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Displaying 1 - 20 of 48 Lots in Category - Italy
C of A - Postal History
1915 commercial cover to Italy with Roos First Wmk 3d & Second Wmk (?) 2½d tied by Melbourne cdsof 28JL15, red/white registration label, very fine 'BOLOGNA-POSTA ESTERA/BACC-ASS' b/s, unusually not censored, minor blemishes. Scarce destination. [The Third Wmk 3d was issued in August 1915, the 2½d not until 1917]
1931 Manila-Japan flight cover signed "Francis Chichester", 1932 (Aug) Brisbane-Bendigo flight AAMC #279 signed by the pilot "WE Gardener" (only 12 carried; Cat $300), 1962 Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission septuple-rate airmail cover to Italy with £1 Arms + QE 1d (on the flap; & 2d missing), Belgian Congo 1932 commercial airmail to Italy, and two others.
1942-47 Prisoner of War mail comprising 1941 airmail postcard from GB "via North Atlantic/Transpacific ... Clipper" to "Hut 1 Camp 8, Eastern Command" Sydney but forwarded to Tatura with Melbourne censor and stamp removed (file punched); two 1941 POW lettersheets to Italy from Hay and Murchison camps respectively and another 1943 from Tatura to Switzerland; two airmail from Italy "via Lisbona-New York" with 'POW CAMP/MYRTLEFORD,VIC' cachets censored in Melbourne where stamps removed; and 1947 KGVI 7d Aerogramme to Italy from Camp 13, Murchison; also leaflet dropped to POWs in South-East Asia upon Japan's surrender (faults, laminated); Red Cross Prisoner of War Bulletins Nos 9, 16 & 21; and Australian Prisoners of War Relatives Association Newsletters Nos 23 & 25 with details of Australian POWs in Europe and Asia; 1942 'In Aid of our Prisoners of War' booklet of writings with foreword by Lady Gowrie; 1983 reprint of 'An illustrated Diary of Australian Internment Camps - Berrima' signed by author Edmund W Samuels; and a copy of George Mann's book 'Over The Wire'.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - PERTH: 1944 (Feb 14) Forces rate airmail cover with ' 5 /Opened by Censor' label (Little #L5-9b) tied by diamond cachet, to "Chief Wren Peggy King/...Algiers/North Africa" redirected to Italy, with British censor label. An excellent destination.
No longer available
The balance of the POWs in Australia collection on Neil Russell's pages mostly from Camps in Victoria & New South Wales but including a few from South Australia & three from Marrinup WA, many printed or plain "notelopes" plus 6d Airmail Postal Cards x5 (one from Dhurringile) & 1/- Airmail Notelopes x7, some better cachets noted, several "Clipper" airmails at 5/10d rate to GB, also inwards mail including Germany to Bathurst (filing holes), Italy to India with 'POW/COWRA NSW' cachet, Italy to Myrtleford with 'POW CAMP/MYRTLEFORD VIC' cachet, GB to Melbourne with stamps removed by the censor and 'C/o Commandant/Internment Camp/Tatura Vic' cachet & Germany to Graytown Vic, also a selection of mail from members of the camp garrisons, condition variable but a bargain at the estimate.
(Qty 120 approx)
1943 (June 15) usage of 1/- Airmail Notelope with 'APPROVED.../No 5 PW Group Murchison' cachet in violet, to Italy censored by the Germans in Paris & with 'MILANO' arrival, minor blemishes. Noted as the earliest recorded usage of a 1/- Notelope .
YMCA CHRISTMAS GREETINGS POSTAL CARDS: 1942 Koalas with Text in Italian (with 'No 13 POW GROUP MURCHISON' h/s on reverse) & in German; 1944 Flock of Sheep in Italian; 1945 Country Road in Italian & in German; all unused. A very rare group: we have handled only one or two unused examples before this.
YMCA CHRISTMAS GREETINGS POSTAL CARDS: 1942 Koalas with Text in Italian from Myrtleford with 'No 5 PW GROUP MYRTLEFORD' cachet on violet, by air to Italy with 6d Kookaburra added.
YMCA CHRISTMAS GREETINGS POSTAL CARDS: 1944 Flock of Sheep with Text in Italian from Cowra to Italy, light vertical crease.
1) 1945 (Nov 5) printed notelope to Italy endorsed "No 20 PWCC" (Murwillumbah; closed Nov 1945) on the reverse, 'PASSED FREE/OF POSTAGE' machine; 2) 1943 usage of Douglas Pratt PPC ("Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park") to Queensland with 1d only & AIF Censor h/s, from "TH Halassi/N452195/3 AEC/Mascot", apparently a paroled internee working at Number 3 Army Embarkation Centre; and 3) undated plain notelope to Italy from an Italian officer at "Australian 113 GH" (where he was presumably a patient).
COWRA: Mostly printed notelopes to Italy from Camp 12a x4 (one a 7d aerogramme used in 1946), Camp 12b x2, & Camp 12c x4 (including 1945 6d Airmail Postal Card, a 7d aerogramme used in 1946 & one a very late irregular usage of 16SE46 on a "turned" Forces Air Mail Letter Card), mostly with the appropriate camp cachets, plus another endorsed "[H]ostel H9" on reverse, 1944 Italian POW lettersheet to India & forwarded with 'POW/COWRA NSW' cachet, and an 'Apostolic Delegation/ Australia' notelet with 'APPROVED.../12D 14' cachet with the Vatican envelope in which it was forwarded to Sicily; generally fine to very fine, the three 1946 usages with 'POW PO COWRA' cds.
COWRA: 1946 (Apr 17) usage of 1/- Airmail Notelope with error 'Gefanderer-' for 'Gefangenen-' on the reverse Bakker Type 7.1, from Camp No 12A to Italy, unusually fine for these items. Rare. [Neil Russell was very keen on the printings of the notelopes & kept an eagle-eye out for varieties. The fact he found only three - see also Lots 281426 & 281410 - indicates how scarce they are. Comparison of the three errors indicates that the 1/- indicium was overprinted on notelope stock printed from the same plate]
LIVERPOOL (2): 1941 (Oct 10) plain notelope to "No 4 Internment Camp/Tatura Vic", undated local cover-front (with 'INTERNEE SERVICE' h/s), 1945 (Oct 10) plain notelope to Italy, & 1946 (Sep) Postal Card & 1946 (Oct 7) 6d Airmail Postal Card both from POWs transferred from Cowra, all with the boxed 'APPROVED.../L NO 9' cachet in violet; also 1946 (Aug 25) plain notelope used locally with superb 'PRISONERS OF WAR/POST' h/s; the last with "sticky tape" repairs. [The camp was re-opened in 1940, after having been closed for about 8 months]
ORANGE (2): 1944 (May 23) usage of printed notelope with error 'Gefanderer-' for 'Gefangenen' on the reverse Bakker Type 6.1, endorsed "Campo No 9 PWCC" on the reverse, to Italy with superb 'PASSED FREE/OF POSTAGE' cachet in violet & 'ORANGE' machine cancel, minor blemishes. [Camp No 9 was at Liverpool, suggesting that the sender was transferred to Orange before he could send this item]
Sybrand Bakker at page 253 states "It has not been documented that this variety exists, but it exists in Sub-Type 7.1" (the 1/- Airmail Notelope).
YANCO: Notelopes printed x3 & plain, & stampless POW Postal Card, all to Italy, three with 'No 15 PW CAMP YANCO' cachet & one with 'No 4 POW LABOUR DETACHMENT/YANCO' cachet. [Yanco is a small town near Leeton, in the Riverina]
ALICE SPRINGS: 1944 cover front from Sicily to "Camp Alice Springs/NT Australia" with Allied Military Postage 'ITALY' Overprints 25c & 1L pairs tied by 'GIARDINI/MESSINA' cds, censored at Melbourne, faults but an extraordinary item. [We had no knowledge of any camp in the Northern Territory. The Australian Archives website makes no mention of any such facility. However, we did find the briefest of on-line references to an internment camp at the Alice Springs Jail. This item is the only postal evidence mentioned by Sybrand Bakker at page 173]
GAYTHORNE: 1941-45 group to Italy comprising Red Shield Huts cover with boxed 'PRISONER OF WAR/ POSTAGE FREE' & 'Internment Camp/1st Military District' cachets in violet, with the enclosed letter datelined "1940"; five notelopes with three different 'Approved for Transmission/By Camp Commandant" cachets countersigned by different officers, one with boxed 'PRISONER OF WAR/POSTAGE FREE' unusually in black; plus registered cover from 'CAIRNS' to "Internment Camp/Brisbane" with 'Internment Camp/1st Military District' cachet in violet, endorsed "Not Gaythorne" & forwarded to "Tapura [sic] Victoria"; condition variable. A rare group. [Established on the same site as the WWI camp adjacent to Enoggera Military Camp]
PRISONER OF WAR CONTROL CENTRES: Printed notelopes 1942 endorsed "No 5 POW Labour Detachment" (Mount Gambier?, but Sybrand Bakker states Mount Gambier opened only in 1944) on the flap, and 1945 x4 with 'PW RURAL EMPLOYMENT CONTROL CENTRE S1' h/s used at Mount Barker/Woodside, similar '...S11' used at Maitland, similar but lower-case '...S9' used at Bordertown & similar '...S10' used at Kadina, all to Italy. A very rare & desirable group.
BARMERA: Batch from Camp No 9 x3 domestic covers, one with '.../NO 9 CAMP' h/s & one with 'APPROVED MAIL/No 9 INTERNMENT CAMP/LOVEDAY' h/s, plus 'Apostolic Delegation/Australia' advice with 'APPROVED/ [signature] Major/Camp Commandant/No 9 Internment Camp' h/s plus the Vatican cover in which it was forwarded to Sicily; Camp No 10 to GB, Germany x3 & Holland, all but the first with No 10 cachet & two sent by air; Camp No 14A internal cover with 'APPROVED.../...' h/s obscured by censor label, to Germany x4 - including 6d Airmail Postal Card & 1/- Airmail Notelope - & Austria, two with 'NO 14A CAMP/...' h/s and to Italy with 'No 14A CAMP/LOVEDAY' cachet; Camp No 14B 1/- Airmail Notelope to Germany; Camp No 14C airmail to Italy with 'NO 14C CAMP/...' h/s; Camp No 14D plain cover to Melbourne with 'APPROVED.../...' h/s obscured by censor label, to Switzerland & USA both with 'NO 14D CAMP/...' h/s & 1/- Airmail Notelope to USA; most of the overseas usages are printed notelopes, generally fine to very fine.
BARMERA: Inwards mail 1) from Zionist Federation in Melbourne to "Camp No 10" with Loveday cds in violet & forwarded to "Liverpool Int Camp/NSW" with superb 'RELEASED/Return to Sender/...' cachet, Ex Phil Collas; 2) stampless from Germany to "Internment Camp 10/South Australia" with very fine 'INTERNMENT CAMP/LOVEDAY SA' cachet; and 3) superb airmail envelope from Italy to "No 9 Camp = 4 Military District" with Italian censor label tied to the reverse by elaborate cachets.