316 316 C. October 1934 (AAMC.433) England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race cover carried by the winning entry DH66 Comet ‘Grosvenor House’ in a total elapsed time of 71 hours and signed by both pilots “CWA Scott” and “Tom Campbell Black” on the back. Posted back to England with 6d Kookaburra, 3d Airmail x2 and 2d Victorian Centenary tied ‘REGISTERED/24OC34/MELBOURNE’ d/s with blue R label alongside, fine condition, Cat $1,250. [100 flown; illustrated in AAMC at page 75); John Cress’ similar example sold for $1,525]. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $800–1,000 319 317 317 C. THE LAST FLIGHT OF THE “SOUTHERN CROSS” 18 July 1935 (AAMC.515) cover #17 bearing the special vignette and signed by all 7 aboard this historic short flight from Mascot to Richmond; the pilots, Charles Kingsford Smith and P .G.Taylor were accompanied by Mary Kingsford Smith, John Stannage, Beau Shiel, John Ulm & C.G.Scrimgeour (radio broadcaster). Superb and rare. [The previous example sold brought $1600+BP , Lot 353 Dec.11, 2017].������������������������������������������� $1,000–1,250 318 C. July 1935 (AAMC.517 , 517a) Mackay Aerial Survey Expedition covers flown from OODNADATTA, CEDUNA and FARINA; each with the 4-line cachet in blue “MACKAY AERIAL/RECONNAISSANCE EXPEDITION/WESTERN AUSTRALIA/1935” and numerous handstamps. (3). Cat.$850.�������������������������������������������������������������� $600–750 319 C. MRS LORES BONNEY MAKES THE FIRST SOLO FLIGHT FROM AUSTRALIA TO SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL - SEPTEMBER 1937 Apr.-Sept.1937 (AAMC.716) Brisbane - Capetown flown cover, with special cachet and signed by the pilot at lower left. Bonney had been in the air for a total of 210 hours, 45 minutes as she covered the 29,088 kilometres via various stops in Asia, the Middle East and Africa before reaching her final destination at Capetown. Mrs Bonney received the Order of Australia in 1991. She died in 1994, aged 96.���������������������������������� $200–250 320 C. A NEW RECORD FOR THE ROUND TRIP: 15-26 March 1938 (AAMC.801a) England - Australia - New Zealand - Australia - England, flown cover carried by Clouston & Ricketts in a DH88 “Australian Anniversary” which had previously won the MacRobertson Air Race in 1934. The round trip of nearly 27 ,000 miles (over 43,000km) was completed in the record time of just under 10 days. [Only 12 covers flown on the entire journey!].����� $200–250 49