Prestige Philately Auction 153 CatalogueCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Military - World War I I
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Displaying 8 Lots in Category - COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Military - World War I I
German annotated display of POW mail from camps in Australia to Germany (8, with various postcards - one with printed 6d indicium - or lettersheets) or Italy, another used internally, & a beautiful Italian Red Cross POW postcard to an Italian POW in Australia, condition a bit mixed. Also includes four Deutsches Rotes Kreus/Präsidium letters enquiring about the whereabouts of German servicemen. An interesting lot. (Qty 11)
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Packet of covers with internal forces including Northern Territory usages notably 'RAAF/PO UNIT No7' cds on Air Mail Letter Card & 'VICTORY LOAN' h/s from FPO 26 at Gowrie, & overseas including from FPO 069 at Juba River NG (Proud "NS"), boxed UPS E36 at Neureim ("NS"), 'No 6 AUST BASE PO/-C-' used at Labuan, 'FIELD POST OFFICE23MR45/ 038 ' stated to be from Sarawak but earlier than noted by Proud, also British FPO 782 in Greece (2), airmail from Biak with 5½d tied by Dutch Forces cds & taxed and 1947 'AIRFORCE PO/MOROTAI' cds (unlisted by Proud), three RAAF leave passes etc, condition variable. A handy lot requiring write-up. (Qty 120 approx)
1942 commercial airmail cover to Sydney with 3d brown x2 & straight-line 'HMAS MELVILLE' cancel, a second very fine strike on the provisional registration label plus two more across the flap where also endorsed by the sender "EC JOHNSON/HMAS PLATYPUS", 'ARMY POST OFFICE/3JY44/065' (used at Darwin) transit & Sydney arrival b/s, tombstone naval censor h/s in violet. Use of ships' names was highly irregular & contrary to military postal regulations. ["Platypus" was in Darwin Harbour when the Japanese bombed Darwin on 19/2/1942. She remained in Darwin as a training ship & later as a base ship. HMAS "Melville" was the naval shore station at Darwin]
1943 Red Cross POW Envelope with solid bar at the base, to an Australian soldier in Java, Japanese Red Cross h/s & "chop" both in magenta, a few characteristic blemishes. Very scarce POW destination. [POW mails were exchanged with the neutral Portuguese at Mozambique!!]
1945 (June) stampless Italian Red Cross POW postcard between Italian POWs in Italy & Australia, 'GENOVA FERROVIA' cds & oddly with 'PW MIDDLE/EAST 116' transit h/s in violet, 'POW CAMP/MYRTLEFORD, VIC.' h/s applied on arrival in Australia & Australian Censor h/s.
1945 stampless commercial cover to Melbourne endorsed "NSA/Timor" (= "No Stamps Available") with 'AIR FORCE PO/23OC45/ 21 ' cds. Rare: Proud records no allocations of this datestamp.
1945-48 commercial airmail covers from an Australian officer with the British Military Administration in Borneo to his wife in Melbourne with stamps of North Borneo (7, with BMA or Cypher Opts) including usages at 'VICTORIA/LABUAN' or 'MIRI', Sarawak (8, most with BMA Opts but two with unoverprinted values) including usages at Jesselton & Labuan, two with North Borneo/Sarawak combination frankings from Labuan or Jesselton, several are YMCA envelopes, condition a bit mixed. A very scarce group. (Qty 14)
1946 commercial airmail cover from an Australian soldier (endorsement on flap) to Melbourne with Indian 'FPO/No 120/6AUG46' cds used at Labuan, mss "B120 FPO" on Indian provisional registration label, Sydney transit b/s of 15AU46, minor blemishes. Rare.