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VOL.60 Number 12

A unique gift featuring the stories behind the stamp issues

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Contents Articles

Woodchip Free Zone: Rod Perry ...................................................8 Cinderella Corner: Tony Presgrave ............................................ 14 Herm: Island of Peace & Tranquility: Christer Brunström .. 20 Stamps in the News: Margo Campbell .................................... 26 The Battle of the Falklands 1914: Albert-Friedrich Gruene 34 Revenue Review: Dave Elsmore ................................................. 42 Looking at New Zealand: Graeme Morriss ............................. 46 Introducing the APF: Ian McMahon .......................................... 50 Market Matters: Glen Stephens .................................................... 56

Information News........................................................................................................6 Reviews ..................................................................................................7 New Issues .................................................................................. 40, 48 Trading Post....................................................................................... 66 Clubs & Societies ....................................................................... ......70 Calendar.............................................................................................. 73 Products & Services Directory............................................... ......74 Internet & Email Directory...................................................... ......78 List of Advertisers .............................................................. ..............82

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MonacoPhil 2013 One of the world’s rarest stamps - the 3 Skilling Banco yellow – will be on display at the exhibition devoted to SWEDEN, which will be held at the Top Cars Collection Museum, on 5-7 December 2013 at the Terrasses de Fontvieille in Monaco. Without any shadow of doubt, this will be a major event for the European philatelist. This stamp now is part of a Swedish collection again, after being owned by several of the most famous philatelists, including Georg Wilhelm Backman, Heinrich Lichtenstein, Philippe de Ferrari, Baron Eric Leijonhufvud, Claes A. Tamm, Johan Ramberg King Carol of Romania, René Berlingin and Count Gustaf Douglas. In 1887, the young Georg Wilhelm Backman found a number of franked letters in his grandfather’s papers and hastened to remove the stamps. The latter included a 3 Skilling from the first issue, which was yellow instead of green. The error was caused by a faulty stereotype of the yellow 8 Skilling plate, which was accidentally replaced with a 3 Skilling stereotype. Last May, by private treaty in London, the Swedish collector Gustaf Douglas became the proud owner of this item, which returned to its country of origin after many decades. The list of the stamp’s previous owners is telling, in that

it shows the extent, to which the greatest collectors have coveted this unique stamp. The yellow 3 Skilling Banco will be exhibited with other exceptional items from the Swedish Postal Museum and the best contemporary Swedish collections. This is yet another reason to come and admire all the “gems” on display at MonacoPhil 2013!

Stampex 2014 The new look Stampex now has space twice yearly for more than 500 frames of exhibits. The Exhibitions and International Committee of the ABPS has made an agreement with the Philatelic Traders Society to hold two exhibitions a year for the next five years, at the Business Design Centre in London. The organisers are very much looking forward to working together with the trade and the hobby to make these London shows a great success, and for Stampex to be at the heart of philatelic excellence, and at a price that all exhibitors can afford. The next exhibition is 19th to 22nd February 2014, entry forms can be downloaded from, and exhibitors are welcome from throughout the world. Judging is to international standards, frame fees are a very reasonable £12 per frame. The event is open to all classes, including postcards and Open Philately, the closing date is 4th January 2014, and please direct enquiries to

1800 + AUSTRALIA 1854 - 1940 just added TONGA 1886-1940 stamps & covers QUALITY AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE PHONE 08 - 9592 4913 email POSTAL: PO BOX 378 ROCKINGHAM, WA, 6968 6 - Stamp News

reviews Title: NEW HEBRIDES Postal rates, Postmarks Registration cachets/ labels Authors: Malcolm H. Goynes & Roland Klinger Published by: Mahego, 2013; 188 pages, paperback Available online through Amazon. com, for approximately US $60.00 As the title indicates, this book is focused on the postal history aspects of the New Hebrides rather than the stamp issues. To help us understand the reduced level of philatelic interest this territory has experienced, the authors explain the following in the preface: ‘The island territory in the South Pacific currently known as the Republic of Vanuatu was, up until 1980, called the New Hebrides. The New Hebrides was a fascinating territory being neither a British nor a French colony, but rather a joint colony that was under the dual control of these two colonial powers. It was a unique arrangement that was given the name, Condominium. As the territory was jointly administered by French authorities, and possibly because its postage stamps did not bear the image of the British monarch, many British colonial collectors have shunned the territory. Similarly, because British authorities jointly administered it, many French colonial collectors have avoided it. This has left the territory in something of a limbo with a relatively small group of supporters. This is a great pity, because the very nature of its Condominium status makes it both an eccentric and fascinating country to collect and research. The lack of interest in the New Hebrides has meant that fundamental aspects of its postal history have remained little studied and are uncertain.’ With 180+ pages jam packed with excellent quality colour illustrations of more than 90

covers and postcards, dozens of postal markings, and 80+ full colour illustrations of registration cachets and labels, this excellent handbook goes a long way towards redressing this lack of research and study. The areas covered are: Postal rates from the Pre-Condominium, Classical Condominium and Modern Condominium eras, with numerous tables of rates etc, regular and special postmarks, together with postage-paid marks. Registration cachets and labels are also dealt with in great detail. The book is rounded out with four appendices: Printed Paper rates, Philatelic covers, Unauthorised postmarks and finally, a comparison with previous studies. This book is also crammed with fascinating historical information about the territory and it’s postal services etc. All in all, it must be said that the authors have done an outstanding job of bringing all of this information together, and assembling it into a most fascinating and informative handbook. Dare I say that if this book doesn’t generate a good amount of philatelic interest in this neglected territory, nothing will! Highly recommended, Mike Lee

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The ACSC publications this year, Kangaroos (Fifth edition) and the inaugural Postal Stationery rightly have met with much acclaim. The former, now with date recognition for the various cancelled-to-order batches, appears to have further fueled what can only be described as an obsessive subject? I cite activity in one of the more populated threads on Stampboards, “Australian Commonwealth Official CTO stamps discussion”, which had 2,918 posts and 77,997 views when I checked immediately prior to Figure 1. Unique in Stationery doesn’t have to translate as expensive submitting this to publisher. I confess to not being particularly inspired by the the various compositions of the Victoria Post Office subject; its philatelic significance is lost on me. “Specimen” sets, denominated ½d to £100. I saw However, and I know some will consider this this as a fun exercise; there was then no premium hypocrital, I did in the 1970s reconstruct by date

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Figure 3. Queensland but actually Australian Commonwealth for one date series over another, and I don’t believe such an assembly had been attempted previously. In comparison, the prices for many Kangaroo dates or types are quite scary. With such marketing vision, the P.O. Official who conceived the c.t.o. scheme (money for nothing) ought to have become Postmaster-General. On the other hand, I find Postal Stationery, particularly used, one of the more worthy philatelic fields, and the scholarly ACSC publication has already contributed to a much overdue revitalization of the category. The first two significant collections to be marketed since the May appearance of the catalogue were auctioned at Prestige on November 8. The John Sinfield Postal cards and Mark Diserio Wrappers, outstanding collections by two of the market stalwarts, were to be a test of the accuracy of the catalogue pricing. The results appear generally to have corroborated the considerable

amount of research expended to reflect market prices in the catalogue. The Proof material was the exception; those prices may take a while to become accepted by the market. The Sinfield collection is an International Large Gold medal winner, containing many individual items not previously offered publicly. Prices for some offered once-in-a-lifetime items may seem high to some, but in comparison with equally rare Traditional material often represent good value for money. Some of the many lots which caught my attention are now featured, scans courtesy Prestige Philately, realizations exclude premium: Figure 1 (Lot #2053) is one of eight Proofs of 1911 Victorian Scenic issue cards prepared by J.B. Cooke. This is the only used example amongst the eight printed, from South Melbourne to Cressy on Feb 5 1912, a commercial usage at that. Estimated at $750, I didn’t think $1000 was a lot to pay for an Stamp News - 9

Figure 4. Great Kangaroo rarity for comparatively reasonable price attractive, unique item. Figure 2 (#2084) is a late use of 1915 KGV 1d card, on May 11 1920 from Walpeup to Melbourne, by which time War tax had increased postage rate to 1½d, and therefore taxed 1d double deficiency accordingly. The catalogue description tantalizingly states “. . . it is possible that this is an example of the ‘THREE/HALFPENCE’ on 1d BW #50 – Cat $1500 – with the Surcharge Omitted.” A reasonable possibility, and if the theory can be substantiated, a shrewd purchase indeed at $80 (est. $100). Maybe

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the buyer already knows more than the rest of us? The 1917 re-issues of State inscribed 1d + 1d Reply cards for Commonwealth use are great rarities; I’ve found a South Australia (used) and a Tasmania (unused) innocently reposing, unrecognized, in respective State collections, and doubtless other “finds” have been enjoyed by specialists over the years. Figure 3 (#2090) is the unique used “Reply” half (only two unused recorded), Nov 25 1917 Charters Towers to Townsville. Catalogue value of $6000 was realized.

Figure 5. Unique error, seemingly excellent value

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Figure 7. Attractive, and sentimental interest for this columnist Interestingly, this item sold for $5600 at auction in 1996, a then world record for an item of Australian stationery. Kangaroo traditional items of which just two exist can sell for amazing prices. The $9000 (Cat $8000) for Figure 4 (#2100) doesn’t seem over the top to me, particularly given it’s a face different item. The “THREE/HALFPENCE” on 1d Kangaroo cards are both used in Tasmania, thought to be returns from remote P.O.’s. Figure 5 (#2130) is unlikely to be argued as not being a Double overprint. Believed to be the only example recorded, it made $1800 against a rather conservative catalogue value of $2000. I’ve seen a number of “double prints”, some controversial, amongst Kangaroo stamps sell for much more. The Sinfield collection contained so many items which I have not seen outside of that collection. Figure 6 (#2217) is one, and only an 12 - Stamp News

unused example adds to its population. $3000 catalogue doesn’t seem enough to me, given the added Military desirability, and the realization of $2300 makes this a particularly sound buy in my assessment. Figure 7 (#2225) is an attractive Blotter card, particularly unusual and rare used outside of South Australia. It sold for $750 against a catalogue value of $1000. My grandfather worked most of his life for John Danks & Son, Melbourne, and it was he who started me on philately, bringing home G.B. £1 stamps (1951 Festival) from parcel-wrappings sourced from the mail room. The Diserio wrappers deserved more coverage, and I regret not being able to do so on this occasion. I’ve had to limit to just Figure 8 (#2354), albeit one of the gems of the collection. This stamped-to-order usage bearing impressions of Queen Mother 1d + KGVI 2d came about as no 3d die was to hand.

Figure 8. Extremely rare “doubleton” Wrapper Only three are recorded, this fetching $2400 against a catalogue of only $1500. Rod Perry has been a philatelic trader since 1962 and a Stamp News advertiser since the 1960s . He founded Rodney A Perry Auction Galleries (now Millennium Philatelic Auctions) in 1971. As a collector he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Rod prefers his used stamps on cover and likens taking a stamp off its original cover to converting a tree to woodchips. Past editions of this column may be accessed on Rod’s ‘’ Stamp News - 13

Cinderella Corner

St. Dunstans

Thanks to readers who have confirmed my statement in the September column about St. Dunstan’s.

American Rapid Telegram

An Adelaide collector showed me these stamps, (fig. 1), and wanted more information about them. He had five different values 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 cents. I knew they were used by an American private telephone company, but I could not find anything else in the Philatelic Society of SA library, however with help from another member who had a copy of the relevant book, from which he provided an extract of the necessary pages, the following information should

help to explain the stamps and their use. The American Rapid Telephone Company was established in 1879 and had lines from New York to Boston and to Cleveland. It was amalgamated with the Bankers’ and Merchants’ Telegraph Company in 1890 or 1891 and later as a result of financial difficulties, taken over by Western Union in 1894. The stamps were issued in 1881 in values of 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 50 cents. When used the stamps were cancelled with a handstamp in purple, black brown, red or magenta. After the failure of the company the remaining stamps were cancelled with a small hole near the centre and sold to a New York dealer. The stamps shown to me were all cancelled with this hole.

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Tony Presgrave

Adelaide Stampex 2014

Adelaide Stampex 2014 is being held from 10 to 12 October at the Torrens Training Depot, Torrens Parade Ground in the centre of Adelaide. It is a half national exhibition with several classes including Cinderellas, Revenues and Polar, all exhibiting opportunities for readers to this and Dave Elsmore’s Revenues column. In the past the Cinderella class has been very poorly supported which is disappointing as I know there are some excellent collections around. I have included the reference to the Polar class as this class allows for Cinderella content to be shown. By giving early notice of this exhibition I am hoping that there will be plenty of time for exhibits to be prepared for showing at the exhibition. Entries close

on 30 June 2014 and the prospectus and application forms are available on the APF website..

Madras War Fund

The ship featured on this stamp, (fig. 2), was built in 1914 by British India Steam Navigation Company for BI’s Calcutta-Far East service and named Tanda. The ship was taken over by Indian authorities as soon as World War I started, converted to hospital ship duties and renamed Madras. The ship was largely maintained by the people of Madras and this stamp was one of the fund raising efforts used to support the work of the ship. This Hospital Ship created military history by plying regularly between Africa and India, and subsequently

Top Row: Figs 5 & 6 Borrom Row: Figs 7 & 8

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Cinderella Corner

between Mesapotomia (Iraq) and India. At the end of World War I the ship returned to normal service and was renamed back to Tanda.

Essen 1982

Advertising stamps from Schneider Auctions in Germany. This large one, (fig. 3), produced in miniature sheet form for a sale on 24 to 27 November 1982, and the small one with tab, (fig. 4), is part of a miniature sheet advertising sales 47 to 52 from November 1982 to September 1983.

New Zealand Air Mail Society

I found this item, (fig. 5), on a cover in one of the books from the South Australian Philatelic Council Circuit book scheme. It was on a commemorative

Top Row: Figs 10 & 11 Right: Fig 9

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cover for the 40th anniversary of the first official New Zealand airmail flight. It is the first one I have seen, but I expect that being of a similar vintage to the Australia – New Zealand Kingsford Smith flight issue, it is relatively common.

Shanghai Local Post

Although probably no longer listed in the majority of mainstream catalogues, these stamps were once listed, and my 1892 edition of Gibbons has the full listing to that year. The issue I have illustrated here is from 1893. I have the half cent, one cent, four cents, five cents and ten cent values, (fig. 6), along with a half cent overprinted “1843 Jubilee 1893�, (fig. 7), and postage dues of half cent, one cent two cents, five cents and ten cents. (Fig. 8).

Tony Presgrave

Lions Christmas Seals

Three more of the Lions Club seals. I showed some in the August column and a Queensland reader sent me more information about them. They are produced in sheets of 25 different designs, and this time I have one of the 1993 issue (fig. 9), one from the 1994 issue, (fig. 10) and one from the 1995 issue, (fig. 11).

And A Couple More

This one (fig. 12) is probably not Australian, I think it could be American but I am open to correction. I found four of them stuck down on an old album page. Along with the stamp at fig. 13 which is definitely Australian, possibly being one of the early seals from what later became Bedford although this one from 1964, does not match the one I have for that year in my collection. There were other organisations around also doing fundraising for this cause so maybe it came from one of them.

Bedford Seals

The Bedford Christmas seals have arrived and I have illustrated them here in one group. (Fig. 14). They are printed in sheets of 30, (6 rows of 5), peel and stick type labels with 12 Card Only labels to one side.

Top Row: Figs 12 & 13 Left: Fig 14

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Exercise some common cents! First time ever offered, newly arrived off paper mix from overseas, at from just ONE CENT PER STAMP! Lowest price we have ever offered for this type of mixture. This is an all world mix, 99% postally used material from the 19th century up to quite recent; quite mind boggling at this price, and with minimal duplication. Pick the best for your own collection and trade the rest at 5c to 50c or even more per stamp! We simply weigh it out into unsorted lots. This is not all small definitives or “head” stamps - a good proportion will be large pictorial, commemoratives and thematics. With about 15-16,000 stamps to the kg, and at 1 cent per stamp you just cannot go wrong, especially as we offer a 14 day money back guarantee if this lot is not as described. OK here goes! Send in today, do not delay supplies necessarily limited, this mix is full of the “F” Factor. Tell us how many of the letter F you in the following paragraph you find and we will send you a special free gift if you are correct! Fun and frivolity for all with many fantastic finds to be found. Be sure to fone or fax us with details of fine finds that you find; failing that focus on finding fakes or forgeries if any that may be in this lot, anything is possible! This is an all world lot, though you may request Australia only if you prefer, this option will necessarily contain more duplication.

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Find the FAIR on the 1st floor carpark (free) opposite the Club on 563 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Open hours: 9am-5pm. Organiser for the MWLCSC : Hugh Freeman or 99775635

HERM: ISLAND OF PEACE & TRANQUILITY We live in a world of permanent stress. At work people are expected to be extremely efficient handling several tasks at the same time. Young adults tend to use their mobile phones and other similar gadgets at all times. In recent months I have observed both cyclists and drivers busily reading their mail or texting while driving their vehicle in sometimes heavy traffic. At a recent visit to a restaurant I noticed a young couple at a nearby table. They were smartly dressed and very possibly had something important to celebrate with a candle-light dinner. However, rather than talking to each other they were both completely absorbed by their respective mobile phone. So much for a romantic dinner!

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There are undoubtedly many reasons why people need to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily stressful life to recharge their batteries. The tiny island of Herm – one of the minor Channel Islands – offers just what these people need. Visitors can enjoy long walks in beautiful surroundings, spend time on the island’s beaches weather permitting or have a nice meal at the island’s only hotel. The only way of getting to Herm is by ferry from St Peter Port in Guernsey. The crossing takes just 20 minutes but, when leaving the ferry, visitors have come to an entirely different world. For those visitors who want to spend several days on the island there are camping sites, holiday houses and a

Christer Brunström hotel. As the island is small the number of visitors has to be limited. Apart from the hotel there is also a shop, cafés and a pub – The Mermaid Inn. For those who want to mail Herm picture post cards to friends and relatives back home there is of course a post office. Only Guernsey postage stamps are valid on mail from Herm. From 1925 the British GPO had a postal agency on Herm Island but it was closed in 1938 as the amount of mail was too limited. After the years of German occupation during World War II, the new tenant of Herm was quite successful in increasing the number of visitors to the island. He requested the GPO to reopen the Herm post office but they simply refused. To solve the problem he quite

simply started a private local post in 1949 linking Herm with St Peter Port. There were of course special local postage stamps. During its first year of operation the local post carried more than 10.000 postcards and letters but the numbers increased considerably during the following years. The local post was completely genuine and provided a very necessary service. The local post’s very first stamp was actually issued to be used on flimsies carried by pigeons from Herm to Guernsey. One such stamp is shown nearby. In 1969 Guernsey established its own independent postal administration and at the same time it was decided to open a post office on Herm

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HERM: ISLAND OF PEACE & TRANQUILITY (which previously had been acquired by Guernsey). Thus the need for the local post ceased and it was closed. From 1949 until 1969 the local post issued 112 different stamps and a couple of early stamps are shown here. Today Herm Island is a very popular collecting area. Many essays, proofs and errors have reached the philatelic marketplace to the delight of many collectors. Right in time for the tourist season, Guernsey released a set of six stamps on 29 May 2013. The set shows the many delights of Herm Island as a holiday destination. Three of the stamps feature the island’s different beaches. The Herm port is the subject of the fourth stamp. The 40p low value depicts the sign of the Mermaid Tavern and the top value of 79p is devoted to the Herm Gift Shop. Here visitors can still obtain many of the issues

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released by the Herm local post many years ago but sadly no longer at face value. The total value of the six stamps is £3.61. I suppose they will be very popular with collectors of the Herm Island local post. The new set was issued in sheets of ten stamps. In the lower margin there is an aerial photo of the island. This is not the first time that Guernsey has released stamps marking its tiny sister island. They also fit very nicely into a collection of Herm Island. The puffin is a very popular bird which unfortunately has seen its numbers diminish in recent years. However, with a bit of luck visitors to Herm might catch a sight of the elusive birds which are regular visitors to the island.


c) 5kg of Commems $179

ES1) Australia $10 Wetlands mainsheet overprinted for Pacific 1997. Lovely little hoard of these just found, never usually seen except in 1 or 2 at a time. Probably the scarcest Australia Post Product of a decade! Most dealers do not have stocks of this, and it is listed by most at $50. Exclusive 50 club Members price, just under half price $24.95 each. Extra special, three for $69. Limited stock so be quick for this one.

d) 500 grams sampler of Mission $24

ES2) Lundy Island, 1955 sets on postcards to Ausralia. Forgot i still had these, ex Bill Hornadge stock. Each set is 6 or 7 stamps. Complete set of 5 cards for $45 ES3) Here we have 3 scarcer Australia overprinted booklets: 1) 1992 Christmas. Ovpt. for Sydney Stamp and Coin Show, retail $18, our price $12 2) 1993 Dinosaurs. Ovpt. for Sydney Stamp and Coin Show, retail $15, our price $10 3) 1995 Cinema . Ovpt. for Qld. Stamp & Coin Show 1995, retail $32, our price $20 4) One of each (3 booklets) as above $39 5) Five of each to re-sell or tuck away $179 ES4) New Zealand Ducks booklet, Face value $500, just AU$49! We have only a very few of these, will compliment any Birds or Revenues collection, as these are official NZ Govt. Revenue Duck Stamps. Booklet of 50 x $10 stamps, We have even heard of some naughty people using these on parcels! We are selling under 10% of face Offer 1) One booklet $500 face value for $49 Offer 2) Five of these to resell, tuck away or whatever just $225

e) 1kg of Mission $34 f) 5kg of Mission $149 If you want larger lots, contact me to negotiate a deal. For those of you who want more modern and up to date stuff, we can supply at 2.5 x the above prices, but it is very scarce these days! Ask to be added to our waiting list for this. ES6) The Tasmania Bicentenary Miniature Sheet, issued in 2004 was overprinted for two Overseas exhibitions by Australia Post, China 2004 and Paris also 2004. These were produced in severely limited quantities and are missing from most collections. The Paris Overprint retails at $35, the China is unlisted by most dealers and has escaped catalogue entry by SG! We can offer both for $35, or $19.50 each. ES7) Australia 1913 1d red Kangaroos: Nice little hoard just received, including some pairs. Guaranteed unpicked by us for shades, varieties, different dies and postmarks, plenty of circular cancels here. Most appear in decent nick with no tones or thins. Just saw a mixed lot of 100 go on Ebay for US$129! = AU$138 at today’s rate. We will sell for less than US$1 each in the larger lots, all Airmailed Free Globally Our price: a) Sampler of 10 for AU$15 b) 25 for AU$36 c) 50 for AU$67.50 d) 100 for AU$105

ES5) Australia Kiloware Bonanza! Someone turned up at our door the other afternoon with 50kg of this! All on single paper, most nicely trimmed, covering the period up to about 2000. It is divided into two types, 1) Commemoratives only, pretty well all letter rate and 2) Mission, including all sorts.. definitely unpicked as I spotted some unfranked, high values and a bit of foreign in this part. (The mission is on heavier paper than the Commems.) This stuff will go quickly, it always does! Somewhere around 5000 to the kg in either mix. Priced as low as .06 cents per stamp! Offering as follows:

We have total 650, if you want more than 100, then the price will be AU$1 each, 38% cheaper than on eBay!

a) 500 grams sampler of Commems $29

c) 5 of The Adelaide Ovpt. $75

b) 1kg of Commems $39

d) 5 of the Bangkok Ovpt. $18

ES8) Australia Overprinted Small Pond Minisheets: This is a scarce one, with the black Adelaide Stampex Overprint. Retail $28 our price $16 , or for an extra $4 we will include the same sheet with Bangkok 2000 overprint, retail value $12. So offers as follows: a) 1999 Adelaide Ovpt. $16 each b) as above, combined with the Bangkok Ovpt. $20 the pair

KEVIN MORGAN STAMPS & COINS Postal: PO Box 1290, Upwey, Vic 3158 Tel: 03 9729 0082 Fax: 03 9758 7506

Best Sellers This Month e) 5 of each $95 ES9) We just unearthed a few of these, NZ IMPERFORATE sheetlets of 6 x $10 of the Wildlife Conservation Duck Stamps, overprinted for the Hong Kong 1994 Exhibition, superb Mint Unhinged, in protective sleeve, most attractive, Face Value is $60, our price AU$15 each. PLUS: a few sheets of the same regular $10 stamp in sheets of 20, with central gutter, Face value $200, our price just AU$20 See the following offers: a) The imperf sheetlet $15 b) The sheet of 20 $20 c) One of each $30 d) 5 of each for hoarders $125 ES10) Scarce Australia Gutters under a third retail! The people with disabilities Gutter Pair, with Braile in th egutter issued 1995 SG 154/41 is rated the scarcest of all the 45c value Decimal Gutter Pairs, and retail at $10, or $15 for the top the sheet pair which has an imprint. That makes it $55 retail for the strip of 5 gutter pairs. We have located a few of these in our back stock, and can offer as follows: a) One of each of the normal and imprint Gutter pairs, retail $25 for $12.50

NWG1) $2995 the lot. (Half lot of 15000 different available for $1599) NWG7) Great Britain Revenues and Fiscals collection. This collection of 200 is the largest available selection with many better types. We have not offered these popular issues recently and have just come across a very good stock covering most issues from QV-QEII. Revenue stamps were produced from about 1850, many of the designs are elaborate and colourful and make a good unusual collection. In each of our collections you will typically find used stamps including Common Law Courts, Civil Service, Contract Notes, Land Registry, Receipts, Chancery Court, National insurance, Escutcheon stamps, Embossed stamp duty, General duty, Foreign Bill, Judicature Fees, Consular Service, Land Registry, Ireland, Customs, Chancery Free Fund, Excise Revenue, Prescription Charge etc. Fascinating lot, and will form the basis of a fine collection. Price $495 NWG10) Great Britain Greetings booklets, complete collection 1989- 1997. All perfect mint as issued. $155 NWG11) British Empire QV-KGVI, 500 stamps, mint and used. All different collection, price $169

b) Complete strip of 5 Gutter pairs as described above, retail $55 for $18.50

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Stamps in the News - Globally! ‘Anarchist philatelist’ on the attack Reported at

Angus McDonagh, 64, says he has duped Royal Mail with over a hundred of his designs on letters posted all over the world. Many feature his own face in the Queen’s traditional side profile complete with a comic eye patch or weird hat. At Christmas he has created some of himself with a white Santa beard while others have used family photos. Mr McDonagh, an architect who calls himself an ‘anarchist philatelist’, began his personal freepost system three years ago in protest at bland stamp design. He objected to what he felt was a decline in the design and detail of official Royal Mail stamps and the demise of posted letters because of email. Mr McDonagh said: “When I started I wanted them to be deliberately silly, so I had a fake moustache or beard or eye patch, that was very obviously drawn on very crudely. “I just kept going and it has become more and more farcical. It’s gone undetected for so long now it is just silly. Angus has created 50 individual stamp designs and printed them on his home computer and stuck them to envelopes with glue. All stamps have a fake value of 50c - his own invented currency - and are franked with a location

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mark by Angus before he posts them. He makes special edition stamps, but instead of commemorating real life events they celebrate his own fantasy occasions such as ‘Upside Down Day’. He has successfully sent over 100 letters to France, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Italy - as well as all over the UK - and only one has ever been detected as a counterfeit. Angus, of Bridgwater, Somerset, claims he never meant to evade payment and has even tried to send Royal Mail a number of cheques for the total costs, but they were all returned. The Royal Mail has confirmed they are investigating.

A marriage not made in heaven? Reported at

A proposal to use Australia Post’s retail footprint to deliver shopfront services for welfare agency Centrelink has drawn immediate fire from Australian public service unions. The Community and Public Sector Union has warned that although a “one-stop shop where you can sort out your mum’s pension entitlements and pick-up your eBay parcels sounds good in theory” such a move could have privacy implications and potentially create “massive queues.” The union’s concerns follow reports that Treasurer Joe Hockey’s office has confirmed it will look at the idea under its forthcoming National Commission of Audit. If adopted, the proposal to merge frontline operations would effectively end the prospect of privatising Australia Post’s retail and mail businesses in favour of using its massive network of shopfronts for greater government use. The Post Office already accepts passport applications. The proposed amalgamation would represent the biggest consolidation of frontline government services attempted in Australia. However a key issue that any consolidation would have to deal with is the differing needs of postal and welfare clients, with Centrelink customers often presenting with necessarily more complex needs than bill payments or the lodgement of forms. The union claims many Human Services

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customers required “specialised and sensitive support and assistance which would be hard to deliver in an Australia Post environment.” Centrelink’s staff deal with verbal abuse as well as property damage. People carrying “weapons of some description” is also increasing as a trend, Centrelink officials have reported.

Picking the wrong bird…..

Reported at Filipino photographer, Romy Ocon, who stumbled upon Pos Malaysia’s promotional poster on the soon-to-be-released stamps, was further horrified to find that the bird picture he said bore an uncanny resemblance to one he had snapped, to be wrongly labelled, adding insult to injury over the intellectual property theft. “It seems somebody has stolen one of my photos of a Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), then used it erroneously as a photo of a White-fronted Falconet in a stamp issued by Malaysia!” he had written in a

post on Digital Review Photography (DP Review)’s online forum, pointing out that both birds had “very different” appearances. The poster has been since been taken offline. Claiming that the image of a white-chested bird in the “Visit Malaysia Year 2014” stamp series was virtually identical to his own work, Ocon provided a link which compared a cropped image of the bird in the Pos Malaysia poster against his “original” photograph. “Many features and detail are identical, much like fingerprints,” he said in emailed remarks to The Malay Mail Online, with the comparison showing the two bird images allegedly sharing the same blemish at the upper beak, same wing details and identical tail details. A video analysis titled “Stolen Long-tailed Shrike / White-fronted Falconet photo evidence” was posted by a user in the same DP Review forum, said Ocon. In the same online complaint posted by Ocon, he had also said that the image of the bird was given the wrong label in the stamp collection. Malaysian bird expert Andrew Sebastian told The Malay Mail Online that the image of the bird in the stamp collection did not match the White-fronted Falconet label given. “Unfortunately, somebody used the wrong photo. The photo is of the Long-tailed Shrike which is a resident bird in Malaysia, much bigger in size than the falconet and it’s shared with a lot of countries,” Andrew, a spokesman for Malaysian Nature Society (MNS). The Long-tailed Shrike - which can be found in areas such as Iran right through the Indian subcontinent to South-East Asia, including Malaysia and the Philippines - is around 25 cm in size, Andrew said. On the other hand, he said the Whitefronted Falconet is a bird endemic or unique to Borneo, with the species being “found only in Sabah” and rare appearances being recorded in the extreme east areas of Sarawak. The poster featured six images of different birds with a stamp value of 60 cents each, with the collection being framed by drawings of hornbills and topped off with the “Visit Malaysia 2014” logo and the country’s Stamp News - 27

Stamps in the News - Globally! tourism tagline “Truly Asia”. While saying that it was good to feature local birds in the stamp collection, Andrew said that the error should be corrected quickly, noting that many tourists visit Malaysia to watch the birds here, especially those that are unique to the country. “I sincerely hope this matter is rectified immediately so people can enjoy and study our birds,” he said.

Film buffs rebuffed

Reported at www.indianexpress. com India Post has been accused of selling stamps to mark the centenary celebrations of the Indian cinema, with only philatelists in mind. Film lovers and common people feel left out from the sale, as authorities have made sale of a set of 50 stamps mandatory. Despite demand, stamps are not available for sale individually. The release is a set of six miniature sheets as a tribute to the centenary of Indian Cinema, the stamps hit local philately bureaus recently. “I wanted to buy around half-a-dozen stamps of Prithviraj Kapoor, but the postal department authorities refused to sell them individually,” said aggrieved Sunita Malik. Postal authorities said for the process of sale philatelic stamps on Indian cinema, like other philately stamps, preference would be given to professional philatelists. “We have more than 1,000 registered philatelists with us. We would first cater to them, keeping with our tradition,” an official said. Movie aficionados have demanded that postal authorities give common people priority over philatelists. “It is bizarre that postal authorities are not selling philately stamps individually. The condition is definitely going to prove a dampener for several film 28 - Stamp News

lovers. It, in fact, defeats the purpose with which these stamps were released. These would not reach the masses,” said Priya Phadnis, a film lover. Senior post-master with Pune head post office, H J Kakade, said he was ‘neck deep’ in issues ‘more important than sale of philately stamps’.

Royal Mail privatisation pricing predictions Reported at

Privatised Royal Mail must not be allowed to abuse its monopoly position and increase stamp prices, rather than cut its own costs of running the business, the postal consumer watchdog has warned. Consumer Futures, the statutory consumer watchdog for postal services, told MPs that it was worried Royal Mail can impose price increases on consumers, without saving money in its own organisation. Under changes last year, only the price of second class stamps are capped. Royal Mail is able to increase the value of first class stamps to what ever level it likes. In evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills committee, Consumer Futures said: Consumers should not have to face reduced prices or reduced

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standards as a result of corporate failure.” First class stamp prices were unregulated last May, when first class stamps for an average letter jumped from 46p to 60p. Second class stamps increased to 50p. In evidence to the same committee, Royal Mail hinted that more increases were likely, by stressing that Royal Mail’s “average price” for an inland letter was 55p, against a European average of 57p.

‘Just move’ stamps come to a halt Reported at

A new US issue aimed at promoting kid’s activities has been put on hold by USPS following health authority concerns about depictions of supposedly unsafe activities. The “Just Move!” stamp series which were inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” health initiative that was initially aimed at supporting and promoting healthy lifestyle and physical activity among children. Stamps depict children performing a cannonball, skateboarding and a headstand without kneepads and helmets. Such pictures are believed to have bad

influence on children who would like to perform any of the depicted activity, and cause serious injuries. Other questionable stamps included a batter without a batting helmet, a girl balancing on a slippery rock, and a soccer player without kneepads or shin pads. Linn’s source said that the series is set to be destroyed but the USPS has denied this. “The stamps are on hold with the printer and we have not made a decision at this point, right now, with respect to how we are going to move forward,” the USPS spokesman said, noting that some of the illustrations on the stamps depict activities that some might not consider safe — like doing “a cannonball into a swimming pool.”

A sneak peek a Canada 2014 Reported at

Famous performers, noted female athletes and Canadian tragedies are among the new illustrations set to adorn Canadian postage stamps in 2014. To coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a series of stamps will be issued in February commemorating notable Canadian athletes. Several country music stars will be featured on a new series of stamps to be issued in July _ Tommy Hunter, k.d. lang, Renee Martel, Hank Snow and Shania Twain. Another stamp will highlight the Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamship carrying 376 people from India which was refused landing rights in Vancouver in May 1914. Another stamp will mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s worst peacetime maritime tragedy, also in May 1914. Just over 1,000 people died when the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River, near Rimouski, Que., after colliding with a Norwegian vessel. Other new stamps will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum, the 75th anniversary of the National Film Board, the return of the CFL to Ottawa and the UNESCO Stamp News - 29

Stamps in the News - Globally! World Heritage Site series. Canada Post’s Black History series will add two stamps in 2014 to recognize two neighbourhoods with significant links to black history _ Africville in Halifax and Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver.

Dutch auction for rare Commonwealth stamp

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In late October, the most expensive stamp ever auctioned in the Netherlands came under the hammer. The postage stamp has a catalogue value of about £120,000 and had a face value of £100 when printed. The 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamp features a portrait of King George V, the colonial ruler of East Africa in the period. The stamp is special because only a few were printed and there are only four unfranked, mint examples in museums and private collections. The face value of the stamp is also unusual: £100 was a fortune at the time. The stamp was offered for auction by the heirs of the Dutch stamp collector Aat de Peijper and is part of his remarkable stamp collection. The mounting pages comprising the collection would cover a small tennis court (165 m2). Aat de Peijper, the Dutch industrialist, had a collection of tens of thousands of stamps, mainly from the former British colonies and including stamps from the Dutch overseas territories – Curaçao, Suriname and Dutch Indonesia. The collection includes stamps from various territories

during the reign of Great Britain’s King George V including Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Fuji, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, India, Ceylon, Burma, Honduras, Guyana and East Africa. Seven 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamps were auctioned from this series, the most expensive with a face value of £100 - an iconic, numbered stamp.

Good news from Israel Reported at

In Israel, the price of sending mail overseas has dropped recently. A US expat living in Israel recently queried that she could not get the correct combination of stamps to add up to the 6.20 NIS (6 New Israeli Shekels, 20 agorot, or $1.74) it costs to mail a letter or postcard from Israel to the U.S. On enquiring at the Post Office she discovered some shocking news, even in this land that’s seen so much it sometimes seem there is little left to startle. The price of postage had gone down. The clerk claimed it now cost a mere 5.70 NIS ($1.60) to mail a regular letter or postcard to folks back home. A further query to the Israeli Postal Company resulted in the following email: Dear Emily Harris, Thank you for your enquiry about the postage rate to USA. Overseas postage rates for mail up to 2 kg were reduced by 7.5% on 1 July 2013. The price reduction was due to the change in foreign exchange rates. The current rate for postage a letter up to 100 g to USA is NIS 5.70. I hope this answers your question. Later, the Postal Company clarified that it reviews the price of international postage annually with an eye to foreign currency exchange rates. A spokesperson said the cost to mail a letter overseas from Israel has gone both up and down in the past.

Football and stamps: Brazil Reported at

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global philatelic programme for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. FIFA’s current programme is a legacy of the FIFA Centennial Philatelic Programme, which was created in 2004 to celebrate FIFA’s 100-year anniversary. The programme has since continued with great success under the title of the “Official Commemorative Philatelic Programme” for both the 2006 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and is being rolled out once more for next year’s event in Brazil. “The philatelic programme offers postal administrators all over the world a great opportunity to play their part in the celebration of world football’s greatest event. The 2014 World Cup is eagerly anticipated, with the FIFA World Cup returning to Brazil for the first

time since 1950. In doing so, the event will take place in a nation which is often depicted as the spiritual home of football, a country where football is an intrinsic part of the national identity. The philatelic programme is already up and running in the host country of the FIFA World Cup™, where Brazil’s national post service, Correios, recently launched two special edition stamps to honour the hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup which took place in six Brazilian Host Cities in June of this year. Further special edition commemorative stamps will be launched in the build-up to 2014, including stamps featuring FIFA’s registered brand assets such as Host City Posters, the Official Emblem of the event and the popular Official Mascot, Fuleco.

FIFA has appointed the company Bolaffi, experts in philately, for the development, promotion and distribution of the Official Commemorative Philatelic Programme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ on a global basis. Bolaffi will provide its great expertise and experience and strive to bring the worlds of philately and football fans together as part of the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Football and stamps: UK Reported at

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been banned from wearing specially made boots with the words ‘The stamp collector’ stitched on them in the recent North-east derby for fear of further inciting Sunderland fans. Steven Taylor’s plans to step out at the Stadium of Light in footwear embroidered with the words ‘stamp collector’ have been given the boot by manager Alan Pardew. The Newcastle defender riled Sunderland fans last season by claiming he ‘would rather collect stamps’ than play for United’s North East adversaries. Sunderland had the last laugh with a 3-0 victory on Tyneside in April, but Taylor had hoped to stoke the rivalry with the specially-designed football boots.

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There has never been a clearance quite like this* We did run something similar about two or three years ago when we liquidated a UK wholesaler’s stock of mainly mint Worldwide. This time we have a massive stock of Worldwide virtually all postally used to clear, it literally does run to well over a million stamps and many date from 100 years ago or more. The entire stock weighs in excess of 100 kilograms, and with an average of 12500 to the kilo, that is 1.25 million. You will certainly find OLD CLASSICS, MODERN THEMATICS, HIGHLY CATALOGUED ITEMS, PERFORATION VARIETIES, INTERESTING POSTMARKS and also the possibility of some scarce ERRORS or VARIETIES. Whatever you find is only going to cost you a tiny fraction of catalogue value as each of these stamps is sold at the flat knock down price of under 5 cents each! Not only that but we are including a SPECIAL FREE GIFT, of BRITISH COMMONWEALTH HIGH VALUES FINE POSTALLY USED dating from the 1930’s and with a catalogue value of 55 pounds = AUD$95 currently, basically what we are asking for the entire parcel! PLUS….A recent Australia PNC (Stamp and coin cover) Retail value $25. AND….A 1970 Captain Cook Minisheet mint unhinged Retail value $17. FINALLY… A British Commonwealth Complete ANIMALS definitive set of 18 values, mint unhinged, worth $15. So here it is, around 2000 stamps, all guaranteed totally unsorted, every stamp yours to keep for a tiny fraction of catalogue value, postage, packing and insurance Australia Wide a flat $5 (overseas add $20 to cover Airmail and Insurance)

$95 the lot! Two lots for $179 Five lots for $419 Ten lots for $795 Really, what are you waiting for …..?

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The Battle of the Falklands 1914 Mail from a sailor of SMS Gneisenau

The news from 1914 till 1918 was dominated by reports of all kinds of military events of the First World War. In early November 1914 articles similar to the one quoted here from the OTAGO Daily Times (New Zealand) could be read in many papers around the world. The report about what was later called the Battle of Coronel (cancellation of Coronel pictured) started with the headline: “A Gallently Contested Action – Monmouth and Good Hope sunk The High Commissioner reports, London, November 7.

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Official: The Admiralty has received trustworthy information regarding the action on the Chilian coast. During the 1st November the Good Hope, Monmouth, and Glasgow came up with the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Leipzig, and Dresden. Both squadrons were steaming south in a strong wind, with considerable sea. The German squadron declined action until sunset, when light gave it an important advantage. The action lasted an hour. Early in the action the Good Hope and Monmouth took fire, but fought on until nearly dark, when a serious explosion occurred on the Good Hope, which foundered. The Monmouth hauled off at the dark, making water badly, and appeared to be unable to steam away. She was accompanied by the Glasgow, who had, during the whole action, fought the Leipzig and Dresden. On the enemy again approaching the wounded Monmouth the Glasgow, which was also under fire from one of

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the armoured cruisers, drew off. The enemy then attacked the Monmouth again, with what result is not definitely known. The Glasgow is not extensively damaged, and has very few casualties. Neither the Otranto nor Canopus was engaged. Reports received by the Foreign Office from Valparaiso state that a belligerent warship was ashore on the Chilian coast. It is possible that this may prove to be the Monmouth. Energetic measures are being taken on this assumption to rescue any survivors. The action appears to the Admiralty to have been most gallently contested, but in the absence of the Canopus the enemy´s preponderance of force was considerable.” Lloyd Hirst explains in his book Coronel and After “Although the action took place in the evening of 1st November, news of it took a long time to appear. On 3rd November the Admiralty received a report from the Consul-General at Valparaiso that on 1st November Scharnhorst (author: the flagship of Admiral Graf von Spee) and other German units were 150 miles to the south

of that port, and Defence was thereupon ordered round to join Cradock. At 7 a.m. on 4th November the Admiralty received a telegram from Valparaiso reading as follows: `Have just learnt from Chilean Admiral that German Admiral (author: Graf von Spee) states that on Sunday (1st November) at sunset, in thick and wicked weather, his ships met Good Hope, Glasgow, Monmouth and Otranto. Action was joined and Monmouth turned over and sank after about an hour´s fighting. Good Hope, Glasgow and Otranto drew off in darkness. Good Hope was on fire, an explosion was heard and she is believed to have sunk. Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Nürnberg were among the German ships engaged.” Some time ago I had the chance to buy an attractive picture postcard at an auction showing the “old” and the “new” SMS Gneisenau for approx. 400 € (pictured). The card was written in “Walpareiso 4/11”, so only four days after the Battle of Coronel (1st of November 1914), on the day the telegram from the British Consul was received by the Admiralty and three days earlier before the report of the High Commissioner was published in London. As soon as I had the card in my hands I had a lot of questions. Who wrote Stamp News - 35

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the card? Was he a survivor of the Battle of the Falklands? Would it be possible to get further information about him and his family after almost 100 years? Why was the card cancelled on November 26 (cancel pictured), when the postcard was written on November 4, 1914? The cancel showed that the card was cancelled on board of SMS Gneisenau (Marine Ships Mail canceller #22, which was used on SMS Gneisenau from November 10, 1910 till November 26, 1914) so it was likely that it was written by a sailor of the ship. The writer of the card was obviously not aware about the correct spelling of Valparaiso and used for example a “W” instead of the “V” for the first letter. The postcard was send by Field post and was addressed to Herrn Friedr. Peters, Idafehn, Post Potshausen, East Frisia, Germany. Idafehn was a small village in East Frisia (not too far from the North Sea and home of many sailors) before WWI and had no local post office. Therefore the mail was directed via the post office in Potshausen the next biggest community with a post office. The text on the postcard reads as follows (translated into English), ´Walpareiso 4/11, Dear 36 - Stamp News

Parents, in best health I´ll write this card to you, nothing has changed so far. Hopefully we get peace soon. Thousands of best regards sends your son Theo´. When the writer says that he is the son, then his name would be Theo Peters and Friedr. (Abbreviation for Friedrich) Peters would be his father. A good starting point for research! When Theo Peters mentions to his parents “Hopefully we get peace soon”, then this reflects in my opinion without over interpreting it, his impression of the first sea battle on November 1st he was involved in. No doubt despite of all war propaganda on both sides he and his comrades felt with their fellow sailors on board of Good Hope and Monmouth and had now fully understood the reality of war. The text is typical for Field post, which was always carefully censored so that no relevant military information would be transmitted by the mail of the soldiers or in these case sailors. The writer of this card follows in my opinion the military rules, with one exception, the location Valparaiso is mentioned, a piece of information that was clearly not allowed, but also not detected by the censors. Soon it became clear why the card was written

The Battle of the Falklands 1914 by Theo Peters on November 4. After the Battle of Coronel three cruisers (Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nürnberg) of the German East Asia Squadron came to Valparaiso to replenish their stocks of coal, food, water etc. on November 3. Chile was neutral and so they were only allowed to stay for 24 hrs in a port of a neutral nation. Only the officers had the chance for a short visit on land. While in port Theo Peters hoped that his mail could reach his parents quickly from Valparaiso. Therefore he brought his postcard to the marine post office on board of SMS Gneisenau. However the cruisers were already running out of time and his mail was not cancelled on that day. Under the circumstances mail certainly had no priority. Theo Peters had to remain on board and probably never had seen a sign with the name Valparaiso. Therefore he had to rely on what he heard from comrades and so wrote “Walpareiso” the way he thought it would be correctly written. After various stops off the coast of Chile the German East Asia Squadron reached the hidden Bay of St. Quentin (Gulf of Penas, south of Puerto Montt) on November 21, mainly to replenish coal supplies. The Squadron left the Bay of St. Quentin on November 26, 1914, the date when Theo Peters postcard from November 4, was cancelled. This is actually the last known mail date from SMS Gneisenau. The mail was probably taken on one of the auxiliary ships to a Chilean port, where it entered the international mail system. It is likely that it would have taken four or more weeks before it reached Theo’s family in Germany. The Squadron was now heading for the Falklands around Cape Horn. During the first week of December 1914 it became known in the German community in Punta Arenas (Sandy Point) that a powerful assembly of British battle cruisers started to concentrate in vicinity of the Falklands. But how to warn the German Squadron? Because there was no other means of communication available, a German boat pilot from Punta Arenas Albert Pagels took on the job to warn the squadron by light signals from his motorboat. In heavy seas he managed to get within a half mile to signal ships of the squadron. Due to the stormy weather conditions they did not notice his boat and his lights. He returned almost fully exhausted and soaked after 48 hrs in heavy seas to Punta Arenas (later, after the 8th of December he played the main role in

hiding SMS Dresden in basically uncharted parts of Patagonia and even managed to supply the ship with 1600 tons of coal). In the evening of December 9th, 1914 the Admiralty made a brief announcement that was quickly picked up by reporters all over the globe. “At 7:30 a.m. on the 8th of December the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nürnberg, Leipzig and Dresden were sighted near the Falkland Islands by a British squadron under Vice Admiral Sir Frederick Sturdee. An action followed, in the course of which the Scharnhorst, flying flag of Admiral Count von Spee, the Gneisenau and the Leipzig were sunk. The Dresden and the Nürnberg made off during the action and are being pursued. Two colliers also were captured. The Vice Admiral reports that the British casualties were very few in number. Some survivors have been rescued from the Gneisenau and the Leipzig.” I think, Count Neidhardt von Gneisenau (17601831), Royal Prussian Field Marshal, would not have been amused to hear that a cruiser carrying his name was sunk by British cruisers. Field Marshal Gneisenau was responsible for bailing out the Duke Stamp News - 37

The Battle of the Falklands 1914 of Wellington (1769-1852) in a difficult battle situation during the Napoleonic wars in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 (Wellington: “Either night or the Prussians will come” …. and Gneisenau came with the Prussian troops; we know the outcome). On December 23, 1914 readers of the New York Times could read in a letter to the Editor: … “It has become known by Vice Admiral Sturdee that the Gneisenau had completely exhausted her ammunition when she sank, refusing to surrender, and her crew went down singing patriotic songs.” What had happened to Theo Peters? Was he also singing patriotic songs? Was he among the rescued sailors? According to the First Officer of the Gneisenau 187 sailors were rescued by Inflexible and other ships, almost 600 sailors drowned. I tried to find out a list of survivors of the Battle of the Falklands in military archives, but only found from the Gneisenau a list of surviving officers. The name Theo Peters was not on that list. After several calls to municipalities in East Frisia I got into contact with the chairman of the local history society of Theo Peter’s home village Idafehn. The first weeks of research were disappointing, nobody seem to know Theo Peters. The church books were under restoration and therefore not available. I asked the chairman whether he could check the war memorial at Idafehn. He found the name Peters on it, but Chr. Peters and not Theo Peters. Meanwhile the church books were again available and it became obvious that Chr. (abbreviation for Christian) was his second name. I had found him! Later a Plaque of Honor turned up showing photos of all soldiers which lost their lives from the small village of Idafehn in WWI among them Theo Peters with the 38 - Stamp News

8th of December 1914 as his day of death. He was born in 1892 as the 2nd child of Friedrich Peters and his wife Hinrika (née Lüttmann) and lived together with eight brothers and sisters. He was 24 when he died in the Battle of the Falklands, but looked younger on the photo which was probably taken when he joined the German Imperial navy. It must have been a long period of uncertainty, before his family was officially informed by the German Admiralty that he had not survived. Maybe his family still had some hope that he lived when his postcard from Valparaiso arrived? In March 2013 I spotted another card from Theo Peters at an auction in Berlin. This time the starting price was 2300 € and now the story became even more interesting. The picture post card showed a bridge scene probably in the Caroline Islands which were a German colony at that time. The card was cancelled in August 1914 with the SMS Gneisenau canceller # 22 and had two brownish labels affixed on the pictorial side. The German East Asia squadron was anchored near Phonpei in the Caroline Islands when they received the news

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of the outbreak of WWI. The first smaller label contained the following message “Mail from the cruiser squadron from August 1914” and the 2nd a bit larger label had the message “Received on September 9, 1923 from the Foreign Office. No postage dues necessary, sufficient postage was already paid in 1914 when handed over to the post office. Marine Post Bureau Berlin L 2.” It must have been quite a shock for Theo Peter’s family when they got mail from their son almost 10 years after he was declared dead by the Admiralty. What had happened? In 1914 a mail bag was left with a monk in the Caroline Islands. Most of the mail contained the last will of sailors but also “normal” mail. When the Japanese occupied the islands in 1914 the monk buried the mail bag in a metal box below the altar of the German Missionary Church. Years after WWI the mail bag was unearthed again an delivered to the German Foreign Office and from there via the Marine Post Bureau handled through the German postal system.

In the internet world we sometimes complain about “snail mail”, but this was a rather unusual case. The Battle of the Falklands has always fascinated the public, especially many collectors. Authentic mails like the cards from Theo Peters are unique pieces of history, very scarce and difficult to obtain. I think a good starting point for a Battle of the Falklands collection are picture postcards showing the British and German cruisers involved in the engagements. From time to time single postcards of all cruisers become available on eBay or auctions and it is fairly easy to build up an attractive “battle fleet collection”. I have built my own starter collection just within four weeks and I am upgrading it from time to time when new attractive items become available. Recently, I have added a card showing the sons of Admiral Count von Spee (pictured). They both did not survive the Battle of the Falklands and Heinrich Count von Spee the youngest son, also sunk with SMS Gneisenau together with Theo Peters. Stamp News - 39


New Zealand Post Stamps and Coins Inspired by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Go Global! New Zealand Post is bracing for Hobbit-mania of global proportions for the latest issue of stamps and coins to mark the release of the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). New Zealand Post was bombarded with orders from 88 countries for last year’s issue to celebrate

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the 2012 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Head of Stamps and Coins Simon Allison says a third of all orders are from overseas with people in some far-flung locations keen to get their hands on the range of commemorative coins, presentation packs and stamps. “We had orders from Kazakhstan, Iceland, Libya,


Bolivia and the Canary Islands – there are Hobbit movie fans literally around the globe that can’t wait to get hold of the New Zealand Post-produced stamps and coins. “Based on last year’s experience, we know news of this release will spread far and wide and the orders will start pouring in. We’ll be shipping Gandalf the Grey to Greece and they’ll be going bonkers for Bilbo Baggins first day covers in Brunei,” he said. Simon Allison said the next biggest demand after New Zealand came from Australia, the UK and the United States. This year’s issue features a premium gold coin and set, a silver coin with gold plating, a silver coin set, a brilliant uncirculated coin and set as well as official stamp products. New Zealand Post, in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Warner Bros. Pictures, and the filmmakers, has exclusive rights to produce official stamps and legal tender commemorative coins that celebrate Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). The stamps and legal tender coins are available from from 1 November 2013 at PostShops, REAL Aotearoa stores, or by phoning 0800 782 677. Note: New Zealand Post is authorised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as the only official issuer of legal tender New Zealand commemorative coins.

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Revenue Review Once Again

Yes you guessed it; it’s that time of the year once again where we drop hints around the house for Christmas presents. I’m guessing if your reading this your list to Santa will contain a few of the scarcer revenues to fill that elusive gap. Good luck, and don’t forget the milk & cookies.

Come and Get It!

Figure 1 is a 1941-42 Christmas Golden Casket ticket made out to “Come and Get It Syndicate”. Nothing special, I here you say. Take another look and you will see that apart from Santa, it contains [figure 2] a Queensland Government Tax of 3% in the center at the bottom of figure 1. I only have 3 of these full tickets with this tax box. My earliest being 1924, where the tax was 3d [I have shown this in an earlier Revenue Review]. I have seen

various cut outs on different coloured papers. Maybe you have a few? If so please share them here. These are similar to the Tasmania Tatts ticket Tax box, and fortunately for me not as popular to collect. That said, there must be 1 Qld ticket out there for every 500 from Tasmania.

Invert Addition

In the October Revenue Review I showed a 1/Platypus with the overprint ‘REVENUE’ inverted saying a 1d value is also recorded. I neglected to say look out for the 6d with inverted overprint this is the scarcest of the 3.

Late Use

Figure 3 is a rather nice sight note from South Australia. Dated 1916 it has a mix of both the 1902 and the 1904 issues. The 50/- being the 1902

Fig 1

Fig 2 Fig 3

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Dave Elsmore issue being used 14 years after issue which begs the question; why are these so hard to find? You would think there would be plenty around. The value of the ‘sight’ is £8,600.00 paying duty of 1/in £100. This recently sold on eBay for $200.00.


One of the harder Probate Duties from Western Australia is the Sub-Charged ‘ONE PENNY’ on ‘TEN SHILLINGS’ [fig 4]. There appears to be a hoard of different values coming from Western Australia onto the market of late but only one 1d so far.


While chatting, Western Australia figure 6 turned up in auction. A rather nice misplaced I. R. overprint, selling for under $100, absolute

bargain! On the other hand I saw a mint copy on eBay with the forged overprint bringing twice the cost figure 5. It pays to know your revenues. For detection of this forgery you can find details on my web site in the FREE Western Australia Revenue catalogue.


I’m not convinced the New South Wales duty stamp in figure 6 [an 1880 printing] is a true imperf. It looks the part but being cut the way it has it could very well be a common margin imperf with perfs cut off on the other 3 sides to make it appear imperf. I could be wrong, this has been known before but….

Wrong Again

In November Revenue Review I spoke of the

Fig 5

Fig 4

Fig 6

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Revenue Review used perf 12 1½d being rare, in fact, a few mint survived till the close of the tramway and were found amongst the very common Roulette 7, 1½d issue. Figure 7 is a testament to the survival of mint copies. All previous writings & catalogues etc. listed this tramway as selling off remainders at its close in 1970. Wrong, in fact, Wrong Again! All the remaining stocks of parcel stamps were sent back to the tramway auditor of the time for destruction, but somehow he was allowed to take them home! They found their way into a Stamp Dealers stock back in 1970, which just happened to be a family member!! Good news for the collector to have had these saved from the furnace. ‘Les’ still has some full sheets of the common values and recently sold a full sheet of the 6D value. If any of these tramway stamps interest you I can pass on your details to ‘Les’. Alas the perf 12 x 1½d is just about sold out.

Three Bob Blue

A while ago I wrote about the 3/- error of colour value for New South Wales Railways. One was in an auction lot [fig 8], which recently sold. The lot also included the rare 2/- value. Selling for under $300 you would think ‘Not so Rare’.

Back to the West

Tombstone revenues from the West seem very apt. John DiBiase has recently added to his tombstones with figure 9. Believed to be of proof status, finding their way out from within! John records three values 1c, 6c & $900. Lets hope there are not all the in-between values to collect!

Left Luggage

Staying with South Australia and figure 4 is a rarely seen 2d black on red ‘Cloakroom Ticket’ c1930.

Fig 7

Fig 8

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Dave Elsmore For 2d you get 24hrs storage. I have only seen this one from Gawler Station. There must be more as this has number 1246 on it. Do you have such a beast in your collection? If so please record it here. That said I would like to record figure 10 here in Revenue Review. This was spied in a railway collection in one of the Phoenix Stamp auctions.

Perfin Corner

Looking for a New Year Project? Try and put a small collection of the New South Wales £30 numeral Perfins together? If you end up with 5-10 different you are doing well. I spoke of the 30 quid last month. Figure 11 is the latest ‘L’ from Lowood Creamery to surface. The 3d value is rare, so keep your eyes peeled. If your not a member of the Perfin Club, why not? They produce an excellent, not to be missed journal. The information you will gain from just

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Wrap It Up

Well that wraps up another year of Revenue Review. I can only thank you, my readers for all your emails, letters and input during the year. As Revenue collecting continues to grow, lets hope next year will bring out just as many unrecorded revenues as this year has done. I do hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas break, see you next year.

I can be contacted by mail: P O Box 66 Springwood 4127 Queensland or an Email link from my web site or

Fig 9 Fig 11

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Looking at New Zealand 1968 Armed Services Issue

For some time, New Zealand’s armed services had wanted a stamp issue to commemorate their involvement in the Battle of Britain. It was decided

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that 7th May 1968 would be an appropriate date for such an issue as it would be the 23rd anniversary of the formal acceptance of Germany’s surrender at Reims in France, known thereafter as VE (Victory in Europe) Day. The picture of Winston Churchill waving to crowds in Whitehall shows the spontaneous celebrations that erupted on that day in 1945. The stamps (figure 1) were designed by L C Mitchell who had been designing New Zealand stamps since the 1930s. They showed 1960s servicemen with their equipment and their 1940s counterparts. The ships shown on the 28 cent were HMNZS Achilles and HMNZS Waikato. The aircraft on the 10 cent were a Kittyhawk and a Canberra bomber. De La Rue printed the stamps by its ‘Delacryl’ offset process on

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chalk-surfaced paper watermarked ‘NZ & star’. There were 100 stamps to a sheet (10 rows of 10) perforated 14 x 13. The plates of the 4 cent and 28 cent were numbered 1A1A1A1A1A1A and the 10 cent 1A1A1A1A1A. The 4 cent and 28 cent are known with inverted watermark. References: Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps, Auckland, Campbell Paterson, 1952 – . The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, vol. 6, Wellington, RPSNZ, 1975. Graeme can be contacted through his website,

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Australia Post celebrates Christmas with traditional and festive-themed stamps

Australia Post has officially marked the start of the festive season with the release of this year’s Christmas stamps, featuring the familiar emblems of Christmas and the traditional Nativity scene. “Australians enjoy sending and receiving their Christmas greetings through the post, it’s a more personal and real experience,” said Australia Post Managing Director & CEO Ahmed Fahour. “Even in this digital age, sending a card is still a strong Christmas tradition. Australia Post has a long and proud history of helping connect Australians to their family and friends, whether they live in Australia or overseas.” “At this time of year, we always remind people to post their Christmas cheer early. After all, the sooner you send your cards, the more time your friends and family have to enjoy them (and it gives them plenty of time to send one back).” “As usual, card-only stamps in Australia will be five cents cheaper through the Christmas period – just remember to write ‘card only’ on the envelope.” The two traditional 48 - Stamp News

Christmas stamps depict the Virgin Mary and Christ Child and Shepherds adoring the Christ Child. They are based on a painting by Australian artist Paul Newton, which is shown fully in the miniature sheet. The four non-traditional stamps feature familiar Christmas symbols: a Christmas tree, gift, candle and a bell. They are designed by Lisa Christensen of the Australia Post Design Studio. When choosing Christmas cards, senders should remember to select standard card sizes (no larger than 130mm x 240m) to qualify for the 55c stamp rate for Australia and $1.70 (New Zealand), $1.80 (Asia Pacific) or $2.55 (rest of the world) stamp rate for overseas. The full stamp range is available from participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 or online at au/stamps from 1 November 2013 while stocks last. For further information about Christmas postal rates, international and domestic posting deadlines and tips on correct packaging, visit the staff at your local Australia Post retail outlet, telephone 13 13 18 or visit auspost.


Winning Competition Designs Feature On Royal Mail 2013 Christmas Stamps

Royal Mail has revealed the two winning entries in their Christmas Stamp Design Competition. The designs from Molly Robson, aged 7, a pupil at Leechpool Primary School in Horsham, West Sussex, and 10-year old Rosie Hargreaves, who goes to Ermington Primary School in Ivybridge, Devon, were chosen from amongst more than 240,000 entries received. Molly’s ‘Santa’ design will appear on the 1st Class Christmas Stamp and ‘Singing Angels’ by Rosie will feature on 2nd Class Christmas stamp. Both Molly and Rosie will take part in a prize-giving event at Clarence House on Wednesday 30th October where they will be presented with a framed copy of their winning stamp by HRH The Prince of Wales and Royal Mail Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene. In addition, to mark their success, a special postmark will feature on mail delivered to addresses nationwide. Each girl will have her name on the postmark for a week in November with the message:

“Molly Robson/Rosie Hargreaves – Winner of Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition.” Molly and Rosie’s postmarks will feature on mail delivered from November 5th and November 12th respectively. Royal Mail Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene said: “These wonderful images capture perfectly what Christmas means to many people throughout the UK. “We were overwhelmed that the competition received more than 240,000 entries and Molly and Rosie now follow in the footsteps of some highly acclaimed children’s’ designers and illustrators who have designed Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamps in the past .” This is only the third time in the company’s near 500-year history that children have designed Christmas stamps. The winners have both won £1000 in vouchers and £1000 for their respective schools. The stamps will be on sale from 5 November and are available online at by phone on 08457 641 641 and in 10,000 Post Offices throughout the UK. Stamp News - 49

Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 40 In this Month’s column I report on the annual national one-frame exhibition, the APF’s research award to Brian Peace and the next Australasian Challenge.

One-frame Exhibiting – Queensland Stampshow 2013

The one-frame class continues to increase in popularity with about 85 exhibits at the recent national one frame exhibition, Queensland Stampshow 2013, held David Figg receiving the Champion Postcard Award from 21-22 September one-frame exhibition is the sheer variety of 2013 at the Table exhibits on display with the exhibits at Queensland Tennis Centre in Windsor, Brisbane. Stampshow covering a wide range of topics One of the joys of visiting the annual national including traditional exhibits, postal history, postal stationery, thematics, revenues and postcards. Traditional Exhibits included South Australia The first issue of long stamps (which won the prize for the Champion Philatelic Exhibit) and the Patriotic Fund Charity Stamps of Queensland as well as exhibits Philip Levine and Counsellor at the Opening of Queensland Stampshow 2013 of more modern 50 - Stamp News

Ian McMahon

Philatelic Development Officer, APF choose a topic for much there was too little material, resulting in an exhibit which appears padded or “too thin”, while other exhibitors chose topics which really need many frames to cover the topic thoroughly with the result that the exhibit is missing much material needed to comprehensively cover the topic. Some good one frame topics displayed at the exhibition included Coronation Robes 1938, Australia Queensland Postcard Collectors Club’s Table 1960 Tiger Cat 8d stamps including the 1965 Gold coinage issue definitive, Australian Fleet Cards and Postal of Sierra Leone, Queen Elizabeth II series 1966Stationery Envelopes of Fiji. 1971 and Jordan – the 1967 embossed coin issue. If you haven’t tried it one-frame exhibiting is a The prize for the Champion Postcard Exhibit went to Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavour. One of the challenges of one-frame exhibiting is selecting a topic that can be reasonably treated in one frame, usually 15 or 16 exhibition pages. This is much more difficult than you may think as some Queensland Stampshow 2013 exhibitors Stamp News - 51

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Michael Blake receiving the Champion Philatelic Award great way to engage in competitive philately, but remember to choose your topic carefully.

Australian Philatelic Research Award to Brian Peace

The APF has awarded the Australian Philatelic Research Award (APR) to Brian Peace. The APR is awarded to recognise people who have made significant contributions in the field of philatelic research. Recipients receive a medal with a design symbolic of Australian philatelic research, with a ribbon of a colour that represents the complex shades and colours of Australia’s most written about and extensively researched stamp - the 1914 KGV One Penny Red. Recipients can be either Australians who have undertaken research in any philatelic field or overseas people who have undertaken research on Australian philately. Brian Peace’s work is important because he was one of the early researchers working with Australia 52 - Stamp News

to link material with legislation. He has also made extensive use of archival and newspaper sources. Being based in the United Kingdom and researching an Australian topic area is inherently difficult. Brian was able to make the most of resources local to him but also travelled to Australia to collect additional information. Brian Peace has an interesting and lengthy association with Australian philately. He has made both an active and outstanding contribution to our knowledge of Australian subject matter. He obtained the BPA Diploma in Philatelic Knowledge at 16, this being presented at London 1960, at the first International Exhibition he attended. He joined the British Society of Australian Philately also at the age of 16 and was the editor of its Bulletin from 1966-70 and again from 1982-89. He is a Fellow of The British Society of Australian Philately and was awarded the Thomas E. Field Trophy for services to the Society and Australian

Ian McMahon

Philatelic Development Officer, APF Peace has had a significant impact on Australian philatelic research in the areas of Colonial postal rates and the recording of disaster mail.

Australasian Challenge

Brian Peace receiving his APR Award Queensland Stampshow 2013 Philately in 1970. He also joined the Australian States Study Group of The Royal Philatelic Society London in 1970 and has made a range of contributions to its Newsletter concerning Australian colonial postal history. He is also a member of the Australian States Study Circle of The Royal Sydney Philatelic Club and has made similar inputs to its Journal’s issues. His major work Australasian Wreck Mail (1997) has been awarded a National Gold Medal at Canberra (1998) and an FIP Vermeil Medal at Milan (1998) in the literature class. At the time of publication it was and still is the only comprehensive work of its type in book form. In 1999 the author won the inaugural John Gartner Medal from The Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria for the best work published in Australia His major collection New South Wales Postal History has won two FIP Gold Medals at New Zealand 1990 and London 2000. His research is ongoing and he published Mail Robberies by Bushrangers in Australia 18331908 (2011). He spent considerable time combing newspapers and official sources in Australia in order to marshal data for this work. His next work Supplement to Australasian Wreck Mail (2013) brings together new research and discoveries since the original publication. Although based in the United Kingdom, Brian

The Australasian Challenge is on again! The 6th Australasian Challenge is due to take place at Baypex 2014 to be held at Napier, New Zealand on 14 -16 November 2014. The Australasian Challenge is a competition held every two years between teams from each Australian state and the ACT and teams representing the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Each team comprises entries from four experienced adult exhibitors in different classes and two entries from either new adult exhibitors or youth exhibitors. The Australasian Challenge was described in this column by John Sadler in the March 2012 issue of Stamp News. One change has been made to the rules for the 2014 Challenge. Previously teams had to have an adult novice and a youth exhibitor. Under the new rules teams these two positions on the team can come from any combination of adult novices or youth exhibitors. The last challenge, held at Canberra Stampshow 2012 in Canberra, was won by Queensland with New South Wales (2010, 2008), North Island New Zealand (2006), ACT (2004) and Western Australia (2002) having won previous Challenges. Who will be the winner in 2014? Further information on the Challenge and your state team can be obtained from your local State Philatelic Council (see the state links at ).

APF Collector Series Information Brochures

In his September 2013 column in Stamp News, John Sadler indicated that he would complete two additional brochures in the APF Collectors Series: Thumbnail Descriptions of the Exhibition Classes, and Using the Internet to Widen Your Research Boundaries. These brochures are now available from the APF or your local State Council. An updated version of the brochure Where do I get Stamps for My Collection? has also been released. Stamp News - 53

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Market Matters: Jenny Flies Again!

Seldom do postal administrations come up with new issue ideas I agree with. It is nice to see someone using some marketing savvy for a change, that has attracted mass media Internationally. All collectors know the story of the purchase in 1918 of one sheet 100 of these USA 24¢ airmail stamps with the centre inverted. On September 22, to celebrate the opening of the William H. Gross stamp gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, the USPS reissued the “Inverted Jenny”, this time with a face value of $2. Gross of course owns many of the original 1918 24¢ “Inverted Jennies”, including blocks - and famously “swapped” one block 4 for the 1¢ Franklin “Z” Grill he needed to complete his USA collection. Gross had just paid $A4 million for

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The $4 million stamp swap the Plate number block 4 in October 2005 at auction. I wrote a detailed column on this in the January 2006 magazine. The original 24¢ dies were used as a basis for the design of the new stamp, and the stamps were printed using the same recess/ intaglio engraving process as the originals. “We thought, wouldn’t it be funny if some of the inverts came out wrong, and actually got printed right side up?” the US Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an interview. “And we started thinking, what a great way to recreate the excitement Robey must have felt when he found that first sheet” Donahue concluded. As a result, 100 of the new sheets actually show the airplane flying upright. Each sheet is individually wrapped, so no one can see the

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stamps before they are bought. A note is included with the right-side-up rarities, alerting buyers to their true nature. Lucky finders can apply and obtain a certificate signed by the Postmaster General.

“Our last one was Elvis”

“The last time we had a stamp issue everybody got excited about was the Elvis stamp, 20 years ago” Mr. Donahoe said. As it was a fun item, and out of the ordinary, I started offering them at $A15 each, if folks wanted them added to orders - These have sold surprisingly well for me, and I ordered 200 more “Jenny” packs off USPS this week. Folks that wanted one of two for their collection got them off me at $A15 each, far lower than buying

INVERTED plane is the COMMON one! direct off USPS direct would cost them with the flat $US6.50 shipping. One client ordered 10 sealed packs to mail to all his stamp pen-pals as Xmas gifts. Light to mail, and the perfect stamp gift really. A “scratch Lotto” type fun gift .... that MAY be worth $15,000, and if not, has $US12 of very attractive stamps inside. The end result is a superb production, with raised intaglio/recess printing, that is ink ribbed as you run your finger over it. Someone emailed me asking how they “knew for sure” the packs I am supplying had not been “peeked” at by me or others before they left for him!

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Market Matters were supplied in a glassine envelope etc, he’d have a good point. I just now busted open 2 packs in nearby photo, to show just how many layers of “anti-peeking” protection that USPS has added, exactly to prevent that occurring! I am using these sheets a lot to send over to USA mailers of stuff to me, and asking them to glue stick them to packet outers, and ask they be nicely cancelled at PO. I got one Express parcel last week that cost $US60 shipping. The sender got light cancels on them (thank you!) and they all arrived in

Even the inside is security patterned! 58 - Stamp News

Super elaborate packaging perfect shape. I snipped off the Hagner size piece with the 6 sheets on it, along with Reg’d label and addresses etc, and sold it for $A70 to a joyful collector of postally used modern USA. So my heavy box of goods here actually cost zero - indeed MADE me money! These $2 stamps/$12 sheets are valid forever, so maybe tuck aside a supply if you get things mailed to you from the USA now and again, as they will not be on sale for long. And if you get lucky, one of your packs will have the $15,000 “Error” sheet in among them! The whole deal all comes

Glen Stephens sealed in a cello outer with crimped heat sealed ends to prevent any tampering, as that would be immediately evident. Then there is a large piece of thick grey cardboard. Even if held up, with the world’s brightest light behind it, nothing could be seen through that.

Wrapped up like an Egyptian Mummy

THEN the $12 mini sheet is in a licked down small envelope of about 120 gsm thick grade paper. Those envelopes are also printed with blue “security wove” pattern on all the insides. Even if the sheet was alone in the white envelope you can’t see design detail if held to light. The front of the white envelope has small font writing on the front of it, to make seeing inside even harder.

Scott Cat $US240+ in pack

Meet BEN – not Bill! The sheetlet also has small writing all over back so the other side is hard to make out even when sheet alone is held to light, as the paper on mini sheet itself is very thick, being selfadhesive. HOWEVER that is not all! Inside each sealed white envelope is a mini sheet size piece of thick white dense card .. about 300 gsm I’d guess. So holding up just the sealed white envelope to the strongest back lights helps you in no way. I’d defy the FBI or CIA to see which way the plane was up from the outside! A great deal of thought and expense has gone in the packaging of these clever sheets. So there are many, many, layers of careful security - that ensures PO staff, dealers and re-sellers have absolutely no idea what is in each white envelope, until the buyer tears it all open. A lot will STAY unopened. You would not believe how many Australia Stamp News - 59

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REAL stamps being used again! Post year albums I buy, where the stamps are still sealed 20-30 years on, untouched in the “temporary” wallets ex Post Office. There were only 100 of these “Inverted Jenny” items sold – a decent % will probably stay unopened in new issue packages to collectors. In the USA, population 320 million, 100 possible of anything is tiny. In 1994 the USPS sold 150,000 “Legends Of The West” sheets of 20. The detailed stamp image of the error is shown nearby. It depicted Bill Pickett’s brother BEN!! These used the photo of Bill Pickett’s brother, and despite 150,000 panes being sold at face - entirely to collectors and dealers, they are still listed $US240 in current 2014 Scott catalogue. Indeed Scott notes that all these panes were shipped in the blue USPS folder and that value is noted as being higher if retained in the folder illustration nearby. Despite the huge number sold, they still readily fetch $200 a sheet, so the Jenny panes will be into 5 figures for CERTAIN, right from the get-go ... mark my words. 60 - Stamp News

There were after all only 100 sheets ever printed with aeroplane UPRIGHT, the USPS has stated that publicly. I hosted a stamp dealer Christmas Dinner this week in Sydney and raised this item, and asked those there what they thought the FIRST one sold would bring.

Will sell for “about $US15,000”

Stewart Wright the owner of Status International Auctions predicted: “about $US15,000”. As none have been on the market yet - way after a month since issue, that figure would not surprise me at all. Might be a lot higher. Most dealers there agreed that near ALL found by collectors will stay in their possession. Hence for some years few will ever be sold. But lots will seek one. For most finders it will be their once in a lifetime WIN and they’ll retain it as a bragging piece for the rest of their days - to fellow collectors and family members. With only 100 made, even $10,000 is a great deal. It was sold by USPS at face, and that is all most will

Glen Stephens GREAT for stamps, and GREAT for the hobby in my view.

NZ Post using stamps?!

Also great for the hobby is ANYONE using stamps that never used to. New Zealand Post has a new head of the Philatelic Division. After decades in the chair, Ivor Masters retired in August. His deputy for about a decade, Simon Allison stepped into the position. On stampboards in midOctober reports appeared that mailings from NZ Philatelic were bearing stamps - StampsNZ - and not just ANY stamps, but Gandalf “Hobbit” Middle Earth stamps! Stampboards members from various countries soon confirmed this was occurring on information mailings from NZ Post. Great to see and I wish a LOT more Bureaus followed this lead. New SG Commonwealth a “Must Buy” care about. No dealer can “corner” these, so it will be a free for all treasure hunt. This issue has created a ton of news globally and when the first one DOES hit the market place a ton more news coverage will ensure.

Write to YOUR Bureaus!

If Stamp Bureaus do not care to use stamps, what hope do we have for the rest of the community to bother? Write to YOUR Bureaus you support, and tell of this - and ask WHY they are not doing it now! Sure it takes a tiny bit more time, but if that Stamp News - 61

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Lots of flaws shown and priced means more folks retain their expensive Standing Order Accounts - well who cares about the affixing cost? Mr Allison might look at using a decorative laser printed cancel on the mailings, as most appeared unfranked, and the one illustrated just escaped the pink ink spray cancel in Australia. 62 - Stamp News

Gibbons “Part One” released.

For me the “event” of this month was the arrival of the new 2014 Stanley Gibbons “Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps 1840-1970” catalogue. This volume is known to old-timers and the trade as the “Gibbons Part One” - as once, the other Volumes were numbered, and were “Americas” and

Glen Stephens WALLPAPER new issues from places like Guyana - where literally scores and scores of pages were filled with this new issue junk. Yet all of us needed to pay for a thick complicated catalogue listing of it, that we never looked at. The “Part 1” book got to be two massive hard cover volumes - so Gibbons simply stopped printing them. And seemingly had no plan “B” in mind.

Most unsatisfactory

Now a million dollar ‘ugly’? “Asia” etc. The average collector buys a new major catalogue only once every few years as they are expensive, and for many collectors, being a few years out of date is no big deal. For about 100 years Gibbons published the “Part One” - a detailed priced listing of ALL British Commonwealth stamps from 1840. It got thicker and thicker with all the

For a good while afterwards all that one could use to look a 1953 Commonwealth definitive was to lug out the huge Simplified SG “World” cat from one of FIVE (now 6!) hard to handle soft cover volumes, and look it up there. No mini-sheets were at the time listed in there, no perf varieties, no watermark errors, no booklets, no “on cover” rates etc. Near enough totally useless for anything except simplified use. Then someone at SG finally had the bright idea to issue a single volume for all Commonwealth stamps “1840 to 1952” - i.e. pre QE2. Handy and welcome, but it still did not cover the VERY popular early QE2 issues.

At LAST - a new SG format!

This all changed in 2007 with the way overdue issue of what I suggested years before - an 1840-1970 single volume. Which contains the welcome DETAILED info on the early QE2 reign. Booklets, Postage Dues and watermark errors etc. In the interim the dreary black and white photos Stamp News - 63

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Colourful and vibrant

Printed on a nice crisp fresh white paper stock. Cheery and “alive” compared to my already VERY yellowed 2002 SG pages with sad grey illustrations. A nice crisp clean sans serif font has been used for the last few editions, and makes it so much easier to read. Lots of constant plate flaws, and booklets are now listed. And lots of inverted watermarks - find just a medium one from a country like Australia and the entire book will be readily paid for! Did you know the “Top Hat” flaw on the 6d Kookaburra was cat £550 – a VERY rare flaw, and very seldom offered. Or the “Man with Tail” on 1937 2d NSW is now £650 - nearby photo shows old prices, as listings now straddle 2 pages! Did you know the 1941 1/- Lyrebird with inverted watermark is Cat £4,000 mint, and £3,000 used - but just 10p in normal used etc. A weakness for some years in this catalogue was that no Australian stamp booklet covers before 1952 were illustrated. Arthur Gray has easily the best collection of these booklets extant, and kindly loaned then to me, so I could scan the covers to pass onto SG. The booklet field is complex, and 5 new covers are now added – not all are there, hence not perfect, but a good start at least. And long overdue.

Rises in GB prices.

GB is never quiet and the 1840 2d Blue is up to £875 used, and the shades are all increased in price too. Some on cover prices are up a lot - the 1847 1/green on cover is up from £1,350 to £1,800. The controversial 1865 1d Red “Plate 77” is up to 64 - Stamp News

SG removes M+U prices £600,000 from £550,000 a used single. Good news for the owner of the Victor Hugo written cover shown nearby, that bears THREE copies! I always opined it was 100% genuine, and now the Philatelic Foundation in New York has just OVERTURNED its totally absurd earlier Certificate that the “7s” were ‘painted in’, and have issued a new “genuine” Cert. Hopefully the RPSL will now follow suit. Any other owner would have tossed it in the bin in despair years ago. What a find. The stampboards thread on this has 2,500 messages, and about 100,000 global page views, and largely turned the global tide on this cover. Tinyurl. com/plate77 has the full discussion – do have a read.

Australasian Prices UP

I studied the prices for the Australasian stamp listings for an hour or so today.

Glen Stephens My general impression is that there were increases sighted nearly everywhere across the board, versus the 2013 Edition. Looking at “SG #1” listings is usually a very useful litmus test. All the Australian “States” seem up or unchanged overall. EVERY Australian State SG #1 is up mint. SG #1 from Victoria in USED doubles from £5,000 to £10,000. NSW Sydney Views seems up near across the board. SG 14 is up from £9,500 to £12,000 and the 2d, SG 15 soars from £9,500 to £15,000 mint. The WA 1879 6d Lilac Telegraph is up from £75/£50 to £450/£200. Even with that 4 or 6 times hike it is far too low. I have a nice fine postally used one just in stock for $400 and it will sell fast at well over full SG. Queensland stamps appear to have had strong increases right across the board, on a quick look starting with SG 1, 2 and 3 all up mint. There is a re-vamp of sorts of the Victoria Postal Fiscals. The 1884 £6-£9 “Rugs” were all £11,000 mint and £1,500 used. Now all are unpriced except in fiscal used, which is sensible. The one shown nearby I sold for a lot more than the SG full cat £150 for fiscal used. They do not exist genuinely postal used or mint, but many fakes of both exist.

20% price reduction

The GOOD news for Australian buyers is that due to the super strong Australian dollar, the even thicker than before 2014 SG edition is still around $A145 RRP this year. The UK retail price on back cover says £82.50, and being a super heavy book, the local RRP is most attractive, as shipping ex UK is £25, and SG use worthless meter franks. The 2011 book locally was $A180 RRP so this is around a 20% price drop since then. I’ve sold a lot of airfreight copies on pre-order, and if you ever were to choose a single year to update, “2014” is that year. Quite simply, an ESSENTIAL volume to sit on

the desk of every collector, every auction, and every dealer who ever handles British Commonwealth stamps. I have to say even with the price increases, many of the stamps at full SG are under local retail given the weaker Sterling in recent months. It was a good compromise idea taking the catalogue listings up to 1970. It can be price updated each year, and yet not greatly affect the overall book size. An 1840 to 2014 detailed set would easily run 4 of 5 volumes, and essentially no-one could afford to buy it. Personally if I ever need to look up modern Guyana (and I never have!) I’ll do that via the massive 6 volume SG “Stamps Of The World.” This new “2014” SG is a huge hard covered book, being well over 600 large format pages in full colour, and this year is quite cheap - and trust me, you’ll do well to invest in one. Seamail stock from England will be just about to arrive in Australia as you read this, and all major dealers will stock it - I had good pre-orders for the airfreight copies. Many collectors only buy a “Part 1” each 5 or 10 years, and the cost amortised annually, runs into what a small Pizza will cost you! A great effort from editor Hugh Jefferies and his team - how they get the vast swag of Catalogues out beats me! Hugh is sadly phasing out of catalogues after a very long time at the helm, and I hope he stays connected there for longer than he plans!

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philatelic clubs & societies new south wales Armidale Circle RSPC: Mtg 2nd Wed Australian Cmwlth Collectors Club of NSW: Mtg 3rd Mon 7.45pm, 1st flr. Philas House, 17 Brisbane St, Darlinghurst, Sydney 2001. Ph 02 9267 8301; Fax: 02 9264 4741. GPO Box 1971, Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9264 8301 Aust. States Study Circle: Mtg 4th Wed 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Bathurst Stamp Coin and Collectables Club: Mtg 1st Mon 7.30pm, Old Eglinton fire shed, Park St, Elington PO Box 151, Bathurst NSW 2795 Bega Phil. & Numismatic Society: Mtg 3rd Friday 8.00pm. Mthly Newsletter. PO Box 370, Bega NSW Blue Mountains Stamp Club: Mtg 4th Friday (ex Dec) 8.00pm Katoomba Public School; PO Box 76, Blackheath Boambee East PS: Mtg 1st Tues (ex. Jan) 6pm Boambee East Comm. Centre, Bruce King Dr. Ph: 02 66581385 Campbelltown District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan - 4th Wed); @ Catholic Hall Acacia St, Ruse. Inquiries:; PO Box 478, Campbelltown 2560 Castle Hill SC Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm, Hills District Bowling Club, Jenner Street, Baulkham Hills; PO Box 151 Castle Hill NSW 1765 China Study Group of PSNSW: Mtg 4th Mon 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Cinderella SC: Mtg 2nd Friday, even months; Produces “Cinderellas Australia” and monographs; PO Box 889, Chatswood, NSW 2057 Coffs Harbour SC: Mtg 2nd Wed Earlwood and District SC:Mtg 1st Wed Grafton SC: Mtg 2nd Wed (ex. Dec) Grafton Stampers & Everything Philatelic: Mtg 1st Sun 2pm (ex School Hols). Grafton Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Queen & Oliver Sts. Ph 02 6642 1363. email Great Lakes SC: Mtg1st Sat 9.30am , Workshop & Market 1st Sat 9-12, Great Lakes Campus Annexe, Taree St, Tuncurry Enq: Ph 02 6554 9776 Gosford PS: Afternoon Mtg 1st Mon; Evening Mtg 2nd Thurs Hawkesbury Valley PS (Richmond Stamp Club): Mtg 2nd Thurs (ex Jan) PO Box 28 Richmond 2753 Illawarra PS: Mtg 3rd Thursday (ex. Jan) Wollongong Master Build. Club Ltd, Oasis Room, 7.30pm. All welcome. Tel. (02) 42252011. Kempsey RSL PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Lake Macquarie Stamp Club:: Mtg 2nd Sat 9am; Combined Pensioners & Community Care Services 130 Josephson St, Swansea. Enq: 02 4392 5211 Lord Howe Island Postal History Society: Mtg by arrangement. Contact Pres: Dr William Mayo, 02 9918 6825 Lower Clarence PS: Mtg 4th Tues Macquarie Valley PS: Mtg 2nd Tues Maitland SC: Mtg 2nd Mon ex Jan. ‘Show & Tell’ every mtg E. Maitland Bowling Club, Bank St. Pres. Mark Saxby; Sec. David Carratt; Ph: 02 4932 4045 Email: Manly-Warringah PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs St David’s Church Hall, Dee Why. Sec. Graeme Morriss Ph: 02 9905 3255 email: Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues SC: Mtg 4th Tues cnr. Pittwater Rd & Federal Pde, Brookvale. Sec. Graeme Morriss Ph: 02 9905 3255 email: Milton-Ulladulla SC: Mtg 7pm on 4th Mon (ex Dec); Milton-Ulladulla Bowling Club Mtg Room, St Vincent St, Ulladulla, Sec. PO Box 670, Ulladulla, NSW, 2539 Morisset Uniting Church SC: Mtg 4th Sat 10am (ex Dec) Enq: 4977 2525 (Jenny) Mudgee Coin Note & Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Sunday Ph 02 63735324 Nambucca River PS: Mtg 1st Sunday Newcastle PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs, 7.30pm Mayfield Ex-Services Club; 10am 3rd Wed, 48 Mackie Ave, New

act Canberra, Philatelic Society of: 1st Thursday: General Meeting,3rd Thursday: Afternoon Meeting (IF REQUIRED),3rd Thursday: (Evening) Exchange Night, 2nd Tuesday: Postcard Group, 4th Monday: Machin Collectors Group. All meetings 7:45pm, Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Canberra City Postal Address:PO Box 1840,Canberra ACT 2601,

western australia The Airmail Circle of WA: Mtg 5th Monday “Wellington Fair” Unit 18, 40 Lord St. East Perth Tel: 08 9294 3356 Armadale-Kelmscott PS: Mtg 4th Tues; Ph: 08 9397 6525 email: Bridgetown-Manjimup SC: Mtg 1st Thurs 7.30pm Masonic Hall, Hampton St, Bridgetown Ph 08 9761 4638 or 08 9761 2005 Busselton SC: Mtg 1st Mon, 5pm 7th Day Adv. Church, Alpha St; Ph: 08 9752 4449, 0400 646 282 email Canning SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9457 7565 Daytime SC: Mtg 1st Thurs; 08 9341 3576 Denmark SC: Mtg 1st Weds Lions Lair Rivermouth Inlet Drive, Denmark. Tel: 08 9848 3325 email: Eastern Goldfields: Mtg 3rd Thurs ; Ph: 0412 156 351 Eaton SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs, 7pm Ph. 08 9795 7744, email: Fremantle and District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed, Tennis Club House, Parry St, Fremantle at 8pm; Ph: 08 6363 6415 Have a go SC: Mtg Last Thurs. 137 Edward St, East Perth. Tel: 08 9305 2073 email: Kalamunda SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9291 8484 Mandurah PS PO Box 625 Mandurah WA 6210 2nd Tues 4.45 - 6.30pm Bortolo Park Pavilion Cnr. Bortolo and Murdoch Drives

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NSW club information:The Philatelic Association of NSW, PO Box220, Darlinghurst, NSW, 1300 Phone: 02 9264 8301

Lambton, Juniors 11am 3rd Sun, Wallsend Pioneers Hall NSW Postcard Collectors Soc: Mtg 1st Wed 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Northern Suburbs PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs, 7.45pm, Naremburn Library, Central St, Naremburn off Slade St; Ph: 02 9419 7354 Orange Coin and Stamp Club: Mtg Last Tuesday, Orange Community Info Centre, 79-81 Kite St, Orange 7.30pm Ph: 02 6362 3754. Orchid Stamp Club: Mtg 3rd Sat. (Jan and each 2nd mth) Parramatta PS: Mtg 1st Friday Penrith and District PS: Mtg 1st Thursdays, 8pm, CWA rooms, Baby Health Ctr, Tindale St PO Box 393, Kingswood NSW 2747 PHILAS Stamp Auctions: Mtg 2nd Sat Mar,Jul, Nov Ph 02 9264 8301 PS of Australia: Mtg 3rd Wed (exDec); Ph 02 9399 7556 PS of NSW: Mtg 1st Tues (Philas House), 3rd Tues (Chatswood); Ph: 02 9264 8301 Richmond River (Lismore) PS: Mtg 4th Thursday Royal Sydney Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd Tues. (ex Jan); Ph: 02 9264 8301 Sapphire Coast Stamp & Coin Club: Mtg Enq 02 6495 7308. Mail to PO Box 285, Pambula, NSW 2549 St. George PS: Mtg 1st Mon Shoalhaven PS: Mtg 2nd Monday (Ex Jan) PO Box 4047, East Nowra 2541. Ph 02 44472976 Smithfield SC: Mtg 2nd Mon Society for Polar Philately: 2012 meetings: 2nd Wednesday of February, March, May, July, Sept and November held at Ryde Ex-Services Club 724-730 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW Tel: 9807 3344 (in Mackinnon room) starting at 8pm.Enq 0407 277 223 or email Strathfield-Burwood PS: Mtg 4th Wed Sussex Inlet and District: Mtg 3rd Mon Sutherland Shire PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. , 7:30pm, Sutherland Uniting Services Club, 7 East Pde, Sutherland. Information Secretary, PO Box 339, Sutherland, NSW 1499 Sydney Anglican Stamp Society: Mtg 2nd Sat, even months 9.30am - 2.30pm, St Paul’s, Carlingford. Details: Tamworth PS: Mtg 1st Mon ex. Jan. Tamworth Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St, Tamworth Sec. Graeme Mitchell. PO Box 678, Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 02 67664853 Taree RSL Club Ltd SC: Mtg 3rd Mon Thematic Society of Australia: Mtg 3rd Wed Toronto SC: Mtg 1st Wed Tuggerah SC: Mtg 4th Sun (ex Dec.) Turramurra SC: Mtg 2nd Monday, 7.45pm. Ph: 9144 4225 Twin Towns Stamp Club Inc.: Mtg 1st Monday, 7.30p, Home & Comm. Centre, Tweed Heads Wagga SC: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) ARCC Building, Tarcutta St, 7.30pm. Secretary: Peter Simpfendorfer Ph:02 6922 3393 Willoughby Legion Philatelic Section: Mtg 4th Tues Wyong PS: Mtg 3rd Tues, 7.30m. Jim Spence, Sec. Ph 02 4392 7536

northern territory Alice Springs SC: Meet Informally; PO Box 1529, Alice Springs, NT, 0871. Ph 08 8953 3054 Darwin Philatelic Circle: 1st Sun. 10am - 2pm. 53 Flametree Crt, Rosebery; Ph:(08) 8931 2898; PO Box 1624, Palmerston, NT, 0831; Email: WA club information: WA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Perth, WA, 6001 Greenfields WA 6210 08 9581 1083 Northern Districts SC: Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9329 0117 Philatelic Forum: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan); Ph: 08 9294 4277 Rockingham & Kwinana (PS of): Mtg 3rd Tues (NB 2nd in Dec) Pres. Malcolm Brown; Sec. Terry Boyd; PRO Lucie Schokker Ph. 08 9419 1604; email: PS of WA: Mtg 3rd Tues; Ph: 08 9294 4277 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Wed (ex Dec); Clubrooms, Charles Riley Reserve, Wendling Rd, North Beach, Ph: 08 9447 7256 The Postmark Circle (WA): Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9294 4277 Victoria Park SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9472 8072 or 08 9450 5280 WA Study Group: Mtg 4th Thurs (ex Dec) 08 9384 1050 Wanneroo SC: Mtg 3rd Mon; Ph: 08 6106 0874.

philatelic clubs & societies new zealand Air Mail Society of NZ: Ph: 03 3584838; Email: Auckland PS: Mtg 1st and 3rd Tues (except Jan). Ph 09 9853212; Email kiwibrooce@; Website: Christchurch PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Library night 3rd Tues; GB Machin 3rd Fri odd months; Postal History 1st Mon; Postcard 3rd Tues even months. Email: secretary@; Website: Dunedin PS: Mtg 4th Thurs (except Nov and Dec). Ph: 03 4557643; Email:; Website: Hastings Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Wed (except Jan and 2nd Wed Dec). Ph: 06 8765911; Email: Hawkes Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan). Ph: 06 8439433; Email: dennmarg@paradise. Horowhenua PS: Mtg 2nd Mon. Ph: 06 3689881; Email: michael.christensen@xtra. Hutt Valley PS: Mtg 1st Tues (ex. Jan). Ph: 04 5697439; Email: Kapiti PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec). Ph: 04 2971197; Email: Manaia PS: Mtg (Hawera) 1st Sun. Ph: 06 2784292; Email: Manawatu PS: Mtg 1st Wed, daytime meeting 3rd Tues. Ph: 06 3584565; Email: Marlborough Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Mon (except Jan and 2nd Mon Dec). Morrinsville Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Wed. Ph: 07 8893199 Nelson PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 03 5469092; Email: North Shore PS: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Wed (except Jan and Dec). Email:; Website: NZ Stamp Collectors Club Christchurch: Mtg 4th Wed. Ph 03 3895511; Email: steve@; Website: NZ Postcard Society: Ph: 03 3848463; Email:; Website: www.

queensland Arana Hills SC: Meeting 2nd Tues; 07 3851 0213; email: petermccloskey@bigpond. com Bayside Afternoon SC: Meeting last Wed; Ph: 07 3206 6281. Bribie Island SC: Meeting 4th Wed; Ph: 07 3408 2238 Bundaberg PS: Mtg 2nd Mon, The Family Centre, Kensington St (in the Show Grounds); Ph: 07 4152 2403 or 07 4151 3062 Caboolture & District SC: Mtg 3rd Sat. Ph: 07 5498 6504 Cairns SC: Mtg 3rd Wed. 7.30pm Star Services, 115 Lyons St, Bungalow Ph: 07 4055 1302 Sec: Ross Bottomer,, web:www.cairnsstampclub. Caloundra SC: Mtg. 4th Thurs. Catholic Church Hall, Edmund St. 1.30pm. Ph: 07 5494 7233 City Daytime SC: Mtg 2nd Thurs. Ph: 07 3206 6281 City of Brisbane PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Ph: 07 3263 8573 (ah); email: COLLECTORS CLUB QUEENSLAND: Mtg 2nd Thurs 1.00 pm BCC Library, Garden City Shopping Centre, Upper Mt.Gravatt. Contact 32068507 or stampman5@ Enoggera SC: Mtg 1st and 3rd Mon. Ph: 07 3264 4157 Gladstone and District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed (Ex. Jan) & 4th Wed (Ex.Dec). Ph. Sec: 07 4978 1155 Ian Rippingale, Gold Coast PS: Mtg 2nd Mon, 11.30am, Southport Community Centre, Lawson St, Southport. Ph: 07 5546 3801 Gympie SC: Mtg. 2nd Sun. Jessie Witham Centre 1 - 3pm Ph. 07 5483 9188 email: Hervey Bay Afternoon Club: Mtg 3rd Wed. Ph: 07 4124 1138 Ipswich SC: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan). Ph: 07 3282 2983

Further information can be obtained from the NZ Philatelic Federation, PO Box 58139, Whitby, Porirua, 5245, NZ. E-mail: Postal History Soc of NZ: Auckland 1st Mon (except Jan). Ph: 09 5220311. Chapter meetings held Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth and Wellington. Pukekohe Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Sun. Ph: 09 2357737; Email: pukekohestampclub@ Royal PS of NZ: Mtg 2nd Wed (ex Jan). Ph: 04 5899530; Email:; Website South Auckland PS: Mtg last Sat (except Dec), Papatoetoe, day time mtgs 3rd Fri (ex Dec and Jan). Ph: 09 2682245; Email: Southland PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (except Jan), 3rd Tue (daytime) (except Jan). Email: Taranaki PS: Mtg 1st Mon except Jan. Ph: 06 7546212; Email: murray-grimwood@ Tauranga & District Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Mon (except Dec). Ph: 07 5765210; Email: Thames Valley PS: Mtg 1st Mon (except Jan). Ph: 07 8689190. Thematic Association of NZ: Ph: 04 2347218; Email: Timaru PS: Mtg 1st Wed. Ph: 03 6880343 Upper Hutt PS: Mtg 3rd Mon (except 2nd Mon Dec). Ph: 04 5284123; Email: teme. Waikato PS: Mtg 1st (except Jan) and 3rd Wed (except Jan and Dec). Email: Wakatipu PS: Ph: 03 4428865 Wanganui PS: Mtg 2nd Wed. Ph: 06 3427894; Email: Wellesley PS: Mtg 2nd and 4th Mon (ex public holidays). Ph: 9 8271240 Wellington PS: Mtg 4th Mon (except Dec); Ph: 042347218; Email: Whakatane PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Thurs (except Jan) Ph: 07 3222054 or 07 3086193 Whangarei PS: Mtg 2nd Meeting: 2nd Tues (Ex.Jan) Ph 09 4348000; Email QLD Philatelic Council, 18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum, Qld, 4178. Ph: 07 3396 0846 Fax: 07 3396 0842. Email: Web:

Junction Park SC: Mtg 1st Tues, 7.30pm, Annerley Baptist Hall, Lambton St. Contact: 07 3277 6724. PO Box 177, Annerley, 4103, Lockyer Valley SC: Mtg 4th Sun, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens’s Hall, Gatton. Kerri Martin, Sec. Ph: 07 5465 3390 Email: Logan City SC: Meetings 2nd Thurs, Presbyterian Church, Barry St, Slacks Creek, 6pm. Ph: 07 3805 9226. Mackay and District PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 07 4942 5433; Maryborough and Wide Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan). Salvation Army Youth 7 Comm. Hall. Bazaar St Maryborough. Ph: 07 41224708 (see also Hervey Bay) Nanango SC: Mtg 4th Thurs. Ph: 07 4162 2945 Philatelic Society of Qld: Mtg 4th Wed 7.30pm,18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum. Ph: 07 3245 5222 Queensland Study Group: Sunday bi-monthly 1.00pm meets QPS house. Contact Ph: 07 3396 0846 email: Redcliffe SC: Mtg 2nd Sat. Ph: 07 3204 6095 Rockhampton SC: Mtg 1st Tues. Ph: 07 4926 3336 Sherwood Afternoon SC: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 07 3372 6096 Southport Afternoon SC: Mtg 2nd Sat; Ph: 07 55630384 Southside PS: Mtg 3rd Tuesday & 3rd Wednesay (9am) Ph: 07 3848 2304 (ah) email: Sunshine Coast SC (formerly Nambour SC): Mtg 1st Wed, 7.15pm at C.W.A. Hall, Short St. Nambour. Ph: 075445 3647 Thematics Queensland: Mtg bi-monthly 9.30am. Ph: 07 3262 5605 email: Toowoomba SC: Mtg 2nd Sat 2pm; Pres. Bob Littlehales; Phone 07 46355623; email: Twin Towns SC: Mtg 1st Mon; Ph: 07 5598 7629 Waterloo Bay SC: Mtg 1st Thurs (afternoon); 4th Thurs (evening); Ph 07 3207 3121.

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philatelic clubs & societies south australia

Information about clubs in SA can be obtained from the SA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Adelaide, SA 5001. Daytime Ph: 08 8212 3557 or 8223 4435

Australian Airmail Society: 1st Wed. 7.45pm 22 Gray Court, Adelaide. PO Box 395, Edwardstown 5039. Ph: 08 8276 3969 Barossa SC: Mtg 1st Tue 7.30 Greenock Luth Church Hall, Bevan St, Greenock; PO Box Greenock 5360; email:; Ph: (08) 8562 8386 Blackwood PC: Mtg 2nd Wed ex Jan; Uniting Church, Main Rd, Blackwood; Ph: 08 8278 1629; PO Box 581, Blackwood 5051; email: Bordertown & Districts PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Bordertown PSchool; Ph: 08 8752 1297 Community PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Fri - 7.30pm. Marion Bowling Club, off Sturt Rd. PO Box 75 Edwardstown, 5039; Auctions, circuit books. Ph: 0408806894 City of Noarlunga PS: Mtg alternate thurs,-- Community Health Centre, Grand Boulevard, Seaford, Contact 08 85566371 or PO Box 272, Port Noarlunga 5167 Eastern Districts PS: 2nd Thurs (ex. Jan), 7.30pm Senior citizens Hall, 47 Reid Ave. Hectorville; PO Box 240, Magill, 5072; Ph: 0400 156 796 Elizabeth PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Fridays, 7.30pm, RSL Hall, Cnr of Halseys/Midway Rds;PO Box 701, Elizabeth 5112; Ph: 08 8255 0608 Encounter Bay SC: Mtg 1st Wed, 7.30pm; School Hall, Woolworths Centre, Victor Harbour; PO Box 317, Goolwa 5214;; Ph: 08 8555 3311 ETSA Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Mon (ex. Jan); Canteen, 1 Anzac Highway, Keswick; PO Box 2079, Magill North, 5072; Ph: 08 8278 7163 Frama Club: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm, members homes; For collectors of CPS, Framas. Newsletter and Auctions. PO Box 62 Campbelltown 5074. Gawler SC: Mtg 4th Mon 7.30pm; Evanston Primary School, Para Rd, Evanston. PO Box 2, Willaston 5118; Ph: 08 8522 2335 Email: German Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd & 4th Mon 8pm; German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide 5000; Ph: 08 8260 2251 Glenside PS: 1st Wed 7.30pm& 3rd Sat 1.30pm; Uniting Church Hall, Carlton St. Highgate. PO Box 29, Glenside 5063. Ph: (08) 8353 8683 Lower Murray PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs,7.30pm, 2nd Sat, 10am; Murray Bridge Showgrounds. PO Box 810, Murray Bridge; Ph: 08 85704074 Mount Gambier PS: Mtg 3rd Tues; Reidy Park Corn Centre. 8pm. Also1st Sunday (ex. Jan) 1.30pm - 4pm. PO Box 2261,Mt Gambier.Ph: 08 8724 9474 Para Hills PS: Mtg 1st Sun; Community Hall Wilkinson Rd, Para Hills. PO Box 64, Para Hills; Ph: 08 8522 4345

victoria Australian PS: Bi-monthly meetings on 3rd Monday in February, April, June, August, October and December at RSL Homes, 152 Canterbury Road [cnr Keats Street] Canterbury. Secretary, PO Box 7014, Hawthorn, Vic, 3122 Bairnsdale SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs Ballarat PS:Mtg 3rd & 5th Mon Balwyn PS: Mtg 3rd Friday; Daytime 1st Friday Bendigo PS: Mtg 1st Tues Berwick SC:Mtg 2nd Sun (ex Jan); Ph: 03 5942 7626 Blackburn Baptist SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs Brighton PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Tues; Daytime 3rd Tues Camperdown SC: Mtg 1st Tues Castlemaine SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec) Colac PC: Mtg 4th Mon (ex. Dec), Colac Community College, Bromfield St, Colac. Ph:52314746 Corner Inlet SC: Mtg 4th Thurs, Foster, Ph: 03 56881100 Dandenong PS: Mtg 4th Wed (ex Dec) Diamond Valley PS: Mtg 3rd Mon Essendon-Broadmeadows PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs; St Johns Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Mt Alexander Rd & Buckley St, Essendon; Murray Gorham, Ph 9306 7480 Footscray PS: Mtg 1st Mon (2nd in Jan); Maribyrnong Comm. Centre, 54 Raleigh Rd, Maribyrnong. PO Box 2477 Taylors Lakes 3038. PH. 0438 901 144. email: footscraystamps@gmail Frankston & District SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Seaford Community Centre, Broughton St Seaford. Ph: 5996 3745 Geelong PS: Mtgs 1st Sat 7.00pm, 3rd Mon 1pm (ex Jan) Sat - Diversitat Community Centre, 9-15 Clarence St, Geelong West. Mon - Belmont Library, High St, Belmont Ph: 0438578591 (Sec); PO Box 342, Belmont 3216 Hamilton PS: Mtg 2nd Monday Hungarian PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Italian PS: Mtg 2nd Mon (ex Jan), 7.30pm, Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Rd Bullen. (PO Box 166, Niddrie, 3042)

tasmania Derwent Valley PS: Mtg 4th Mon Devonport Junior SC: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon Devonport Stamp Group: Mtg 4th Fri, Public Library Mtg Rms, 7.30pm Ph. 03 6424 3449 Glenorchy SC: Mtg 1st Tues Hobart Junior Group: Mtg 1st Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224

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Phillumeny SC: U3/26-28 Crozier Av, Modbury 5092. Ph: 08 8337 6533 Email: figg/amccs Port Pirie PS: Mtg 4th Mon; PO Box532, Pt Pirie 5540; Ph: 08 8632 1105 Printed Collectables Club (SAPC): Mtg last Tues, Julia Farr Cent. Canteen, Ground Floor, Fisher St. Ph: 08 8265 7395; PO Box 657, Enfield Plaza 5085 PS of South Australia:1st & 3rdTues; 22 Gray Ct. GPO Box 1937, Adelaide 5001; Ph: 08 8555 3311 PS of South Aust. (Aus. Com. Spect.Grp.): Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm;22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8555 3311 PS of South Australia (Daytime SC):Mtg 1st & 3rd Thurs; 22 Gray Ct.Ph: 08 8555 3311 PS of South Australia (Study Group):Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm; 22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8522 4345 Postal Stat & Postal Hist Soc: Mtg 2nd Tues; SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Ct, Adelaide. email:; Ph: 08 8260 3352 Riverland PS: Mtg 3rd Fri, 10am ;Whitmore Hall, Barmera Village; Ph: 08 8595 3023 SA Junior Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Sun 1pm - 3pm;Anyone over 5years, parents welcome. 22 Grey St, Adelaide. 08 8250 0484 Salisbury PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon;StJohns Church Hall. PO Box 336 Salisbury 5108; Ph: 08 8252 2392 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Fri 7.45pm, Old Railway Station (now Community Services Bldng.); Ph: 08 8370 2680 Strathalbyn PS: Mtg 2nd Mon, 8pm; Rosa Hoare Room, Lutheran Church Complex Corner, Commercial Rd/North Pde; C/- Post Office, Strathalbyn 5255; Ph: 0429 693 747 Ukrainian Collectibles Club: Mtg Wed as per syllabus; PO Box 466, Woodville 5011; Ph: 08 8345 4033 Yorke Peninsula Collectors Club: Senior Citizens Club. Taylor St, Kardina. Mtg 3rd Wed ex. Jan; PO Box 178, Bute 5560; Ph: 08 8821 2906 Club Information: Victorian Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Melbourne, Vic, 3001 Latrobe Valley PS: Mtg Last Wed ex Dec 7.30pm, St Lukes Uniting Church Hall, Princes Way, Morwell; Chris Zarb, Sec. ph. 03 5174 3394 Maryborough Stamp Club:Mtg mthly ex Jan 2nd Tues of month 8pm, St Augustine’s Hall, Maryborough. PO Box 295, Maryborough, 3465; Ph: 03 5464 2400. Mildura PS: Mtg Last Thurs (ex Dec)Carnegie Building 74 Deakin Ave Ph: 03 5023 8789 Mooroolbark PS: Mtg 1st Tues; Ph: 03 9723 3304 Oakleigh PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan) Oakleigh Public Library, Drummond St, Oakleigh Ocean Grove SC: Mtg 4th Wed. 10am. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Clubrooms Melways: 234 A. Ph. 03 5255 1372 Peninsula SC: Mtg 3rd Wed, 7.30pm Uniting Church Hall, Murray Anderson Rd, Rosebud. Ph: 03 5974 1950 Polish PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Prahran PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) Ringwood PS: Gen Mtg 1st Thurs; Daytime 3rd Mon Ph: 03 9551 2235 Royal PS of Victoria:Mtg 3rd & 5th Thurs; Daytime 1st Tues Sale SC: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan) Shepparton PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Mechanics Institute, Shepparton. Ph. 0419 560 813 Sherbrooke PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs ex Jan Upwey Fire Brigade Hall, 8pm; Bob Cook Ph: 03 9758 3465 Upper Yarra SC: Mtg 3rd Tues Warragul PS: Mtg 2nd Fri Warrnambool PS: Mtg 3rd Wed 7.45pm St Joseph’s Primary School, Botanic Road;Ph: 03 5561 1470 Waverley PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs 7.30pm, Mt Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres, Mt Waverley; Daytime mtg the following Friday, 9.30am, Uniting Church Hall, 482 High St, Mt Waverley. Ph. 03 9898 4102 Obtain Tasmanian clubs information from: Tasmanian Stamp Council, GPO Box 9800, Hobart, TAS, 7001. Ph: 03 6278 7084 Kingston Junior Group: Mtg 2nd Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Launceston PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan) & 3rd Sat (ex. Dec), Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn 7.30pm; Ph: 6344 3676 Mersey-Leven PS: Contact: 03 6425 3603 Rosny Junior Group: Mtg Last Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Tasmanian PS: Mtg Last Monday (ex. Dec);, Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart

stamp & coin fairs & events new south wales Dec 1 - (1st Sun) Bankstown Stamp & Coin Fair, Bankstown Masonic Hall, Cnr Greenfields & Restwell Sts, Bankstown. 9am - 3pm. 7 Dealers. Dec 7 - (1st Sat) 9am to 4pm Orange Stamp Fair, Quinn’s Arcade, Summer St, Orange. Ph: Norm 02 63623754. Dec 7 - (1st Sat) Northside Stamp Fair. 1st Floor, Car park Building, Manly-Warringah Leagues Club, cnr Federal Parade/Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW. Dec 7 - (1st Sat) Katoomba Stamp & Coin Fair, 9am - 4pm, Masonic Hall, Cnr Station & Civic Sts, Katoomba. Ph. 0417 802 754 Dec 7 - (1st Sat) Sutherland Shire Stamp & Coin Collectors Fair, Gymea Anglican Church Hall, 131 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea. Dec 15 - (3rd Sun) Stamp & Coin Fair, 10am - 3pm, Pioneers Hall, Cowper St, Wallsend. 8 Dealers. 4971 3483 Dec 22 - (4th Sun) Epping Stamp & Coin Fair, Community Hall, 9 Oxford St, Epping. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry, 6 Dealers, Buy/Sell

victoria Dec 1- (1st Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phone Card Fair, Ukrainian Hall, Russell St, Essendon. 9am-3pm Dec 15 - (3rd Sun) Stamp, Card - Phone Card Fair, Bentleigh-McKinnon Youth Centre, Higgins Rd, Bentleigh. Dealers plus huge range activities. Ph: 0418 322 315. Dec - (last Sun ex Dec) Stamp, Coin & Phonecard Fair, Jaycees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading. 9am-3pm. Please check date before attending.

queensland Dec 1 - Queensland Stamp & Coin Fairs, 8:00am -1:00pm, Contract Bridge Club, 67 Ipswich Road,Woolloongabba. Check ‘Weekend Shopper’ on Saturday to confirm or contact 0428 450 616 day only. Dec 8 - QStamp Fair, Southside, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Memorial Hall, Logan Rd. Free Entry 8.30am -2pm Dec 9 - (2nd Mon) - Gold Coast PS Sale, Rm 1, Southport Comm. Centre, Lawson St, Southport. 11.30am - 2.30pm Brisbane Table Tennis Association Centre

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78 - Stamp News WA Auction selling classic material from the Commonwealth countries including Great Britain through to modern Australian errors that have only just been discovered. Attractive early Australian Kangaroos & KGV along with States material is also available. Long-established mail order dealer comprehensively covering British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Australasia and Japan. Prompt courteous service and an extensive user-friendly website. Sydney Philatelics - Largest On-Line Shop in Australia ! – User-Friendly – 10,000 and more Philatelic Items – Just a mouse click away ! Over 100 Pages of Australasia, British Commonwealth, Booklets, Accessories.etc. Always Buying ! Est 27 Years. Browse our stock of stamps, revenues , postal history and articles on Australasia, British Commonwealth and more at Or email Search our website for full listing of stamps and Seven Seas albums and pages and other accessories. We look forward to serving you. Largest and most visited Stamp Dealer website in the Southern Hemisphere. 250 different pages of stamp bargains and archives! $4,000 prize always on offer. Worldwide stamps, covers, errors, proofs, specimens, postal stationery, philatelic literature, postcards, paper money, signed FDC-s and more in our easy to use online store. Prompt, courteous service from America. Hundreds of new items added to our site each month. Add your email address to our “early bird” notice list, so when new material is added to the site, you get first choice! We also post out a printed copy of our monthly offers, for those who do not use the internet, this service is also free. Our printed, 36 paged price list is also available, just phone write or email today for a free copy today. The leading specialist dealers in Australasian stamps and the largest private dealer (non Auction) company in Australia. We stock a wide range of items from Great Britain, (Stamps, First Day Covers and Booklets), United States of America, (Stamps and First day Covers), Pacific Islands, Scandinavia, Central and South America, British Commonwealth countries pre-1953, Queen Victoria, Flight Covers and Postal Stationery. New Zealand and worldwide in our Ashford Stamps postal auctions. Ask for a catalogue, or view the website. Also ask for direct sales list of NZ Chalons. World wide Postal History Bid Sales Every 2 months. Inc. Aerophilatelic, Maritime, Paquebots, Military all aspects, Polar and Commercial Mail. Interesting listings on offer. APS Member 52833-1 Comprehensive - Kangaroos, KGV Heads, Officials, Booklets, Postage Dues, Postal Stationery, Covers : Commercial & Military etc etc, Early FDC, pre 1945 Australian Territories, Australian States, British Empire.


New ACSC “Kangaroos” Catalogue now on sale! At Last! Nine years since the last Edition, publishers Brusden White have just released the 2103 edition of this highly regarded ACSC “Kangaroos” catalogue. Edited by Geoff Kellow, it contains incredibly detailed listings of this ever popular series – which were first issued 100 years ago. I sold about 100 copies of this in a week or so. Whether you are a collector or a dealer or Auction house, this is one book you MUST have on the bookshelf. Just one minor piece identified with this book will get your $100 back right away. That old book was unable to take the $7.15 million Arthur Gray “Kangaroos” record breaking auction into account, and other later huge sales, so massive overhauls of data and prices have taken place. MUCH new data and listings have been added. Issued JUST in time for the massive “Australia 2013” show in May, and the huge Stuart Hardy Kangaroo Auction sale. Read all the first hand comments here from the masses of stampboards members who have received, and recommend, this superb book -

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