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    Lot 626
    Estimate: $400

    Great Britain 1911 (9 Sep) First United Kingdom Aerial Post Service postcard, inaugural day of event, addressed to Sydney but paid only for internal use, hence taxed 1d (Australian Postage Due removed). Sender mentions 'This is the first P.C. I have sent by Air Ship [sic]'. Very scarce to Australia


    Lot 627
    Estimate: $400

    Great Britain 1911 (14 Sep) First United Kingdom Aerial Post Service postcard, penultimate day of event, correctly rated 1d for transmission to Melbourne, scissor-cut below stamps (almost a disaster). Very scarce to Australia


    Lot 628
    Estimate: $350

    1930 (19 Mar) advertising cover for The Hotel Alexandra from Melbourne to Rhode Island, USA, endorsed 'U.S. Air Mail from San Francisco' franked 1d and 3d KGV cancelled 'LATE FEE/MELBOURNE' cds, prepaying the surface mail rate plus 1d late fee, and additionally franked with the US 1928 5c Beacon Airmail tied by manuscript pen line for US air mail postage. Roughly opened flap and some minor creases, but a fine commercial example of the service permitting the prepayment of US air mail postage from Australia


    Lot 629
    Estimate: $100

    1930 (28 Aug) commercial airmail cover from Hobart to Mt. Lawley with combination of 1930 Sturt 3d and KGV 2d surcharge, where 3d specifically pays air mail surcharge, backstamped on arrival, a particularly unusual and attractive usage item


    Lot 630
    Estimate: $100

    1932 (18 Jan) registered airmail cover from Darwin to Brisbane bearing KGV 2d for letter rate and 6d Airmail (3d registration fee + 3d airmail surcharge), attractive item for Northern Territory or usage collection


    Lot 631
    Estimate: $75

    1932 (1 Dec) long cover (blemishes) carried Sydney to Brisbane addressed to Hudson Fysh, QANTAS Ltd, franked 1/9d for 2-2˝ oz airmail (6d letter + 1/3d airmail surcharge), and bearing scarce QANTAS first decade commemorative air mail etiquette


    Lot 632
    Estimate: $300 Realised Price : $340

    1934 (8 Mar) commercial airmail cover (trifle creased) from Switzerland to Melbourne via Karachi and Perth-Adelaide airmail services, very scarce framed 'RECEIVED AT PERTH TOO LATE/FOR DESPATCH BY AIR MAIL' handstamp, Indian backstamp. Small number recorded


    Lot 633
    Estimate: $125

    1934 (7 Dec) commercial cover (blemishes) from Melbourne to France, carried on first Australia-U.K. airmail service, 3/- double rate, underpaid for 3/5d rate for a 1oz letter and taxed, French 60c postage due affixed and tied, Paris transit ds on reverse. Attractive


    Lot 634
    Estimate: $100 Realised Price : $75

    1935 and 1941 inwards covers from USA by very different means, earlier by sea to UK, thence airmail (Imperial Airways IE341 service), latter all-the-way by transpacific Pan Am Clipper service (FAM 19/Flight 32), censored Perth. Attractive duo, the earlier particularly scarce, an attractively franked uprate of 5c airmail stationery envelope (2)


    Lot 635
    Estimate: $150

    Great Britain 1935 (26 Jan) airmail cover (roughly opened at base) London to Melbourne carried by QANTAS/Imperial service Flight IE309, which force landed at Surabaya in Dutch East Indies on Feb 4 due to broken exhaust pipe, confirmed by Melbourne arrival backstamp (Feb 9), very few recorded of this near calamitous event, ex Perry


    Lot 636
    Estimate: $100

    Great Britain 1935 (22 Apr) airmail cover (opened three sides) from Caird Hall, Dundee to Sydney carried on QANTAS/Imperial service Flight IE335 which suffered oil tank damage at Akyab, Burma May 4, confirmed by Haymarket arrival backstamp (May 10), ex Perry


    Lot 637
    Estimate: $150

    Great Britain 1935 (1 Nov) airmail cover from London to Sydney, carried QANTAS/Imperial service flight IE389, which service was aborted owing to weather conditions in Mediterranean, necessitating transfer of mail to S.S. 'Calitea' from Brindisi to Athens, where air service recommenced to Alexandria. A little known major interrupted flight of which few examples are recorded. Confirmed by Sydney arrival backstamp (Nov 16). Ex Perry


    Lot 638
    Estimate: $1,000

    Great Britain 1936 (21 Aug) cover London – Melbourne carried QANTAS/Imperial Airways Flight IE473, departed London following day, delayed five days due to 'Horsa' overshooting Bahrain at night by 100 miles and landing in desert 60 miles south of Salwa Wella. The aircraft was found 40 hours later, and mail and passengers were flown out by R.A.F. Mail to join IE474-75 flights. The so-called 'Desert Incident' with only three of four covers recorded. Some cover trauma, Melbourne backstamp smudged


    Lot 639
    Estimate: $200

    Great Britain 1936 (22 Sep) airmail cover (typically singed) from London to Melbourne carried on QANTAS/Imperial 'Athena' (Flight IE482) which caught fire at New Delhi Sep 29, owing to engines being started by oxygen bottle rather than compressed air. Confirmed by Melbourne arrival backstamp (Oct 7)


    Lot 640
    Estimate: $100 Realised Price : $125

    1937 (6 Jul) large (355 x 230mm) envelope with the handstamp of the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom at lower left, endorsed 'By Train to Melbourne' and 'Confidential' and addressed to the editor of 'The West Australian' in Perth, franked with 2/- Kangaroo block of 4, 1932 6d Kookaburra and 1/- Lyrebird block of 6, pair and single and 3d Green Airmail cancelled 'AIR MAIL/CANBERRA F.C.T.' cds. The 17/9d postage represents 27 times the letter rate of 2d per ounce plus air mail fee of 3d per half ounce. A spectacular internal air mail cover, few creases and some minor stains


    Lot 641
    Estimate: $120

    1940-41 airmail covers from Sydney to U.S.A. franked at 4/- and 7/11d for single and double Clipper rate respectively, frankings including Kangaroo 2/- pair and x 3, censored at Sydney (two types of censor tape). Carried by Pan Am FAM 19 service, Flights 12 and 29, nice duo for exhibit (2)


    Lot 642
    Estimate: $120 Realised Price : $90

    1941 (22 Feb) cover from Sydney to USA bearing Kangaroo 2/- (2) for Clipper rate via NZ, carried on Pan Am FAM19 service Flight 16, which suffered engine failure between Noumea and Canton Island, necessitating return to Noumea, also 1941 (2 Dec) cover from Melbourne to USA, similarly franked for Clipper service, the intended flight cancelled owing to Pearl Harbour attack (2)


    Lot 643
    Estimate: $150

    1941 (5 Dec) cover from Sydney to U.S.A., censored at Sydney, bearing Kangaroo 2/- pair paying 4/- per ˝oz Clipper rate and intended for that transpacific service via Auckland. It would have travelled on TEAL AE1-3a, which departed Sydney December 6, but owing to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour the following day, the article would have been carried by another service


    Lot 644
    Estimate: $150

    1946 (13 Dec) Pratt & Whitney Aircraft airmail cover (opening faults) from Melbourne to U.S.A., franked 5/- Robes Thick Paper as a solo franking for the double 2/6d per ˝oz airmail rate


    Lot 645
    Estimate: $1,000

    Great Britain 1974 (16 Nov) cover to Wanneroo WA carried aboard ill-fated VC-10 airliner hijacked by PLO at Dubai on November 21, very fine strike of rare 'DELAYED EN ROUTE/-AIRCRAFT HI-JACK-' applied at Perth


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