Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueCOCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Australian External Territory 1955 to 1963
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Displaying 14 Lots in Category - COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Australian External Territory 1955 to 1963
1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight group all with the flight cachet in violet comprising OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' imprint at L/L, unusual illustrated - Arthur Bergen ? - cover, large illustrated (map) cover to GB with Australian-pattern 'COCOS ISLAND' 'R' label, usage of Aerogramme Envelope & Letter Card, cover to New Hebrides with 'AERIAL SERVICE/COMPLETED SYDNEY' h/s, underpaid covers to NSW & USA x2 all with Postage Due affixed, and commemorative cover to Hobart with the cachet in rosine (very scarce: Ex Kim Dwyer). [The cachet shows the flight as being from Cocos to Perth. In fact, the route was Cocos-Darwin]
1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' imprint at L/L, to USA with Kooka 6d & Lyrebird 1/- x2 tied 'COCOS ISLAND/23NO55' cds paying the 2/- airmail rate + 6d surcharge paid to Qantas. With the enclosed PMG's With Compliments card.
(Qty 2 items)
1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight commemorative cover to New Zealand with the flight cachet in rosine. Very scarce. [Kim Dwyer's similar cover sold for $333]
1955 Opening Day/Inaugural Flight commemorative cover to WA with the flight cachet in black. Rare: Kim Dwyer stated only two were done. [Her similar cover sold for $448]
1955-66 cover & various Registration Envelopes to Australia with registration labels inscribed 'COCOS ISLAND', 'COCOS (KEELING)/ISLANDS AUST' x3, 'COCOS ISLAND/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' or 'Cocos (Keeling) Islands/ Indian Ocean' x2, four different Registration Envelopes are commercial.
1956 commercial cover from North Borneo with 5c Cattle & 50c Clock Tower tied 'JESSELTON' cds, to "Cable & Wireless Ltd/Direction Island/Cocos Islands/Via Singapore" with the last line crossed-through.
1956-57 group with 'COCOS ISLAND' cds including to Chile with huge 'TSS ISLANDER' cachet, uprated Postal Card & Wrapper both to Brazil, with 'CABLE AND WIRELESS LIMITED/MANAGERS/3JAN1956/OFFICE/COCOS BRANCH' cachet, registered with damaged 'COCOS ISLAND' 'R' label, 1959 underpaid with 'T ("1d")' h/s, commercial to GB with 2/-, large OHMS front to Perth with 1d 7½d & Arms 5/- pair, and OHMS with 'Official Representative/Cocos (Keeling) Is' cachet registered with 5/- Arms, also an incoming Cable & Wireless Ltd telegram envelope, condition variable. Interesting lot.
1957-63 'COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS/INDIAN/OCEAN/AUST' cds exhibit pages with #1 & #2 both registered 18FE57 being First Day of Use with similarly inscribed 'R' Labels No 5 & 19, commercial airmail to GB at 2/- rate, Second-Class Airmail at 1/- rate to Charles Clunies-Ross in Virginia (faults), with Singapore stamps & TSS 'Islander' cachets, covers cancelled during visits of the Queen Mother, Prime Minister Menzies and Sir Charles Gairdner Governor of WA, 1959 underpaid registered to New York, 1961 with 11d Bandicoot & red/white 'CERTIFIED MAIL' label, 1963 with 'COCOS ISLAND/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' 'R' label, 1963 with 6d Bandicoot & 'OFFICIAL LAST/DAY OF ISSUE' h/s, etc.
1957-63 1957 real photo PPC (fishing boats) to GB with very fine strike of the rare 'BY AIR/FROM/KEELING COCOS/ ISLANDS' h/s in violet & 1/- Lyrebird tied by #1 cds. Ex David Flaat, where stated to be the latest recorded usage: acquired for $661. [See also Lot 2498]
1957-63 1957 airmail cover with 'EDWARD C PARKER JR/BRIGANTINE YANKEE' imprint on the flap & endorsed "Brigantine Yankee/Cocos Keeling Islands", to Michigan with Indonesian 4r tied by 'DENPASAR' cds, minor faults. Rare commercial mail.
1957-63 1957 South Africa-Australia Goodwill Flight with Animals 3d pair 6d pair & 1/-, to Norfolk Island with transits oval 'HM CUSTOMS/MAURITIUS' b/s, boxed 'QANTAS EMPIRE AIRWAYS LTD/COCOS ISLAND' on the face in blue & oval 'SEEN BY CUSTOMS/ 2 /PERTH AIRPORT WA', six autographs.
1958 commercial usage of Malayan formular aerogramme to Mauritius with 10d blue tied by #1 cds, lengthy social message headed "OTC Australia/Cocos-Keeling" states "...Cocos isn't such a bad place...We live on Direction Is...in our opinion the nicest island in the group...I'm the only female here...even the servants are male...", a bit grubby. [From the OTC acting manager's wife]
1959 real photo PPC (Cocos Malay village) to France with very fine strike of the rare 'BY AIR/FROM/KEELING COCOS/ISLANDS' h/s in blue, 2d Queen Mother & 1/- Platypus tied by #1 cds. The latest recorded usage of the cachet. [This is the best Cocos subject PPC we have seen]
1961 OHMS cover with 'DEPARTMENT OF TERRITORIES/COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS' imprint at L/L, to Singapore with 1/- Lyrebird tied by #2 cds, light central fold & the flap is missing.