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Wartime: World War I
PRISONERS OF WAR: 1914 (late) plain envelope to Germany endorsed on the flap "From Werner Zimmin Pris of War/Rottnest nr Fremantle/West Austr" but no Australian markings & apparently sent in a closed bag to England where largely superb strike of 'POST FREE/P.C./PRISONERS OF WAR' cachet applied in rosine. [Rottnest was one of the smaller Camps. Most of the 1500-odd residents were not POWs but civilian internees, many Slav miners from the goldfields. Following complaints about conditions, the camp was closed in late-1915 & the inmates moved first to Garden Island WA, then to Holdsworthy NSW]
PRISONERS OF WAR: 1918 (May 30) stampless cover to Sydney with faint strike of the 'PRISONER OF WAR LETTER/FREE' cachet in violet & light strike of the rare 'DETENTION BARRACKS, BERRIMA' cachet in violet, typed "REGISTERED" & blue registration lines but apparently not registered, central fold. Rare: the cachet is believed to be the only recorded example. [Although POW mail was sent free, if an additional service such as registration was required, that component was required to be paid for. The Berrima Camp was at the old gaol & was used mainly for German naval officers including from the "Emden" captured at Cocos Islands, plus dependant families from Tsingtau who were transferred from Hong Kong]