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'OFFICERS & CREW.../...of HMAS AUSTRALIA/...': Plate A (thicker frame; 'O' of 'OFFICERS' 5mm from frame) in black-brown, Pink Within ACSC #LC25, unused, Cat $175.
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'OFFICERS & CREW.../...of HMAS AUSTRALIA/...': Plate B (thinner frame; 'O' of 'OFFICERS' 2mm from frame) in indigo, Pink Within ACSC #LC25, unused, Cat $175.
'OFFICERS & CREW.../...of HMAS AUSTRALIA/...': Plate B (thinner frame; 'O' of 'OFFICERS' 2mm from frame) in black, Off-White Within ACSC #LC27, unused, Cat $175.
COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY
1951 Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to GB with very fine 'Per RMS ORION/("12 8 51")' circular cachet & superb boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet both in violet, Australian 1/6d Federation tied by Perth slogan cancel, very minor water stains. [The barrel was a flour tin with the lid soldered-on. On this occasion, the soldering was sub-standard & some water entered the barrel]
1951 airmail cover endorsed on the flap "R MacLean/The Cocos-Keeling Islands/Colony of Singapore", to North Borneo with Orient Line cachet for SS 'Orontes' plus very fine boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet in violet, Australian 3d Parkes & 6d Kookaburra tied by Perth slogan of 28SEP/1951. An extraordinary non Leigh-Parkin origin-destination cover. [R MacLean was the Island administrator. The airmail rate to British Borneo was 9d per Żoz]
After World War II, overpopulation on the islands became a serious issue. More than 1600 Cocos Malays were re-settled, many of them in North Borneo.
1951 (May 24) from Sydney cover endorsed "Inaugural Flight/Australia to Cocos Islands" with Federation 3d setenant pair tied by Melbourne Federation slogan of 18MAY/1951, to "KG Laird/co The Administrator/Cocos Islands", superb strike of the second 'C&W LTD/30MAY1951/COCOS' arrival b/s: see AAMC #1273b, Cat $1250 (2008). [The flight departed Sydney 30.5.1951 & went via Darwin & Jakarta. Lack of publicity resulted in only 170 grams of mail - less than 20 covers - being carried from Sydney]