Airmail letters to Australia

Author:  Emma A [ Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:27 am ]
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Can anyone tell me how long airmail letters would have taken in the early 1960s to get from the UK to Australia?

Author:  tiffinata [ Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:41 pm ]
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Possibly a week to 10 days.

Author:  Emma A [ Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:41 pm ]
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Thanks very much - I was assuming it would take longer. That's good for my drabble, though!

Author:  tiffinata [ Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:11 pm ]
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there were at least 2 kinds of mail- air and ship.

Commercial airlines had to stop frequently for fuel. A passenger journey from australia to London took about 4 days. (look up 'Kangaroo route')
I think there were also dedicated cargo/mail planes.(there were in the 30's and often failed to get there due to a crash!)

Sending anything by air was expensive due to weight and would have been written on special thin paper (still used in the late 80's). Sea mail was much cheaper and took (from memory) 3 or more weeks.
Remember with any mail it would take less time from capital city to capital city (or major point of entry) ie London to Darwin would have taken less time than London to Cairns or Hobart.

Will come back to add when I have had a good look at my book

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