Boomerang Cover from Rabaul to Sydney (1938)
Boomerang Cover from Sydney to Rabaul to Sydney
Backstamps for Rabaul, Sydney and Watson's Bay
In May 1938, W.R. Carpenter Airlines began a regular air mail service between Sydney and Papua New Guinea. On May 30, a DH 86 "Express" flew from Sydney to Townsville and, on May 31, to Port Moresby in Papua followed by Salamua in New Guinea. On June 1 the flight continued to Rabaul in New Guinea. The rate for mail from Australia for this inaugural flight was 5d per 1/2oz (2d for postage and 3d for airmail fee). However, 5d in stamps had to be added to each cover so they could then be "boomeranged" back from New Guinea and Papua to a destination in Australia. This cover was flown from Rabaul on the return journey starting on Friday June 3. It arrived in Sydney on June 5 where it was backstamped before being additionally backstamped at Watson's Bay Post Office (on the peninsula northwest of Bondi Beach) near its destination in Vaucluse (now suburban Sydney).
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