An envelope from the first airmail sent from Lae to Australia nearly 80 years ago
has finally been framed and mounted on
a wall inside the Lae Post office.
The letter addressed to the most important woman in his life: His mother
who lived in Sydney. After 79 years, the envelope found its way back to its point
of origin. The envelope bears the original stamps and is signed by the crew that flew the letter to
Australia. The envelope has been framed and mounted on the wall inside the Lae post office. When the second world war
began, Hugh Lyon, joined the Australian
Army. As a major, he was also in command
of a rifle battalion and fought the Japanese in Lae and surrounding areas.
Along with the envelope, Cliff
Harvey has also sent other important pieces of history
including a page
of one of the earliest newspapers produced
here in Lae. It doesn’t just
contain any news. It announces the end
of the second world war after US
dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
|The first one out of Lae|
The envelope was initially brought to Lae two months ago by 75-year-old Australian, Cliff Harvey, who just wanted to find out if the Post Office would be interested in a tiny piece of history.
“It belonged to an uncle of my partner. He died 15 years ago and this was left to us.”
A frame containing the envelope and a picture of the Australian postmaster, Hugh Macmillan Lyon, who sent it to his mother was unveiled yesterday on its 79th anniversary.
Lyon was serving as a postmaster in Lae in the 1930s. He was in those days one of a small group Australians living in there. In 1934, he made history. He sent the first airmail from Lae to Australia.
|Maj. Hugh Macmillan Lyon|
|Guinea Gold End of War edition|
While each piece is of significant historical importance, the item that stands out the most is the envelope containing a letter sent from a young man to his mother 79 years ago.