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Blue nylon airmail bag, printed with '50th anniversary air mail covers re-enactment flight first official air mail Australia - New Zealand 1934-1984...11th April 1984'

1999.0013.0048

Blue nylon airmail bag, printed with '50th anniversary air mail covers re-enactment flight first official air mail Australia - New Zealand 1934-1984...11th April 1984'

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Description

The first official airmail between Australia and New Zealand was carried on 17 February 1934 in the Avro X (10) aircraft 'Faith in Australia' (VH-UXX, formerly of Australian National Airways), from Auckland to Sydney, piloted by Charles Ulm. The first return flight was made from Australia to New Zealand on 11 April 1934. This bag was used to carry commemorative air mail covers (envelopes) on the Qantas re-enactment flight.

Physical description

Blue nylon post bag with six metal eyelets. "'50th anniversary air mail covers re-enactment flight first official air mail Australia / New Zealand 1934-1984...11th April 1984" is printed in white on one side. There is also a picture of a QANTAS jet aircraft and two bi-planes. Printed on the other side in black is the Australia Post logo, an outline of Australia and "10.82 No 4".

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 87 items from the New South Wales historical section of Australia Post. The items range from furnishings that were used for the opening of the Sydney GPO in 1874 to telephones, signs, posters, and postal boxes. The material covers a period of over one hundred years of postal service in Australia.

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