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Displaying 9 Lots in Category - Military & Censor Mail
VICTORIA: 1904 usage of OHMS postcard with '3rd BATTALION INFANTRY BRIGADE' header in green on the reverse & 'MINISTER OF DEFENCE/FRANK/[Arms]/STAMP/VICTORIA' h/s, 1d perf 'OS' tied by Ballarat duplex. [From 1/11/1902, pre-franked articles could still be used provided appropriate postage was affixed over the frank stamp]
MAIL TO UK & EMPIRE
1914 (Mar 25) OHMS cover with 'DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE' imprint at lower-left to the Royal Engineers in England with scarce franking of Victoria 3d ochre perf 'OS' x2 tied by Melbourne cds, red/white rouletted GPO registration label, minor blemishes & repaired flap fault. [The rate was 1d per oz x3 + 3d registration]
MAIL TO OTHER COUNTRIES
1914 (July 29) underpaid cover to Germany with 1d only tied by Perth machine cancel, 'T/30' h/s applied & forwarded, 'UNDELIVERABLE/LPS' h/s in purple applied at London where it was opened & resealed with a London Postal Service label, on return to Perth 'CMF/OPENED BY CENSOR' label (H&P #5CSL 1.1; LRD - recorded 6 weeks only) affixed, large 'PASSED BY/12FEB1915/CENSOR' d/s (H&P #5CC 1.3; ERD - recorded three weeks only) and double-boxed 'UNDELIVERABLE/RETURN TO SENDER' h/s both struck in blue, DLO b/s in red. An extraordinary cover, having been posted well before war broke out on 5/8/1914, returned from a transit point, and subjected to censorship on its return! Acquired for $1725 at our auction of 5/9/2009 and thus one of the last items added to the exhibit. [Haynes & Pope at page 448 illustrate a similar - but not underpaid - cover & state that the 'UNDELIVERABLE/...' h/s - said to be struck in green - is the only recorded example]
1939 (Jan 31) cover to Spain with scarce franking of KGV CofA 1½d brown pair tied by 'COOMA/NSW' cds, opened & resealed with plain brown tape & tied by boxed 'CENSURA MILITAR/BARCELONA' h/s in violet, mss "Inconnu" (= Unknown; which may have been a political statement) & returned, Sydney DLO cachet in red on the face & Return to Sender label across the flap. [We have seen surprisingly little mail to Spain, in any period]
1934 (Dec 7) real photo PPC ("The Welcome at Parliament House, Canberra, to the Duke of Gloucester") to London "per Australia-Singapor-England Air Mail" with rare solo franking of Macarthur 9d violet tied by fine 'CANBERRA/FCT' cds, a couple of very minor bends. [The regular Australia-UK airmail service commenced 8/12/1934. The postcard rate was 9d, half the letter rate of 1/6d. This item was posted in time for the inaugural flight. NB: early Canberra PPCs are rare, this being one of very few we have seen with a Royal Visit subject]
DOMESTIC: 1915 (July 30) local unsealed envelope with First Wmk ½d green Roo perf Small 'OS' tied by 'WOOLLAHRA/ NSW' cds, 'O,H,M,S', '20 Posted' & oval 'MILITARY AREA OFFICE/30JUL1915/WOOLLAHRA, 21A' cachets all in violet, central vertical fold. A very scarce OHMS/military usage.
MERCHANDISE / SAMPLES
DOMESTIC: 1916 (April) use of OHMS 'DECEASED OTHER RANKS KITS' parcel tag with private address label on the reverse, scarce franking of KGV 4d lemon-yellow (Cat $500 on cover) tied by Melbourne cds, red/white registration label & rare Post Office label advising 'NOTICE/This article, which has been/accepted at packet-rate of postage/ ...must not be opened whilst/in the custody of the Department/but must be delivered in its/present Sealed condition', readdressed on arrival with 'CAULFIELD/VICTORIA' cds, the eyelet removed on opening. A very rare, desirable & poignant item, of which very few would have been retained by the families of the deceased. [The rate of 1d per 2oz + 3d registration would mean that the deceased soldier's "kit" weighed less than 2oz! While we have no WWI-period Post Office Guide to consult, we suggest that there was a special concessional rate of 1d per kitbag, regardless of the weight]
DOMESTIC: 1921 (Dec 2) 'OHMS/WAR MEDAL ONLY' envelope with Victoria Barracks Sydney imprint at lower-left, to Yass with Kangaroos Third Wmk 6d grey-blue perf 'OS' tied by Sydney cds, tiny fastening hole below the stamp, minor blemishes. Such items were sent with the flap unsealed but secured with a metal fastener. [The rate was 1½d per 2oz x2 = 3d + 3d registration]
DOMESTIC: 1915 (Dec 18) OHMS cover (226x177mm) with 'ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE/DUNTROON, FEDERAL TERRITORY' imprint at lower-left, endorsed "Book/Post" at upper-left, Kangaroos First Wmk 2d grey perf Small 'OS' tied by poor 'QUEANBEYAN/NSW' cds, insignificant blemishes. [The rate was ½d per 8oz but it is inconceivable that the contents - probably a calendar - weighed between 1½ & 2 pounds! It seems likely that the printed matter rate of ½d per 2oz was applied]