MARIO ZUCCHELLI STATION

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Mario Zucchelli Station was previously the Italian Station in Terra Nova Bay and was simply known as "BAIA TERRA NOVA". However in 2004 following the death of Mario Zucchelli, the recently retired Italian Antarctic Progamme director it was decided to give the station its own official name. the photo above by Lucia Simion shows the station with the volcanic Mount Melbourne prominent in the background.

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Zucchelli 1      2005 (February 7th) Postcard from Station signed by Lucia Simion.     Price US$10

Note: The above postcard has two cachets. One from the Station and another from the expedition vessel "Italica". Both have been applied in green. The postcard has been franked with a New Zealand post DIY stamp featuring the Italica".

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Zucchelli 2      2005 (February 28th) Postcard from Station  with 2 cachets.     Price US$5

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Zucchelli 3   2005 (February 28th) Postcard posted Paquebot from Station  with 3 cachets.   Price US$8

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Zucchelli 4   2005 (November 14th) Postcard posted Mario Zucchelli Station  with cachet.   Price US$5

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Zucchelli 5   2006 (February 27th) Postcard posted from Mario Zucchelli Station.    Price US$5

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The above postcard was brought back to New Zealand on board the "Italica" and posted through the Ross Dependency Agency where it was postmarked with their Paquebot cancellation. The postcard bears both a station and a ship cachet.

The view at left shows a high aerial shot of the Station in summer when the sea ice has gone.

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Zucchelli 6   2006 (February 27th) Signed postcard posted from Mario Zucchelli Station.    Price US$8

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Note: The above postcard has been autographed by Alberto Della Rovere (shown at left) who was this seasons Expedition leader.

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Zucchelli 7   2006 (February 27th) Signed postcard posted from Mario Zucchelli Station.    Price US$8

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Zucchelli 8   2006 (March 14th) Signed postcard posted from Mario Zucchelli Station.    Price US$8

Note: The above postcard commemorates the feat of the Norwegian Rune Gjeldnes who this season made the longest ever crossing of Antarctica from the Norwegian Base to the Italian Base via the South Pole. The above postcard was taken down to Mario Zucchelli Station on the "Spirit of Enderby" which collected Rune from Mario Zucchelli Station and brought him back to Bluff in New Zealand. It has been postmarked on arrival in Christchurch of mail from the ships voyage.

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Zucchelli 9   2006 (March 14th) Signed postcard posted from Mario Zucchelli Station.    Price US$8

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Note: The above postcard differs from the previous one in that it has a different postage stamp and no cachets on the front. On the back of the postcard however the two cachets as shown at left appear.


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