|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.
|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.