Category: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1917 (late) stampless cover to England apparently from Western Australia but with a faint strike of the undated 'TRISTAN/DA/CUNHA' cachet Type I (SG C1, Cat £4000 on cover), superb strikes of the worn 'FREMANTLE/ ESTERN AUSTRAL ' transit cds & hexagonal 'T/20' h/s, endorsed on the flap "No Date/Received 8-3-18", minor spotting on the reverse; with the enclosed letter headed "Tristan dacunha" & signed "Sophy Rogers". One of the most extraordinary origin/destination covers we have ever offered.
The unpunctuated handwriting appears to be that of a child: "...I hope that the war will end soon as it is a very cruel war...We have not had a ship for 18 months now...we are all looking forward to seeing the wailer [sic] again this month ther [sic] is no news at present...wishing you Compliments of the season from all on the island".
Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited island on the planet, even more isolated than Pitcairn. In 1816, it was formerly annexed by Great Britain. "Rogers" is one of only seven surnames shared by the islanders: an eighth was added only in 1986! Communication with the outside world has always been difficult. IAt least until the 1930s, Norwegian whaling vessels were the most regular visitors. Several covers from Tristan to Europe via Australia are recorded from south-bound voyages. Jack Cole's famous Tristan collection included an almost identical cover to this: Lot 17 (1998).
Postal History , AUSTRALIA , NORWAY , Whaling , WESTERN AUSTRALIA , Postmarks , Postage Dues , unusual origins or destinations , TRISTAN DA CUNHA