10. CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911-14
Stage IV: AAT stamps & minisheets):
A. Wireless Communication between Macquarie Island & Cape Denison (1912 â€“ 1913).
Three covers, which were postmarked at the Macquarie Island Station, commemorate the Centenary of the establishment of wireless communication between Macquarie Island and Cape Denison.
Cover No. 1, serviced with 2011 Centenary of the AAE stamps, was postmarked on 25 September 2012, and commemorates the Centenary of the receipt at Macquarie Island wireless station of the first radio transmission from Cape Denison.
Cover Nos 2 & 3, serviced with 2012 Centenary of the AAE stamps, were postmarked on 20 February 2013 and commemorate the Centenary of the first two-way radio communication between Cape Denison and Macquarie Island.
B. Mawson, Ninnis & Mertz's Far Eastern Journey & S.Y. Aurora's second Antarctic voyage.
It is unfortunate that the B09B iceberg, located in Commonwealth Bay, prevented the Mawson's Huts Foundation from mounting an expedition to Cape Denison in 2012-13. Consequently, no covers postmarked at Cape Denison are available. However, four overprinted 2012 Centenary of the AAE minisheets commemorating the Centenary of important events during 1912-13 have been produced. These are:
Minisheet No. 1: 10 December 1912, Mawson, Mertz and Ninnis set out on the Far Eastern Journey.
Minisheet No. 2: 14 December 1912, Ninnis died & 8 January 1913, Mertz died on the Far Eastern Journey.
Minisheet No. 3: 26 December 1912, Departure of SY Aurora from Hobart on the Second Antarctic Voyage to Cape Denison & the Western Base
Minisheet No. 4: 8 February 1913, SY Aurora departed Cape Denison at 11.30 am & Mawson returned to the Huts later the same day
The Centenary of other important events during 1913 have been commemorated with the following four covers:
Cover Nos 4 & 5, serviced with 2012 Centenary of the AAE stamps, were postmarked at Casey Station on 23 February 2013 and commemorate the Centenary of the retrieval of the Western Base Party from the Shackleton Ice Shelf.
Cover No. 6 was cancelled at Kingston Post Shop with the National FDI Pictorial postmark (AAT Mountains stamps) on 12 March 2013 and commemorates the Centenary of the arrival in Port Esperance, Tasmania of the SY Aurora with Expeditioners from Cape Denison and the Western Base on 14 March 1913.
Cover No. 7, serviced with 2013 AAT Mountains stamps, was postmarked at Kingston Post Shop on 15 March 2013 and commemorates the Centenary of the arrival in Hobart of the SY Aurora with Expeditioners from Cape Denison and the Western Base.
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