Prestige Philately Auction 239 CatalogueNEW GUINEA - Mandated Territory - Aerophilately & Flight Covers
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Displaying 9 Lots in Category - NEW GUINEA - Mandated Territory - Aerophilately & Flight Covers
1928 (June 28) Wau-Lae ACSC #P12a endorsed "By Air" franked with Huts 3d with typed 'AIR MAIL' & pre-cancelled with 'EDIE CREEK' cds, tied by 'GUINEA AIRWAYS LTD/WAU' h/s & signed in pencil by the co-pilot "AS Cross", faint vertical fold, Cat $2000. A key rarity: only 2 covers flown. Ex Alan Grey. [Carried by horse/mule Edie Creek- Wau and onwards per Junkers J34. Tom Frommer's example sold at our auction of 4.4.2017 for $3360]
Interestingly, it is clear that the stamp was cancelled before being affixed. We're also confident that this cover, being addressed to the Health Department at Salamaua, is a commercial item!
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1931 (Nov 6) Australia-England #P36a with very fine boxed 'BY FIRST THROUGH/AIR MAIL/SERVICE/FROM NEW GUINEA' h/s (?) in violet, Hut Airs 2/- & 'OS' 6d tied by Rabaul cds, '.../AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND' cachet applied at Brisbane (?), signed by the pilot "CKingsford Smith", a couple of very minor blemishes, Cat $375. [Tom Frommer's similar cover sold for $528]
1933 (Jan 21) Bena Bena-Wau-Lae-Salamaua #P54 endorsed "Per Aerial Mail/ex Upper Purari River/..." signed by the pilot "Ray Parer", Undated Airs 1d pair & 3d cancelled in transit at Wau, Salamaua transit & Madang arrival b/s, Cat $1750. Only 8 covers flown. [Bena Bena Aerodrome had just been constructed & there were no postal facilities]
1933 1933 (Jan 26) Bena Bena-Wau-Lae-Salamaua #P55 endorsed "Per Aerial Mail/ex Bena Bena Drome/..." signed "HE Woodman/Asst Warden", Undated Airs 1d pair & 2d cancelled in transit at Lae, Salamaua arrival b/s, Cat $1500. Only 10 covers flown. [Alan Grey's example sold for $1952]
1933 (Jan 26) Bena Bena-Wau-Lae-Salamaua #P55 endorsed "Per Aerial Mail/ex Bena Bena Drome/..." signed "HE Woodman/Asst Warden", Undated Airs 1d pair & 3d cancelled in transit at Lae, Salamaua arrival b/s, Cat $1500. Only 10 covers flown. [Alan Grey's example sold for $1952]
1933 (Apr 10) Goroka-Lae-Salamaua #P59 endorsed "By air from WAHGI River/Central New Guinea" & signed "Ian Grabowsky/Pilot Fox Moth/...", Undated Airs 3d cancelled in transit at Lae, Salamaua transit & Sydney arrival b/s, Cat $2000. Only 5 covers flown. [The Leahy Bros Expedition explored the Wahgi Valley & built the airstrip to enable re-supply per Guinea Airways. The airstrip was abandoned at the end of April. Goroka had no post office until after WWII]
1934 (Apr 12) First Land Plane Solo Flight to Australia #P69a dated "19/3/34" with Undated Birds 3d & Airs ½d - perf faults - tied by typewritten 'FROM LAE PER WIDGEON VH-UGI/PILOT ("SMarshall")', 'CONCORD WEST/16AP34/ =NSW=' arrival b/s, minor blemishes, Cat $300++. [The typewritten cancellation is most unusual. The plane departed Wau 19.3.1934 but mechanical problems delayed the flight from Port Moresby until 12.4.1934. The AAMC states that about 100 covers were carried but most of these are from Papua. Only 3 or 4 were carried from New Guinea]
1935 (Aug 8) Sydney-Port Moresby-Wau per Fairey Fox #P63 with KGV 1d cancelled at 'ALBERTON' (SA) & Huts ½d pair cancelled on arrival at Wau, signed by the pilot "Ray Parer", Cat $400. [Alan Grey's example sold for $609]
1937 (Jan 9) Sydney-Port Moresby per return flight of De Havilland Dragon #P110b with Huts 'OS' 1d pair cancelled in transit at Brisbane, signed by the pilot "RO Mant", Cat $900. Only 5 covers flown. [Returned from New Guinea by sea to Brisbane. Alan Grey's cover sold for $770]