Ref: G5573
  • £395.00

1908 envelope to Christchurch with a King Edward VII Land 1d cancelled BRIT. ANTARCTIC EXPD. JA 15 08. To save coal, the Nimrod, (Shackleton’s ship) was towed to Ross Quadrant, where the pack ice was reached, by the ‘Koonya’. Shackleton issued the first of the stamps to crew members so that they could send letters back to New Zealand on the ‘Koonya’s’ return voyage. 130 letters were sent, mostly to the UK. This cover, that has two vertical creases that do not affect the stamp or the overall appearance, arrived in Dunedin 22 JA 08 and then in Christchurch on the same day. A scarce cover from this first sending, not many have survived.