1951 airmail cover endorsed on the flap "R MacLean/The Cocos-Keeling Islands/Colony of Singapore", to North Borneo with Orient Line cachet for SS 'Orontes' plus very fine boxed 'TIN CAN MAIL/COCOS-KEELING IS' cachet in violet, Australian 3d Parkes & 6d Kookaburra tied by Perth slogan of 28SEP/1951. An extraordinary non Leigh-Parkin origin-destination cover. [R MacLean was the Island administrator. The airmail rate to British Borneo was 9d per Żoz]
After World War II, overpopulation on the islands became a serious issue. More than 1600 Cocos Malays were re-settled, many of them in North Borneo.
Auction Category: COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - 1949-53 Tin Can Mail
Flight Covers Commercial , unusual origins or destinations , NORTH BORNEO , Government & Politicians , Fauna - birds , WESTERN AUSTRALIA , Postal History , AUSTRALIA , COCOS ISLANDS , Ship Mail , Tin Can Mail , SINGAPORE