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85/112-12 Envelope, Jubilee air mail Australia to New Zealand, unused, signed, paper, maker unknown, Australia, 1935. Click to enlarge.

Envelope for the King George V Jubliee Air Mail flight Australia to New Zealand, 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.

85/112-12

Object Statement

Envelope, Jubilee air mail Australia to New Zealand, unused, signed, 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 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. P G Taylor and John S W Stannage have signed the envelope.

Marks

Signature on front of envelope, handwritten in black ink 'P. G. Taylor / (underline)'

Signature on front of envelope, handwritten in black ink 'John S. W. Stannage'

Notation on back of envelope, handwritten in pencil 'Sir Charles / Taylor. / Stannage.'

Dimensions

Height

88 mm

Width

144 mm

Production

Notes

The maker of the envelope is unknown.

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.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Envelope for the King George V Jubliee Air Mail flight Australia to New Zealand, 1935 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/23868>

Wikipedia

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