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85/112-5 Philatelic cover, Australia to UK via 'Lady Southern Cross', signed, paper, maker unknown, used by E Crome, Australia, 1934. Click to enlarge.

Philatelic cover carried on the Australia to England attempt by Charles Kingsford Smith in Lady Southern Cross, 1934

Made
  • 1934
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.

85/112-5

Object Statement

Philatelic cover, Australia to UK via 'Lady Southern Cross', signed, paper, maker unknown, used by E Crome, Australia, 1934

Physical Description

Philatelic cover, Australia to UK via 'Lady Southern Cross', signed, paper, maker unknown, used by E Crome, Australia, 1934

Brown paper envelope carried on the Australia to England attempt by Charles Kingsford Smith in the aircraft 'Lady Southern Cross'. There is typewritten text on the envelope and a black ink handwritten note written by John Stannage. P G Taylor and John S W Stannage have signed the envelope. There is a 2d Australian stamp commemorating the centenary of the state of Victoria. This depicts an Indigenous Australian against a background of European style buildings. There is a postage revenue stamp depicting George V.

Marks

Postmark on front of envelope, stamped in black ink 'NEWTOWN / N.S.W. / 27SE34'

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

Notation and signauture on front of envelope, handwritten in black ink 'This cover was carried / Australia-England / record attempt by Sir / Charles Kingsford Smith in the / "Lady Southern Cross" / John S.W. Stannage'

Dimensions

Height

95 mm

Width

120 mm

Production

Made

  • 1934

Notes

The maker of the envelope is unknown.

History

Notes

The envelope was carried Australia-England by Charles Kingsford Smith in the 'Lady Southern Cross'. Kingsford Smith intended to compete in the MacRobertson Air Race in the 'Lady Southern Cross' but did not make it to England in time for the start of the race. Instead, he flew the 'Lady Southern Cross' from Australia to the United States. This was the first eastward crossing of the Pacific Ocean by aircraft.

The cover is addressed to Mr Ernest Crome c/o Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Philatelic cover carried on the Australia to England attempt by Charles Kingsford Smith in Lady Southern Cross, 1934 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/23885>

Wikipedia

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