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AVIATION: 'Official Souvenir/Australian Aerial Mail' brown/yellow card with a photograph of the pilot Basil Watson on the message side, superb 'MT GAMBIER/15FE17/STH AUST.' & KGV Penny Red tied by double-oval 'AUSTRALIAN/ MELBOURNE/27FEB1917/-VIC-/AERIAL MAIL' datestamp, the message with British Imperial Oil Co handstamp in violet & signed "EE Wagstaff" who states "...May Aviation succeed in Peace as it has in helping to down our enemies", some minor creasing & light spotting but most presentable, AAMC Cat $600. [In 1904, Ernest Edward Wagstaff established British Imperial Oil as a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Petroleum. In 1927, it was renamed Shell Co of Australia Ltd. Only five weeks after completing this flight, Basil Watson died when his plane crashed at Laverton, SW of Melbourne]