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Displaying 17 Lots in Category - Singapore
C of A - Postal History
1941-42 undeliverable commercial covers all intercepted & returned to the senders comprising covers to Singapore x4 (one with typed "DUPLICATE SHIPPING DOCUMENTS", another from GB to Sydney & redirected), to Forces in Malaya (soiled), to Malacca from Adelaide, to Penang from Adelaide & from Hobart, and to Bukit Mertajam from Melbourne, plus to Java x2, Sumatra, Thailand & Hong Kong x2, various censor handstamps and 'NO SERVICE/...', 'NOT TRANSMISSIBLE/...' or 'UNDELIVERABLE/...' h/s. Ex Neil Russell.
1942 "Selarang Incident" series of small second-generation photographs of crowded conditions, all endorsed on the reverse "Selarang Incident/Sept 1942", one badly creased/torn & rejoined and one a non-contemporary enlargement.
The British-built Selarang Barracks were used to house the overflow of POWs from Changi. After four POWs escaped & were recaptured, the Japanese demanded all POWs sign a "no escape" pledge. All but 3 refused. In response, almost 17,000 men were herded onto the parade ground where water supplies & latrines were in very short supply. Continued resistance resulted in the bungled execution of the four recent escapees. However, it was a dysentery epidemic that caused the camp officers to relent, & agree to the forms being signed "under duress".
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: Red Cross Envelopes with Three Thin Bars x3 or Thick Bar x5 (one with Japanese Red Cross cachet in rosine), Red Cross blue/white Postal Card with camp censor Ta chop; and by air plain covers at 5d rate x2 (one shortpaid 1d) & blue/white Postal Card uprated with 4d Koala with camp censor Kinoshita chop; well above-average condition. Some with transit times of between 9 & 18 months noted.
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CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: All-different identified camp censor cachets on plain cover with unnecessary 2½d payment (with the original enclosure), Red Cross Envelopes with Thick Bar x2, Red Cross blue/white Postal Card; and by air postcards red/white or blue/white x2 different types (one overpaid with 5½d Emu), minor blemishes.
(Qty 8 items)
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: All-different POW Postal Stationery comprising Red Cross Postal Cards blue/white x2 & black/white, Envelopes blue/white (with letter), black/white, or red/white with Three Thin Bars (with letter) or Thick Bar, and Lettersheets red/white or blue/white; POW Relatives Association Envelope; and generic-issue Postal Card blue/white, Envelope red/white & Airmail Envelope blue/white; six sent by air, a few are remarkably fine. Another very good lot.
(Qty 15 items)
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: Red Cross Envelopes with No Bars (rare), Single Ruled Line & typed "c/- Japanese Red Cross Society" (very scarce), Three Thin Bars, or Thick Bar, minor blemishes. Neil Russell states only one other example has been recorded with the POW Information Bureau line not obliterated. We have seen at least two others.
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: Undated Red Cross Envelope with Single Ruled Line & typed "c/- Japanese Red Cross Society", largely superb strike of the very scarce boxed 'CONTRAVENES PRISONERS OF/WAR POST/SEE ENCLOSED LEAFLET' (that unfortunately is not present) in violet.
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: Undated Red Cross Envelope with Three Thin Bars to Changi with camp censor 'H KANNO' chop most unusually in Roman characters!, endorsed "DEC/42" (presumably the date of the letter, which is not present) & "N Paton 6th Nov 44", rounded corners. [Built in January 1944 & housing about 8000 patients, Nakom Paton was the principal POW hospital camp in Thailand, some 50km from Bangkok]
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: 1943 Red Cross Envelope with Thick Bar to Changi with Melbourne machine cancel of 5JUN/1943 & endorsed on arrival "Sime Rd", small faults. Sime Road Camp was a small facility at the Singapore Golf Club! [With the letter that was sent to the Red Cross in Melbourne under cover for on-forwarding. It took almost 2½ months to be processed by the Red Cross & the censors! The golf club, now the Singapore Island Country Club, is still in Sime Road]
CHANGI - INWARDS MAIL: 1945 use of blue/white POW Envelope uprated with 5d Ram tied by Launceston cds of 28MAY/1945, endorsed "RTA" (= Returned to Australia), '.../RETURN TO SENDER' h/s largely erased & superb strike of boxed 'RETURNED IN UNDELIVERED MAILS/FROM TERRITORY FORMERLY OCCUPIED/BY JAPANESE FORCES' cachet in violet partly obscured by small OHMS redirection label.
CHANGI - OUTWARDS MAIL: 1943-44 red/white POW Postal Cards - three types, with different numbers of Japanese characters at left & one with 'Enemy Civilians Internment Camp No 1' stupidly printed in the address panel - three with personal camp censor chops of Shimogohara, Kotani or Suzuki, a few minor problems. [All the senders attest, one imagines ironically, to being in "the best of health"]
Red Cross Envelope with Three Thin Bars from South Australia with Melbourne censor cachet unusually in blue, to Changi where redirected to "Nak" (= Nakon Prakom), unidentified camp censor cachet in violet, endorsed "Sept 42" - presumably the date of the letter - & "N Pakon 14th March 45" indicating a total transit time of 30 months! [Built in January 1944 & housing about 8000 patients, Nakom Paton was the principal POW hospital camp in Thailand]
Four stampless covers from NSW to liberated POWs released in Borneo x3 or Malaya, all addressed to the GPO Melbourne, one with illustrated ''Lakeview/The Pivot of Lake Macquarie" on the reverse. Most unusual.
SINGAPORE: Plain cover with light but obvious 'AUST FIELD PO/27SE45/251' cds in violet in use at Changi, & Red Cross envelope endorsed "Liberated UK PW" to GB with 'POST/OFFICE/MARITIME/MAIL' machine cancel in red applied at London. [Ted Proud records the cds for only 11 days 20-30.9.1945]
SINGAPORE: Australian Red Cross 'LETTER CARD' in red/buff with the letter headed "14th AGH/Singapore" with light but fine 'AUST FIELD PO/24SE45/251' cds in violet in use at Changi. The letter states "...It is rather hard for us to adjust to the new conditions...The main problem is that we have no cigarettes [!!]...The 2/29 Bn left this morning by transport..."
COCOS ISLANDS - Postal History
1950 Leigh Parkin airmail cover to his parents in Devon with typed 'R COCOS/0003' registration label & superb 'C&W LTD/1DEC50/COCOS' backstamp, Singapore 10c pair & 50c tied by 'MAXWELL ROAD/11DEC50/SINGAPORE' cds, the Cocos label not recognised & obscured by 'Singapore 10/2462' label (now removed but with the cover), Torquay arrival b/s of 15DE50, minor blemishes. An oustanding local administration registered cover.
1848 cover to "Mr J Walch/Care of Major Walch/Wellington Bridge/Hobart Town/Van Diemen's Land" endorsed "Via Singapore/..." with very fine boxed 'POONA/1848JULY30/Paid ("2A")' d/s in red, very fine boxed 'SINGAPORE/SHIP LETTER/184("8 Sep 5th/Bearing' (Proud #SL1; rated 3000 points) & almost superb 'GPO/[crown]/NO*28/1848/ SOUTH AUSTRALIA' transit b/s & small '19DE19/1848' arrival b/s of Hobart. An outstanding origin/destination item in this period, especially for the scenic route via Singapore & Adelaide.
Major James William Henry Walch migrated from England in 1842 with his family including a son Charles Edward Walch with whom he formed the prominent Hobart firm of J Walch & Son, well known for their involvement in Tasmanian stamp & postal stationery production. Wellington Bridge was built in 1841 but now lies beneath the Elizabeth Street Mall, where it can still be seen through a viewing portal.