Wednesday, July 31, 2013


The first one out of Lae
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 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
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.
Guinea Gold End of War edition
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. 
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.

1 comment:

  1. wonderful news.Are you able to locate new postcards and stamps of PNG?