Our Australasia sale commenced with Asia, highlighted by China (Peoples Republic), Hong Kong and Malaysian States. Oceania featured useful Fiji and New Guinea, strong New Zealand including King George V proofs, Papua with a sheet of the 1/- small Papua overprint and flight covers, Papua New Guinea Courvoisier proofs and Tonga postal history. Rest of the World comprised a smaller number of countries for this sale, however several better sets and varieties were to be found, followed by a range of collections and accumulations.
Australian Colonies comprised 160 lots and began with a selection of inwards mail to the Colonies. This was followed by a good representation from each State, highlighted by Tasmania with a 4d Sideface die proof in blue, the control number pair 2/6d Tablet essay in lilac and postal history including a fine strike of the Hobart Town V.D.L. handstamp on 1829 entire. Victoria featured better Half-length and Queen-on-Throne issues and postal stationery, and from Western Australia two rare 1842 entires from Australind.
Australian Commonwealth, comprising over 400 lots including collections, featured Kangaroos to £2 with multiples, varieties and Specimens; King George V issues with a 1d red punctured OS Die I/II block and a mint 2d Postal Forgery; the 1927- 65 period included a comprehensive range of King George VI imprint and no imprint blocks and plate numbers; fine modern errors and varieties; and booklets with many later overprint types. Following the keen interest shown in the Larson postage dues, we were pleased to again have a fine selection of these underrated issues, with rarely offered monograms, imprints and multiples including sheets. Postal Stationery included a range of Lettercards and Aerophilately from 1919 featured mail carried by famous aviators Poulet and Benoist, Cobham and Kingsford Smith.