12. CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911-14 Stage V: Part I Outward Bound
The third Antarctic voyage of S.Y. Aurora in 1913 from Hobart to Macquarie Island and on to Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay.
Departure from Hobart
Two different covers were cancelled at the Kingston Post Shop with the Kingston everyday pictorial postmark to commemorate the Centenary of the departure of S.Y. Aurora on 19th November 1913.
Cover No. 1, which is serviced with the 2013 Centenary of the AAE se-tenant pair of $1.20 stamps, features a superb picture of S.Y. Aurora at Queen's Pier, Hobart just prior to her departure for Macquarie Island and Commonwealth Bay. Cover No. 1 is SOLD OUT
Cover No. 2, which is serviced with the 2013 Centenary of the AAE se-tenant strip of three 60¢ stamps, is illustrated with pictures of Captain John King Davis (Second-in-Command of the AAE), and three members of the original Cape Denison Party who returned to Antarctica on this voyage. They were John G. Hunter (Biologist), Percy E. Correll (Mechanic, physicist & photographer) and Frank Hurley (Official photographer). Cover No. 2 is SOLD OUT
Arrival at Macquarie Island
Two similar covers, serviced with the 2012 AAT Centenary of the AAE se-tenant pairs of $1.20 and se-tenant strips of three 60¢ stamps, were cancelled by Greg Bird, Postmaster, at the Macquarie Island Station Post Office with the Macquarie Island everyday pictorial postmark, to commemorate the Centenary of the arrival of S.Y. Aurora on 28th November 1913.
Cover No. 3 is illustrated with pictures of George Ainsworth, who was the leader of the AAE party on Macquarie Island and the Meteorologist; and Charles Sandell, who was one of two Wireless Operators and a Mechanic. He took over as sole Wireless Operator when Arthur Sawyer returned to New Zealand in August 1913 (see Cover 5). Cover No. 3 is SOLD OUT
Cover No. 4 is illustrated with pictures of two other members of the AAE party on Macquarie Island, namely Harold Hamilton (Biologist) and Leslie Blake (Cartographer and Geologist). Harold Hamilton played a major role in helping companion Leslie Blake to survey and map Macquarie Island in great detail. Cover No. 4 is SOLD OUT
Cover No. 5 was originally offered for sale in 10. CENTENARY OF THE AAE 1911-14 Stage IV: AAT stamps & minisheets promotion. It is being re-offered here because it is illustrated with a picture of the fifth member of the Macquarie Island party, Arthur John Sawyer, who was one of the Wireless operators. He fell ill in July 1913 and returned to New Zealand on board the Royal New Zealand Navy's cable steamer Tutanekai on 21st August 1913. Cover No. 5 is AVAILABLE
Arrival at, and departure from, Commonwealth Bay
While the Post Office at Cape Denison was open briefly from 19th to 21st December 2013, it was not open on the Centenary of the arrival (13th December 2013) or departure (24th December 2013) of S.Y. Aurora. Thus it was not possible to postmark covers at Cape Denison to commemorate these two events, and it was decided to do so with overprinted 2013 AAT Centenary of the AAE minisheets.
Minisheet No. 1 was overprinted with the following:
Arrival 13 December 1913: SY Aurora arrives at Cape Denison to retrieve Douglas Mawson & fellow expeditioners.
Minisheet No. 2 was overprinted with the following:
Departure 24 December 1913: SY Aurora departs Cape Denison with Douglas Mawson & fellow expeditioners.
Minisheets Nos 1 & 2 are AVAILABLE
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