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Displaying 6 Lots in Category - Portuguese Colonies
C of A - Military - World War II
REFUGEE & EVACUEE MAIL: c.1942 Red Cross envelope with Thick Bar from Melbourne to "HMB Consul General/Shanghai/Civilian Internee" with 'SHANGHAI' arrival b/s & superb 'SWISS CONSULATE GENERAL/Section for Protection of British Interests/ SHANGHAI' cachet on reverse, endorsed on the face "British official/evacuated Kamakura 17.8.42", the panels separated & rejoined.
The Japanese ship "Asama Maru" effected an exchange of pre-war diplomatic staff at Lourenco Marques (Mozambique) in Aug-Sep 1942. Later renamed "Kamakura Maru", it was sunk by American torpedoes off Palawan (Philippines) on 28.4.1943.
REFUGEE & EVACUEE MAIL: 1942 (Sep 7) cover endorsed "Mrs SG Mills/Shanghai/China" on the flap, to Sydney with Mozambique 1e75c Henry the Navigator tied by hexagonal d/s, South African censor tape & cachet on the reverse & re-censored on arrival, minor faults.
It seems almost certain that the sender of this cover was an Australian evacuated from Shanghai on the Japanese ship "Asama Maru", which effected an exchange of pre-war diplomatic staff at Lourenco Marques (Mozambique) in Aug-Sep 1942.
CAMP No 1: Undated Postal Card printed in black & red on cream with advice of internment on grey reverse, to Tasmania with camp censor Suzuki & Koseki cachets in red, Melbourne censor cachet in violet. The sender was a member of "Sparrow" Force, captured on Timor.
POW Postal Card & Envelope with 'STANLEY CIVILIAN INTERNMENT CAMP' imprint & a different type of Envelope endorsed on the flap "Prisoner of War Camp N", Japanese censor chops of Maejima, Funyou or Hasegawa, the two envelopes peculiarly with red lines - there were no registration facilities for POWs - & both treated on arrival as registered mail with Sydney cds of 1DE43 or 2DE43. [There were only two mail despatches from Hong Kong during the war, in 1942 & 1943, both via Mozambique: see also Lot 281428 ]
Red Cross Envelope with Three Thin Bars to an interned medical doctor at Queen Mary Hospital but forwarded to "Macao" with hexagonal '.../24-III-44/MACAU' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. Macau, as a Portuguese colony, was neutral territory. Had the good doctor been paroled and "deported"?
1942 plain envelope endorsed "Block 18/Room 16/Stanley Internment Camp" on the reverse, to NSW with Japanese 20s tied by Japanese Hong Kong cds of 17.6.27 (1942), 'BONDI/30OC42/NSW-AUST' arrival cds, 'UNCLAIMED' & 'REBUTS' (= return) cachets in violet or rosine, four separate censor labels - two brown & two white - one believed to be American & the last applied at Sydney, minor blemishes. Ex Patrick Pearson. [FW Webb at page 199 states that only three such plain covers have been recorded, two to GB & one, presumably this item, to Australia]