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OUTER (MESSAGE) CARDS: 'HOBART FROM THE BAY' in red-violet with KGV ½d green - paying the wartax - tied by 'SOUTHERN CROSS/17MY20/WESTN AUST' cds, Cat $400. A very late usage: most remaining cards were severed, overprinted, & re-issued as single cards in 1917. [Interesting letter between female railway workers]
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'2nd AIF EMBARKING' (Massed Troops with 'WE'RE HERE' Flag): Plate A in black on stampless Gratuitous Distribution OAS Letter Card used from "France" to Tasmania with British FPO 3W cds & hexagonal censor h/s, Launceston censor h/s & superb 'LATROBE/TASMANIA' arrival cds, forwarded to Sydney, reinforced along the central fold, minor blemishes. Not listed in the ACSC because We consider this distinction to lack substance]
The message - references to location obliterated - states "...It will be nice to be in a civilised land again. None of us were sorry to leave the sand & smells of Egypt..." He was to learn there was nothing civilised about the Western Front.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thin unsurfaced pale buff stock with 'CAPE TOWN/22SEP16/KAAPSTAD' cds & manuscript "Passed Censor/M Barnett" (?), very minor blemishes.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick unsurfaced off-white stock to Tasmania with 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s in violet & message headed "At Sea", remarkably for such issues with the margins intact.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick semi-surfaced dark grey stock to Victoria with '4TH LH BDE/10SE18/FIELD PO' cds, British censor h/s in violet, minor defects.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick unsurfaced pale grey stock, post-Armistice usage most unusually with GB 1½d tied by 'SUTTON VENY CAMP/31AU/19/WILTS' cds. [The writer states "...I am sailing about the 5 Sept on the Plessey...we are going through the Suez Canal where the Euripides is sailing around the Cape..."]
PERF 12Â½ - INWARDS (REPLY) PORTION ACSC #LC32: 'GIANT RED GUM VIC' in red-violet rare overseas Forces usage to WA with British 'FIELD POST OFFICE/ FE24/18/185' cds & censor cachet in rosine, undercatalogued at $200. [The semi-literate writer states "Very many thank fro your Xmas box..."]
COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY
Picture Postcards 1902 (June) from Hong Kong to Florence Clunies-Ross in Germany redirected to "Spa, Belgien"; 1902 (Oct) from May Clunies-Ross in India to Florence, now in England, creased; 1904 (Mar) Singapore to England, brief message initialled "JSCR" by John Sidney Clunies-Ross, small repaired tear; 1907-08 two local London covers to George Clunies-Ross; and 1908 (June) from George aboard German ship "Prinz Ludwig" at Genoa, to his daughter-in-law Frances Clunies-Ross in England; also 1908 cover from London to George aboard the "Prinz Ludwig" at Genoa; and a 1909 PPC of the ship; condition variable.
1905 (Nov 16) cover with Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (Batavia) imprint on the flap with 25c tied by 'BATAVIA' squared-circle & 'PER FRENCH MAIL' h/s in violet, to George Clunies-Ross in London, 'WELTEVREDEN' squared-circle transit & London arrival b/s of DE13/05.
1914 Campbell & McColl covers both to John Sidney Clunies-Ross in London with Dutch Indies 2½c & 12½c x2 or 10c 12½c & 50c, both with Batavia commemorative cds for the Semarang Colonial Exposition, the latter with JSC-R's personal monogram h/s on the reverse, some staining & truncated at both ends.
1906 (Oct 12) GB cover with KEVII 2½d & 5d x2 tied by London cds, to "George Clunies-Ross/of Keeling-Cocos Islands/co Messrs Campbell MacColl & Co/Batavia/Java", 'BATAVIA/8/11/1906' squared-circle arrival b/s. Believed to be the earliest inwards cover to Cocos & one of the finest of the early inwards covers. [The rate was 2½d x5 for an article weighing between 4 & 5oz]
1906 (Nov 7) long cover with Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (Singapore) embossing on flap endorsed "Cheque Book/...", Straits KEVII 3c & 10c both with perfins and superb registration d/s at lower-right, to "G Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Islands", opened-out & rejoined and slightly reduced at left, minor aging. [The rate was 3c printed matter rate + 10c registration]
1908 (Nov 12) GB picture postcard to "JT Stavers/Eastern Extension Telegraph Co/Singapore" with 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE' marine sorter cds on the face, minor blemishes. [In 1901, the Eastern Extension, Australasia & China Telegraph Co extended its submarine cable across the Indian Ocean via Rodrigues & Cocos. JT Stavers commenced duties on Cocos 23.12.1908, soon after the arrival of this card in Singapore]
1909 (May 11) GB picture postcard to "JT Stavers/Eastern Ext Telegraph Co/Cocos Islands" with 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/ JU4/1909' marine sorter cds on the face & forwarded from Cocos by first available ship, minor blemishes. [A 1909 Stavers PPC sold at the Prestige auction of 24.6.2006 for $977]
1909 (Aug 31) GB picture postcard to "JT Stavers/Eastern Ext Telegraph Co/Cocos Islands" with very fine 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/ SE24/1909' marine sorter cds on the face & forwarded from Cocos by first available ship.
1909 (c.) cover with uncancelled Straits KEVII 4c pair to "G Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Islands" endorsed "c/- Capt Welsh/SS Magnet", docketed "Singapore/Hugh Clunies-Ross", minor blemishes. [The Magnet made regular voyages to Cocos to exchange staff and reprovision the Cable Station. George Clunies-Ross died 7.7.1910 during a visit to England]
1911 (Apr 18) large GB registered cover (328x122mm) with KEVII 10d (surface abrasions) to "JS Clunies-Ross/ Keeling Cocos Islands/Eastern Extension.../Singapore", 'SINGAPORE/19MY/1911' arrival b/s from where forwarded by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at both ends.
1911 (July 2) large GB cover (334x120mm) with KEVII 5d (surface abrasions) to "JS Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Islands/Eastern Extension.../Singapore", 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/AU19/1911' marine sorter b/s, forwarded by the first available ship, a little soiled & a slightly truncated at left.
1911 (Aug 25) large registered GB cover (318x125mm) with KEVII 1/- (damaged) to "JS Clunies-Ross/of Keeling Cocos Islands/co Campbell MacColl & Co/Batavia" from where forwarded by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at both ends.
1911 (Oct 19) Singapore picture postcard to GB with KEVII 4c, message from sailor aboard HMS Tamar states "...we have called at Cocos Is, Xmas Is...our next place is Hong Kong", a few blemishes.