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Auction: 233 - Lot number: 2373 << Previous   Next >>

Category: COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - World War II Civilian Mails 1939 to 1945

Description: 1940 cover endorsed "From Sidney W Rayment-Acton/Keeling Cocos Islands" on the reverse, to "Governor JS Clunies Ross/co WT Lee & Co/...London", Mauritius KGVI 12c tied by GPO cds of 19SP/40 & superb oval 'PASSED BY CENSOR/MAURITIUS' cachet in violet, on arrival redirected to WT Lee's home in Sussex. An extraordinary cover. [Sidney Rayment-Acton was secretary to JS Clunies-Ross on Cocos. He had resigned his position but remained on island until January 1941. At this time Clunies-Ross was already en route from London, arriving at Cocos just before his secretary's departure. WT Lee was the family's agent in London]

On 10.6.1940, Italy declared war on the Allies. The British telegraphic cable in the north-Mediterranean was cut, making Cocos & the trans-Indian Ocean cable a vital link for Australia, Singapore & the East. In late-1940 the Admiralty established a high-frequency direction-finding facility on Direction Island, Cocos. It is expected that this cover - the only one of its type known to us - was carried to Mauritius by a naval vessel.

Listed in: Military - Navy , MAURITANIA , Vice-Regal (Governors') Mail , Censored Mail , Military World War II , Postal History , MALAYA Straits Settlements , COCOS ISLANDS , AUSTRALIA

Estimate: AUD$ 1500.00T

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Item was sold for: $2,700.00T