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The Gallipoli Fiasco
1915 (Aug 31) two covers with NZ 1d Dominion tied by 'FIVE RIVERS' cds (PO 26.8.1911; closed 30.4.1919) from different senders to the same soldier at Gallipoli, one soiled. Inwards mail to war zones is much scarcer than outgoing mail. [Private Clarence Ward was wounded at Gallipoli during the August offensive & invalided back to New Zealand on HMHS 'Maheno']
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HOSPITALS AND CONVALESCENT HOMES: 1915-16 covers (3) & PPCs (4) with various cachets including triple-circle 'NZ GENERAL HOSPITAL/FREE/PONT-DE-KOUBBEH CAIRO' (Firebrace #NZ35; also with 'PASSED BY CENSOR/CAPT NZMC' h/s #NZ90), triple-oval 'NEW ZEALAND GENERAL HOSPITAL/...PONT DE KOUBBEH' (#NZ33) x2, similar 'EGYPTIAN ARMY HOSPITAL/PONT DE KOUBBEH', superb 'NEW ZEALAND CONVALESCENT HOME/ADRIEN VILLA/...' (#NZH31), 'NEW ZEALAND CONVALESCENT HOME/HELOUAN' (not recorded by Firebrace) & the British boxed 'LUXOR CONVALESCENT DEPOT' (#NHC32), condition good to very fine. A very scarce group.
HOSPITALS AND CONVALESCENT HOMES: 1915 (Oct 27) cover from Port Said to a Kiwi at "Abbassia Hospital" with Egyptian censor cachet & label tied to the reverse by 'ABBASSIA' cds with triple-oval 'NEW ZEALAND GENERAL HOSPITAL/...PONT DE KOUBBEH' cachet in violet (Firebrace #NZ33) alongside, two strikes of the scarce boxed 'INVALIDED ENGLAND' h/s (#OCC2) in violet & forwarded to "Depot/Hornchurch" then to "Epsom/Convalescent Home/England", light vertical fold.
HOSPITALS AND CONVALESCENT HOMES: MALTA: 1915 (June-Sep) RAMC envelope with 'SLIEMA BO/MALTA' cds, & two PPCs with messages headed "1 Valletta Hospital" with 'VALLETTA' cds or "St Andrews Hospital", 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE/[cross]/MEDTN' cachet in rosine or violet x2, another posted under cover with message that states "...a few weeks in the convalescent camp & I will be a new man...it is very nice to have a few days away from the shot and shell..."
HOSPITAL SHIPS - USS 'MAHENO': PPCs with 'NZ Expeditionary Forces/No HOSPITAL SHIP' d/s of 19JUL1915 from Adelaide, 5AUG1915 from Colombo & 17AUG1915 from Suez; also Ceylon PPC from the second voyage with rare 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE/NZ HOSPITAL SHIP/MAHENO' in violet (unrecorded by John Firebrace) & 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s in rosine; finally a Stanley Newcomb & Co PPC of the Maheno used New Zealand to Great Britain. [The appalling casualties at Gallipoli inspired the NZ public to raise funds to equip the Maheno as a hospital ship. She departed Wellington on 11.7.1915, made straight to Gallipoli, and spent two months ferrying the wounded to Mudros & Malta]
HOSPITAL SHIPS SS 'MARAMA': PPCs with double-framed 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE/NZ Hospital Ship/MARAMA' h/s in rosine from Adelaide (undated), Aden (dated "At Sea 3.1.16") & Malta (dated "26th Feb 1916") with ship-board 'PASSED BY CENSOR...' h/s in black or rosine (the last), and from the second return voyage from England with the cachet in black & British Base Army PO cds of 16MY16, each also with shipboard 'PASSED BY CENSOR...' h/s in black x3 or rosine; finally contemporary photographs PPC-size & 295x194mm of the Marama. ["Marama", a larger vessel than "Maheno", first departed Wellington 5.12.1915 for Egypt via Adelaide (arrived 16.12.1915), Colombo & Aden (arrived 4.1.1916)]
(Qty 6 items)
INVALIDED: 1915 (Feb 3) cover from Invercargill to a member of the Third Reinforcement with triple-oval 'NEW ZEALAND GENERAL HOSPITAL/PONT DE KOUBBEH' cachet (Firebrace #NZ33) on reverse, superb boxed 'INVALIDED NZ' cachet (Firebrace #NZ55) & boxed 'Returned/New Zealand' (#NZ54) both in violet, minor faults. [Wounded at Gallipoli, Pte Arthur William Vyner was sent home & discharged. He re-enlisted 1.1.1916 & was killed on the Somme]
INVALIDED: 1916 (Jan 25) cover from Hastings to an officer with the Taranaki Company Infantry directed to "Luxor/Hotel/Luxor" (used as a hospital) where small 'INVALIDED TO/NEW ZEALAND' h/s (Firebrace #NZ131) applied in violet, 'PRESENT ADDRESS unknown' (not recorded by Firebrace) & double-boxed 'NEW ZEALAND/ADVANCED BASE APO/MAY 21 1916/RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH' b/s (#NZ101; LRD), superb 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE/NZ' arrival b/s, minor soiling. [Lieut Eric Morgan was badly wounded at Gallipoli. He arrived back in New Zealand on 20.8.1916]
LAGOS: 1894 1d red Postal Card commercially used to Switzerland endorsed "Lagos/28/1/94" on face in red, posted directly onto German Woerman Line mail steamer with boxed 'AUS/WESTAFRIKA' cachet used as canceller on arrival in Hamburg plus another very fine strike alongside, 'BERN/23 II 94' arrival on face where taxed with blue pencil "Fr 1.15" manuscript, couple of minor creases.
PAPUA - 1901-1942 The BNG & Papua Stamps Period - Postal History
1938 (Nov 5) Gold Mines of Papua gold bullion parcel tag to Sydney with rare and remarkable franking of Pictorials 9d Archer, 5/- Policeman (surface abrasion) & £1 Delta House tied by double-circle 'POST OFFICE/NOV/5/1938/ BWAGAOIA, PAPUA' rubber cds, red & black/white registration label below, minor blemishes. Extremely desirable & rare: the only commercial article franked with the £1 known to us. Ex Tom Frommer: sold at Mossgreen on 4.4.2017 for $2280. [The rate was 2d per 1oz letter rate x38 + 3d per ½oz airmail surcharge x76 + 3d registration + 2d late fee for registered articles = £1/5/9d]
1943-45 Army 'MESSAGE FORM's for the Australia New Guinea Production Board (PCB) both plain language & enciphered messages, many with 'ARMY/PM---/SIGNALS' d/s or with 'PM' omitted, many with various ANGAUR cachets, one with pre-WWII 'RESIDENT MAGISTRATE/EASTERN DIVISION' d/s, condition variable.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Postal History
1948-52 philatelic covers with Australian stamps tied by cds of all the 44 post offices including name changes operating in TPNG but missing the rare 'SALAMAUA', strikes are generally fine to very fine; also several pages of loose stamps & commercial pieces from the same period.
(Qty 44 + pieces)
1995 commercial covers with various Emergency Surcharges including '21t' on 30t Shell x4, 'K1.00' on 70t Headdress x2 & 'K1.00' on 70t Waterfall x3, three are internal usages (two registered) & eight are to GB (mostly airmail including two scarce commemorative PSEs, one with Paid cds in error); also two philatelic covers with Emergency Surcharges & 1970s philatelic covers x12 with various 'RELIEF' cds & provisional RLs; plus a packet of loose 'R' labels.
(Qty 25 covers)
New Zealand Postal Agency period group all with 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds including 1935 Mt Cook on Shaw Savill Line cover to USA and 1d on 'Long Boat' illustrated envelope, 1937 ANZAC 1d printed matter to USA, Coronation set cover plus uncancelled 6d with d/s on 'R' label, 1939 KGVI 1½d to NZ with letter enclosed plus another with 1d commercially used to USA, 1940 Centennials ½d and 1½d tied '14OC40' on cover endorsed "Last Day NZ PA", etc, also unauthorised use of Australia KGV 2d on 1½d to London, condition mixed but mostly fine.
Commemorative covers all with 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds comprising 'Mutineers' illustrated envelope featuring Bligh & Christian signed "Andrew C Young", 'Long Boat' illustrated envelope from Alta Christian, 1937 'Mailed at Pitcairn Island' cover with 1d Coronation (toned) signed "Richard E Christian", 1940 with large 'HMS Bounty' cachet, plus PITC illustrated covers x16 with 'Radio Communication' cachet including signed "Richard E Christian" x3, "Andrew C Young" x4 or "Granville P Lindley", condition mixed but many fine.
1920 Australian YMCA cover sent to Minnesota with manuscript endorsement "Posted at Pitcairn/Island collect 2d" in red pen, via New Zealand with 'LYTTELTON/-6NO20' transit and scarce 'CHRISTCHURCH/-6NO20/PAID' d/s in blue - with 'PAID' crossed-out - on face, first taxed 'TO PAY/4d' but crossed out and 'COLLECT/2d' cachet at upper right with international 'T/20/CENTIMES' tax marking alongside, 'Postage due 4 cents/Seattle, Wash' h/s in violet & on arrival Postage Dues 2c pair with 'SAINT PAUL' pre-cancels affixed, couple of minor edge faults hardly detract. Ex Vadheim.
Until the commencement of a regular mail service in 1920, mail from Pitcairn was sent on any passing ship. David Lume "Pitcairn Islands Philately" (2nd Ed; 1999; page 3) states "... in June 1921 ... the New Zealand and British governments agreed to accept and deliver unstamped mail from Pitcairn" and various concessional 'No Stamps Available' cachets were introduced. This item was carried on the regular mail service before the introduction of the postage concession - hence the "collect 2d" endorsement - and appears to be one of the first such items of mail to transit through New Zealand, which would explain the confusion over whether it should be marked 'PAID' and how much tax to charge.
1935 cover from Lucy Christian to USA with New Zealand Pictorials 1d Kiwi tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/17SP35/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds enclosing letter on White Star Line illustrated stationery which includes a lengthy description of life on the island and its inhabitants including "... I am born Young a direct descendant from Young of the Bounty and married to Christian ... the fourth generation from the originals of the Bounty", couple of minor blemishes.
1936 cover from Richard Fairclough to USA with New Zealand Pictorials 1d Kiwi tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/-5MR36/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds carried via England with 'LONDON FS/8AP/36/PAQUEBOT' transit d/s alongside on face, enclosed letter includes a lengthy description of life on the island and its inhabitants including "... The population is about 200 persons, there besides the Islanders 6 New Zealanders, 1 American, 2 English, that is my sister and I", opened on three sides & a couple of small blemishes.
1938 Richard Edgar Christian return-addressed envelope to USA with New Zealand Pictorials 1d Kiwi tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/-6MR38/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds enclosing five dried leaves including transparent 'soap tree' types personally inscribed from his wife Ada Christian to the addressee, couple of minor blemishes. These leaves are still today produced as tourist 'trinkets' from the Island; remarkable survivors in quite fine condition.
1939 cover with 'Hands Across the Sea' & HMS Bounty 1789 cachets to Canal Zone with New Zealand Pictorials 2½d Mt Cook tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/18AU39/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds, apparently held for some time before able to be forwarded as stamp also tied by 'PITCAIRN/ISLAND/23JAN1940/.../150 Years Anniversary' cachet in blue, Australian-type (?) 'OPENED BY/CENSOR' red-on-white label at left. [We have been unable to identify the censor label: the layout is similar to labels used at Perth but without the characteristic border ornaments or dots; overall it appears most like the Gilbert & Ellice Islands Little Type #L8 but with different font. Can anyone enlighten us?]