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Whilst Wesley produced it's own cover for this event cover competitor Royal did not. Below is the only Royal cover I have seen used for the Cocos 1955 flight:

Unbranded Royal first day souvenir cachet with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)
Unbranded Royal first day souvenir cachet with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on QEII 7½d Coronation,  2½d blue block of 4 &amp; 1d purple pair paying the correct 1/- rate for the flight to Australia paying the correct 1/- rate for the flight to Australia.<br /><br />Plus the triangular flight cachet in violet for the event
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on QEII 7½d Coronation, 2½d blue block of 4 & 1d purple pair paying the correct 1/- rate for the flight to Australia paying the correct 1/- rate for the flight to Australia.

Plus the triangular flight cachet in violet for the event


The first branded Royal cover was issued for the QEII 1/0½d on 9th March 1955. So I thought who might have stocks of the above unbranded cover & be big enough for the Post Office to know who the addressee would be just care of the Lonsdale Street Post Office. More than likely it was the Myer Stamp Shop based on the 6th Floor of the Myer Lonsdale Street Store. I think that at the time store was run by Melbourne stamp dealer John Hawker. :)
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BigSaint and Temora22,

Nice covers! Thanks for posting.

My only other 1955 Cocos flight cover:
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The cover underpaid the 2/ airmail rate to the US with a 1/6d Mercury. A "T" inside a hexagon and 72c(entimes)(?) was added to pay the postage due fee. It does not appear that the postage due was collected.

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agondocz wrote:
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Hello BigSaint,

I am surprised first by the Tasmanian addresses and second by the (scarce, rather than rare? ) number of red and black cachets.

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The last time I looked at these (until now) was back in 2012, and at that time Kim Dwyer had estimated there were 21 red cachets and 10 black.

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agondocz wrote:
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BigSaint and Temora22,

Nice covers! Thanks for posting.

My only other 1955 Cocos flight cover:
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The cover underpaid the 2/ airmail rate to the US with a 1/6d Mercury. A "T" inside a hexagon and 72c(entimes)(?) was added to pay the postage due fee. It does not appear that the postage due was collected.

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Andrew

The rate to the USA was 2/6. This was also the rate to the UK, Canada, Europe, Africa (not including South Africa which was 2/3) & most of Asia. The rates for this flight were generally 6d higher than the normal airmail rates. Your cover is therefore actually underpaid by 1/-. :)


Cocos 1955 Flight Philatelic Special Rates from Collas &amp; Hill.
Cocos 1955 Flight Philatelic Special Rates from Collas & Hill.
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For reference here. this is the book by Collas & Hill published in 1991 that I quote:

Cocos (Keeling) Islands <br />A Philatelic &amp;  Postal History to 1979<br />By Phil Collas &amp; John Hill.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
A Philatelic & Postal History to 1979
By Phil Collas & John Hill.

Phil Collas (1908 - 1989) had a long interest in Cocos (Keeling) Keeling Islands & was head of the "Stamps & Philatelic Branch" at Australia Post HQ (1951 - 1969) where he developed the first Cocos stamps in 1963. He had been the editor of Australian Stamp Monthly (1935 - 1951).

John Hill was a prominent collector of the postal history of Cocos (Keeling) Islands & Christmas Island.

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Hello Doug and BigSaint,

Doug: The 21 red and 10 black cachets seem to make sense. Thank you.

BigSaint: Thank you for the table and for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands / A Philatelic & Postal History to 1979 / By Phil Collas & John Hill reference.

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Andrew

Here is one with the correct rate to the USA:

Uncacheted first flight cover with triangular flight cachet in violet to Massachusetts USA
Uncacheted first flight cover with triangular flight cachet in violet to Massachusetts USA

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 2/6 Aborigine paying the correct to the USA
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 2/6 Aborigine paying the correct to the USA
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Thank you BigSaint.

Perhaps your cover has one of the more unusual usages for the 2/6d Aboriginal?

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doug wrote:
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agondocz wrote:
12 Aug 2020 12:45
Hello BigSaint,

I am surprised first by the Tasmanian addresses and second by the (scarce, rather than rare? ) number of red and black cachets.

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The last time I looked at these (until now) was back in 2012, and at that time Kim Dwyer had estimated there were 21 red cachets and 10 black.
Doug

Thanks for the update on the numbers of reds & blacks. It was over 20 years ago that Kim quoted me the 12 reds & blacks were not heard of at that time.

With the numbers of reds being shown here I was starting to think there had to be more. There are also 3 more I am aware of that have not been shown here. At least of those reds shown here, all have that connection to Tasmania, so that still holds true. If only we knew where the cachets were applied.

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agondocz wrote:
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Thank you BigSaint.

Perhaps your cover has one of the more unusual usages for the 2/6d Aboriginal?

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Andrew

You maybe right.

It is the only example of my Cocos 1955 flight covers that uses this stamp & a quick check of Glen's batch on the previous page & the pictured lots from Abacus auction 233 don't show any.

I do note however you have shown 3 examples on the previous page.

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The next cachet I show is one of two I have seen (& no doubt there will be more) & the other was in the previously discussed Abacus auction number 233 of 3rd March 2019. It was included in Lot 2486 there in a lot of 10 covers which sold for $A1700 plus charges. Both of these covers are addressed to England:


Unknown cachet souvenir cover with triangular flight cachet in violet
Unknown cachet souvenir cover with triangular flight cachet in violet

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on block of 4 6d Kookaburra under paying the correct to the UK of 2/6 by 6d.
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on block of 4 6d Kookaburra under paying the correct to the UK of 2/6 by 6d.

Unknown cachet maybe by an English cachetmaker.
Unknown cachet maybe by an English cachetmaker.

Triangular flight cachet in violet for the event
Triangular flight cachet in violet for the event

The reverse also with triangular flight cachet in violet
The reverse also with triangular flight cachet in violet
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Cocos (Keeling) Islands souvenir cover used for 1955 first flight with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354). MWP attributes this cachet to cachetmaker Queensland Stamp Mart.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands souvenir cover used for 1955 first flight with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354). MWP attributes this cachet to cachetmaker Queensland Stamp Mart.
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 1/- Lyrebird which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.
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A small group of AWCO (Arnold Wheeler & Co) covers with the triangular flight cachet in violet.

For more details on Arnold Wheeler & Co go to the thread below:


Arnold Wheeler & Co First Day Covers - how many were made?
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AWCO fdc with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)<br /><br />Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 3 x 3½d UPU, 1d Princess Elizabeth &amp; ½d Orange Kangaroo making 1/- which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.
AWCO fdc with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 3 x 3½d UPU, 1d Princess Elizabeth & ½d Orange Kangaroo making 1/- which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.

AWCO fdc with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)<br /><br />Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on block of 4 x 2d green Queen Mother, 3½d red Queen Elizabeth &amp; ½d Orange Kangaroo making 1/- which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.
AWCO fdc with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on block of 4 x 2d green Queen Mother, 3½d red Queen Elizabeth & ½d Orange Kangaroo making 1/- which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.

The reverse with AWCO cachet in green
The reverse with AWCO cachet in green

AWCO fdc with triangular flight cachet in violet  posted to Canada <br /><br />Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 2/- Crocodile Art, 3½d red Coronation, pair of 1d Princess Elizabeth &amp; ½d Orange Kangaroo making 2/6 paying the correct rate to the USA
AWCO fdc with triangular flight cachet in violet posted to Canada

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 2/- Crocodile Art, 3½d red Coronation, pair of 1d Princess Elizabeth & ½d Orange Kangaroo making 2/6 paying the correct rate to the USA

The reverse with AWCO cachet in green &amp; the triangular flight cachet in violet .
The reverse with AWCO cachet in green & the triangular flight cachet in violet .


It seems like Arnold, Wheeler & Co used up some old stamps making up these flight covers :)
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An airmail cover, the type of which I have not seen before:

Airmail cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)<br /><br />Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on QEII Ultramarine 1/0½d &amp; 6½d Orange QEII making 1/7 which appears to be 7d overpaid for 1/- rate for half an ounce to Australia.
Airmail cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on QEII Ultramarine 1/0½d & 6½d Orange QEII making 1/7 which appears to be 7d overpaid for 1/- rate for half an ounce to Australia.
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One thing I was surprised to see in the March 2019 Abacus auction was a registered cover for this flight. Collas & Hill clearly stated on page 33 that "registration services were not provided":

Cocos 1955 Flight Registered to the UK. - ex Abacus auction 233, part of lot 2486.
Cocos 1955 Flight Registered to the UK. - ex Abacus auction 233, part of lot 2486.

How much more surprised was I to find this one on eBay UK last night for £17.00 plus GST & shipping:

Cocos 1955 Flight Registered to the UK
Cocos 1955 Flight Registered to the UK
Cocos 1955 Flight Registered to the UK reverse with triangular flight cachet in violet.
Cocos 1955 Flight Registered to the UK reverse with triangular flight cachet in violet.

Being Registration label 39 I think that means there are at least 39 Registered items for this flight. :)
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A seldom seen Wide World cachet for the inaugural postal service to Cocos Islands (MWP page 59):

Wide World first flight cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)
Wide World first flight cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on QEII Ultramarine 1/0½d As rate to Australia was 1/- this cover is overpaid by ½d.
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on QEII Ultramarine 1/0½d As rate to Australia was 1/- this cover is overpaid by ½d.

Triangular flight cachet in violet
Triangular flight cachet in violet


Wide World (owned by Vernon & Peter Stalley of Adelaide) were prolific cover producers from 1946 to 1957. :)
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Hello BigSaint,

Perhaps there was a 6d surcharge if the sender did not use the Qantas cachet plus 6½d for airmail to Australia, thus 1/½d. Perhaps other covers were mailed by air to Australia underpaid the airmail rate?
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The 6d surcharge is from a description of: Prestige Auction 233, lot 2487

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Andrew

That is an interesting comment:

" 2/- airmail rate + 6d surcharge paid to Qantas."

All Collas & Hill say is that there was the 6d surcharge, they say nothing about it being paid to Qantas. I will have to check that with Gary.

If it was then it would have been a nightmare for the postal staff on Cocos check & postmark 20,000 covers ready for them to be put on the plane.

The reason why I thought so many were underpaying was that they were unaware of the surcharge for this flight. :)
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Uncacheted cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)<br /><br />Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 3 x 3½d &amp; 3 x 2½d stamps, total 1/6.
Uncacheted cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 3 x 3½d & 3 x 2½d stamps, total 1/6.

This cover weighs about a ¼ ounce & therefore appears to be over franked by 6d, So either there was extra for a larger cover or the sender didn't care about the whether the rate was correct & just wanted to make a more decorative cover. :)
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Arthur Bergen cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354) <br /><br />Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 3½d Australia USA Friendship stamp under paying the 1/- rate by 8½d &amp; postmarked Brighton South Australia on the face of the cover on arrival - 30th November 1955.
Arthur Bergen cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 3½d Australia USA Friendship stamp under paying the 1/- rate by 8½d & postmarked Brighton South Australia on the face of the cover on arrival - 30th November 1955.


MWP state that Arthur was possibly the most prolific & longest lasting individual person who produced philatelic covers in the world, He produced covers for 73 years not only for Australia, but for New Zealand, United Kingdom, Norfolk Island & other Pacific countries.

His covers were usually made with a single letter rate stamp (as shown above) or less, so I am not surprised by the underpayment above. :)
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BigSaint wrote:
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MWP state that Arthur was possibly the most prolific & longest lasting individual person who produced philatelic covers in the world, He produced covers for 73 years not only for Australia, but for New Zealand, United Kingdom, Norfolk Island & other Pacific countries.

His covers were usually made with a single letter rate stamp (as shown above) or less, so I am not surprised by the underpayment above. :)

So that explains this aerogramme. I had wondered about the 2 green cachets.

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Another Arthur Bergen Aerogramme from Abacus Auction number 233, 3rd March 2019 which was included on lot 2486 (included 10 covers) & sold for $A1700 plus charges:

Arthur Bergen Aerogramme ex Abacus Auction 233 to England with 6d Kookaburra added &amp; paying the correct rate of 1/4 to England for the 1955 Special Flight.
Arthur Bergen Aerogramme ex Abacus Auction 233 to England with 6d Kookaburra added & paying the correct rate of 1/4 to England for the 1955 Special Flight.

Missing the second green cachet but Arthur could have applied that later. Interesting to note that correct rate was paid on this aerogramme. :)
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Whilst we are on aerogrammes, here a couple:

Aerogramme with triangular flight cachet in violet.<br /><br />Postmarked Cocos cds 23rd November 1955 with 6d Koookaburra added to pay correct 1/4 rate to New York USA.
Aerogramme with triangular flight cachet in violet.

Postmarked Cocos cds 23rd November 1955 with 6d Koookaburra added to pay correct 1/4 rate to New York USA.

Aerogramme with triangular flight cachet in violet. <br /><br />Postmarked Cocos cds 23rd November 1955 with 6d Koookaburra added to pay correct 1/4 rate to England.
Aerogramme with triangular flight cachet in violet.

Postmarked Cocos cds 23rd November 1955 with 6d Koookaburra added to pay correct 1/4 rate to England.
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Haslem generic cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)
Haslem generic cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 1/- Lyrebird which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 1/- Lyrebird which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.

MWP tells us that Haslem were prolific cover producers from the mid-1930s to late 1955.
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Haslem generic cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)
Haslem generic cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 1/- Lyrebird, 6d Kookaburra, 4d Koala &amp; ½d Orange Kangaroo which overpaid the rate for half an ounce to Australia by 10½d.<br /><br />It would seem the sender was trying to make a decorative philatelic cover.
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 1/- Lyrebird, 6d Kookaburra, 4d Koala & ½d Orange Kangaroo which overpaid the rate for half an ounce to Australia by 10½d.

It would seem the sender was trying to make a decorative philatelic cover.
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Cover by unknown cachetmaker to the same addressee in the previous post with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)
Cover by unknown cachetmaker to the same addressee in the previous post with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on part set of QEII Wildings side faces - 1d violet, 2½d blue, 3d green, 3½d green &amp; 6½d orange, total of 1/4½d which overpaid the rate for half an ounce to Australia by 4½d.<br /><br />It would seem the sender was trying to make a decorative philatelic cover.
Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on part set of QEII Wildings side faces - 1d violet, 2½d blue, 3d green, 3½d green & 6½d orange, total of 1/4½d which overpaid the rate for half an ounce to Australia by 4½d.

It would seem the sender was trying to make a decorative philatelic cover.
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Welded Products Ltd of Sydney advertising cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)
Welded Products Ltd of Sydney advertising cover with triangular flight cachet in violet - one of 19717 items posted to Australia (AAMC #1354)

Cocos Island cds postmark 23rd November 1955 on 1/- Lyrebird which was the correct rate for half an ounce to Australia.
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Following an email from Doug, I feel I need to clarify the number of articles that received the Cocos date stamp of 23rd November 1955:

19,717 - Australia & Territories
1,667 - South Africa
1,596 - Malaya
9,239 - Other Countries

32,219 Total

However my ageing version of AAMC described them differently:

19,717 (AAMC #1354) - Cocos to Australia
7 (AAMC #1354a) - Cocos to Mauritius
1,667 (AAMC #1354b) - Cocos to South Africa
1,596 (AAMC #1354c) - Cocos to Malaysia

22987 Total per AAMC

I am not sure why AAMC did not include the "Other Countries" nor why they reported 7 article to Mauritius.

Does anyone have a later version of AAMC that may include & breakdown those further to USA, UK, Canada & Europe? :)
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Hi Brad,
I assume you meant 23rd November, not 30th. I don't think there is any doubt that the first flight occurred on 23rd November, as evidenced by 2 of the covers further up this thread - one a GPO Sydney on-stamping of 24th November, the other a Perth boxed cancel of 26th. The Qantas flights were fortnightly, so the next would have been 7th December.
Interestingly, Collas and Hill state " Copies of the cachet were held by the Australian Post Office, when it opened, and these were used, as required, on all mail leaving up to 30th November". Does anyone have any thoughts as to why the extra week? Would transit mail from South Africa also have been cacheted?

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Thanks for that Doug, I have updated the post.

I copied that from Collas & Hill, so I will blame them. I wasn't sure who had copies of the cachet, but I have not seen the triangular cachet with any other date than 23rd November 1955. Maybe there were some stragglers in the mail that were unable to be processed & the 23rd November 1955 lasted for more than 24 hours.

Perhaps it was like Norfolk Island where the 10th June 1947 seemed to go on for months.
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The Post Offices at Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Would we have somebody in this forum that could confirm where the post offices were located prior to the Australian takeover in 1955. Until that date it appears that there was a Singapore Agency as well as the RAAF post office. Would it be correct to say that the Singapore Agency was on Home Island and that the RAAF post office was at the airfield on West Island. After November 1955 was the RAAF post office closed and replaced by an Australian post office located at West Island. What happened to the Singapore Agency?

It appears, judging by all the postings in this thread that the RAAF post office was a much busier place.

Thanks to all who could help me in better understanding the situation.

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Hi Gus, I don't have all the answers, but here is a potted summary relating to your specific questions.

The RAAF Post Office was attached to the No. 2 Construction Squadron which set up on West Island on 19/12/1951. The PO opened 5 days later on 24th December.
Civilians were allowed to use the RAAF PO as there was no Malayan postal agency on the Islands.

The Malayan administration opened a Post Office on 2/9/1952 and all outward mail carried Singapore stamps.

The RAAF PO closed on 21/01/1954, having been open for just over 2 years.

The Malayan PO closed on 20/11/1955 and all mail still on hand was handed to the new Australian Post Office which opened on 23/11/1955 on West Island.

I have been unable to find exactly where the Malayan PO was located. I doubt that it was on Home Island, as it was pretty much closed to outsiders. The British Government had purchased all of West Island and a small parcel on Direction Island from the ruling Clunies-Ross family for reconstruction of the wartime airfield and my feeling is the Malayan PO would have also operated on West Island, but I may be wrong.

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This aerogram destined for Birmingham, England was posted at Cocos Island, R.A.A.F. post office, on July 4, 1952.This appears to be the last survey flight prior to the Qantas Empire Airways service to South Africa via Cocos and Mauritius which began the following September. What other information is available about this flight?
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This aerogram destined for Birmingham, England was posted at Cocos Island, R.A.A.F. post office, on July 4, 1952.This appears to be the last survey flight prior to the Qantas Empire Airways service to South Africa via Cocos and Mauritius which began the following September. What other information is available about this flight?

I think your second sentence is incorrect. Collas and Hill state that a proving flight over the intended route (SYD-PER-CCK-MRU-JNB) left Sydney on 25th July 1952, with the return flight leaving Johannesburg on 2nd August.

Unofficial mail was carried in both directions however "As far as is known, no covers were dropped or picked up at the Cocos Islands on this occasion".
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Thanks Doug for the correction. I am a long ways away from the place of action so all the help I get is appreciated.

I have searched on eBay and Delcampe and have seldom seen that aerogram with that date of July 4, 1952.
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Glad to help, Gus.

A little more info -
Qantas operated a courier service from Cocos to Singapore from 2nd February 1952 to 14th August, 16 flights in all.

Australian mail was then flown to Darwin.
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Berlin-Gus

Your aerogram is addressed to F J Field Ltd, a large English stamp dealer.

According to Collas & Hill, there was no Malayan postal agency on the island at that time & civilians were able to use the RAAF postal facilities. Perhaps Field had a contact on the Island to send Philatelic mail.

When the Malayan postal agency opened on September 2, 1952, civilians were no longer able to use the RAAF post office.

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Thank you Doug and thank you Big Saint.

This is getting more interesting by the hour. If I understand you correctly you are suggesting that the air letter was couriered by Qantas to Singapore and from there by whatever was available to England to arrive on the desk of a stamp dealer.

Now that does not surprise me because I would think most of this mail was philatelic. Truly commercial pieces would surely be quite rare.

Airletters without a message have to be philatelic.

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BigSaint wrote:
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Your aerogram is addressed to F J Field Ltd, a large English stamp dealer.

Even more relevant, is that Francis Field were THE leading dealers in Aerophilatelic material in that era. If something was happening they always had their finger in the pie somewhere. :)

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands June 11, 1963
This was a big day for the Islanders because they received their first issue of stamps specifically designed for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. As in 1955 when the Australian Post Office took over from Singapore, Qantas Empire Airways played a significant role in promoting the event with first day covers. As previously they issued covers for each leg of the voyage.

It should be noted that the June 11, 1963 issue was not only valid in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands but also in Australia. Australian stamps continued to be valid in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This situation continued until Sept. 3, 1979.

Are any statistics available as to how many first day covers were produced by Qantas? One could almost imagine that Qantas had control of the market, after all how many of the 800 Cocos Islanders would venture out to get an FDC?


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Are any statistics available as to how many first day covers were produced by Qantas? One could almost imagine that Qantas had control of the market, after all how many of the 800 Cocos Islanders would venture out to get an FDC?
As with most things Cocos, the situation was not that simple.

The Australian Post Office adopted a modified version of that used for the 1955 covers - place your order with the Philatelic Bureau, Melbourne where the purple cachet would be applied and bulk forwarded (on several occasions) to the Cocos Post Office.
The latter also received orders from overseas customers despite the instructions from Melbourne.

Australia Post did not provide special or commemorative covers.

The Qantas covers were of the 3 types shown above.

Collas and Hill do not state how many were privately printed (not just Qantas), but the total number of covers that received the cachet and first day postmark was 32,175 broken down as follows -
for Australia and its Territories - 17,977
for Mauritius - 6,364
for South Africa - 6,317
rest of the world - 1,517.

Phil Collas delivered a speech at the Post Office on West Island, and 13 specially prepared booklets containing sets of stamps were presented to attending dignitaries and officials.

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Thank you, Doug. I really appreciate these extra details that may or may not be of interest to every collector. Speaking for myself it brings meaning to my collection.

So here we have another fdc from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. It is not a Qantas cover but the artwork shows similarities so somehow there may be a connection. The cover has no receiving mark on the back so perhaps it was part of a bulk mailing of souvenir covers to be handed out to dignitaries.

The cover is addressed to F.H.W. Daniell, Royal Commonwealth Society, Sydney. The Society had branches in each state of the Commonwealth.

The Royal Commonwealth Society, established in London in 1868, is the oldest civil society organisation in the world. The RCS (ACT) Branch was founded in 1958. Although clearly connected by history and purpose with RCS London, the ACT Branch, like other RCS branches throughout the world, is legally separate, fully autonomous and has its own constitution.
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Most know abacus had a strong sale of Cocos covers in March 2019 -

http://www.prestigephilately.com/cats.php?auctionnum=233&sortcode=coph6

And many earlier pages of covers.

If someone wants a COVID project to post the images, and write ups here, and prices realised for each it will be a handy guide. :mrgreen:

All lots were dreaded ''T'' lots so for local buyers, 10% is added to hammer price you see, PLUS the 20% buyer fee, so they fetched huge money.

Lot 2477 the 1954 Royal Visit group (of which I have a lovely KGVI cover below here) - cost a local about $A1050 each.

These 4 covers I bought decades back. Never seen them before or after. No idea of real price, but they are in stock at $A400 (Stock 593HW)

At abacus they'd clearly have got double or treble that! PLUS. :)

There were many 4, and many 5 figure prices in there - the airletter below was about $A35,000 invoice!

Not only keen ozzie buyers want this area but well heeled SINGAPOREANS do too as it is "home issue" stuff to them. :idea:

Cocos Island Singapore middish 1950s cancels and covers
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A $35,000 airletter.
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Here is my copy of the cover you show:

Cocos (Keeling) Islands fdc for the 1st definitives (&amp; first issue) stamps postmarked 11th June 1963 to G.H. Lush Esq QC (Queens Counsel) Owen Dixon Chambers Melbourne.<br /><br />Note this is postmark number 1.
Cocos (Keeling) Islands fdc for the 1st definitives (& first issue) stamps postmarked 11th June 1963 to G.H. Lush Esq QC (Queens Counsel) Owen Dixon Chambers Melbourne.

Note this is postmark number 1.

I don't who produced this cover but I had thought it may have been an unbranded Royal. The cachet on my copy is a little sticky, even after 50 years, which is a common trait of Royal fdcs of this time. Royal tried to copy Wesley Cover Service "Verko Print" & didn't get it 100% right & consequently on a lot of their covers the ink often did not completely dry.

However. if it were a Royal, I think we would see more of these out there.

Your thought that these may have been sent to dignataries, members of a club or customers of a company is a good one but who. Perhaps it was OTC (Overseas Telecommunications Corporation) & maybe Royal printed the covers for them? Hopefully someone out there may have a copy with a card or letter inside. :)

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A scarce "OHMS" fdc originally sent to dignitaries by the Postmaster General:


OHMS fdc in red sent by the Postmaster General to dignitaries
OHMS fdc in red sent by the Postmaster General to dignitaries

Postmarked on first day of issue at Cocos (Keeling) Islands using postmark number 2
Postmarked on first day of issue at Cocos (Keeling) Islands using postmark number 2

Australian Coat of Arms on the reverse
Australian Coat of Arms on the reverse

About 100 were sent for each issue from 1950 to 1965. :)
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A not often seen Australian Post Office Hermes fdc cachet postmarked on Cocos:

Registered Australian Post Office Hermes cachet in Gold &amp; Blue used for the &quot;Cocos (Keeling) Islands&quot; first definitive stamp postmarked 11th June 1963 with postmark number 2.
Registered Australian Post Office Hermes cachet in Gold & Blue used for the "Cocos (Keeling) Islands" first definitive stamp postmarked 11th June 1963 with postmark number 2.

Back stamped in the reverse with Cocos (Keeling) Islands, GPO Melbourne &amp; St.Kilda
Back stamped in the reverse with Cocos (Keeling) Islands, GPO Melbourne & St.Kilda

It should be mentioned (sooner rather than later) that each fdc postmarked on Cocos received an additional oval cachet in violet:

Australian Post Office - First Issue Cocos (Keeling) Islands Stamps.

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Thank you Doug, for filling in the details which were not available to me. Appreciated by me and hopefully other readers of this thread.

Thank you Brad for posting more covers of this interesting issue. And, yes I will about those attachments. Never to old to learn, it just takes a bit longer. Appreciate the help.

This first definitive series for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands issued June 11, 1963 had a fairly short life of about 32 months before it became invalidated due to the currency change in Australia on February 14, 1966. However, the stamps were valid in Australia and available at the philatelic counters.

Shown here is a cover posted in a pillar box in Brisbane on January 13, 1965, to be mailed to the Western Stamp Collector, Albany, Oregon, USA. Take note of the slogan "Recruits Under 21 Get Adult Pay in The Armed Services".
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Good work on the images. A nice cover you show for Cocos used on the Australian Mainland. I wasn't going to show any here as I didn't think it was within the spirit of thread but here is a quick one:

5d Cocos Aeroplane stamp postmarked  Brisbane 12th June 1963, second day of issue.
5d Cocos Aeroplane stamp postmarked Brisbane 12th June 1963, second day of issue.

A "Standard Stamp Co" newsletter, folded, then stuck down, franked & sent to customers. Not sure if this was meant to go the day before but was delayed. Note "Commercial Papers Only" handstamp in violet.

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Beach Scene, Cocos Island postcard
Beach Scene, Cocos Island postcard

Sent to Cremorne Sydney with 5d Aeroplane  stamp postmarked on fdi 11th June 1963
Sent to Cremorne Sydney with 5d Aeroplane stamp postmarked on fdi 11th June 1963

I wonder if the sender Marigold worked in the Cocos Philatelic Bureau & was working long into the night to fulfil customer orders. :idea:
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Gus

Good work on the images. A nice cover you show for Cocos used on the Australian Mainland. I wasn't going to show any here as I didn't think it was within the spirit of thread but here is a quick one:

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A "Standard Stamp Co" newsletter, folded, then stuck down, franked & sent to customers. Not sure if this was meant to go the day before but was delayed. Note "Commercial Papers Only" handstamp in violet.

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Technically speaking, let me get this right, the Brisbane cover could have been posted at 12:01 am June 12/63, and Marigold working hard at the Cocos post office was dating them June 11/63 where at 21:01 in the evening the sun has set. Unfortunately we do not have time marks in the postmarks to confirm this. :ugeek:
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