Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueCOCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Ad Hoc Postal Arrangements 1904 to 1933
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 27 Lots in Category - COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Ad Hoc Postal Arrangements 1904 to 1933
1906 (Oct 12) GB cover with KEVII 2½d & 5d x2 tied by London cds, to "George Clunies-Ross/of Keeling-Cocos Islands/co Messrs Campbell MacColl & Co/Batavia/Java", 'BATAVIA/8/11/1906' squared-circle arrival b/s. Believed to be the earliest inwards cover to Cocos & one of the finest of the early inwards covers. [The rate was 2½d x5 for an article weighing between 4 & 5oz]
1906 (Nov 7) long cover with Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (Singapore) embossing on flap endorsed "Cheque Book/...", Straits KEVII 3c & 10c both with perfins and superb registration d/s at lower-right, to "G Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Islands", opened-out & rejoined and slightly reduced at left, minor aging. [The rate was 3c printed matter rate + 10c registration]
1908 (Nov 12) GB picture postcard to "JT Stavers/Eastern Extension Telegraph Co/Singapore" with 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE' marine sorter cds on the face, minor blemishes. [In 1901, the Eastern Extension, Australasia & China Telegraph Co extended its submarine cable across the Indian Ocean via Rodrigues & Cocos. JT Stavers commenced duties on Cocos 23.12.1908, soon after the arrival of this card in Singapore]
1909 (May 11) GB picture postcard to "JT Stavers/Eastern Ext Telegraph Co/Cocos Islands" with 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/ JU4/1909' marine sorter cds on the face & forwarded from Cocos by first available ship, minor blemishes. [A 1909 Stavers PPC sold at the Prestige auction of 24.6.2006 for $977]
1909 (Aug 31) GB picture postcard to "JT Stavers/Eastern Ext Telegraph Co/Cocos Islands" with very fine 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/ SE24/1909' marine sorter cds on the face & forwarded from Cocos by first available ship.
1909 (c.) cover with uncancelled Straits KEVII 4c pair to "G Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Islands" endorsed "c/- Capt Welsh/SS Magnet", docketed "Singapore/Hugh Clunies-Ross", minor blemishes. [The Magnet made regular voyages to Cocos to exchange staff and reprovision the Cable Station. George Clunies-Ross died 7.7.1910 during a visit to England]
1911 (Apr 18) large GB registered cover (328x122mm) with KEVII 10d (surface abrasions) to "JS Clunies-Ross/ Keeling Cocos Islands/Eastern Extension.../Singapore", 'SINGAPORE/19MY/1911' arrival b/s from where forwarded by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at both ends.
1911 (July 2) large GB cover (334x120mm) with KEVII 5d (surface abrasions) to "JS Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Islands/Eastern Extension.../Singapore", 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/AU19/1911' marine sorter b/s, forwarded by the first available ship, a little soiled & a slightly truncated at left.
1911 (Aug 25) large registered GB cover (318x125mm) with KEVII 1/- (damaged) to "JS Clunies-Ross/of Keeling Cocos Islands/co Campbell MacColl & Co/Batavia" from where forwarded by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at both ends.
1911 (Oct 19) Singapore picture postcard to GB with KEVII 4c, message from sailor aboard HMS Tamar states "...we have called at Cocos Is, Xmas Is...our next place is Hong Kong", a few blemishes.
1912 (Mar 12) large registered GB cover (334x128mm) with KEVII 7d pair (surface abrasions) to "JS Clunies-Ross/of Keeling Cocos Islands/Eastern Extension.../Singapore", 'SINGAPORE/22MR/1912' arrival b/s from where forwarded by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at both ends.
1913 (June 3) Ceylon picture postcard ('Perehera') to GB, 'Cable Ship Faraday' h/s in violet & message "...Called to see Mr Farrant today..." [The 'Faraday' was owned by the Cable Company. Farrant was Cocos Superintendent from 8.7.1913 & likely went to the islands on the next voyage of the 'Faraday']
1913 (Nov 28) GB cover to "JS Clunies-Ross/of Keeling Cocos Islands/Eastern Extension.../Singapore", 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/DE20/1913' marine sorter b/s, forwarded from Singapore by the first available ship, overall soiling & a little truncated at left.
1915 (Aug 5) cover from Ceylon to "J Clunies Ross/Keeling/Cocos Islands" with 6c tied by Colombo machine cancel, Singapore transit b/s of 17AU/1915, light overall aging. [Handwriting has been identified as that of the captain of the Rainbow, the replacement yacht for the Ayesha which had been stolen by the Emden escapees. At Colombo awaiting the relief crew from Cocos]
1915 (c.) Ribeiro & Co (Singapore) real photo picture postcards '4. View of the Emden wreck...' & '6. The Schooner Ayesha, commandeered by the German landing party for their escape', minor blemishes, unused.
1915 (Oct 8) Fraser & Co Brokers cover to Cocos "per SS Islander" with Straits 3c tied by Singapore cds, staining has been reduced. [The Islander was owned by the Christmas Island Phosphate Co. Three times each year she made calls under charter to Cocos. Costs were paid two-thirds by the family & one-third by the Cable Company]
1916 (Jan 8) GB cover to "Sidney Ross/The Palace/Cocos-Keeling Islands" (!) with 1d tied by Edinburgh machine cancel, opened a bit roughly at left, minor overall soiling.
1920 (c.) cover to "Governor J Clunies Ross/Cocos Islands" with uncancelled Straits 3c & oval 'FORWARDED BY CALDBECK MACGREGOR & Co/SINGAPORE' cachet in violet at U/R, minor staining. [About this time, John Sidney moved his trading interests away from Batavia & thereafter was represented by Caldbeck Macgregor]
1922 (Oct 22) cover from GB to "JS Clunies Ross/co Caldbeck Macgregor & Co/Singapore", a few faults.
1929 (Mar 13) registered cover (224x150mm) from GB to "John S Clunies Ross/of Keeling Cocos Islands/co Caldbeck Macgregor & Co/Singapore", defective 'R' label, small tear at the top & light overall soiling.