Australia - International: 1917-1988.
Cablegram delivery form: IAB-DC-5.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number E.T. No. 8.
Received Cablegram or Radiogram.
Standard Commonwealth format.
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Blue on cream.
Size of form overall: 164 × 209 mm.
Size of datestamp box: 30 × 34 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
Printed in July 1928.

Croydon (England) to Parliament House, Canberra.
7 August 1931.

Addressed to the Leader of the Opposition LCO Latham and signed by (James Allan - aka Jim) Mollison.


  • heading is in upper and lower case serif letters - capitals are 8 mm high;
  • schedule numer has been moved to the left of the date stamp box.

NOTE: Jim Mollison was married to Amy Johnson - he proposed to her just 8 hours after they met and while he was piloting a commercial flight. Flying together or solo, the "Flying Sweetheatrs" - as they became known - established many aviation records.

Cover Cover containing the above Cablegram endorsed by the then Leader of the Opposition Mr (later Sir) John Grieg Latham.

Endorsement reads:
"Message received from J. A. Mollison in breaking record Australia to England by air"

7 August 1931.
J. G. Latham.

Flap Reverse side of the above envelope showing the flap with the House of Representatives crest.

Mollison arrives at Croydon on 6 August after flying from Australia in under nine days He beat the record set up by C. W. A. Scott by two days.

An Australian Kangaroo was taken from Australia House, London, to meet him.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
DC-5 Sch. C337 - 7/1928. 7 August 1931 at TELEGRAPHS Canberra, FCT. RRR