Wow, the power of this forum! Thanks for the information, Rod222
My information Differs
AUPS 497 Used at Kure 6th March 1946 - 23rd October 1949 (HQ Base)
AUPS 388 was used at Tokyo and Korea
Bib: Postmarks of the Australian Forces, from all fronts 1939-1953
Stephenson Stobbs 1984
My son purchased the cover from a non-Aussie vendor (I understand it is a vendor from the UK). I supposed that's why it's caveated in the description 'confirmation is required
With respect, your dot after JAPAN has issues.
Agree with you, cover is 1949
Good to know that my eyesight is not as bad as I think it is, that I could still make the last digit out as a '9
And yes, the dot after JAPAN looks more like an ink smudge rather than a dot, but at least my son got the cover not because of the variety (we did not notice it until the cover arrived). My late wife loved Australia, especially the Kangaroos and Koalas. She collected covers with only the ½d orange Kangaroo stamp, and so this cover fits very nicely into the collection, which I am continuing in her memory.