6 September 1952: Cover addressed to Hudson Fysh flown Johannesburg-Sydney aboard Constellation VH-EAD Charles Kingsford Smith on the first regular air service between Australia and South Africa. Signed by Captains J Connelly (Johannesburg-Perth) and K Jackson (Perth-Sydney). QEA special cover with violet cachet "Australia-South Africa first regular air mail Sydney Cocos Is Mauritius Johannesburg September 1952" on reverse. Postmarked Johannesburg 6-IX 52 backstamped on arrival Sydney 9SE52. Total mail estimated more than 60,000. Numbered on reverse 41290.
Source: Phil Vabre Collection