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Lot No. 1395

Auction No. 23
Category Commonwealth & Foreign
Est. $650
Status Archived



New Zealand 1894 (11th Sept) GB 2½d QV Jubilee on mourning env addressed to Auckland, NZ tied by bold Bradford squared circle date stamp with "Saved from wreck of the "WAIRARAPA." 2 line h/s in violet. Auckland 3 NO 94 arrival cds. SS Wairarapa was a New Zealand ship of the late 19th century. It came to tragic fame when it hit a reef at the northern edge of Great Barrier Island, about 100 km out from Auckland & sank. The death toll of around 140 people remains one of the largest such losses in the country's history. The ship was named for the Wairarapa region. A scarce wreck mail cover in remarkably good cond.


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