Prestige Philately Auction 232 CatalogueCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Postal History - Civil Censorship - World War II
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Displaying 17 Lots in Category - COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Postal History - Civil Censorship - World War II
1939-45 WWII Civil Censorship group noted 1944 KGVI 7d 'AIR LETTER' unusually to USA with Sydney red/yellow label, Perth labels on 1941 airmail covers to "Captain, MFA Hong Siang, HM Naval Office, Ceylon" at 1/1d & 1/3d rates, Adelaide label on 1943 cover to "PAI Force" India, California Clipper items including to Canada at 3/11d rate and to USA with 'Missent ...' cachet, Tasmania x8 including 1944 from Longford to Ireland with Launceston tape & cachet also censored on arrival, some military mail and Barmera Internment Camp (SA) covers x2, inwards items from Argentina, Canada, USA, Fiji, some advertising, condition mixed but many fine.
1940 inwards cover from New Caledonia with 25c and 2fr25 tied 'NOUMEA/20-5/40/NELLE CALEDONIE' d/s, Melbourne '6 JUN' cancel over the stamps, censored on arrival with standard '3-dot' labels and boxed cachets but also most unusually with large oval 'PASSED/G [crown] R/PLANTS/QUARANTINE ACT' cachet on face, French Tuberculosis cinderella on back, a little roughly opened at left with censor label partly removed.
Presumably contained a dried leaf 'souvenir' - as occasionally seen from Pitcairn - discovered by the censor and handed over to Quarantine; neither the addressee nor the packaging would otherwise have suggested it contained seeds or other plant material. The only other use of the the Quarantine cachet known to us is on a 1949 package from Singapore to Victoria which clearly states "Sample of Brazilian Coffee" on the outside.
1940 to Sydney from Papua with Air Mail 5d tied 'SAMARAI ED/20DE40/PAPUA' d/s, sighted by Cairns Qld censor where '1/3/NOT/OPENED BY/CENSOR/2' diamond cachet applied on face, censored again with Sydney label & cachet alongside, a few blemishes. John Little records only two examples of the Cairns '...NOT/OPENED...' cachet.
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1940-44 Newcastle Civil Censorship group including scarce '2/1 /RETURN/TO/SENDER' diamond cachet in violet on '9-dot' label also tying Lady Gowrie label on face of cover to USA with KGVI 3d brown tied Newcastle, NSW '23MCH/1942' trip cancel and another strike of the diamond cachet on back (the only two examples recorded by Little), 1940 airmail to New Guinea with 5d Ram and altered Sydney 'PASSED BY CENSOR/[ ]7' cachet ("S" excised), 1941 from Mayfield to USA with '2/1' label and 'SAVE COAL' seal on back, variety of other labels & cachets plus 1940 cover with '9-dot' label used at Sydney, condition mixed but mostly fine.
1941 to Brisbane from Australian serviceman in Papua with Pictorials 4d Mother tied 'PORT MORESBY/ -5AP41/PAPUA' d/s, sender's name & unit at L/L with "Passed by unit censor/[signature]" manuscript in pencil on face, censored again in transit with '1/3/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/2' diamond cachet applied at Cairns Qld over unit censor, part back flap missing.
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1941 to USA from civilian in Papua with airmail indicia endorsed "TO AUST" and Pictorials 2d Bird & 4d Mother tied 'PORT MORESBY/-3MY41/PAPUA' d/s paying 3d airmail surcharge to Australia plus 3d foreign surface rate, censored in transit with 'OPENED BY CENSOR' deep red/white label rouletted at top & '1/3/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/1' diamond cachet both applied at Cairns Qld.
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1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: Group comprising KGVI 7d Air Letters all to England with Brisbane '1/Opened by Censor' red/yellow specially-produced label, Sydney '2/...' red/yellow labels x2, Melbourne '3/...' red/white labels x2 and red/yellow labels x2, and Adelaide '4/...' red/yellow label. [This & the next eleven lots are Ex Neil Russell]
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 1 (Queensland) comprising KGVI 7d Air Letters to England 1) with Rockhampton '2DE44' cds and Brisbane '1 Opened by Censor' red/yellow label tied '1/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/235' diamond cachet 2) with Brisbane '12SEP/1944' cancel and diamond cachet only (no censor tape; presumably left open for censor) and 3) with Brisbane '6JNE/1945' cancel to RAAF serviceman and '1' in circle censor check h/s only, plus 4) inwards KUT formular 'AIR LETTER' with KGVI Pictorials 50c tied 'KITALE/KENYA' cds censored on arrival with '1 Opened by Censor' red/yellow label (front only; back half of label missing).
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 1 (Queensland) KGVI 7d Air Letter without admonition to England with Townsville '27MAR/1945' cancel and lengthy personal message, Brisbane '1 Opened by Censor' red/yellow label affixed at top used at Townsville where tied '2/1/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/20' diamond cachet in violet, a couple of minor blemishes. [John Little mentions use of other Brisbane tapes at Townsville, but not the special red/yellow labels]
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 2 (NSW) comprising KGVI 7d Air Letters to England with Sydney provisional red/white 'half-labels' x2 cancelled '3OCT/1944' & '8OCT1944' respectively and with specially-produced '2 Opened by Censor' red/yellow labels x3 (one early use '19OCT/1944' on Air Letter with admonition), also '10MAY/1945' cover to UK with red/yellow label unusually used to seal back flap of envelope, plus Great Britain KGVI 6d 'AIR LETTER' of '5FE/45' from RAAF serrviceman to Guyra, NSW re-sealed with full-size regular white '2/OPENED BY CENSOR' label. [John Little records only two usages of Sydney red/white 'half-labels' on Air Letters as 'fore-runners' to the later red/yellow labels].
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 3 (Victoria) comprising 'IAFF' [Indian Armed Forces Form] formular Air Letter (front only) with KGVI 3½d pair tied Melbourne '20OCT/1944' and KGVI 7d Air Letters x2 cancelled '5DE44' & dated "20/12/44" (uncancelled) all to England with Melbourne long red/white 'half-labels', also KGVI 7d Air Letters with specially-produced '3 Opened by Censor' red/yellow labels x2, one with '3' in circle censor check h/s only and another not censored, plus inwards mail with red/yellow labels on GB KGVI 6d Air Letter, on Forces Air Letter with QE 1d tied 'No11 RAAF BASE PO/31MY45/PACIFIC' used at Morotai, Netherlands East Indies and - most unusually - on airmail cover from Greece (some blemishes) with Salonica '13FE45' cds.
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 4 (South Australia) comprising 1) KGVI 7d Air Letter (with admonition; side panels missing) to South Africa with Adelaide '6DEC/1944' cancel and specially-produced '4 Opened by Censor' red/yellow label affixed at top; 2) similar but complete to RAF serviceman at "Ein Shemer/MEF" [Middle East Forces] with 'GLENELG/29NO44' cds and '4' in circle censor check h/s only; and 3) KGVI 7d Air Letter (without admonition; lemon-yellow stock) to RAAF serviceman, London with 'RAAF/BASE PO No4/15JUN45' arrival b/s and red/yellow label affixed.
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 5 (Western Australia) comprising KGVI 7d Air Letters with admonition crossed out philatelically-inspired usages 1) to Persian Gulf with Indian censor & 'BAHRAIN/2SEP44' b/s [month error: October]; 2) to Nyasaland with 'ZOMBA/17OCT44' b/s; 3) to Tanganyika with 'DAR-ES-SALAAM-POST-RESTANTE/16OC/1944' b/s, the former two with Perth long red/white 'half-labels' affixed at top, the latter with '5' in circle censor check h/s only, plus 4) '11SEP/1944' usage (admonition not crossed out; no message) to England with '5/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/42' diamond cachet only & returned with GB KGVI 6d added but not cancelled. [John Little records only two usages of Perth 'half-labels' on Air Letters].
1944-45 Air Letter Censorship: District 6 (Tasmania) with admonition crossed out to a serviceman in England with Hobart '12SEP/1944' cancel, lengthy personal message and regular red/white '6/OPENED BY CENSOR' label cut in half affixed at top, re-directed first to "HMS Robin" and then to "RNAS" with British 'MARITIME/MAIL' cancel in red, finally "c/o NZ Army Base" label affixed and delivered with 'NEW ZEALAND/ARMY POST OFFICE' b/s, endorsed inside "Rec. eventually at NZABPO on 21/10/44". [John Little does not record any regular Tasmanian labels cut-down & used on Air Letters]
1945 Gloucester 3½d x2 on formular aerogramme to civilian in England tied '22FE45' cds with inscription painted-out in black ink, Sydney ' Opened by Censor' red/yellow label for use on Air Letters with '2' hole-punched out on both sides before being affixed tied by diamond '/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/1637' cachet struck so that District Number '2' omitted, fine condition. Lengthy personal message headed "Aussy" includes "...hope that you are having it quiet now from the raids..." but nothing that would justify the unusual degree of 'sanitation' undertaken by the censor.
1945 cover airmail to Scotland with Hermes 1/6d tied Sydney '14MCH/1945' cancel re-sealed with opened-out '2 Opened by Censor' red/yellow label specially-produced for use on Air Letters (and rarely seen on envelopes) affixed on back tied '2/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/507' cachet with another strike on face, couple of minor edge faults.
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1945 airmail to Swtizerland rated "3/-" with 1/6d Hermes x2 tied Sydney '17 JUL' trip cancel but six strikes of censor's '2/RETURN/TO/SENDER' cachet in red (Little type H2-16b; four recorded during 1942-43 only; LRD) over censor label, address & back, endorsed "for return address see over", couple of minor blemishes. Addressed to "Bankdirektor" and presumably considered to be in violation of wartime currency control measures.