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ADOLARIOUS HUMPHREY BOYD, CONTROVERSIAL CIVIL SERVANT, TASMANIA

The earlier cover is addressed to A.H. Boyd Esqr., Deputy Registrar of Births Etc., Port Arthur, (Tasmania) and the brick-red no watermark ‘ONE PENNY POSTAGE’ QV VAN DIEMENS LAND stamp is cancelled by the first numeral ‘48' of Ouse, Tasmania. In addition there is a fine cancel of an unframed reception postmark of POST OFFICE/ IMPRESSION BAY with a poorly written ms. of ‘30/10/56' in the centre. It cannot be 1816 as the office did not open until July 1, 1856 and it closed February 2, 1858. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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AN INVITATION from BERT HAWKE to MISS CLANCY to MEET BILL SLIM

I recognize that this mundane cover is just an excuse for me to meet two men whose backgrounds were not dissimilar, whose careers were considerably divergent, yet both had a significant impact on Australia, during the same decade. I have no clue as to whom Miss Slim was, but I am sure that she was honoured by the invitation. In fact this cover was one of two separate invitations that she received for 2 Government of Western Australia receptions, and I am concerned that this cover and this invitation are a mismatch by 3 years, for the correct cover has been misplaced. Both covers were written in the same hand from the same source, and the correct cover was dated 1953. Miss M. Clancy lived in Subiaco Road, Subiaco, W.A. (Figure 1).


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EMMA ZEGELS: AIRMAIL FLIGHT LONDON to MELBOURNE: AIR RACE

 

This dramatic Air Mail Flight cover was described by the eBay vendor as follows: "Unusual special airpost registered envelope with Emma Zegels stamps mailed from Batavia to Melbourne, Australia on the Douglas flight and then back to Batavia.via ship. Vignettes and postage/registration on both sides." Both the vendor and I don’t understand the Dutch language, particularly the word ‘Zegels’. Most of the aircraft carried mail unofficially, whereas the (Dutch) KLM entry, ‘Uiver’, a DC2 plane, carried official mail from Holland via England to Melbourne. Many covers were flown between places in India and in Australia but these have not been listed separately. The relevant entries for the official mail flights were listed as follows: 444: Holland-Australia; 445: Holland -Dutch East Indies; and 446: the present cover which was listed as Dutch East Indies-Australia. The 3 of these official mail were further described by Nelson Eustis as follows: carried on the KLM Douglas DC2 ‘Uiver’, PH-AJU, in command of K.D. Parmentier, and crew J.J. Moll, B.Prins, C. van Brugge.

The front of the cover had Dutch terms which have not yet been translated, a blue printed PER LUCHTPOST/ PAR AVION/ DOUGLAS Vlucht, a red cross with 2 cross-bars, SPECIALE ENVELOPPE voor de NED. INDIE/"DOUGLAS"-VLUCHT/Met gebrulk/van EMMA ZEGELS, etc., a scene of 2 seated Balinese dancers, a deep blue triangular 30 c NEDERL-INDIE stamp (Scott C 18), a block of four and a single ‘Dowager Queen Emma’ black brown 12½ c (+ 2½ c), a surtax for Anti Tuberculosis Society (Scott SP 17), as well as a single bister 2½ c Rice field stamp (Scott 166). There was a green registration label for BATAVIA, and also a blue drawing of a plane and the flag of the Netherlands is seen down the LHS (Figure 1).


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JACK’S DAY, NAVAL FORCES CHARITY, & 3 KNIGHTED BANKER -TREASURERS

This unusual cover reveals a World War One charitable fund for naval personnel and their families which was started on November 1, 1918 and which ran for several weeks in Australia. The cover has a green ½d and a red 1d KGV Head stamps postmarked with a patriotic roller cancel, HELP TO WIN THE WAR. The stamps partially obscure a printed blue "JACK’S DAY"/ By Authority of the Department of Repatri(ation)/ A FUND TO HELP THE MEN OF/ THE NAVY AND THE MERCANTILE MAR(INES). It has a caricature of a smoking sailor over JACK’S DAY/ NOV 1ST,1918, and the cover is addressed to Little Jack, 5 Hugh St, Ashfield (Sydney). The return address is listed as Dalton House, Pitt-street, (5th Floor), Sydney, and it has a ms. ‘31/10/ 1918'. The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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OPENING of the SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE 19 MARCH 1932

The stamps commemorating this event were issued on the 14 March 1932, with the two red 2d stamps (single line perf. 11, for the unwatermarked recess print and comb perf. 10.5 for the letterpress stamp) with the blue 3d and the green 5/- stamps. The design featured the bridge from the south-east, with a large liner, R.M.S. Orford passing beneath to provide a perspective of size (Figure 1).


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PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY of N.S.W. & 1ST A’SIAN PHILATELIC EXHIBITION

This Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales, 7 Richmond Terrace, Domain (Sydney) cover had a red 1d ‘N.S.W. Shield’ stamp and a red ‘Cinderella’ of the Australasian Philatelic Exhibition, Sydney 1911, both postmarked with a roller cancel ‘SYDNEY N.S.W. OC 14 1911'. It was addressed to R J Clarke Esq, Harwoods Pharmacy, Raymond Terrace, (NSW). The reverse was not seen (Figure 1).


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THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION of 1880 - 1881

The cover was addressed to Syracuse, New York, United States and the blue 6d Laureate stamp of Victoria was canceled with the barred numeral MC/97 (Type 11A which was in use from 20.8.1880 until 30.6.1881) and the cover was also postmarked with an unframed EXHIBITION/ MY 17/ 81/ VICTORIA (Figure 1).


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WOMEN’S WORK EXHIBITION, MELBOURNE 1907

The 'Empire' Post Card has the pink 1d 'POSTAGE' stamp of Victoria which is cancelled with the duplex EXHIBITION/ OC 28/ 07/ MELBOURNE postmark with the barred numeral '1197'.  It is addressed to Launceston, Tasmania and the message starts off "I am writing this from the Exhibition...... (Figure 1).


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