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Lot 3213

Hong Kong, Airmail : 1940 (29 Feb.) "Société des Nations - League of Nations" airmail envelope to Scotland, bearing K.G.VI 30c. yellow-olive and 50c. purple (4) tied by "Hong-Kong/Sai Ying Pun" double-ring c.d.s., edge wear and other small cover faults due to the envelope's flimsy nature, a remarkable usage from the League of Nations representative in Hong Kong, Dr. Robert C. Robertson. S.G. 151, 153.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000

After World War I service, Dr. Robertson (1890-1942) served in the Shanghai public health system and the Henry Lister Institute of Medical Research. He was instrumental in organising relief efforts after the disastrous 1932 Yangtse floods, served briefly in the Shanghai Defence Force during the 1937 Japanese invasion, and in 1938 was appointed Commissioner of the British Anti-Epidemic Unit by the League of Nations, traveling extensively in Central China and Burma principally investigating malaria and other tropical diseases. Appointed Professor of Pathology by Hong Kong University in 1940, he continued his work for the League. Interned by the Japanese after the fall of Hong Kong, he committed suicide in August 1942.

Realized HK$ 2,875

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