Category: NEW GUINEA - Mandated Territory Issues
POSTAL HISTORY: 1937 stampless registered OHMS cover endorsed "Rabaul/1193 a" & "Franked/JBourke", to Adelaide with Kokopo cds of 4JU37, Sydney transit & 'PARKSIDE' arrival b/s, the flap removed & ironed-out folds. Rare: the only registered cover we have seen from the disaster mails. [In early June 1937, Rabaul experienced violent volcanic eruptions. Emergency mails were transported to Kokopo, from where they were flown to Brisbane for on-forwarding. As indicated by the flight admonition at upper-left being crossed-out, this cover was forwarded by sea]
Enclosed note signed "Jim Bourke" states "This went per Montoro on 9.6.37. You will appreciate that it was difficult to accept letters, air mail, for registration with no postage paid. No registered mail was despatched per VHU-YE".
NEW GUINEA Mandated Territory Issues , Autographs , landscape - Volcanoes , Disaster , Official mail , Registered Mail & Registration Labels , Flight Covers Commercial , AUSTRALIA , New Guinea