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Displaying 4 Lots in Category - Missionaries & Mission Stations



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MAIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES




1069

PS

A-

1913 (May 8) usage of NSW 1d Letter Card to Austria but uprated with Kangaroo d 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.

750.00

$1,400.00



TO EUROPE ASIA & AFRICA


1156

C

A

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]

200.00

$150.00






1157

C

A

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 oz + 3d registration]

600.00

$480.00



Wartime: World War I




1289

C

B

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 d & 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 2d. Prior to the introduction of the 'G.R.I.' Surcharges, the only Australian stamps officially available were the Kangaroo First Wmk d 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 2d 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.

10000.00

$8,250.00




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