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4. SPECIAL COVERS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICIAL POST OFFICE AT MAWSON'S HUTS, CAPE DENISON, ANTARCTICA DURING THE 2010-11 SEASON

Mawson's Huts Foundation has produced 500 covers, which were cancelled at the new Post Office at Cape Denison during the 2010-11 season when a five-person team spent 4 weeks during December and January at the site conserving the huts and artefacts.

The Post Office at Cape Denison is the seventh to be established in the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) and the first new one for over 40 years since the Post Office at Casey Station became fully operational in February 1969. The first Post Office in the AAT was opened at Heard Island Station on Christmas Day 1947 over 64 years ago.

The Post Office opened on 20 December 2010, which became the first day of issue (FDI) for the current issue of AAT - Macquarie Island stamps at Cape Denison. Two postmarkers were supplied by Australia Post: a FDI postmarker to be used only on the opening day of each season for the current issue of AAT stamps; and an Everyday postmarker to be used during the time expeditioners are in residence at Cape Denison.

The Foundation's medical officer, Dr David Tingay, was appointed as Australia Post's Agent (Postmaster) at Cape Denison. He underwent training for the position at Kingston Post Office (Rosanne Warren, postmaster) prior to departure from Hobart for Cape Denison on the L'Astrolabe on 9 Dec. 2010.

Six different types of cover were produced and all had six different cachets on the reverse including a special Mawson's Huts Foundation-Cape Denison Expedition 2010-11 cachet in three different colours (green, black and red) depending on which postmark and/or date was used. Clockwise from the top the cachets are: the L'Astrolabe; the longitude and latitude of Dumont D'Urville; the cachet of the French Dive Team at Commonwealth Bay; the Mawson's Huts Foundation cachet; the TAAF 60 cachet (the 2010 wintering team at Dumont D'Urville); and the Dumont D'Urville CDS. There is also a card signed by the Expedition Team, the Foundation's CEO and the Expedition Manager inserted in each cover.

All covers SOLD OUT

A. (1-100) First Day Cover (FDC) with gutter pairs of 60¢ AAT – Macquarie Island stamps cancelled with the FDI postmark on 20 December 2010.

Cachets on reverse of covers A & B

B. (101-200) FDC with gutter pairs of $1.20 AAT – Macquarie Island stamps cancelled with the FDI postmark on 20 December 2010.

Signed card (insert) in covers A & B

 

C. (201-300) FDC with gutter pairs of 60¢ AAT – Macquarie Island stamps cancelled with the Everyday postmark on 20 December 2010.

Cachets on reverse of covers C & D

 

D. (301-400) FDC with gutter pairs of $1.20 AAT – Macquarie Island stamps cancelled with the Everyday postmark on 20 December 2010.

Signed card (insert) in covers C & D

E. (401-450) Cover with gutter pairs of 60¢ AAT – Macquarie Island stamps cancelled with the Everyday postmark on the last day of operation for the 2010-11 season, 18 January 2011.

Cachets on reverse of covers E & F

 

F. (451-500) Cover with gutter pairs of $1.20 AAT – Macquarie Island stamps cancelled with the Everyday postmark on the last day of operation for the 2010-11 season, 18 January 2011.

Signed card (insert) in covers E & F

 


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