 h/s in violet countersigned "S Frost".
1944NSW POW Control Centres group comprising No 2 (Parkes) 1/- Airmail Notelope; No 4 (Armidale) 1/- Airmail Notelope, opening fault at upper-right; No 14 (location unidentified) stampless Postal Card, creased; and No 27 (Gunnedah; open 7 months only) stampless Postal Card, soiled. Rare usages from tiny camps.
THURSDAY ISLAND:1943 airmail covers from the one correspondence to "Lieut William B Henry/Sh D Stations P & Q/Torres Island Force" at various rates with a variety of frankings, about half with 'FIELD PO/0101' arrival cds used at Thursday Island, condition variable. Proceeds to Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research.
PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS: All-different selection of Allied issues including in Indonesion dropped over Timor x2; in Malay; in Urdu aimed at Indians fighting with the Japanese; in Japanese dropped over their positions in Burma x4; and Australian group dropped over New Guinea, in Japanese & in Pidgin x2; also two leaflet envelopes with 1) Australian & American Flags plus Beaufort bomber & Boomerang fighter; and 2) Australian Dutch & American Flags plus Liberator bomber & Lightning fighter; plus Japanese "Ticket to Armistice" leaflet dropped over Allied Forces; generally fine to very fine.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1881cover endorsed "From W Gibbs Seaman HM Ship Carysfort Flying/squadron Sidney New South Wales Australia" & countersigned "GTL" (Lieut Gerald T Langley), to London with British 1d Venetian red tied by 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, boxed 'LONDON EC/SP6/81' & 'LONDON SE/ AD /SP7/81' b/s both in red. Ex Gerald Sattin and Gerald Ellott. [The Flying Squadron was on a flag-waving world tour: two grandsons of Queen Victoria were along for the ride. This was one of the earliest, and least-known, Royal Visits to Australia]