MILPO Wangaratta, Victoria. This is one of the scarcest military post office postmarks, with the PO only being open from 6/40 to 1/41. The last recorded date is 22 JY 40, just five days after this one.
This is the camp that Japanese POW's staged an escape from in 1944, known as the Cowra Breakout
Nice items you posted, we share an affinity for cancels. I am curious about your comment quoted above. What became of the escapees? I assume they were rounded up soon after the breakout. I wonder where they hoped to go?
1,104 Japanese prisoners attempted an escape on 5 August 1944. 545 escaped, 231 were killed, and the remainder were recaptured within 10 days. Four Australian guards were killed.
Cowra is in western New South Wales, 314km west of Sydney. There was no realistic chance of the escape being successful, as it's remote and they would have stood out like a sore thumb. Cowra now has a superb Japanese garden in tribute to the dead.
I really liked your posts and I also find it relaxing lokking throug lots of stamps in sercth for nice pistmark, identify them and find the place on google maps. Is there a online source for Australian postmarks? I have just bought a book with Norwegian postmarks. But there is a lot available online, but only in Norwegian I think. And you have to jump between 2 or 3 sources to find what you are looking for. Not easy if you are not familiar with Norwegian.
I really liked your posts and I also find it relaxing lokking throug lots of stamps in sercth for nice pistmark, identify them and find the place on google maps. Is there a online source for Australian postmarks?.................
Postmarks are one of my favourite areas, and searching bulk lots is a relaxing pastime.
sherro - Great - we share the same passion for postmarks and idea of a relaxing pastime! I really enjoyed seeing all those nice cancels from unheard-off places. Very inspiring indeed, thanks for sharing. I have not yet done anything myself with Australian postmarks but I am certainly looking forward to it. The numeral cancellations from the states in particular. Question - from what source do you find that rarity factor of these cancels? Anything available online or other material that can be shared?
sherro - thanks, that site is new for me - seems to have an immense amount of postmark information
I am probably just missing something.... but I cannot find out how the rarity factor can be identified from that site? Example given for Callawadda South - THIS is what I found - how do you find the rarity?