Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueLot 2565Catalogue by themeOfficial Mail
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OUTER (MESSAGE) CARDS: 'GIANT RED GUM VIC' in red-violet with seriffed 'OHMS/STATISTICS' Overprint & printed 'STATISTICS ACT, 1907...' notice within, to Ejanding with 'GOOMALLING/JY23/12/WA' cds, very minor opening fault at right, Cat $750. Rare: seen only for Western Australia. [The notice required the farmer to provide information about his operations on the inner (reply) half & return to the local police station]
OUTER (MESSAGE) CARDS: 'ZOO ADELAIDE SA' (flamingoes) in bright blue with sans serif 'OHMS/STATISTICS' Overprint & printed 'STATISTICS ACT, 1907...' notice within, locally used with 'DENMARK/28JL13/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' cds, remarkably with the outer margins intact, Cat $750. Rare.
'BURRINJUCK DAM NEW SOUTH WALES/Irrigating a young Citrus Orchard...' in dull purple Die 1 Perf 12½ as ACSC #LC18 but punctured 'OS/NSW' and with tiny 'MURRUMBIDGEE IRRIGATION AREAS' h/s below the first line of the caption, roneo'd official letter within but the card is unused & apparently damaged on the address side when removed from an official file, Cat $500. Rare & important item: three similar cards - the only Letter Cards recorded with a State Official puncture - were discovered only in 2011]
This example is apparently a proof for the roneo'd letter - see the next lot - which explains both it being unused, & the filing holes. Note that four lines of text have been crossed-through, & these were not included in the final version. NB: the perfins were applied before the cards were folded, as only the stamp impression is penetrated.
'BURRINJUCK DAM NEW SOUTH WALES/Irrigating a young Citrus Orchard...' in dull purple Die 1 Perf 12½ ACSC #LC18 punctured 'OS/NSW' and with tiny 'MURRUMBIDGEE IRRIGATION AREAS' h/s below the first line of the caption, amended roneo'd letter within, Sydney slogan cancel of JL17/1918 & partial 'ALBION PARK' arrival cds on the face, light reddish stain on the address side, Cat $500. By far the finest of the three recorded examples.
1939 (Apr 15) OHMS cover with 'From/Colonial Secretary's Office SS/...' cachet in violet to "J Clunies Ross/Cocos Island" but endorsed "co The Manager/Ex Australasia & China/Telegraph Co Ltd/Perth WA' & endorsed "[BY AIR MAIL/...]/Darwin-Perth WA" with Straits 5c tied by Singapore cds. An enigma. [The EAMS rate was 8c per ½oz to Darwin so why was the cover not taxed? Colin Riddell is correct that there was no apparent advantage in sending the cover to Perth only for it to be forwarded by sea to Cocos. He may be right in suggesting that this was an attempt to connect with 'Guba II' in Western Australia. At that time Port Hedland had not yet been selected as the WA departure point]
COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (Jan 21) stampless OHMS cover with huge 'COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE/SINGAPORE' cachet at lower-left, to "The Civil Administrator/Cocos Island". [A frigate arrived at Cocos 26.4.1950]
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1951 stampless OHMS cover with 'DIRECTOR OF POSTS/SINGAPORE' cachet at lower-left & Singapore cds of 1FEB51, to "The Postal Agent/Cocos Island". [Delivered 16.4.1951 per frigate en route Singapore-Colombo. To deter collectors sending mail to Cocos, Singapore had denied in the philatelic press that there was a post office on Cocos. This was technically true but this cover proves the reality of the situation]
1952 Administrator's cover with light but clear strike 'ADMINISTRATOR, COCOS-KEELING, ISLANDS/[arms]/COLONY OF SINGAPORE' cachet in violet on the reverse, to GB with Platypus 9d pair paying the civilian airmail rate tied by 'RAAF PO/3JA52/COCOS ISLAND' cds. The only recorded example of the cachet.
1952 OHMS covers 1) irregular use of 'TAXATION OFFICES/...MELBOURNE' envelope with 3½d tied 'RAAF PO/23MR52/COCOS ISLAND' cds, minor opening fault; and 2) very late usage of WWII Department of Air propaganda envelope registered to Melbourne with ½d & 6d x3 with cds of 8SE52, 'RAAF Cocos Island' 'R' label
1953 PMG's Department stampless envelope to GB with fine strike of the rare 'RAAF PO/COCOS ISLAND' cachet in violet & cds of 18AP53, minor defects. Ex Kim Dwyer: acquired for $529. [With the enclosed letter headed "Sgt Warburton KJ/Post Master/RAAF PO". OHMS covers on post office business did not require postage]
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1953 PMG's Department stampless envelope with fine strike of the rare 'RAAF PO/COCOS ISLAND' cachet in violet & cds of 24AP53, to Rex Allison in Melbourne, flap removed & minor spotting. With the testy letter from Sgt K Warburton, the RAAF PO postmaster: "...this Post Office is not run for Philatelists...Cable and Wireless have informed me they have been plagued with letters from you...I have not the time to waste on your personal requests..." Marvellous!
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1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' imprint at L/L, to USA with Kooka 6d & Lyrebird 1/- x2 tied 'COCOS ISLAND/23NO55' cds paying the 2/- airmail rate + 6d surcharge paid to Qantas. With the enclosed PMG's With Compliments card.
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1956-57 group with 'COCOS ISLAND' cds including to Chile with huge 'TSS ISLANDER' cachet, uprated Postal Card & Wrapper both to Brazil, with 'CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED/MANAGERS/3JAN1956/OFFICE/COCOS BRANCH' cachet, registered with damaged 'COCOS ISLAND' 'R' label, 1959 underpaid with 'T ("1d")' h/s, commercial to GB with 2/-, large OHMS front to Perth with 1d 7½d & Arms 5/- pair, and OHMS with 'Official Representative/Cocos (Keeling) Is' cachet registered with 5/- Arms, also an incoming Cable & Wireless Ltd telegram envelope, condition variable. Interesting lot.
1961 OHMS cover with 'DEPARTMENT OF TERRITORIES/COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS' imprint at L/L, to Singapore with 1/- Lyrebird tied by #2 cds, light central fold & the flap is missing.
1963-64 philatelic covers including endorsed "Satellite Tracking Station/Cocos (Keeling) Island" to USA with 8d, registered covers x4 each with 5d & 2/- including with Qantas imprint, with OTC cachet & OHMS with Department of Civil Aviation imprint, etc, also 2/- & 2/3d used on FDI on OHMS cover with 'OFFICE OF THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE/...' imprint registered to South Africa that may be commercial, and post-decimal but permitted usage of 1/-.
1963 OHMS cover with 'OFFICE OF THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE/...' imprint at L/L, by sea to the UK with 3d Copra & 5d Plane tied by #3 cds. Superb!
1964 OHMS cover with 'OFFICE OF THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE/...' imprint at L/L registered to Connecticut with 2/- Native Dugong pair tied by #3 cds, Sydney transit & 'GROTON/CONN' arrival b/s. [With letter on matching stationery signed "M Eaglestone" over typed "Postmaster".
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1964 (Sep 22) OHMS cover with 'METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE' imprint at L/L & 'METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE/ 22SEP1964/ COCOS IS' cachet, to India with 1/- Palms, 2/- Native Dugong & 2/3d Bird pair tied by light #3 cds, Bombay arrival b/s of 28.9.64, minor wrinkles. One of the best covers from this period. [The rate to India was 1/6d per ½oz x5 = 7/6d. A similar cover with franking including 2/3d block of 4 - but without the cachet - sold at the Prestige auction of 2.5.2014 for $2990]
1966-68 commercial mail comprising 1966 stampless PMG's Department envelope to NSW, 1967 use of 9c Aerogramme uprated with 1c with Cocos address but cancelled at Perth, 1967 & 1968 OHMS with 'OFFICE OF THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE' imprint surface to ACT & to Canada, and 1968 PMG's Department to Canada with huge 'COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS, AUST.' cachet.
Exhibit pages with a wide variety of frankings on philatelic covers including flights & other commemorative covers, 1984 returned with 'POSTMASTER/COCOS KEELING ISLANDS' d/s & 1994 Security Post with the same d/s, usage of various Australian aerogrammes, Cocos/Australia combination frankings, 1980 from Ireland & 1974 from Argentina both with boxed 'ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN AT COCOS/(KEELING) ISLANDS' h/s (the latter missent to Jordan!), 1989 Cocos aerogramme with Certified Mail label because no registration service for aerogrammes, inwards items missent via Iceland, Kenya & Curacao, etc. Colourful lot.