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Displaying 4 Lots in Category - Missionaries & Mission Stations
MAIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES
1913 (May 8) usage of NSW 1d Letter Card to Austria but uprated with Kangaroo ½d only so large 'NSW/T/20' shield h/s applied, Austrian Postage Dues 10h pair affixed to the reverse & tied by 'MODLING 1/BESTELT' cds, the sender's address given within as "Revd Father Roth/Catholic Mission Wiriki/Taveuni Fiji Islands", very minor blemishes.
TO EUROPE ASIA & AFRICA
1937 (Feb 12) cover to Germany endorsed "Australia-Italy" with Kangaroos 9d violet & SA Centenary 1/- green tied by superb 'COOGEE/NSW' cds, superb 'The Mission Procurator/Waltham St, Coogee' h/s at lower-left, jusqu'a bars applied across the airmail label at Rome (connection from Singapore) & forwarded to destination by surface. The illustration is on the next page]
1937 1936 (Feb 19) double-rate cover to Germany endorsed "By Air Australia-Greece-Germany" with KGV 4d olive & Kangaroos 2/- maroon pair tied by Sydney cds, blue & black/white registration label, Athens transit & superb 'BERLIN-/LICHTERFELDE 1' arrival b/s. [The rate was 2/1d + 2/- for the second ½oz + 3d registration]
Wartime: World War I
OCCUPATION OF GERMAN NEW GUINEA: 1915 (early) missionary cover to Rev Theile in Queensland with an extraordinary and rare franking of German New Guinea 10pf pair plus Australian ½d & 2d all tied by three good to fine strikes of the defaced '____/[(eagle)]/Friedrich-Wilhelmshafen' mailbag seal (Powell #21 - rated F; Gibbs #17), endorsed "from Joh Flierl Cath Mission/Finschhafen New Guinea" - which is partly obscured by plain resealing censor tape - & endorsed "Passed" at left, very fine 'PASSED CENSOR/23MY15/BRISBANE' cds in red on the face, faint horizontal fold & a few minor blemishes that are of no consequence to such a wonderful cover, which must rank as one of the major pieces of Australian Occupation mail. Ex "Ello": acquired for $9200 at our auction of 14/3/2009. [The reverse bears a signed postscript requesting writing implements for the Mission schools & advising "Goods/sent by you/and friends/allready [sic] in Finschhafen./Many thanks!/..."] At the outbreak of World War I, Australian forces moved to occupy German New Guinea & the entire Colony was brought under Australian control by the end of 1914. Because New Guinea was still treated as foreign territory, the civilian letter rate was set at 2½d. Prior to the introduction of the 'G.R.I.' Surcharges, the only Australian stamps officially available were the Kangaroo First Wmk ½d green, 1d red & 2d grey all perf Small 'OS'. Another cover from Finschhafen is recorded with the same invalid franking of a DNG 10pf pair but it was taxed in transit at Friedrich-Wilhelmshafen. In this instance, Private Streeton (the postmaster at Friedrich-Wilhelmshafen) either decided to do the missionaries a favour by affixing the correct 2½d civilian rate of postage or, as is more likely, required someone else - perhaps a visitor from the Mission - to pay the postage again, correctly. Whatever the case, this is a truly remarkable and outstanding combination cover that highlights how a practical solution could be found to the operational problem of moving mail during a time of military occupation.