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Displaying 9 Lots in Category - Netherlands Indies
COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY
1905 (Nov 16) cover with Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (Batavia) imprint on the flap with 25c tied by 'BATAVIA' squared-circle & 'PER FRENCH MAIL' h/s in violet, to George Clunies-Ross in London, 'WELTEVREDEN' squared-circle transit & London arrival b/s of DE13/05.
1914 Campbell & McColl covers both to John Sidney Clunies-Ross in London with Dutch Indies 2½c & 12½c x2 or 10c 12½c & 50c, both with Batavia commemorative cds for the Semarang Colonial Exposition, the latter with JSC-R's personal monogram h/s on the reverse, some staining & truncated at both ends.
1906 (Oct 12) GB cover with KEVII 2½d & 5d x2 tied by London cds, to "George Clunies-Ross/of Keeling-Cocos Islands/co Messrs Campbell MacColl & Co/Batavia/Java", 'BATAVIA/8/11/1906' squared-circle arrival b/s. Believed to be the earliest inwards cover to Cocos & one of the finest of the early inwards covers. [The rate was 2½d x5 for an article weighing between 4 & 5oz]
1911 (Aug 25) large registered GB cover (318x125mm) with KEVII 1/- (damaged) to "JS Clunies-Ross/of Keeling Cocos Islands/co Campbell MacColl & Co/Batavia" from where forwarded by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at both ends.
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1938 (May 24) Archbold Expedition cover from New York to Hollandia overprinted to commemorate that flight & the 1939 return via Australia, the Indian Ocean & Africa, with Dutch Indies 10c tied by 'HOLLANDIA/10.5.39' cds, Australian 5d Ram tied by 'ROSE BAY EAST/3JE39/NSW-AUST' cds, superb 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' b/s & uncancelled Seychelles 6c, autographs of "Richard Archbold", "Russell R Rogers Pilot" & three other crew members, a bit stained on the reverse.
The Australian Government contracted the flying boat 'Guba II' to undertake a survey flight from Australia across the Indian Ocean to Africa to assess the feasability of such a route in the event of disruption to the London-Singapore- Sydney route. After having spent a year flying in and around New Guinea, 'Guba' left Port Moresby 12.5.1939 for Sydney & Melbourne for an overhaul of the plane's systems. On 3.6.1939 it flew non-stop Sydney-Port Hedland (WA), then on towards Cocos & beyond.
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 (May 12) Archbold Expedition cover from Papua to New York via Australia, the Indian Ocean & Africa, with Papua 1/- Air tied by Port Moresby cds, Australian 5d Ram tied by 'ROSE BAY EAST/3JE39/NSW-AUST' cds, 'C&W LTD/12JUN39/COCOS' b/s, Seychelles 2c x3 tied by VICTORIA/JU17/39/SEYCHELLES' cds, KUT 15c tied by 'KISUMU/23JU/39/KENYA' cds, Belgian Congo 50c tied by 'COLQUIHATVILLE/24-6-39' cds & USA 2c tied by New York arrival cancel of AUG4/1939, faint blemishes & small closed tear at top clear of the stamps. [Kim Dwyer's similar cover - with the Cocos cds on the face - sold for $2300]
INDIAN OCEAN SURVEY FLIGHT PER 'GUBA II': 1939 unaddressed Archbold Expedition cover with map of the Trans-Indian Ocean Flight & small photograph of the crew affixed, with Australian 1d tied by 'PORT HEDLAND/4JE39/WA' cds, Dutch Indies 5c tied by 'BATAVIA/6.6.39' cds, superb 'C&W LTD/8JUN39/COCOS' b/s & John Clunies-Ross' monogram on the face, initialled at Chagos (no post office), Seychelles 6c & 'VICTORIA/JU18/39/SEYCHELLES' cds & KUT 15c tied by 'MOMBASA/23JU39/ KENYA' cds, light even soiling. Only 6 such covers have been recorded. [Kim Dwyer's similar cover sold for $1322]
KLM TRANSIT MAILS: 1945 (Nov & Dec) commercial covers from Holland to Batavia or Semarang both at 30c airmail rate with Dutch black/brown censor tape, the first redirected to Bandoeng, the other forwarded to Ceylon, minor blemishes. Unrecognised rarities. [On 10.11.1945, KLM included Colombo & Cocos in its first post-WWII service to the Indies. On 16.11.1945, the KLM pilot received a full briefing on Cocos. The last such transit at Cocos was on 18.1.1946. Flights then flew Colombo-Batavia direct. From 22.2.1946, both Ceylon & Cocos were bypassed, the new route being via Calcutta & Rangoon]
NETHERLANDS: INDIES: 1919 (Oct 16) OHMS cover with Treasury cachet at L/L with Fifth Setting 2d & 3d tied by Rabaul cds, black/white 'R' label, 'SOERABAJA' arrival backstamp, redirected to "Salemba/Weltevreden" with 'WELTEVREDEN' arrival b/s, creases affect the stamps, repaired opening tears on the reverse.