My 5 frame exhibit on the 1932 Tata airmail service from Karachi to Madras
The Melbourne 2017 34th FIAP International Stamp Exhibition was held at the Caulfield Race Course from 30 March to 2 April 2017. This included competitive exhibits, lectures, sale booths, auctions and a lot of good cheer. Several philatelists from India participated, and won prizes. Vivek Matthai and I traveled to Australia and had a great time visiting Sydney and Melbourne while we were there. There were many Indian philatelists there including Madhukar Jinghan and Markand Dave,
I had send in a 5 frame exhibit on the 1932 Tata airmail service from Karachi to Madras. The exhibit traced the origin and expansion of airmail services of the British Empire linking the colonies in Africa, Asia and Australia by airmail, and how the Tata airmail service served as an important extension to west and south India once the mail reached Karachi from Croydon. On display were several unique and rare postal covers including the very rare pilot signed covers by J.R.D. Tata and Neville Vintcent. The exhibit win a silver medal, and was my first attempt at competitive exhibiting. You can click this link to view the complete exhibit.
The India Study Circle had also arranged a series of two lectures on Indian Philately, sponsored by the noted Brisbane dealer and collector, Troy Sequiera. I was one of the two speakers, and spoke on the First Air-India International Flight from Bombay to London in 1948, a unique event in world philately. There was a power-point presentation made by me which explained why such an event has never happened before or since. Again, images of lots of interesting and rare items were presented including the postal notices and rare return flight covers from London and from Geneva to Bombay. Click here to view the presentation made.
Speaking at the India study Circle event at the Melbourne 2017 Exhibition
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