operated at the same time the Scott
party was at Victoria Land. They landed on Queen Mary Land and
Adelie Land. They also put a party ashore on Macquarie Island.
The main party conducted an oceanographic study south of Tasmania.
All parties were evacuated during 1913-14.
postmark was provided however, since postage stamps were not
provided to the mail office on the ship, all mail was franked
by Tasmanian stamps.
was stamped and canceled by the agent for the Scott expedition
and reused by Mawson. Captain John King Davis authenticated
each cover by his signature and a small handstamp.
POSTED IN ANTARCTICA
Letter" (Macquarie Island variety) cachet from the first Mawson
Antarctic Expedition. The letter was left by Mawson's ship,
S.Y. AURORA, while at Macquarie Island. Subsequently,
the visiting TOROA took the mail from Macquarie
Island and returned it to Hobart, Tasmania, where the letter
was posted on 21 December 1911.
of Herb & Janice Harvis)
POSTED AT MACQUARIE
Official Expedition Stationery
and . . .
. . . A Beautiful Souvenir
by Captain Davis, Master of the AURORA. This cover
had previously been canceled in Antarctica with the postmark of
the B.A.E., showing a full strike of the 1d. Victoria Land on
9 FE 11. The Aurora visited Lyttelton in 1912 and in August,
J.J. Kinsey gave Captain Davis some covers to have postmarked
on the second voyage of the AURORA. Kinsey wrote
to Davis, ". . . enclosed are some prints as promised and also
half a dozen letters bearing the Victoria Land stamp and posted
at Cape Evans in 1911, and also the obliterating stamp which you
were good enough to see after on your last trip to the Antarctic.
. . ." The AURORA departed Hobart, Tasmania on December
26, 1912 and arrived at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, on January
13, 1913. While there, Captain Davis canceled a striking pair
of the very rare ½ d Victoria Land overprints, adding his
official "leader" cachet, which he signed as Master. (The postage
rate to some countries was 2½ d so a small number of ½
d. stamps were overprinted to cover this rate for mail posted
by the Expedition members. Only 10 sheets were overprinted: a
total of 2400 stamps. The UPU received 400, the Official Collection
60 and the Chief Postmaster in Christchurch 1940.)
German Antarctic Expedition
from the Second German Antarctic Expedition, under the command
Filchner, posted by Alfred Kling (who would become ship
captain upon death of Captain Vahsel) at South Georgia, 10 December
1911, using expedition straight-line cachets to strike the expedition
ship vignette. The DEUTSCHLAND was en route to
Antarctica where she would be beset in the ice
for nine months. (Wharton IA-1-b)
(Courtesy of Herb & Janice Harvis)
the last three months of 1911, the crew of the DEUTSCHLAND,
led by Wilhelm Filchner, visited Grytviken, South Georgia.
the depletion of stamp stocks at South Georgia, Postmaster E.B.
Binney acted in accordance with his authority and franked about
2,000 pieces of mail with an improvised handstamp during 1911.
of George Hall)
planned crossing of the Antarctic continent by the Imperial
Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 by sledge was abandoned when
the ice crushed the expedition ship at Elephant Island. The
party was evacuated months later by a rescue party from South
letter was posted at South Georgia as a series written to supporters.
Each was serially numbered.
of George Hall)