|Lot No: 33|
Date: 1934, Dec 7
Description: First acceptance of mail for Southern Rhodesia, Kew to Blantyre, bs 29/12, via Cairo 22/12, and the Shire Highlands Railway Company Travelling Ost Office (SHRTPO) 28/12, carried on first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 5d, 1/6d 1931 6d air (SG139), canc 'Kew/7 Dec/Vic' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Super routng and scarce TPO. A nice one for the exhibit.