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85/112-11 Philatelic cover, Jubilee air mail Australia to New Zealand, from Melbourne, paper, maker unknown, Australia, 1935. Click to enlarge.

Philatelic cover from Melbourne and carried on the "Southern Cross" cross Tasman flight, 1935

Made
This item is from a collection of 21 philatelic covers, 5 letters, 2 envelopes and 24 photographs relating to early Australian aviation. It is part of a much larger collection donated to the Museum by EA and VI Crome which comprises some 20,000 items of postage stamps featuring airmail and space philately plus a large number of envelopes flown and posted back to Mr Crome. Many are signed by the pilots or astronauts.

Ernest Alfred Crome (1902-1987) worked his way up from office boy to manager …

Summary

Object No.

85/112-11

Object Statement

Philatelic cover, Jubilee air mail Australia to New Zealand, from Melbourne, paper, maker unknown, Australia, 1935

Physical Description

Jubilee Air Mail envelope commemorating the reign of King George V and the fourth Australia-New Zealand-Australia flight by Charles Kingsford Smith. The cover is addressed to a post office box in New Zealand. The decorative motif at the bottom of the envelope has the Australian continent, marked with Richmond, and an aircraft heading east. New Zealand, marked with New Plymouth, with an aircraft heading west is in the lower right corner of the envelope. Text is between the two countries. The envelope has three Australian stamps that depict King George V in uniform on a horse. There are two postmarks from Melbourne, dated 11 May 1935. On the back of the envelope is a postmark from Wellington, New Zealand, dated 23 May 1935.

Marks

Postmarks on front of envelope, stamped in black 'SHIP(illeg.) / MELBOURNE / 2-P11MY35'

Postmark on back of envelope, stamped in black 'WELLINGTON / NZ / 23MY35 / 1'

Dimensions

Height

90 mm

Width

145 mm

Production

Notes

The maker of the envelope is unknown. The envelope was sent from Melbourne, Victoria or nearby.

History

Notes

Charles Kingsford Smith, along with co-pilot P G Taylor and radio operator John Stannage, attempted to fly from Australia to New Zealand in the 'Southern Cross' to gain the contract for a trans-Tasman airmail service. The flight was also to celebrate the 25th Jubilee of King George V. They encountered engine trouble halfway across the Tasman Sea and were saved by Taylor climbing out of the cockpit and transferring oil from one engine to another using a thermos flask and a leather suitcase. For this action, Taylor received an Empire Gallantry Medal, later changed to a George Cross. The cargo and most of the mail bags were dumped and the plane and its crew returned to Sydney.

The suitcase is in the National Library of Australia collection.

E Crome saw the plane and crew take off from Richmond Air Force Base, NSW. According to information provided by Mr Crome 'All of the New South Wales mail bags went into the sea, as did mine, but six envelopes given to Smithy at Richmond as a personal memento, and carried in his pocket, came back to me, suitably endorsed by Flight Organiser, Jack Percival. A few small bags of mail from Brisbane - Melbourne - Launceston, and Adelaide were saved, with a total of less than 1000 letters.'

The envelope is addressed to R J G Collins. He was one of the founders of the Air Mail Society of New Zealand.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Philatelic cover from Melbourne and carried on the "Southern Cross" cross Tasman flight, 1935 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/23867>

Wikipedia

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