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STAMP NEWS AUSTRALASIA

MAY 2009 EDITION

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Contents Articles

Market Matters: Glen Stephens................................................... 12 Woodchip Free Zone: Rod Perry................................................. 18 Henry VIII: Angie Testa.................................................................... 20 Australian Stamp Variations: David Mallen............................. 22 The Modern Scene: Sel Pfeffer..................................................... 28 All the fun of the fair: Mike Lee.................................................... 34 Revenue Review: Dave Elsmore.................................................. 38 Rocket Mail: Christer Brunström................................................. 42 Cinderella Corner: Tony Presgrave............................................. 46 De-Mystifying the Detail: Andrew McEachern...................... 48 Letters from the Past: Eunice Shanahan................................... 54

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Postal sector feeling the pinch, Berne, Switzerland – April 2, 2009 High-level conference reveals risks and opportunities for the sector and the world economy The results of a recent Universal Postal Union (UPU) survey indicate that postal networks are increasingly trusted to further the growth of e-commerce and provide financial services. This trust is keeping this postal sector’s head above water as the financial crisis wreaks havoc on the global economy. While operators are feeling the pinch, especially in the letter-post and express business segments, financial services and some areas of parcel post are showing signs of growth. This is what the UPU reported today during a high-level conference on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on the postal sector, held at its Berne headquarters. More than 200 participants from 100 countries, including about 40 of the world’s postal CEOs and leading sector stakeholders operating in e-commerce, direct marketing, consulting and equipment and technology manufacturing, attended the special debate. Results of the survey conducted among 15 of the world’s largest Posts and private courier companies show that the sector is certainly feeling the effects of the crisis, but it is not showing signs of an economic depression like other sectors. Surveyed operators account for 66% of total worldwide letter-post volumes, 88% of parcel-post traffic, and up to 75% of express volumes, providing a statistically valid sample to analyze market evolutions, according to UPU experts. The worldwide postal sector employs more than 5.5 million employees and operates 660,000 post offices, making it one of the largest industry workforces and the world’s largest physical distribution network. Strong competition in the parcels and express business segments prevents the UPU from sharing detailed information about country-specific mail volumes, but analysis of survey results provides positive and negative growth rates and thus a good overview of the worldwide postal sector’s situation. Here are the key findings by business segment (unless otherwise indicated, all figures reflect same-quarter comparisons in 2007 and 2008):

Parcels

Financial services

Five Posts – from Austria, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Singapore – are listed on stock exchanges as well as two express courier companies, Fedex and UPS. A comparison of the evolution of their share price with their reference index from August 2008 to January 2009, the six months covering the worsening financial crisis, shows that, while the share prices of some operators were closely correlated with their reference index, those of others evolved much more positively than the market (see graphic in full

Postal financial institutions are experiencing tremendous growth since the crisis began. Some European operators, such as Swiss Post and Deutsche Post, are experiencing annual growth rates above 50% in the number of postal deposits and savings accounts opened in 2008. Interestingly, a similar phenomenon occurred during the Great Depression, according to UPU statistics.

After dropping by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2008 and 3.4% in the third quarter, compared to the same periods in 2007, domestic parcel volumes recovered 1.1% on a yearto-year basis in the fourth quarter. Experts say the increase could be due to record e-commerce sales during the last quarter of 2008 or strong resilience of online sales to the crisis observed in several countries. The news is not so positive, however, on the international parcels front. After experiencing growth in the first three quarters of 2008, volumes decreased by 4.5% in the last quarter among surveyed operators. Experts again believe that international parcels are not benefiting from e-commerce as cross-border sales remain challenging.

Letter post

Domestic letter post is feeling the brunt of the crisis’ impact. In a year-over-year comparison, operators reported a 5.9% decrease in volumes in the last quarter of 2008, due in part to less direct mail being generated, especially by the financial sector as credit thresholds have increased, experts believe. As direct mail is less developed in the international arena, international letter post is showing more signs of stability. In a year-to-year comparison, Posts reported volumes varying between 3.7% and - 2.8% in the last quarter of 2008 in terms of quarterly growth rates.

Express services

Survey respondents reported a 4.4% decrease of domestic express service volumes in the last quarter of 2008, compared to the same quarter in 2007, while international volumes went from a 7.1% increase in the second quarter of 2008 to a 2.2% decrease in the last quarter. In last-quarter comparisons of 2008 and 2007, express revenues declined by 7.9% worldwide. Experts explain this drop as a consequence of consumers and businesses moving more towards low-end express services.

Stock-exchange listed Posts

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but financial crisis not all doom and gloom report; link indicated below). Considered defensive stocks, listed postal services’ shares tend to resist better during a crisis and can even gain value, say UPU experts.

(12.3%) occurring between 1931 and 1932; postal employment dropped by 17.6%; and the number of post offices fell by 7.8%.

Comparison with the Great Depression

• Postal savings account deposits multiplied eightfold in the United States in the 1930s, reaching 1.2 billion USD (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs).

To compare the effects of this crisis with the worst performances achieved during the Great Depression, UPU experts also looked at historical postal statistics from the 1930s. Here’s what they found (all statistics from the UPU, unless otherwise indicated): • So far, the sector has not reached the low performance levels recorded during the Great Depression, when postal revenues decreased by 12.3% in the United States between 1931 and 1932. • Between 1928 and 1934, franking revenues in the United States decreased by 21.9%, with the highest drop

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• In France, the sharpest decrease in franking revenues (24.8%) occurred between 1931 and 1932, following a 15.5% drop between 1929 and 1930. • In Germany, the largest decrease in letter-post traffic reached 16.6% between 1930 and 1931. The full report “The global financial and economic crisis: initial insights into its impact on the postal sector” is available at http://www.upu.int/high_level_conferences/en/ index.shtml

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Editor’s Mailbag

Dear Editor My dad started my off as a collector about 50 years ago when I was a small boy and I had many penfriends and a worldwide collection of stamps. In 1980 an employee of Max Stern’s suggested starting a collection of Zimbabwe a brand new state. Zimbabwe went sideways and backwards as Rhodesia Revenues, Postal History, Postmarks, Perfins, Railway Parcel and TB stamps were all added. I also had UK,

Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA collections including revenues from states and provinces. It always made me angry when I receive notice of new issues. Trying to keep up made it difficult to find cash to purchase older key issues. I sold stamps on exchange sheets with four of my clubs: TPS, LPS, Ringwood and the Cinderella Club, and on eBay. The Black Saturday hit us with a fury. In the twenty minutes we had to grab what we could I took two stamp albums: early Canada and USA state revenues (plus a change of clothes and my Bible). I have these recurring dreams where I question why I chose them or didn’t take more out of the house. I don’t think I really believed it would happen. As it was we were just twenty minutes head of the firestorm that destroyed our home, and our beautiful village, reducing it to ash.

Yesterday we were allowed back onto our blocks to begin scratching for remnants of our former lives. All over the village you could see people in their white coveralls, looking for something to link them to their past. I found my coins, melted, disfigured and fused, most unrecognisable and worthless. I also found ash that used to be stamps in albums; you could still see the perforation marks and even found what was my £100 Victoria Relief stamp. It’s like being on an emotional rollercoaster. Friends in the stamping world have been marvellous. The Launceston PS sent us their 2008 SG World Catalogue, fellow collectors from the Rhodesian Study Circle have sent duplicates. A fellow from Hobart has sent some early Australian, an eBay friend has sent mint and used Australian, plus world stamps for our local school. I have received let-

ters and emails from stamp dealers across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK. What a great fraternity we belong to. But where to from here? I don’t have the heart to start over again so I have to rationalise. I have decided to avoid any new issues from the UK, the USA, NZ, Canada and Australia. What a relief that will be! So I’ll be left with pre-decimal UK and Australia, Rhodesia and pre-1940 USA and canada. I will also collect Australia and state revenues, Rhodesian postmarks and revenues, USA state revenues and Indian state revenues. That’s enough to go on with! I look forward now to thinking how I might house and display my collection. Thanks for your help in beginning over. I mourn what was lost but look forward to what will be. God bless The Rev’d Norm Hart Marysville

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Roll of Distinguished Philatelists 2009 The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists was established in 1921 by the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain with the approval of His Majesty King George V who was the first signatory. An invitation to sign the Roll is regarded as the World’s pre-eminent philatelic honour. Not including the newly elected RDPs, 342 philatelists from 40 countries have achieved this distinction. There are at present 68 Signatories from 25 countries including 12 from Great Britain, ten from the United States, and one from Australia. At a recent meeting of the Board of Election, comprising Patrick Pearson, Chairman, Tomas Bjäringer, Christopher Harman, Wolfgang Hellrigl, Alan Huggins, Rolf-Dieter Jaretzky, Jane Moubray and Robert Odenweller, with Christopher King, Board Secretary in attendance, the members unanimously decided to ask George Barker FRPSL (United Kingdom), Dr Geoffrey Kellow FRPSL (Australia), Barbara Mueller FRPSL (USA) and John Sussex FRPSL (United Kingdom) to sign the Roll. George Barker was the Honorary Editor of The London Philatelist from 1983 to 2001, a task he carried out with distinction, the Journal being awarded Gold Medals in the literature class at PhiLITex ’92 and Hafnia ’94. George’s work in the area of French philately was recognised by his election as Membre associé étranger de

And The Silver Postiljon goes to Joseph Hackmey! The most prestigious philatelic award in Sweden, The Silver Postiljon, is awarded as a national Grand Prix by the jury to the exhibitor with the best display in competition. At the National Exhibition NorrPhil 2009 in Stockholm this past weekend the jury gave this challenge trophy to Mr. Joseph Hackmey for his excellent display of Cape of Good Hope. This collection was exhibited for the first time and it is now qualified to compete for the International Grand Prix at IBRA ´09 in Essen and at LONDON 2010. This was the 20th time the Silver Postiljon was handed out since the price was established in 1977 and the first ever winner, John Jacob Engellau, then immediately went on to win the international Grand Prix in Toronto 78. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that Mr. Hackmey can repeat this great achievement.

l’Académie de Philatélie in 1985. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and received the London Medal for 1994. He was a recipient of an Award of Merit from the British Philatelic Federation and the Mérite Philatélique Européen from the Académie Européenne de Philatélie. Dr Kellow is a specialist in the stamps of Victoria, Australia, and editor of the Australian Commonwealth Specialists’ Catalogue, 9 volumes of which have been published since 1993. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, notably the Tapling Medal, jointly with Peter Jaffe RDP, for St Vincent 1881 4d on 1/- surcharge, and the J R W Purves Medal in 1990. He was made a Member of the Australian Philatelic Order in 2006. Barbara Mueller, through her research and writings, has had an exceptional influence on American philately. Her first book Common Sense Philately published in 1956 gained her recognition on the United States national philatelic scene. She was Editor of the American Philatelic Congress Book from 1986 to 1990, the Essay Proof Journal from 1963 to 1993 and the US Specialist from 1972 to 1977 and has received most of the major awards in US philately, including the John N. Luff Award of the American Philatelic Society, the Alfred F Lichtenstein Memorial Award of the Collectors Club (NY), and the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. In 2007, the American Philatelic Society established an award in her name. John Sussex is a specialist in Portugal and Colonies issues having received international Large Gold medals for his collections. He has contributed numerous articles to the Portuguese Philatelic Society Bulletin, of which he was Editor, and was responsible for the production of the major work Forgeries of Portugal and Colonies. He was President of the Postal History Society, Chairman of the British Philatelic Federation, and served as a Council member of the Royal Philatelic Society London. He has for many years been a significant ‘behind the scenes’ supporter of philately in Great Britain. The Signing Ceremony will take place on Friday 17th July in Manchester Town Hall during the 2009 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain which will be held from Thursday 16th July to Sunday 19th July at the Copthorne Hotel, Salford Quays, Manchester. The first Philatelic Congress of Great Britain was held in Manchester in 1909 and although it is the 91st Congress this year, 2009 is the Centenary of the first Philatelic Congress.

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Market Matters:

Mail volume in a tailspin? Do you get as much mail in your current streak, according to Anthopost box as you did 10 years back? ny Morrow, Manager of the USPS I certainly do not. Budget and Financial Systems. Nearly all communication First class mail volume was reaches me via email or phone down 7.2% from fiscal 2008 levels, these days. and advertising (or “junk”) mail I see very few cheques mailed plunged by a huge 11%. in these days – nearly all clients These drops occurred much pay via credit card over the phone, faster than the USPS could cut its or credit card via email or, make a costs, leaving it with a nett LOSS of direct deposit into my account - or $US384 for the quarter, compared use PayPal to do essentially the to a PROFIT of $US672 million for same thing. the first quarter of fiscal 2008. All dealers will tell you the That is more than a $US1 BILsame. LION a quarter see-saw, from profit “D’oh!” I seldom get account statements to loss in one year. at home. Even public companies Don’t Touch Saturdays! often do not mail the huge Annual One measure that USPS pushed for to cut costs, was Reports they used to – they make them available on seeking Congressional approval to cut mail delivline. eries from the present 6 days a week. That is, to Most of the DOZENS of airline and hotel frerestrict them to, as they have been here in Australia quent flier/stayer schemes I am a member of all for decades - to Monday to Friday. got cunning years ago to give members a few 1000 That idea spooked rank and file Congressmen, bonus points if they opted to receive account balance and gained virtually no support at all in Washington, statements and promo material via email instead of as it would have meant voter backlash. the VERY costly monthly postal method. So the Post Office has its hands tied behind its It all adds up to a TON less mail reaching my back with making obvious savings measures like letterbox each year. And I am sure every reader here that, and needs to keep trying to make more and experiences the same thing. more money from things like special stamp sets and Very bad news Philatelic sales. This is all TERRIBLE news for all postal adminisTo this end it is probably no co-incidence, that the trations of course. strangest looking US commemorative set ever, is to I assumed they’d be seeing a slight, but continube released by the time you read this. ing decline in mail use each year. Springfield Strikes Back Many Post Offices do not make recent figures available but in a recent “Linn’s Stamp News” I was The USPS has announced that the FOX television series “THE SIMPSONS” will be commemorated amazed to see how dramatic the downturn is in the on a set of 44¢ First-Class Mail stamps to be issued USA. May 7. Their decline there has been spectacular. Featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, mail volume in the USA dropped a whopping 9.3% compared to the Simpson, the stamps have been personally designed by Simpson’s creator Matt Groening. same period in 2008 Winner of 24 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award This was the eighth consecutive quarterly mail and a multitude of other accolades, this historic volume decline, and the sharpest drop seen in this 12 - Stamp News

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Glen Stephens series set in Springthem from fans etc. field and starring the This kind of thing five family members, is good for stamps and is the longest-running collecting, and I hope it primetime comedy in is a huge success in the television history. USA - and elsewhere, as Now running for all new issue dealers will 20 years it has beaten stock up on this one, I out the long record can bet! held by “Gunsmoke” Any American comas the prime time TV pany involved in direct long term stayer! marketing could do a “We are emotionalLOT worse than buying ly moved by the Postal millions of these to use Service selecting us, on the direct mail pieces. rather than making Large direct mail the lazy choice of companies have proven someone who has benfor decades that the efited society,” was “open” rate for such the typical tongue-inmail is many times that Bart Simpson To The Rescue cheek comment from of “Postage Paid” frank James L. Brooks, imprints etc. executive producer of Yes it costs more to The Simpsons. affix stamps, and yes they lose the bulk mailer disThe USPS receives approximately 50,000 sugges- counts, but if their business gets twice as many mail tions for stamp subjects each year, yet only about 20 pieces being opened up, it is a very small extra cost topics are selected for postage. to pay. Another “First” “The Simpsons” is the only television show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set, while still in prime time production. The strong and simple stamp graphics will mean these stamps will really stand out on mail. Hopefully all the hoopla the USPS is generating in the wider USA media will attract a lot of casual buyers to these stamps. and create a lot of use from

Savvy Salesmanship One company in Sydney buys 1000’s of mint Australian stamps from me each month for this very purpose. They are usually stamp issues going back to the late 1970s and 1980s that they pay me WAY under face for, so their affixing costs and loss of bulk mailer discounts is more than offset by that large saving.

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Market Matters Their tell me their research shows that an envelope arriving with a couple of colourful and interesting looking old stamps to make up the 55c domestic rate, ALWAYS gets a more receptive client response than one with a single 55c current issue. And BOTH work far better than any of the many kinds of “Postage Paid” imprints. This is good for stamps as people do save these oldies off their mail, and it helps slowly but surely soak up all those “Boom-Time” stamp issues from the market. As the PO does not sell any postage stamp below 5c face value, and has not for many years, they seem perfectly comfortable to allow “rounding” to the nearest 5c, as occurs in supermarkets each day in Australia. Two 27c stamps seems perfectly fine to pay the 55c rate - or likewise a 30c and 24c – and all of these 3 values are about in massive quantities from the “Boom” era - very often in full sheets as they were the letter rates for years.

Australian Decimals used on cover Now call me old fashioned but until recently if I bought Decimal Australia covers in an estate that were franked with generally common stamps I ignored them. Single use of Xmas stamps, or the common 1980s “Bird” Definitives etc that are worth 5c a stamp when used, simply did not raise any interest from me. Indeed only a year back I sold an entire garage full of such covers in about 28 cartons plus other containers, for just a few $100 the lot – www.ughani. notlong.com This had cartons of Registered, Certified, Express, Priority, unpaid, Return To Sender, and taxed covers etc, going back to about 1980. They all came from News Limited, and the seller was Rupert Murdoch’s driver at the time, so he seems to have had first pick of their inwards mail! Even over that short period of time, I would now gladly BUY it all back at more than TREBLE that figure! Why? As collecting common looking commercial mail COVERS has gone nuts in this country in the past year or two. “Stamp News” columnist Rod Perry has been pointing out the real scarcity of many of these real commercial uses for some time, and a small but very keen band of collectors has taken on this challenge of collecting real usages.

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Glen Stephens

THIS is worth $200+? I must stress the absolute key here is paying the CORRECT postage rate, to a non philatelic recipient, using stamps franked in the CORRECT period of their issue. Philatelic use a decade later is not counted! Stampboards.com has a large number of discussions with endless photos, of the many real mail uses of the different series of Decimal stamps. The 1966 Fish, Birds and Navigators, the 1971 Christmas singles, the 1980s “Bird” Definitives etc, etc. Many of the discussion threads are started by a member there called “didge” whose main collection is specialised Kangaroo & Map stamps. Other keen contributors are members like “Pertinax” whose primary stamp interests are early Great Britain line engraved QV classics. One member “GJ50” is

President of the APF, and an International FIP Judge, and mainly collects early Aden and other very specialised fields. There are other keen contributors to the threads like “Norvic” who is Ian Billings from the UK, who runs a specialised modern FDC and Machin business. And there are other keen contributors from Germany, Canada, the USA and Austria …. there is now a global following for this material. It really seems this is an interesting, and challenging field that folks from all collecting backgrounds enjoy – and that as yet is not too expensive – and great finds are very possible. However a global following, even a small one - means high prices follow - as sure as day follows night. Covers I would have left in boxes from estates a few year back, now routinely fetch 3 figures. The 15c Galah on cover shown nearby, mailed to Japan sold for over $A200 on ebay recently, as solo use of that 15c to Zone 3 (North Asia) is not common on cover.

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Market Matters

Try finding all SEVEN on cover!

Buyer was member “didge” above, and he needed to outbid another stampboards member “dwhopper” from Canada (and others!) to get it. I have to be honest, and say even today if I saw this kind of thing in a box I’d probably leave it there. Otherwise common looking sets like the 1978 Trees are scarce, with the separate values being used solo on covers to the zones and the rates they were intended to be used for. Oddly only a few examples are recorded worldwide of the 45c “Trees” value, which should be common as it was the airmail letter rate to Europe – Zone 5. Even things that SHOULD be incredibly common like singles of the 1971 x 7c Christmas stamps are most elusive – used on COVER. It seems a full set of the 7 single stamps on 7 covers is a VERY hard group to assemble. Stampboards member “fromdownunder” researched the stamp numbers issued. There were 110 million of these 7c stamps sold altogether - 99.2 million on cream paper, and 10.7 million on the “white” KP5D paper. The usage singly on Christmas cards would have been near the only rate these fulfilled.

Quantities for each of the seven also differed considerably, because of the bizarre format of 7 identical designs but in different colours, that made up each Post Office sheet of 100. For 5 of the stamp colour combos, there were 16 of each, per sheet of 100, for one there were 12 per sheet, and for the seventh, there were 8 stamps per PO sheet. Actual quantities issued for each would have been: for 5 of the colour types - 17.6 million each, 1 scarcer design - 13.2 million, and the most “scarce” design - 8.8 million. With the smallest number being near 9 million used, and most of them being used in 17.6 million runs, you’d imagine that finding the set of 7 on covers would be a cinch. Just try doing that! I’d bet I could get $75 a set very readily for a clean set of 7 covers used to mail greeting cards. However over the years I must have neglected even looking at, much less removing for stock, the 100s that were in mixed junk lots and Estates I have handled. Disclaimer ... I have no sets of these Xmas stamps, nor 45c Trees, nor 15c Galahs on cover – so please do not ask me. I am simply pointing out these are a fast emerging new collecting field, that really seems to be catching on very widely – on a global level. Many senior collectors I am surprised to have discovered, find these very interesting and challenging, and are flocking to this field. Right now there ARE chances of finding these kind of things in dealer 50c and $1 boxes, or junk lots etc, or at shows - that in a few year’s time might be worth many $100s each. Remember the ACSC Cat does list and price EVERY Australian decimal stamp on cover, and their

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Glen Stephens who were importers of French millenary goods, in Pitt Street, Sydney. It reached Sydney on the “RMS Rangoon” via Suez. This cover was part of a superb France collection belonging to legendary collector W.M. Holbeach. He was well known in the 1940s to 1960s for his fabulous collection of Australia Commonwealth which was auctioned by Christies in the 1970s. I have learnt the telephone underbidder was a well known Melbourne Balloon Monte – sold for over $190,000 collector, who apparently wanted the item for his collection of: “Inwards pricing is done with the aid of Rod Perry and others, Airmail Covers to Australia”. It would have looked and is quite accurate. nice on his first page. The buyer flew out from France just for the sale, UP, UP …... and AWAY!!!!! and took the cover back with him to France. On March 18, Mowbrays Australia in Sydney aucI am advised via generally reliable sources that tioned the cover illustrated nearby. French President Nicolas Sarkozy requested an aucIt sold for an amazing $A190,800 including tion catalogue. Buyer Premiums – nearly five times the hefty lookPresident Sarkozy has turned into a manic stamp ing $40,000 pre-sale estimate. . collector it seems – as reported in detail in my colIt is the only cover addressed to Australia from umn last month. the famous Siege of Paris. It was sent out in 1870 My guess is that if he does not own this cover aboard the Balloon “Armand Barbes”. now, or a French Institution does, one or the other That balloon coincidentally, also had on board will occur soon. Leon Gambetta, Minister of the Interior, who was With total sales of $810,000 at this Mowbray’s on his way to establish the Government of National sale, the “global financial crisis” seemed like someDefence at Tours. thing from another world. This cover is addressed to “L. Lamy and Co”, It simply confirms and reinforces the long held axiom that stamps, coins and collectables traditionally do well during time of economic duress.

Glen Stephens has written monthly ‘Stamp Tipster’ columns for over 25 years. A vast library of past articles is at: www.glenstephens.com/column.html

Glen Stephens

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A odd snippet of recent auction results, mostly on eBay, is the best I can deliver this month. As I indicated in the conclusion to last month’s column, I’m now resident in Far North Queensland, and the logistics in submitting this inaugural column from that location have been challenging, not least because the ISP was difficult to convince (in under two weeks) that I wanted the internet connected in FNQ, where I now live, rather than Melbourne, where I now don’t live. The first four subjects are the eBay contingent. I love eBay; it’s delivered countless unusual and esoteric philatelic items which I would never otherwise have had the opportunity and pleasure to own. If you crave diversity in your Philately, you owe it to yourself to become an eBay-trawler.

Figure 1. 15c Education on Hayman Is. postcard

I featured solo frankings on overseas airmail postcards earlier this year. The 1974 15c Education, used on postcard from Hayman Is (Qld) to Canada 7 Mar 1975, shown as Figure 1, is one of the scarcer of the genre; I’ve seen but a few. This example realized US$58.50 on eBay, a respectable result. Figure 2. $2 Painting rare type of solo usage (Illus. above) The 26 Apr 1979 solo use of a 1974 $2 Painting, for Overseas Express Delivery Lithgow (NSW) to U.S., shown as Figure 2, is a beaut. The rate represented 50c airmail + $1.50 Express Delivery service. Expensive, and consequently underutilized service. This item, coincidentally, realized US$58.50.

Figure 3. Seldom seen Scipio crash item to nonU.K. destination The Imperial Airways flying boat, Scipio, crashed

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near Crete on 22 Aug 1936. Salvaged mail originating in Australia, largely destined for U.K. addresses, is not particularly scarce. The Australian Air Mail Catalogue records a price of “from $175”, but items are reasonably available at half this figure, or less. Much, much scarcer are surviving items destined for addresses other than within U.K. Figure 3 is one such, departing Sydney on 11 Aug 1936 for Belgium. This realized US$78.78, which I regard as a snip.

Figure 4. New record realization for an Australian meter? Not your average meter, let’s acknowledge that from the outset. Figure 4 is the only example I’ve noted of this “Don Bradman” endorsed meter, of 1951. Given the popularity of the great man, and “Cricket” as a topic in general, the eBay realization of US$331 for this item may not be all that difficult to understand. It will be to some (“But it’s not even a stamp”), and I can’t recall a higher realization for an

Australian meter item. Figure 5. Sadly, we have to wave au revoir to this Aristocrat of Philately (illus. below) Figure 5 has been featured in this magazine and elsewhere for some months. This unique Ballon Monté of 1870 to Sydney, appropriately auctioned in Sydney (in March, by Mowbray Australia), nearly 140 years after it arrived there, is now the record holder for a single item auctioned in Australia. The realization of $160,000 actually equals that of the Victoria 1851 “inter-pane” cover, auctioned by Prestige a few years ago, the “add-ons” creating the split for the record. We know that the successful bidder for the Ballon Monté was a leading Philatelic Trader from France, who flew to the auction specifically to buy it. But who was the underbidder, prepared to fork out $158 grand plus? Sadly, ’twas moi. I rate this item as one of but a handful of truly international philatelic items in Australia (now past tense), and I had long aspired to one day own it. The combination of a direct link with the Franco-Prussian War, and being the first airborne postal article ever to come to Australia, takes some beating by my assessment. I did my best for our mighty nation, but the winner had Euros, and I didn’t! Curiously, I’m linked also to the former record-holder, the Victoria cover. I was the first Philatelist to own this item, which had been discovered in an attic in the U.K., only in 1981, 130 years after it was delivered to that same house. I paid a fancy price at the time, but sadly (again) sold it for a sum well shy of the price achieved a few years ago. 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 ‘rap.com.au’ website. Stamp News - 19

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Henry VIII -

still putting his stamp on things 500 years later...

“I’m Henry the VIII I am, Henry VIII I am, I am I got married to the woman………” The rotund, larger than life monarch with the string of wives is still making history. After all the books, TV series, films, documentaries, and more, you would think there is very little left to say about Henry VIII that hasn’t been said already. However, there is one new thing. To celebrate the 500th year of his coronation on 23rd April this year, the Royal Mail in Britain is putting out a new set of stamps. For the serious collector this is something special. As quite a young child growing up in England in the town of East Grinstead, on the borders of Sussex and Kent, I went to school with a girl who lived at Hever Castle. Her grandfather, a member of the American Astor family, a branch of which had settled in England (and produced the first woman Parliamentarian) had bought the run-down castle and restored it to much of its former glory. Today it no longer belongs to the Astors, but is a time-share resort. However, back in the 15th Century this castle belonged to the Boleyn family, when Henry VIII began to court Anne Boleyn, who, as everyone knows, ended up on the scaffold. She is a very busy ghost as she haunts Hever Castle, as well as Hampton Court, the Tower of London, and Blickling Hall in Norfolk. A recent program in the “Most Haunted” series was filmed at Hever Castle and the upshot was that she was still haunting the castle, according to members of the team interviewed. Hampton Court has been witness to many dramatic royal events over the years, including the death of Jane Seymour, Henry’s third and favourite wife, whose ghost is said to wander through the Clock Court Catherine Howard, the fifth wife, accused of adultery at Hampton Court, and sentenced to death at the Tower of London, has been seen in the corridors of the Haunted Gallery where long ago she pleaded desperately for her husband’s forgiveness, which he refused to give. It has been documented that a number of people have felt inexplicably sick and ill at ease in this gallery. Quite recently CCTV cameras captured the footage of a skeleton-like figure in period costume at Hampton Court, something which has never been explained. Ghost tours of Hampton Court are always very popular. None of this would be necessary, and history might have been entirely different if Henry VIII had listened to the prophecies of the Holy Maid of Kent. She was Sister Elizabeth Barton, who was working as a servant when her visions first began in 1525. During that year, she suffered from a severe unknown illness, and she claimed to have received revelations from God. Her revelations either predicted future events (such as the death of a child living in her household) or, more frequently, took the form of pleas for people to follow the teachings of the Church. In particular she urged people to

pray to the Virgin Mary. Shortly after she had begun receiving visions, she entered a convent and became a nun. After this she gained rapid popularity among both the masses and the elite leadership that controlled England. She held a private meeting in 1528 with Cardinal Wolsey, at that time the second most powerful man in England and shortly thereafter met with the king himself on two occasions. The Holy Maid of Kent, as she became known, was accepted by the government because her prophecies did not then challenge the existing order but rather supported it. Later, when Henry VIII (after failing to receive the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon), decided to break with Rome, and create the Church of England, the Maid was strongly opposed this, and around 1532 began prophesying that if the king was to marry Anne Boleyn he would no longer be king in God’s sight and that he would die, and that a dog would lick his blood. Remarkably, she went unpunished for almost a year, perhaps because she appears to have had a large following amongst the British public. She was tried for treason only when malicious rumors were spread by the king’s supporters that she was engaged in sexual relationships with her priests, while others said that Sister Elizabeth Barton was mad. With her reputation damaged, in 1533 she was arrested and forced either to make a fabricated confession or to die a traitor’s death. According to this trumped-up confession she was to admit that she had invented her revelations in regard to the king - which she declined to do. In 1534 she was hanged at the Tyburn gallows. Henry did marry Anne, and interestingly you can almost chart his decline as the enthusiastic and athletic, spiritual monarch he had been to the obese tyrannical figure he became in later years from this time, angry with God for not giving him a male heir, tearing down monasteries, getting rid of those who opposed him, and absorbing the wealth into his own coffers. He put to death more notable English figures than any monarch before or since. Legend has it that at his funeral, fifteen years later, the heavy lead-lined coffin he was buried in burst open and “all the pavement of the church was with the fat and the corrupt and putrefied blood foully imbued”, and interestingly, a dog was on hand to lick it up. The Maid’s predictions came startlingly true. Catherine of Aragon died of natural causes on 7th January 1536 and had Henry only been patient and waited seven years for this event it would not have been necessary of behead Anne Boleyn on 19th May of the same year. He could have married Anne Boleyn when he became a widower absolutely legitimately without creating himself head of the breakaway Church of England to do so. As something of an irony too his daughter Elizabeth I, child of Anne Boleyn, in the future would prove every bit as capable a monarch as any male heir. But Henry was not patient. In his forties, he developed an almost unshakable belief in himself to the point where he ceased to listen to any advice and relied on no one but himself,

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Angie Testa trusting his own opinions utterly. He wore a gold bracelet inscribed in French “plys tot morir que changer ma pensee” which translated means, “to die rather than change my mind.” His behaviour became increasingly bewildering and erratic, filled with contradictions. He became argumentative, contrary and belligerent, causing Francis 1, king of France, to say of him “he is the strangest man in the world”. Henry also became insatiable in his appetite not just for food, but everything. At his death he owned seventy residences for which he paid around one hundred and seventy thousand English pounds –equating to around fifty billion in present day money. He had over two thousand tapestries – four hundred of which were inherited from his father, which were terribly expensive to make. He spent around two million English pounds each year on clothing alone and in three years spent one hundred and sixty five English pounds on gifts for Anne Boleyn. Henry and his court consumed eight and half thousand sheep, slightly more pigs also two thousand three hundred deer, over a thousand larks and thirty three thousand chickens in a year. There were no hard and fast rules over what should and should not be eaten so such things as swan would be on the menu. Perhaps the rule applied that if it moved it was edible. The enormous amount of expenditure resulted in empty coffers, and Henry died in debt. Always accustomed always to having his own way, a lack of funds, along with having trouble obtaining whatever he desired would inevitably trigger outbursts of uncontrollable rage, and sulking. A person’s last recorded words are usually significant, but Henry’s last words were allegedly, “Monks! Monks! Monks!” Renowned Tudor historian and broadcaster, Dr David Starkey will guest-curate a major exhibition at the British Library in London from 23rd April this year until 6th September, entitled “Henry VIII: Man and Monarch” which will display important and rarely displayed items from the British Library’s Henry VIII collection including correspondence, key official documents, maps and books from the king’s personal library, also items loaned by other museums and collections. Dr Starkey says, “Henry is not only England’s best-known king – with his wives, his girth and his bloodthirstiness – he is also our most important single ruler. When he came to the throne, Henry was the Pious Prince who ruled an England at the heart of Catholic Europe; when he died, he was the Great Schismatic, who had created a national church and insular, xenophobic politics that shaped the development of England over the next 500 years.” Among the 250 exhibits are Henry VIII’s Psalter – or prayer book – annotated by the king heavily, a portrait of the king painted in 1513, ‘pastyme and good companye’ which is a manuscript written by Henry VIII with various musical pieces he composed, Henry and Catherine’s marriage contract of 1504 - following the death of Henry’s brother Arthur, Henry VII signed this document which is beautifully decorated with the royal arms and the red rose

of Lancaster. The ‘Book of Hours’ which belonged to Anne Boleyn, ‘Valor Ecclesiasticus’ (church valuation) – a survey of monastic wealth ordered by Henry VIII in 1535 which preceded the Dissolution of Monasteries, a list of people executed during Henry’s reign (he executed more English notables than any other monarch before or since – including two wives, a cardinal, twenty members of the peerage, four prominent public servants, six of the king’s close attendants and friends, also three mitered abbots and various heads of major monastic houses). Also, the announcement of the birth of Elizabeth I in 1533, and Henry’s prescription book, a diary of Edward VI and post-mortem inventory of Henry VIII. As elsewhere, Hampton Court to mark the 500th anniversary, will be staging a series of exhibitions, events and activities. Henry VIII’s Tudor state apartments will be open to visitors and the story of Henry’s court will be brought to life in the rooms used by the monarch. A temporary exhibition of portraits of the king and his wives and daughters, alongside personal and significant objects that belonged to them will be linked to their stories. Leading up to this important year the Tudor kitchens – the largest surviving from the period – were, stepping back 500 years, shown as the busy factory floor they would have been in the 1500s with Tudor cookery being produced, also there was a music festival and a series of public lectures and an exhibition exploring the ‘Young Henry VIII’ set up in the Wolsey Rooms in 2007 with a series of Tudor paintings of Henry, Katherine and Wolsey , while the further story of Henry’s latter years was set forth in 2008, along with a Tudor garden in the palace courtyards. In conclusion it would seem that Henry VIII, in so many ways a despotic, brutal king, still looms large even five hundred years after his coronation, and is still leaving his mark where other monarchs have been all but forgotten. A customised stamp sheet is being issued by the Royal Mail, entitled ‘King Henry VIII’ measuring 295mm x 210 mm and including a special plastic display wallet. It will be limited to 14,950 world-wide, and can be preordered. Also a set of stamps and miniature sheets entitled ‘The Houses of Tudor’ will be issued on 21st April 2009 and is the second in an annual series that will take a look at the Kings and Queens of England, Scotland and after 1603 the United Kingdom. The first in the series was the Houses of York and Lancaster. A description of the stamps reads: “From the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 to the death of Good Queen Bess in 1603, the age of The House of Tudor was forged in bloodshed. Grasping the crown on the battlefield, Henry Tudor’s claim on the throne may have been slender, but he went on to create a dynasty that saw some of the best known of our Kings and Queens sit upon the English throne. Like Lancaster & York, this second issue features individual portraits of the monarchs, complemented with a four-stamp miniature sheet illustrating significant people and events from the period”

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Australian Stamp Variations Details of the main variations in recent stamp issues Perforation Watch

More FEOs

With Australia Post using two different perforating machines for gummed stamps it is now almost impossible to know which stamps have been made with one or both perforations. Access to Australia Post’s production records hasn’t been forthcoming. I am keeping a list of each issue and the perforations found by me, Stamp News readers and Stampboards members. As a service to readers I can e-mail or post this Perforation Watch list to you. Please contact me (details below) if you wish to be sent this information. A copy is also on my website. (A complete list of the 53 perf variations and 61 imperf variations found in 2008 is in my latest ASV Catalogue.) If you find a stamp with a perforation that is different from the one shown on the list or in my articles, please let me know and I shall update the list. Please send me a stamp, an image or a photograph of the new perforation. Please also indicate if you have access to mint stamps, as dealers and collectors of perforation variations may wish to buy these. This list will only benefit readers if I receive details of any perf variations that you find. I am urgently seeking mint $1.10 Tourist Precincts gummed stamps with perforation 14 x 13.7. If you do not have a perf gauge, this stamp has 16 holes on the vertical side. The 14 x 14.4 variation has 17 holes. Please check these in your collection and at your local post office.

As I reported in March there were a number of sets of stamps released in 2008 with multiple issue dates. More stamps from the For Every Occasion (FEO) set were issued on 2nd March increasing the number of issue dates for this set to 6, which could be a record. Previous 2008 issue dates for FEO variations were: 15th & 23rd September; 2nd, 28th & 31st October. (See November & December 2008 and February 2009 Stamp News.) This time 5 full-perf self-adhesive stamps from the set were issued in “normal” booklets and sold at face value. They are identical to the previous release and do not contain a 2009 year code. They

Issue Date

3rd February

Issue Australian Legends of the Screen With Love

19th February

Inventive Australia

11th March

Earth Hour

25th March

200 Years

22nd January

ASV Perforation Watch Australian Gummed Stamps : 2009 Stamp Source Sheet (8 x 55c) Minisheets from prestige booklets (8 x 55c) Sheets (3 x 55c) Sheet (5 x 55c) Minisheets from prestige booklet (5 x 55c) Separate minisheet (5 x 55c) Sheets (2 x 55c & $2.05) Sheetlet (10 x 55c) Special sheetlets in prestige booklet (10 x 55c)

Orientation

Perforations

Portrait

14.6 x 13.9

Portrait

14.6 x 13.9

Portrait Portrait Portrait

14.6 x 13.9 13.9 x 13.9 14.6 x 13.9 14.6 x 13.9 14.6 x 13.9 Imperforate

ASV = Australian Stamp Variations www.users.bigpond.net.au/asv asv.cat@bigpond.net.au Perforations are Horizontal x Vertical. Please let me know if you find any perforations that differ from those listed.

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s were previously issued on 2nd & 28th October 2008 in prestige booklets and hence cost about 10% above face value. It appears from Australia Post’s Stamps website that the prestige booklets have been withdrawn although Mail Order still has them available. For Every Occasion : Re-issue Variations* 5 Cost* $33.00 Issue Date 2nd March 2009 Stamp Value & 55c Gold Rings Design 55c Baby Feet 55c Sparklers 55c Balloons $1.10 Bridal Gown Perforations Self-adhesive stamps: 11.5 x 11.2 (IDC simulated perforations) Self-adhesive 4 x 55c stamps $1.10 (5 individual booklets) * Variations and cost will not be included in 2009 statistics as these stamps were issued previously in October 2008

Earth Hour Earth Hour is an initiative of WWF-Australia, conceived to raise awareness of global warming. To advertise the turning off of electricity for one hour at 8.30pm on 28th March, 5 stamps were issued on 11th March. The two 55c gummed stamps were issued as a se-tenant pair. The two 55c self-adhesive stamps were issued in a booklet of 20 stamps. There was also an International Post $2.05 gummed stamp.

Earth Hour Variations 3 Cost $12.10 th Issue Date 11 March 2009 Stamp Value & 55c Lights Out – Possum Design 55c Switch Off – Owl $2.05 Save Energy – Orangutan Perforations Gummed stamps: 14.6 x 13.9 Self-adhesive stamps: 11.5 x 11.2 (IDC simulated perforations) Pair 2 x 55c se-tenant pair Self-adhesive 2 x 55c stamps (1 mixed booklet)

2 to 700 Variations per Year Two to seven hundred stamp variations per year in 200 years. What a marketing success! The first two variations appear to be colour differences of the 1850 Victorian 2d stamp. Victoria was the first colony to make stamps compulsory in 1852. In those days there were more varieties (printing errors and mistakes) than variations and collecting these has become one of the main branches of philately. I have only kept statistics of decimal stamps and there were 24 variations in 1966, the first year of decimal currency. Last year there were 706 variations. (Yes, an increase of two since last month as more perforation variations are discovered! See Perforation Watch above.) Australia Post celebrated its 200th year with an issue of 10 designs on 25th March. The 10 perforated gummed stamps were issued in a sheetlet containing a se-tenant block of the 10 stamps and also in a special sheetlet with a large red border in the prestige booklet. The 10 imperforate gummed stamps were issued in a similar special sheetlet in the booklet. The

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Australian Stamp Variations individual imperforate stamps are collectable stamps and hence are not valid for postage. The 20 postage stamps in the prestige booklet cost 45% above face value. A stamp pack of 10 individual perforated gummed stamps was advertised in the Stamp Bulletin and on the Stamps website in error. These stamps were only available in sheetlet format not separate stamps. The 10 self-adhesive variations were available in both a booklet and roll. A feature of the gummed stamps was a “200 years” simulated watermark. The self-adhesive stamps did not have this feature. If you have not already viewed it, Australia Post’s 200 Years website is worth a look. https://200years. auspost.com.au Also, the two “The Stamp of Australia” documentaries on Foxtel pay television were quite interesting. They will be replayed and released on DVD in June.

Imperforate Sheetlet 200 Years Variations 25 Cost Issue Date 25th March 2009 Stamp Value & 55c First Post Master Design 55c Early Post Office 55c Early Post Box 55c News from home 55c Early airmail 55c Home delivery 55c Post-war immigration 55c Retail Post-shop 55c Express Post 55c Part of every day Perforations Gummed stamps: Perforated 14.6 x 13.9 Fully imperforate Self-adhesive stamps: 11.5 x 11.2 (IDC simulated perforations) Blocks 10 x 55c se-tenant perforated 10 x 55c se-tenant imperforate (Collectable stamps) Imperforate 10 x 55c (Collectable stamps)

$70.85

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Self-adhesive 10 x 55c stamps (Booklet and Roll of 100) Sheetlets Small red border: 10 x 55c se-tenant perforated Large red border and logos: 10 x 55c se-tenant perforated 10 x 55c se-tenant imperforate

Simulated Watermark 2009 First Issue to Date Data No.of issues 6 No.of designs 34 No.of stamps* 85 Face value of stamps* $48.80 No.of variations 138 Cost of variations $387.25 No.of 55c stamps* 83 No.of days to 25-3-2009 63 Average issue rate of 1 every 18Âź hours 55c stamps* * Including perforation and self-adhesive variations

Footnote: The information shown above is based on stamps and variations bought at my local post office. These may differ from those sold at other post outlets. If you find any differences please let me know. The cost quoted in the above summary tables is the minimum cost to obtain one of each variation. Many variations are only available in sheetlets or booklets containing multiple stamps and are often sold above face value. The cost does not include the cost of single gummed sheet stamps when issued. Scan the QR code with your mobile cell phone to go to the ASV home page. Find out what Australia Post actually issued each year in my 19662008 ASV Catalogue.

Author of the ASV Catalogue Web: www.users.bigpond.net.au/asv Email: asv.cat@bigpond.net.au 7 Rodney Close, Wheelers Hill, VIC, 3150 Ph: 03 9561 2365 Visit my website for new issues, updates and stamp variations for sale

Stamp News Australasia urges you to support the

2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal in support of the Victorians who lost life, property & animals in the devastating bushfires in February. Donations can be made through:

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THIS MONTH’S Lot 21: Australia: SG 0120/0121 1½d, 2d Sturt “OS” in matching CTO blocks of 4, full gum $75

KANGAROOS

Lot 01: Kangaroo: SG 1-14 1st Wmk ½d – 10/-, complete in fine mint hinged condition. A very attractive group. Save $$ $2,450 Lot 02: Kangaroo: SG 2a/BW 2AA 1st Wmk, 1d Red Die 1 Wmk SIDEWAYS. Bright colouring, fine used. $525

Lot 22: Australia: SG 141/143 Sydney Harbour Bridge set of 4, in very fine MUH condition. Very attractive. $1,550

Lot 12: Kangaroo: SG 132/138 C of A Wmk set (8 values) in very fine mint lightly hinged condition. Premium quality. $5,350 KGV Lot 13: KGV: SG 21d Single Wmk 1d Red Die 2, smooth paper. Very attractive & fresh mint VERY LIGHTLY HINGED. $675

Lot 23: Australia: BW 178zc ½d Roo, wmkd, P13½x14. A VERY EARLY state of the cracked plate, earlier than the example illustrated in “Specialists Catalogue”. RARE, fine unused (without gum). $550

Lot 03: Kangaroo: SG 12 1st Wmk 2/- Brown. A superb MLH example, scarce. $450

Lot 04: Kangaroo: SG 14 1st Wmk 10/- Pink/ Grey very fine commercially used. $875

Lot 05: Kangaroo: SG 15 1st Wmk £1 Brown/ Blue. Very attractive, mint lightly mounted. $3,750

Lot 06: Kangaroo: SG 15 1st Wmk £1 Brown/ Blue. An extremely lightly hinged stamp, centred to top. Very fresh. $1,650

Lot 07: Kangaroo: SG 37b/cw 3rd Wmk, 3d OLIVE GREEN, die 1 wmk INVERTED. Very fine & fresh, mint very lightly hinged. $295

Lot 08: Kangaroo: SG 44 3rd Wmk £1 Purple Brown/Blue. Fantastic shade. MLH $3,250

Lot 09: Kangaroo: SG 44S 3rd Wmk £1 Brown/ Blue SPECIMEN overprint. A delightfully fresh MLH stamp. $775

Lot 10: Kangaroo: SG 107/114 Small Multiple Wmk set (7 values). A superb mint lightly hinged set, seldom offered in such fine quality. $6,250

Lot 11: Kangaroo: SG 137 C of A Wmk £1 Grey. A difficult stamp to find in this condition. MUH $1,950

Lot 14: KGV: BW 72K(G70½) 1d DAMSON. A superb MLH example of this rare shade. Supplied with DRURY Certificate 5-626. $925

Lot 24: Australia: BW 186zd KGVI 1½d Green Imprint Block of 4 showing variety CRACKED PLATE – STATE 1. Attractive & lightly mounted. UNDERRATED. $475

Lot 15: KGV: BW 114za: Single Wmk 4d Olive Mullett, no imprint block of 8, with variety. 7 MUH / 1 MLH SUPERB $550

Lot 25: Australia: BW 175z 2d NSW 150th Anniversary. A top left corner blocks of 4 showing PLATE 1 well clear of margin edge. A very attractive piece & very lightly mounted in centre of block. $650

Lot 16: KGV: BW 73C, SG 49b Large Mult Cooke DEEP RED. RARE. Certs: Drury, RPSV. $6,500 Lot 17: KGV: BW 110Izb 4d BRIGHT YELLOW ORANGE (Plate 1) CA monogram block of 6. Exceptionally fresh & very lightly mounted on upper units only. This block does NOT HAVE variety on 1R58, and shows a very early state of IR60 (white flaw behind emus leg) An Exhibition piece. $1,650 Lot 18: KGV: SG 86 (variety) Small Multiple Perf 14, UNLISTED in Specialist Catalogue. 1d DRY INK Very fine MUH & previously unlisted. $150 Lot 19: KGV: SG 130w/BW 127w C of A Wmk 5d Chestnut wmk INVERTED. A superb used example, cancelled “Registered Bris(bane)”. One of the finest examples known & a rare opportunity to acquire a “key” stamp in the wmk inverted series. $13,500 AUSTRALIA GENERAL Lot 20: Australia: SG MS106A 3d Kookaburra Miniature sheet. A horizontal pair, well centred & MLH. $550

Lot 26: Australia: SG 228d/BW 180zg/k ½d Roo, no wmk. COIL perf imprint block of 8 showing variety “dilly bag flaw under paw”. MUH $55 per block Lot 27: Australia: SG 224daS £2 ARMS with Roller Flaw variety overprinted SPECIMEN. A scarce combination. Very fine MLH $1,250 Lot 28: Australia: 1948 Myer Emporium Food Parcel Label used, with Myer’s Meter Frank 5/10d. In red, license # 693 (some creasing or faults). The first that we have seen of this meter mark used for its intended purpose, as most Food Parcel Labels had the imprinted stamps. Extremely scarce. Sample or Proof Impressions of these dated 10 December 1947 are recorded. $1,250

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STAMP OFFERS Lot 45: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 4a 1/- Deep Red Brown. A superb mint example with large part original gum. BPA Certificate #64,982. $4,000 Lot 29: Australia: 1971 7c QEII issue. Block of 10 (5x2) showing doubling up of perforations at right. Spectacular, MUH $150 Lot 37: TASMANIA: SG 260 A fine mint block of 4 with ‘double perforations’ at right. $225

Lot 30: Australia: SG 558a 40c Como with mauve omitted. Offered as a horizontal pair where left unit is partially omitted and right unit is totally omitted. Only 10 such examples exist and unfortunately the sheet pane was poorly stored prior to discovery so all known examples are toned. Fortunately this one was saved from further deterioration by having the gum removed thus eliminating any rust. It could now be said this is the finest example known. $2,250

Lot 47: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 4c 1/Pale Brown. A very fine unused example. $750

Lot 38: TASMANIA: SG 260b COMPOUND PERFORATIONS. 1d on 2d Violet showing perf 12½x11x11x11 combination. Note extra perf 11 AND 12½ in upper selvedge (Perf 12½ comb perf usage)? Fine mint, scarce combination. $450 Lot 39: TASMANIA: SG 260b 1d on 2d Violet, choice of 2 very fine used compound perforations. $150 each

Lot 31: Australia: BW 1374cb $3.90 Fishing booklet misguillotined resulting in miscut stamps. Cat value $2000. MUH, very fine. Our special price $995

Lot 32: Australia: BW 1573cc 1992 WETLANDS BKLT with REVERSED PANE, (approx. 10 known) MUH $775

Lot 40: VICTORIA: SG 222 4d Rose Stamp Statute in exceptionally fine MLH condition. A “key” issue. $1,350

STATES Lot 33: NEW SOUTH WALES: SG 58/59 2d Blue Laureate, Plate 1 on blue paper. Fine mint with part original gum, 3 generous margins. Note extra frame line at base. Ceremuga Certificate. $525

Lot 34: QUEENSLAND: SG 1 1d Carmine-Rose. A rich coloured, 4 margin used example. A premium stamp $750

Lot 35: SOUTH AUSTRALIA: SG 206a Superb cancelled to order £10 value with Certificate. A Gem! $1,750

Lot 36: TASMANIA: SG 251a (Var) 2d Plum, upright wmk, with double perforation variety at right. Fine mint $125

Lot 46: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 4b 1/Grey Brown, a deeper shade than usual. Superb mint, large part original gum. BUHLER guarantee stamp on reverse. $1,250

Lot 41: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 1 1d Black, 4 margins and large part original gum, mint lightly hinged. A super fine example. $2,750

Lot 42: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 3 Superb unused 4 margins $425

Lot 43: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 3a 3d Blue (Bright) VF Unused. SUPERB $550

Lot 48: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 25 2d Orange Vermillion 4 margin, unused. SUPERB $150

Lot 49: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 25 2d Orange Vermilion with BEAKLESS SWAN variety caused by weak transfer. As a result a substantial area in front of swan is void. SPECTACULAR $350 Lot 50: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 28 6d Sage Green, 4 generous margins & mint with large part original gum. Most existent examples are unused (without gum). $3,750

Lot 51: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 58x 6d INDIGO-VIOLET with wmk REVERSED: Unpriced in SG. Ceremuga Cert # 6333. Part original gum/pinhole in right corner should not detract from this scarce stamp. $975

Lot 52: NEW GUINEA: SG 125/136 Huts (set 13). MLH VF $575

Lot 53: NEW GUINEA: SG 137/149 Huts/Air (set 13). MVLH $475

Lot 44: WESTERN AUSTRALIA: SG 3ai 4d Blue “tilted border” variety. A stunning unused example with 4 generous margins. A GEM $3,500

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material Booklet Overprints Some Australian dealers, dealer associations as well as philatelic societies and stamp clubs produce overprinted booklets from time to time. Generally these are well done and well accepted by collectors. Ever since our hobby was born approximately 160 years ago, “get rich quick” people have produced forgeries or ‘copies” which are sold to the unwary at considerable profit. Usually, one can be fairly sure that items purchased at established auction houses or through reputable dealers, are genuine. If later on a forgery is discovered, a customer can seek redress, provided proof of purchase as held. Many years ago, before I was a dealer I bought an imprint strip of three of the 5/- Harbour Bridge as mint unhinged and mounted it in my collection, using a Hawid mount. Years later when proudlyshowing it to a friend, I looked at the gum and to my horror I saw two hinge marks. I phoned the dealer who was a member of ASDA and he clearly remembered selling me the stamps. I told him about the hinge marks and he asked that I return the stamps by registered mail. After checking he phoned and readily agreed to refund the purchase price, plus interest! I am sure that stamps bought on eBay would not receive similar treatment. While booklet overprints are not expensive enough to attract forgers there appear to be unscrupulous people who are making a quick dollar out of dodgy practices. I recently received an email asking why I had not listed two overprints in my booklet catalogue. These overprints were 1) Australian Wildflowers 2007 booklet overprinted for “Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 25 May 2008” and 2) for Australian Legends 2007 “Kingaroy Peanut Festival 2007”. This correspondent saw these exotic overprints on eBay. I have previously received correspondence and scans on similar “melon” and “peanut” festivals. A scan showed an overprint which was obviously done by a rubber stamp on the faces of the actual stamps, which of course is contrary to the rules laid down by Australia Post. I have always advised these correspondents that I only catalogue overprints done properly by recognised bodies or dealers or dealer associations. I hope the person

responsible for these overprints desists, before real damage is done to our hobby! Reprints The March/April issue of our Post Stamp Bulletin shows nine new reprints – 6 x one Koala; 1 x one Roo, one Koala; 1 x one Roo, 2 Koala and for the first time ever 1 x two Roos. The 30c Saltwater Crocodile was first issued in the Native Animal series of definitives on 10 March 1994 and recently appeared with one Roo and one Koala for it’s fifth reprint. The 20c Saltwater Crocodile was issued on 10 April 1997 as part of the Nature of Australia definitive series and it has just appeared with two Roos for it’s eighth reprint. This is the first stamp to reach an eighth reprint with two Roos. A lady who has a standing order with the bureau for reprints wrote to Australia Post about the two Roos rather than one Roo and four Koalas. The reply I think is quite sensible. “As the 20c crocodile is only a small stamp it was not possible to place five images (1 Roo and 4 Koalas) on to the stamp selvedge”. The lady felt that this was the ninth reprint but while I agree it is the ninth printing (including the original), I feel it is only the eighth reprint. Both crocodile stamps are shown nearby.

Prestige Booklets In the same March/April bulletin a list appears of 32 souvenir Prestige booklets @ $15.95. 16 are for AFL teams and 16 for NRL teams and total cost is over $500! Perhaps football fans will buy their club booklets but I cannot imagine that many collectors or dealers will be buying full sets. Perhaps I am wrong, but I imagine that the Every Occasion set

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of $5.50 and one $11 self-adhesive booklets will be accepted better by collectors than the football collection. While the Every Occasion booklets have an issue date 2 March 2009, the football issue have a non-specific March 2009 with no date shown. I illustrate the two new Wedding booklets and wonder why two Wedding booklets are needed. Perhaps the $1.10 stamps are needed for oversize wedding invitation envelopes!

George VI 3/6 Booklet Mark Westcott writes about an interesting printing error in a 3/6 George VI booklet (B56A) – ‘Last year I bought a booklet at a Stamp Show that is unrecorded as far as I know. It is a 3/6 GeorgeVI booklet (B56Ain both the ACSC and Sel Pfeffer catalogues) with the postal information on the back of the second insert page printed inverted. The printing on the front is normal, so this is a production, not an assembly, error. Such errors are known in a few post-1960 advertising booklets but I have never heard of one in an earlier booklet. The dealer told me he originally had two. No doubt there were others produced, and it would be very interesting to learn if any are held by other collectors. “Now for an invert that supposedly wasn’t inverted: In the first advertising booklet issued in 1960 (B62A, edition 1/1960) the P.M.G. advertisement starting “To ensure….”is virtually always printed upside down (in later editions the printing is correct). However there is one variant listed with the correct printing

Inventive Australians This issue on 19 February 2009 was well received. The colourful $2.95 minisheet shows a busy Australian backyard. However, I am sure that parents would not approve of two fair-sized children swinging on a Hills hoist. This misuse of the clothes hoist is a sure recipe for injured children and damaged hoists! The minisheet is illustrated. Stamp News - 29

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(Pfeffer B62Aj), and this was supposedly offered by a large Australian auction house recently. I was the successful bidder, but when it arrived it was the usual inverted version. Since the difference is very obvious, and the normal 1/1960 edition is readily available for comparison, I was not impressed. Of course the auction house refunded my costs but the effort of returning incorrectly described lots by registered post is not trivial. (I am still waiting for a genuine B62Aj booklet)”. Thanks Mark. Your contributions are appreciated by me, and by the many collectors who read this column. 1975 Queensland Philatelic Exhibition Booklet Mark also writes –“I recently bought in an auction a variant of the unofficial 1975 Queensland Philatelic Exhibition booklet. All the ones I have seen, and the only one catalogued (as far as I know), have a block of 4 x 18c PNG Independence stamps inside, affixed by either the top or bottom selvedge. This booklet has a block of 4 x 25c stamps from the same issue affixed by the left selvedge over the top of the normal 18c block. The booklet number is 1969”. Mark asks, “Have you ever seen this version? Of course, it would be dead easy to fake.”

Booklet Covers In March Stamp News I wrote about an uncut strip of five covers of B153A Postal Services Booklet. Ron Shanahan wrote saying that he too owned some of these uncut strips of covers. Ron went on to write about the excess prestige booklets being churned out by Post! Ron’s wife Eunice, writes the interesting articles about “Letters from the Past” in Stamp News. Expoantarctica Chile 2009 It was interesting to read the article in March Stamp News about this first exhibition held on the Antarctic continent. Chile is to be congratulated on this novel way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty, which was originally signed by twelve countries including Australia. Australia has recently had three Antarctic issues, the first on 16 September 2008 celebrated the International Polar Year. This had four stamps and a minisheet, which was overprinted to commemorate the achievements of Australian explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson. This overprinted minisheet was illustrated in January issue of Stamp News. The second Australia Post Antarctic issue, 8 January 2009 marked the centenary of the first expedition to the South Magnetic Pole, which was led by an Australian, T. Edgeworth David. David,

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al along with Mawson and Mackay are featured in an overprint, which is shown nearby. A minisheet and four stamps completed this issue. The third special Antarctic issue took place on 4 March 2009 and comprises a minisheet and two stamps. This issue is part of a world wide initiative, started by Finland and Chile to highlight the importance to the earth’s climate of our Arctic and Antarctic zones. Sequential Frama Sets Farewell, the appropriately named last Frama paper needed eleven or twelve Framas to show the full design for these attractive stamps. The two preceding papers, Festive and Tiwi, also needed a sequence to complete a design but three stamps were needed. I am now finding a number of customers who like sequential sets of three in earlier papers. Perhaps the most difficult paper to sort out sequences is Waratah, mainly because of the anaemic design. Collectors have different values in their want lists – most are happy to have three low values, some prefer three base postage rate while others like their button sets in sequence. See illustrations of sequential Festive and Tiwi paper Frama

Younger Society Members Wanted The editor of the Queensland Stamp collector writes – ‘The holding of SunStamp 2008 in August brought to the attention of the committee the need to be able to call on the younger fitter members in societies, who are better able to undertake the more physical work required in the setting up and dismantling of an exhibition. In this regard the clubs were not well represented and the need for enthusiastic volunteers is an ongoing problem. There is no doubt that members are getting a lot older and replacement by younger members is generally not being achieved.” Lack of younger people willing to be involved is of course, not confined to philatelic activities. Our local Rotary Club, is one of the few in south east Queensland that has maintained its membership of around 40, which is good in a small town of about 3000 people. However, the average age of members is well into their sixties. We only have a few members under 50. Other service clubs have a similar situation while local churches have similar age problems. Many theories are suggested as to why younger people are less willing to be involved in voluntary organizations. Fancy names are being put forward, such as the desire for “instant gratification”. I am sorry but I cannot suggest a solution to the problems of setting up and dismantling stamp

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material displays. Perhaps all voluntary organizations would an investment proposition. To me collecting should be better off if the joy that comes from helping others give its own pleasure and if one is fortunate to see appreciation in the value of one’s collection, that could be part of the teaching at our schools. is a plus. We must always be sorry for those who Global Meltdown lose jobs but for most of us who have reasonable The editor of the Queensland Stamp Collector also health, the long term future is bright. As the song wrote about the doom and gloom which fills our says “be happy!” newspapers. In Queensland we suffer because we A Popular Colleague Passes Away only have one daily Brisbane based newspaper, Much has already been written about Simon which prefers sensation to fact, but all mass media are preoccupied with bad news. The editor suggested Dunkerley’s untimely passing. Simon and I served that if the downturn forces some people to sell together for a time on the committee, which ran their stamps, it may be an opportunity to pick up ASDA but it was as a fellow dealer that I really some bargains. Most dealers I talk to have found respected Simon. If I bought an expensive booklet little change. It would be foolish to try to convince from Simon, I never needed to check its quality people who have lost money in property or the stock because it would be A1 or he would not have it for market to invest in stamps. In over 30 years as a sale. As others who lived closer and knew him even stamp dealer I have never tried to sell our hobby as better have said, Simon will be sorely missed!

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All the fun of the Fair! Every month, all around Australia, there are a number of Stamp Fairs happening at various venues, large & small.. But just what is a stamp fair? Well, put simply, it’s a group of stamp dealers and/or collectors presenting their wares under one roof (or at least one venue) for the collecting public to come along and look through, barter over & hopefully, purchase. I can imagine there are a number of readers out there who may have never taken the plunge and made a visit to the local fair, so I’ll start off by telling you about the main types of fairs that you are likely to encounter. My apologies at this point for this article being a bit Melbourne ‘centric’ but that’s where I live, so I can paint the most accurate picture for you that way. I’m fairly sure that most other Australian capitals etc have similar events – check them out on the APF website, more about that later! First of all, there are what I call the “big” fairs. These are usually organised by the philatelic trade bodies such as APTA, ANDA etc, or are

held as part of a state, national or international level exhibition such as Melbourne Stampshow 09 coming up in July this year, and will have most of the larger, well known retail stamp (and sometimes coin) dealers in attendance, together with some overseas dealers. There is usually a small admission charge to these fairs, as they are often held at fairly high profile (and therefore expensive to rent) venues. These fairs may run for a number of days (Saturday & Sunday is a popular choice), and are heavily advertised. The range of material at these fairs can be quite astounding, and many high quality items may change hands during the course of the fair, sometimes the same item more than once! National & local philatelic organizations & clubs also often participate in these shows, providing information and advice to anyone seeking it. Next we come to the regular (mostly monthly) suburban fairs, usually organized and attended by smaller full-time or part-time dealers, and

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Mike Lee occasionally may include collectors wishing to sell their surplus material. There are five of these types of fairs happening around the Melbourne suburbs each month at the moment, and each of them takes place on a different Saturday or Sunday. Some of the suburban & country stamp clubs organize annual fairs as one of the major events in their year’s syllabus, with the aim of raising their club’s visibility in the local area, attracting new members, and of course providing a venue where people can buy & sell stamps, meet friends old & new, and exchange information. These are similar to the above mentioned monthly fairs, and may have as many as 20 dealers in attendance. Some of the club members may also have tables with items for sale, and the club’s exchange or circuit sheets are present for perusal. At the other end of the stamp fair spectrum is the small club fair, similar to the last type of fair, but usually on a much smaller scale. In country areas these may consist of the club’s exchange

sheets, one or two members selling material, and maybe a dealer or two from the “big smoke”. Speaking from personal experience, these fairs can be a lot of fun, with some lasting friendships made. At one these fairs, I was the only dealer in attendance, with two other local(ish) clubs contributing their exchange sheets as well. From memory, less than 20 people came in that day, but everyone had a good time, with some excellent sales being made, and some long term ‘gaps’ in collections being filled! Collectors in country Australia are rather limited in being able to see stamps “in the flesh” as it were, and bidding on eBay or looking at other stamp related websites, or even placing an order with your favorite Stamp News advertiser, just isn’t the same as being able to sit down, pull out your want list, and “go for it” in a dealer’s stockbooks! An interesting thing that I’ve experienced when selling at country fairs is that there is a greater demand for what I would call the more traditional areas – ie: Australia in all

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All the fun of the Fair! shapes & sizes! It also seems that certain, more exotic philatelic items, such as miniature sheets, gutter strips etc, seldom appear on the shelves in some country Post Offices, so these are usually in demand! The type of fairs that I am heavily involved in, and therefore am most familiar with, are the regular monthly suburban fairs (the second type mentioned above), and I thought I’d share a few thoughts, and try to answer some of the questions I’m most frequently asked by customers at the fairs. On a personal note, I attend four of the five fairs happening around Melbourne each month, and I have to say that 99% of the time it is a most enjoyable & rewarding experience – and I don’t just mean financially! Over the 8 years I’ve been dealing in stamps on a full time basis, I’ve made some wonderful friends. Obviously there is a shared interest in collecting, and I’ve been privileged to be invited to display my own collections of Ireland & early USA at some of

my customers philatelic societies, something that I love doing, but it’s more than that – it’s been great to get to know people, and their collecting interests & foibles over the years, but being invited into people’s homes, doing ‘stamp’ talks at their children’s schools, filling a gift ‘want list’ of stamps for a ‘big’ birthday – it’s these relational things that I also love about the work that I do. In all of these things I’m trying my best to do what my business card says: ‘Partner with people to build their collections’! Oh, you may be wondering what the 1% that I don’t enjoy is…it’s being set up, ready to go by 9am at every fair! I’m just not a morning person! One other observation I’d make is that all sorts of people come in to these fairs, the curious non collector, beginner collectors, the very advanced, collectors of postmarks & different decimal papers, not to mention an army of country & thematic collectors, young, old, male, female, some of whom collect the most exotic & esoteric countries & themes. I mention this in order to

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Mike Lee encourage you to come along to a stamp fair – no-one will think your level of knowledge too great or too small, or your collecting interests or questions too odd! And speaking of questions, I thought I’d conclude this article by answering some of the FAQ’s that I’m asked by lots of folks at the fairs: Q. Do you have a shop? A. No, personally I don’t, although a couple of the other dealers at the monthly fairs do. I sell my stamps mainly at the fairs, through personal contact, often made initially at the fairs, and to a lesser degree, on eBay Q. Where do you get your stamps from? A. Well the answer to this one is just about an article in itself! My main sources are commercial stamp auctions, other dealers, stamp club exchange sheets & auctions, eBay & charities. Unlike most dealers, I only rarely buy directly from collectors, their relatives or estates. There’s no particular reason for this, it’s just turned out that way so far! Q. Which stamps sell the best? A. There are really two answers to this question: 1. The stamps that I sell the most of numerically, by the proverbial country mile, are recent, fine used Australia, followed by the same for the UK, USA, NZ, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Germany etc etc. This may surprise some readers, but any of you who collect used (and I suspect there are a lot of you out there) know that the recent material is almost impossible to track down, hence it becomes a great niche market to cater for. 2. From a ‘dollar value’ point of view, my ‘biggest sellers’ are pre decimal Australia, pre 1936 British Commonwealth & Ireland, but if you asked another dealer, their answer to this part of the question would probably be quite different. This is because ‘If you build it they will come’ tends to apply. Let me explain. In my case, my main collecting interest, at the time that I went into full time dealing, was Ireland (still is!). I

decided to build up some stock of Ireland, and collectors of Ireland came out of the woodwork! Same goes for my early British Commonwealth stock and so on. Q. Which stamps should I invest in? or What do I need to know to invest in stamps? A. After much thought & soul searching, I came up with the following answer: ‘Before you start investing in stamps, collect them passionately, reading every piece of literature about your beloved area(s) of interest, for at least 10 years. Then you may be at a point where you would consider investing!’ This, of course, is an exaggeration to illustrate a point, but I don’t think it’s far off the mark. After all, stamp collecting is a hobby first & foremost, a fact that I always stress to anyone who asks me this question. And finally, I’ll ask a question that every person planning to come to a stamp fair should ask themselves just before they leave home to come to the fair: Q. What should I take with me to the stamp fair to make sure I get the most out of my visit? A. Everything you may need to ensure you fill the gaps in your collection correctly, including catalogues and/or want lists, a pen or pencil to mark your want list (you’d be surprised how many people buy the same stamp 2 or 3 times on the same day, because they didn’t mark it off their list when they purchased the first one!), and your glasses, if you wear them! I mention these things because at virtually every fair, at least one customer will say: ‘Oh no, I’ve left my catalogue/list/glasses/all of the above, at home!’ So, now hopefully you’re all ready & raring to go! Just look through the pages of this edition of Stamp News, or check out the Australian Philatelic Federation website at www.apf.org. au. To find where your closest fair is, click on the appropriate state, and away you go! Please contact me at mlphilatelics@bigpond. com if you have any comments or questions Stamp News - 37

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Revenue Review legend ‘Sugar or Material other than Malt or Hops’ First up this month another Queensland Golden Casket [fig 2]. Apart from mint & used copies, I have also revenue has shown up showing a different design tax seen this issue manuscript Specimen. It is interesting box to the other two recorded. What is of interest is that to note this series has size & design changes including the other two are showing a 3d Queensland Government different fonts and paper colours, but the printed Tax [see Revenue Review September 2008]. This new tax stamp remained the same. Listed in Barefoot as find shows the tax as a ‘built in’ ad vallum with a tax numbers 31-38. amount of 3% being paid on this [fig 1] 5/6d ticket. The tax box is found at the bottom middle of the ticket. More New Finds There must have been various ad vallum amounts for Internet site eBay continues to turn up new finds. eBay this series of Golden Casket tickets. Do you have one handle Ozphila sold a rouletted 6/- Tax Instalment [fig such beast? If so please let me know. I find these quite 3] from Victoria. I only had this recorded as being fascinating and one wonders just what else is out there perforated, whereas, Mr_Revenues sold a New South waiting to be discovered. Wales 6c revenue stamped paper cut out [fig 4] in black to go with the 5c already listed.

Golden Casket Ad Vallum

Beer Duty

One series of the Victorian beer duties Bill Craig Tasmania Drips Blood neglected to include in his excellent work on Victoria There are some fascinating plate floors in the St George Revenues’ was the 1892 3d rate with the inscribed & Dragon series issued by Tasmania from 1863. This Fig. 1

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Dave Elsmore long running series not only had its printing plates cut in half during its lifetime but the plates themselves were poorly looked after. This of course is great news for the revenue philatelist as it resulted in many errors including the very famous and the rarely seen ‘Dragon Blood’ [fig 5] flaw. This shows a very clear coloured plate scratch from the tip of St George’s sword finishing at the designs inner circle. It would be good to update the records on just how many of these have survived, so if you can please check with your collection and let me know if you have a copy I will then record it. Fig 6 shows a horizontal colour line cutting through the lower corner ornaments. This could have possibly arisen when the plate was being assembled, because of the very tight fit of the clichés which ended up all over the place. I can imagine the lower cliché to fig 6 being pushed into the plate with the back of the cliché marking the lower portion of the above cliché. Maybe I am totally wrong, maybe you know different, if so

Fig. 3

Fig. 5

please share your knowledge here.

More Beer duty Some people often relate beer drinking to the rougher end of the evolutionary scale, so called big tough men swilling beer down by the gallon. This makes me wonder why the very first beer duty from Western Australia was printed in pink! Not often does one see beer duties from Western Australia at all but when they do show up, there is generally a scramble for them. I am pretty sure this is the only state to issue its first beer duty in booklet form, which when you think about it, makes perfect sense, rather than being on the brewery floor with sheets of stamps separating them and affixing same. My guess is the expense of producing such booklets outweighed the sheet format and this was only done for the very first 6d issue. Fig 7 is one such copy to come onto the market.

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Revenue Review Survival of these appears to be all mint remainders; I am yet to see a used copy. Maybe you have one? Maybe you have a used half of one? If so please let me know. This 6d value appears to be a singular issue in the series.

U.R.T & S.S.T. of N.S.W Some of the 1933-41 tax issues from New South Wales can be extremely hard to find. Survival rate of the used halves also appears hard. To find remainder mint copies prior to separation is a somewhat harder task again. I find all the years to be scarce as they rarely come up in any numbers for grabs, and when they do you have to fight hard for them. There appears to be a few 1/- 2/- & 3/- around but that’s it. Early collectors who have ferreted these away would have to hold 80% of copies. Some used complete stamps have survived. With all this talk you must be wondering what the title of this section is all about. well U.R.T & S.S.T. stands for Unemployment Relief Tax & Social Services Tax. Remainders from the preceding 1939 Wages Tax issue were provisionally overprinted U.R.T & S.S.T. [fig 8] vertically until purpose stamps were printed. These provisionals are now highly prized by collectors. The purpose U.R.T & S.S.T. issue is dated 1941 and was used for that year only prior to the introduction of

the uniform design with the States initials in 1941. I am yet to see or record a mint copy of the U.R.T & S.S.T. 1941 issue. All these tax issues are quite unique in that they were perf 12 all round with a horizontal roulette about one third of the way down, to make separation for the employer easy. You may be able to spot it running between the AU in fig 8. Is AU for Australia? No AU tells us the cliché layout. The sheets were printed 100 on in two panes of 50 with a single jubilee line in all four margins. The indexing is quite strange [but then we are talking NSW] the upper pane starts with the letter A, each stamp in turn alphabetically indexed to the letter Y. This is only 25 stamps I hear you say! Well the indexing continues with AA-AY then in pane two IB-IZ through to BB-BZ. Now whoever thought up this index must have been having a bad day. I have found no reason for an index at all other than to help account the day’s sales. Maybe some of you remember these and can add to this. So fig 8 does not depict AU for Australia but sits in row 5 stamp 6 of the first pane.

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Rocket Mail The first rockets were launched in China and India some two thousand years ago. They were mainly seen as important parts of fireworks displays but they were also an important ingredient in warfare. These early rockets were powered by black powder. The exploration of space has always held a strong fascination for the inhabitants of planet earth. Jules Verne (1828-1905), the French pioneer of science fiction literature, published his From the Earth to the Moon in 1865. In the novel he tells about plans to reach the moon by using a huge cannon. Unfortunately, the manned capsule misses its target and becomes a satellite circling our planet. In 1865, Verne still hadn’t figured out how to get people back

to earth. In 1926, US scientist Robert Goddard managed to launch the first rocket powered by liquid fuel. During World War II, rockets were further developed to be used as weapons of mass destruction. Later on they were used for space research. However, this article is about a far more peaceful use of rocketry. Since the late 1920s, there have been numerous attempts to use rockets to carry mail. Sometimes the aim was to create postal connections to otherwise inaccessible islands or across rivers with no bridges. Quite often mail items carried by rockets had interesting stamps affixed in addition to special

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Christer Brunström cancels. Let’s take a closer look at some of these early experiments. As early as in 1928, Friedrich Schmiedl carried out a number of rocket experiments in Austria. To help finance these experiments he had several stamps printed. Some were extremely primitive while others had interesting designs incorporating rockets. The stamps can still be obtained at reasonable price levels but genuine Schmiedl rocket covers are scarce. Shown nearby is a 3-groschen Schmiedl rocket stamp. It was apparently numbered and has Schmiedl’s autograph on the back. During the first part of the 1930s, Gerhard Zucker was extremely active with rocket launchings both at

home in Germany and in other countries. On January 28, 1934, some 700 letters and cards were carried by rocket from Hexentanzplatz to Rosstrappe in the Harz Mountains, Germany. Most of the mail items had been franked with a set of three colourful rocket stamps. The covers were then sold in support of a German charity. One of these covers is shown here. Later on in the same year, Mr. Zucker went to the British Isles to continue his experiments with mail rockets. On July 28, 1934, he planned to carry 1200 mail items from the island of Scarp to the neighbouring island of Harris in the Hebrides, Scotland. The rocket exploded and it seems it never left the ground. Some of the covers could be

Rocket Mail: Left: Hexentanzplatz to Rosstrappe cover from 1934 Above: 1928 3-gr Schmiedl rocket stamp Right: Monaco, US and Western Isles rocket stamps

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Rocket Mail salvaged and were later handed in to the GPO for onward transmission in the regular mailstream. The Scarp failure did not deter Zucker. Three days later we find him on the island of Harris. This time the idea was to send a rocket to Scarp. Once again the rocket exploded but the entire cargo of 935 covers survived and they were handed in to the local post office. Two attractive stamps were printed in red and green. They are inscribed Western Isles Rocket Post and were offered at 2 shillings 6 pence each. Quite a few were sold to collectors to help finance the experiments. After the unsuccessful experiments in Scotland, Mr. Zucker made a new attempt on December 19, 1934. This time the intention was to launch a rocket from Lymington on the English mainland to Fort Victoria on the Isle of Wight. Three thousand stamps remaining from the failed Scottish experiments were overprinted with the words ISLE OF WIGHT / FIRST FLIGHT and the mention of the Western Isles was blocked out. The rocked was loaded with some 600 covers and aimed at the Isle of Wight. Seconds after lift off the rocket was hit by a strong wind which completely changed its course. It ended in a swamp a couple of miles inland. The load of covers could not be saved. Similar rocket experiments took place in the USA, India and other countries. Many were in connection with stamp exhibitions as they created a lot of publicity for the event. As is abundantly

clear from the above examples rocket mail was far from reliable and it never really got beyond the experimental phase. In Australia, the Queensland Air Mail Society carried out a number of rocket experiments in the 1934-1937 period and special stamps were printed in small sheets of four. Most of the launchings were failures but some were successful. Full details can be found in Local Stamps of Australia (Dubbo, NSW, 1982) by Bill Hornadge The classic period of rocket mail took place in the 1930’s. There were also numerous rocket mails in different countries after World War II but they never created the same pizzazz as the early attempts. I suppose enthusiasts still conduct the occasional experiment with postal rockets but they are rarely mentioned in the philatelic press. Those readers who would like to find out more about this exciting Cinderella stamp speciality are advised to get hold of a copy of the Rocket Stamp Catalog by Ellington & Zwisler. There was an even earlier catalogue with basically the same title by Stephen H. Smith. These books are far from recent but they give a good description of the early rocket mails. Over the years I have enjoyed adding a few rocket covers and stamps to my collection. They certainly look quite exciting and make good conversation pieces whenever you show them to friends and relatives. They certainly belong in a collection of space philately.

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Discworld Derek Pocock sent this article on a fantasy issue I have not seen before. 6 June 2009 will celebrate the 5th anniversary of these colourful issues. For the benefit of non aficionados for the novels by Terry Pratchett, the Discworld is a flat (or probably more saucer shaped) planet supported on the backs of four elephants who stand on the shell of a giant turtle who glides smoothly through space. The planet is peopled by a mixture of humans, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, witches and other types who live in dubious harmony under the rule of The Patrician - Lord Vetenari. He has a full supply of informants who keep him alert to the permanent strife in the capital (and only) city of Ankh Morpork whose Manchester like weather pervades the city throughout the year. Significant features of the city are the Unseen University whose librarian is a chimpanzee, the Assassins Guild, shady pubs, the Butchers and Tripemakers Union and a police force of mixed ‘racial’ membership. Death too is a very sociable fellow who speaks in CAPITAL LETTERS Briefly then this is the scenario of a large number of novels which must be classified as Science Fiction One novel is about the postal service which must have prompted the issuing of stamps which now number 100 or so. The source of these issues is a shop

in Wincanton in Somerset, England called the Cunning Artificier, (fig. 1), and a regular magazine is issued approx. quarterly and is called The Stanley Howler. You can work that out for yourself! Price lists of available stamps are issued and many of the earlier limited issues are fetching good premiums at auctions around the world. A selection of the Discworld issues is shown here including The Patrician, (fig. 2); the Tower of the Unseen University, (fig. 3); the shield of the Assassins’ Guild (motto ‘Nil Mortifi sans Lucre’), (fig. 4); the Post Office crest & arms (fig. 5 & 6); and the Butchers and Tripe Merchants, (fig. 7) and others. A series of picture postcards has also been issued one of which is shown at fig. 8. There have been commemorative postmarks and booklets to satisfy the many collectors of this novel “unmail service”. Vacuum Oil Company 50th Anniversary This interesting label, (fig. 9), has not been noted in this column before. It was offered in the last Classic Stamps auction. Founded in 1916 the 50th anniversary of the Vacuum Oil Company was celebrated in 1946. The Vacuum Oil Company originally marketed its petrol under the name Plume and this later became Mobilgas then shortened to Mobil. From memory the Flying Red Horse disappeared with the name change to Mobil.

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Tony Presgrave

War Chest This label, (fig. 10), was also offered in the same auction. It is not listed in Jackson’s catalogue of WWI Patriotic labels and it looks to me like an Australian issue. Bill Hornadge recorded it in his column in April 1983 with a request for more information. The sender of the item, Mrs. Gill Clarke noted that the Quartermaster General in Egypt in 1916, Sir Robert Murray McCheyne Anderson (1807-1940) who formed the ANZAC Hostel in Cairo and the War Chest Club in London for Australian servicemen serving overseas may have been responsible for its issue. Nothing was forthcoming from that note so it still remains something of a mystery as to who did issue it. Mariner’s House These labels, (fig. 11), received a brief mention in the July 1983 column but without any illustration. They were issued by Mariner’s House Mission to Seamen in Perth. That note also recorded 12 different labels with six different basic designs with the following mottoes; Remember the Merchant Navy; Please Send a Donation to Mariner’s House Mission to Seamen; Please Hold a House Party for Mariner’s House Mission to Seamen; Make Your Will in Favour of Mariner’s House Mission to Seamen; Please Arrange a Dance for Mariner’s House Mission to Seamen; and

We Must Help the Merchant Navy. Each label bears a One Penny denomination and may have been a WWII fund raising issue. Exchange Rate Label Probably not so much a Cinderella as the other items I have written about, but still worthy of a mention. This label, (fig. 12), arrived in my mail attached to the envelope carrying the latest Mowbrays Private Treaty offerings. As it states, with the New Zealand Dollar exchange rate as it is now, there are bargains to be had by overseas buyers. Postscript Due to a lack of response from readers with items for discussion, The June column may well be the last one I produce. I have been using mainly my own resources for a number of issues now and that is rapidly drying up. If readers want the column to continue then now is the time to do something about it and provide me with interesting items that I can share with others. Items that have been written up in the distant past in the column are welcome because we are now able to illustrate them in colour, but I will also welcome new items. The ball is now, dear reader, in your court so to speak.

L-R: Figs. 9 - 12

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De-Mystifying the Detail DAMAGED STAMPS

to decorate lampshades. ( But sadly, these were not necessarily damaged, and that’s how a huge of quantity of GB Penny Blacks were rendered uncollectable.) I once saw a car plastered with stamps as a promotion, but this is not recommended for the family saloon!

There is seldom reason to knowingly acquire a damaged stamp. The exceptions would be when a perfect copy is beyond financial affordability or just cannot be found in the stamp world market, or where attached to cover, the whole cover is more significant than the attached stamp. There is also a range of occasions where a stamp deserves to be USING COLLATERAL MATERIAL damaged, ie where a hole-punch has been used to ‘Collateral material’ is a term used in the stamp cancel it; also, there are some countries where in exhibiting world to describe items added to an early periods, stamps were cancelled by a deliber- exhibit to illustrate some aspect of a stamp or ate tear, just like the cinema attendant cancelling postal history item used in that exhibit. It may be a your ticket these days! When buying a significant photo, a newspaper clipping, a postcard, a collecstamp, first examine it front and back carefully, tor or tradecard, a document, even a train for tiny holes, or for rust traces, or a ‘thin’ , often ticket. There are accepted rules for exhibitors caused by a prior as to what may Andrew McEachern is a collector owner removing a properly included; first, part time dealer second; he is hinge in haste. Tears but if you are not founder & President of Collectors happen when a stamp inclined toward Club Queensland, was national Presiis carelessly ripped exhibiting, you dent of the APF fore-runner Australfrom an envelope, or may please yourian Stamp Promotion Council, and belongs to various Australian and where a stamp dealer self as to what overseas societies. He also conducts is separating stamps ‘collateral matethe only course in the world for wanfrom a sheet at speed. rial’ you include nabe stamp dealers. Contact him at And another useful in your stamp (postal) Suite 333, 236 Hyperdome, tip - if there is a hinge collection. NeverLoganholme, 4129 or by email to stampman5 @bigpond.com remnant still adhering theless, there are to the back, examine some ‘rules’ you minutely to make sure should impose it isn’t there to hide a tear. This is seen a lot when upon yourself, such as: recovering older stamps from an early album. It’s 1. Don’t use original newspaper clippings, phoa technique also used to repair partial perf.separa- tocopy them - originals discolour rapidly. BTW tion of stamps in a block or sheet. It’s a reminder are you sure your photcopier produces ‘fast’ copof why hinges first came into use - ALWAYS look ies? - ‘fast’ as in will not mirror image onto facing at he backside! pages. Early xerography techniques were unsafe If you obtain a poor specimen as a temporary in this way. ‘spacefiller’, until you can find or afford a good 2. Avoid paper items which may cause rust one, adopt some personal procedure which ena(foxing) or stains to migrate to your stamps. bles you to remember this poor example and keep 3. Thick items will cause your pages to distort, looking for a better one. and your albums to become ungainly and fat. There are several things one can do with dam4. For your own enjoyment, don’t let collateral aged stamps: decorate a home made stamp album items outweigh your stamps in terms of imporor container......attach to birthday or greetings tance and visibility. cards to a stamp friend......and back in the 1850s, 5. Some annotation will explain to a casual English ladies were in the habit of using stamps viewer why you have included such an item. 48 - Stamp News

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Andrew McEachern Judicious use of collateral items may make your collection more entertaining for yourself and any viewing friends.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE UPU The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was founded in 1874 to facilitate co-operation between the postal services of all countries in the world. Periodically there is a UPU Congress to discuss mutual problems, membership matters, etc; these have more than 1,000 delegates for the 189 member nations - hard to ‘get a word in edgeways’ no doubt. Once a member of the UPU, a nation will always remain a member even if it does not pay the dues. No nation has ever said “We resign from the UPU” ; in the case of South Africa, expelled in 1979 by a Congress due to its apartheid policies, it was immediately re-admitted because membership of the United Nations automatically makes a nation a UPU member. Until 1971, China was represented by Taiwan and continental China did not have any membership. But when PR China became a UN member, Taiwan was treated as a ‘province’ of China. Andorra is a UN member country whose status in UPU has not yet been finalised.

TYPES OF PERFORATION With new production methods in printing stamps, including novel attempts to improve security against forgery, the range of separation types is widening. In early days, perforating or rouletting were the options, each with a sub-set of different characteristics. Perforations could be round or square, and rouletting included Zig Zag or Perc en Arc. The striking difference between these two methods is that perforating removes pieces of the paper, while rouletting creates slits which do not. More recently ‘syncopated’ or ‘elliptical’ perforations have been widely used, mainly as a security measure, although much earlier a similar technique was used in some countries to add

strength to coil stamps. (eg Netherlands, from 1923) The term ‘syncopated is also used to describe dissimilar -sized perforation holes in the one line, or where some perforation holes are intentionally skipped, which has the same effect. With the advent of peel and stick stamps, serpentine diecuts and simulated perforations have come into use. Some early stamps, particularly those of USA, are found with one wide margin, and these are called ‘jumbos’. These occur only in the outer edge stamps. Far from being an accidental variety, the wide margin was intended to save waste paper, with the outer perforating wheel set to wider spacing. I have some Australian States stamps with jumbo margins in my collection, but I don’t know if this too was deliberate. USA is the place to look for unusual perforations as in earlier days, coils of stamps were supplied imperforate to various firms which did their own perforating, some with astonishing results. Perforation errors are much sought after by collectors.

J R W PURVES - AN AUSSIE PHILATELIC LEGEND I intend to give mention in these columns to some of the greats of philately in Australia from time to time, to whom we are all indebted for their research and publications. Ranking high among these was James Richard William (‘Bill’) Purves (1903-1979) who became a practicing solicitor after education at Green Vale College Willaura, Geelong Grammar and Trinity College. After CMF service he served with the AIF in New Guinea, reaching the rank of Captain. Like so many modern day collectors, from boyhood he was a keen collector of not only stamps, but also marbles, coins, birds eggs, and ciggy cards. His Australian Commonwealth stamp collection was bought in 1930 by King George V, after it had been described as “the most complete of its kind in the world” and won a gold medal at the 1928 Melbourne International Exhibition. After that he specialised in Australian States and Stamp News - 49

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De-Mystifying the Detail colonies, and won awards at overseas exhibitions as well as locally. He was a member of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria , the Royal Philatelic Society (London) and the Collectors Club (New York.) His philatelic career produced many articles and books, gained him recognition on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (London) and saw him as a judge at international exhibitions. His collection eventually numbered 350 volumes, and he was described as ‘one of the world’s three greatest philatelists’.

UV, FLUORESCENCE, PHOSPHOR, LUMINESCENT AND ALL THAT I have received several requests regarding the tagging of stamps by various countries’ postal administrations, but have been delaying until I myself could be better informed on the subject. In the late 1950s there was a lot of pressure on postal authorities in many countries to find better ways of processing - sorting and postmarking - the growing quantities of letter mail. Until then the main tasks were quite labour-intensive, with hand sorting being the worst. Many Industries and the commercial world generally were already finding mechanical and electronic ways of speeding up monotonous repetitive work. Manufacturers, seeing the postal industry as a rich potential source of future sales and profits, were devising automatic facing and cancelling machines, but postal executives were not keen on radically altering the design features of postage stamps to enable this, so alternatives were sought. Equipment makers therefore sought some form of coating or ink additive which would be invisible - or nearly so - to the naked eye, to be applied to stamps. In conjunction with taggants , the name given to these coatings, which would glow when exposed to ultra violet light , enabled machinery emitting UV light to be developed, so that letters would be rotated to put the stamps all in the same position, ready for automatic cancelling at speed. As collectors could not readily see the taggants in ordinary light, UV lamps became part of the philatelists’ weaponry.

A few definitions: TAGGANT, TAGGING, TAGGED - refers to the coating applied to stamps after printing, or to paper coated prior to printing. LUMINESCENT - a substance which glows when exposed to UV light PHOSPHORESCENT - where a treated stamp continues to glow after the UV source is turned off. FLUORESCENT - if a stamp ceases to glow when the UV source is switched off. HELICON - Most glossaries or encyclopedias will tell you this is a long limbed nymph or somesuch. But in the context of tagging, it is a luminescent substance or treatment. Where tagging is easily seen by the naked eye, it usually means that varnish or some other additive has been mixed with the taggant medium. Exposure to sunlight can cause discolouration or staining which accentuate the visibility of varnishmixed taggants. For example, I am somewhat annoyed periodically by the dirty looking strips appearing on some of the small size Canada definitives. But if you see solid black vertical lines on New Zealand or Great Britain stamps, that is nothing to do with this subject - they are stamps so marked to demonetise the stamp and are for use in postal training schools! Some administrations developed even more sophisticated use of tagging, by differentiating between different values representing the standard cost of various classes of mail. But this is not always the reason for different tagging stripes appearing on the same denomination stamp. The GB Machins have been subject to LH stripe, centre stripe, RH stripe, two stripes, etc. in phosphor bands. There are long-wave, short-wave and combination UV lamps available to collectors, in portable battery and mains forms. Long-wave ones detect fluorescent tagging and are helpful in identifying paper types. Short-wave ones detect the afterglow of phosphorescent tagging. and are needed for US stamps. See your favourite accessories dealer, or contact a scientific

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Andrew McEachern supply outlet. There is a lot of fun to be had adding this dimension to your philatelic studies. DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT A UV LAMP AS IT CAN BURN THE CORNEA OF THE EYE, and keep hands away from that light too, as exposure to UV light can burn. Either work in short bursts, or wear gloves and sunscreen if working for extended periods. Specialist catalogues often differentiate between varieties, and of course ‘non-phosphor’ and ‘phosphor’ is a very common distinction on Great Britain stamps which can lead to quite valuable finds. I hope you get lucky!

HAPPY HINGEING The recent impassioned plea by a client to can hinges in this column made me think that I have not seen any article on ‘how to hinge’ lately. Hinges are here to stay, even with the proliferation of mounts and hingeless pages. Hinges were originally brought into vogue because early collectors seemed more interested in the back of stamps than we are nowadays. There were underprinted advertisements from NZ, other underprints, different types of gum, and even dealers and experts’ pencil expertising markings to be seen. Some better makes of hinges were readily peelable, leaving very little trace. ( I have written on Dennison hinges earlier in this context.) Changes came, with the efficacy and peelable qualities reduced, variously blamed on the quality of the glassine used as the base material, fears that the original gum in some was carcinogenic, and that German dealer who created the mint never hinged era, causing Hagners, Hawids and similar to become popular. Some collectors now only use hinges for used stamps, previously hinged stamps and mint no gum stamps, always using mounts for the MUH items. (Careful! Add ‘’W’ to ‘hingeing’ and we have that complaint word.) Despite these hangups, hingeing is still the fastest, most economical way to mount stamps. It maximises air circulation around stamps, ( thus being a weapon against foxing) does not add bulk

to albums, or albums to bulge as mounts do. I have an aversion to pre-folded hinges, both as being difficult for my stubby fingers to handle, or too fiddly to use tongs on, and because I have found that the stamp being held by only a third or a quarter of the length of a hinge is often precarious. But I have put aside my feelings, and the following deals with the typical folded hinge. Please follow step by step slowly at first, to appreciate the nuances of the copybook technique. Using tongs or fingers, place the stamp face down, remembering which side is the top. The hinge goes near the top of the back side of the stamp, but below the perforations. Lightly moisten the shorter flap of the hinge and affix it to the stamp. The hinge fold should therefore be at the top, and the longer part should point downwards. Us the tongs now to pick up the stamp that now has a hinge affixed to it. Lightly moisten the bottom part of the hinge and place the stamp carefully on the album page. Once in place, use the tongs to lift the bottom of the stamp up and away from the album page. The stamp should flip up easily, as though swinging on a hinge - which is exactly what it is doing. By doing this you are giving the moisture on the hinge a few extra seconds to dry, reducing the risk of the back of the stamp adhering to the album page. If you have put the stamp in the wrong part of a page, ignore the temptation to pull it off immediately. Allow time for the hinge to dry before attempting to remove. Otherwise, thins and/or damaged album page results. If a light tug indicates a hinge’s reluctance to come away, use a small clean artists brush to apply a little water to the back of the hinge. Some museums use methyl cellulose mixed with warm water to form a gel to apply to the hinge with the brush. Allow 30 seconds and then peel. There is a patent remover liquid from Britain sold in the stamp trade which i have found useful. A sweat box can be used to remove hinges from stamps, but obviously is not a technique for removing hinged stamps from an album. Happy hingeing! Stamp News - 51

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AUCTION DIARY Here are the dates and details for sales being held by public auction houses who are regular display advertisers in Stamp News. This is a free service to readers and advertisers.The information listed here is as supplied to us; readers are advised to contact the businesses directly in order to ascertain that this is correct. Other auction houses are invited to list here. Cost is $275 prepaid per annum for a basic listing, unchanged for the period. Listings which require maintenance, such as updating auction dates, are $550 per annum.

21st Century Auctions

Harmers Of London

107 Station Street, Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156 www.21stcenturyauctions.com.au info@21centuryauctions.com.au Tel (03) 9752 2677 Fax (03) 9758 2488 Next sale: Ongoing PrivateTreaty Sale

11, 111 Power Road, London W4 5PY , UK www.harmers.com auctions@harmers.demon.co.uk Tel: 0011 44 208 747 6100 Fax: 0011 44 208 996 0649 Next sale: 14 May 2009

Ace Stamp Auctions

PO Box 2076, Ellenbrook, WA, 6069 www.acestampauctions.com stampdealer@iinet.net Tel (08) 9297 3040 Forthcoming sales: 9 August 2009

John Mowbray International PO Box 80, Wellington 6140, New Zealand www.mowbrays.co.nz john.mowbray@xtra.co.nz Tel: 0011 64 6 364 8252 Fax: 0011 64 6 364 8270 Next sale: 12 May 2009

Auction house Christoph Gärtner

Millennium Philatelic Auctions

74321 Bietigheim-bissingen, Germany www.auktionen-gaertner.de info@auktionen-gaertner.de Tel 0011 49 7142 789 400 Fax 0011 49 7142 789 410 Forthcoming sales: 27-29 May 2009

Suite 25, 89-97 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007 www.millenniumauctions.com info@millenniumauctions.com Tel: (02) 9281 4797 Fax: (02) 9281 4677 Next sale: 6 May 2009

Charles Leski Auctions

Mowbray’s Australia

13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123 www.leski.com.au contact@leski.com.au Tel (03) 9864 9999 Fax (03) 9822 2788 Forthcoming sales: 12, 13, 18, 26 May 2009

Corbitts

5 Mosley Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1YE, UK www.corbitts.com collectors@corbitts.com Tel: 0011 44 191 232 7268 Fax: 0011 44 191 261 4130 Next sale: 16 May 2009

Level 6, 36 – 38 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 sgasydney@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9299 1300 Fax: (02) 9290 1999 Next sale: see advertisement for details

Prestige Philately PO Box 126, Belgrave, Vic. 3160 www.prestigephilately.com info@prestigephilately.com Tel: (03) 9754 7666 Fax:(03) 9754 7677 Forthcoming sales: see website for details

Craig Chappell

Robin Linke Stamp Dealer

PO Box 521, Clayfield, Qld. 4011 craigchappell@bigpond.com.au Tel: (07) 3262 8810 Fax:(07) 3262 8816 Please contact for details of forthcoming sales.

181 Jersey Street, Wembley, 6014, Western Australia www.robinlinke.com.au robin@robinlinke.com.au Tel (08) 9387 5327 Fax (08) 9387 1646 Next sale: See website for details

Cygnet Philatelics

Spink

Shop 2, 23 Plain St, East Perth, WA 6004 Tel: (08) 9325 4542 Next sale: see advertisements for detail

www.spink.com Tel: 0011 44 20 7563 4000 Fax: 0011 44 20 7563 4066 Next sale: 8, 26, 28 May 2009

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The London Twopenny Post came into being as a result of an Act of 5th April 1801. This stated that the charge on all letters carried in the district of what was previously called the Penny Post, whether a local letter or one passing to or from the General Post, would now be 2d (two pence). It was not however actually designated until the Act of 1805 which mentioned in part... “Previously the Penny Post, now known as the Twopenny Post....” There are many different postal markings associated with the TWOPENNY Post, for example date stamps - paid and unpaid, from the Chief Office and Westminster Office and Country Sorting Offices; stamps applied to letters transferred to the General Post ; Receiving House name stamps ; charge marks and miscellaneous stamps used for other specific purposes. The first of these two letters was written by C.E. Jennett, is dated 1834 and addressed to W H Pilcher – Esqr Solicitor 18 New Broad Street London. It has three of these postmarks. (Fig 1) It was lodged at the Kingston Post Office which was a Post Town

and also a Sorting Office for the Twopenny Post. This was in the Country area so it cost three pence to send it to central London, and it has the 3d charge mark. They also applied the name stamp of their office - the two-step framed TP Kingfton which was in use from 1834. When it was received at the Chief Office the oval date stamp was applied 7 NIGHT 7 MY 5 1834 (Fig 2.) The letter concerns the sale of property and the first part is a brief note to the acting solicitor. “Kingston May 4th 1834 Sir, I send you on the other side a copy of the Agreement entered into between Mr Venables & Mr Marshall for the Purchase of his tenements at Surbiton Hill - As the Kingston Inclosure Act was passed in the year 1808 & it has reference to the Original Titles of the Estate in right of which an allotment was directed to be made , it is impossible to be satisfied with so recent a Title as that sent – viz 1826 - If the Mortgagee or Mr Venables cannot deduce a marketable Title to this Estate my Client will not be able to complete the Purchase I am Sir Your obed servt C.E. Jennett.” However, on the inside is a beautifully copied agreement in fancy script, which uses the long ‘s’, which looks like a modern letter ‘f’. (Fig.3) This is

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almost plain English and for a legal agreement is amazingly intelligible. Copy Memorandum of an Agreement made Between Thomas Venables of Kingston upon Thames in the County of Surrey Shoemaker of the one part and Charles Marshall of the same place, Gardener of the other part as follows :The Said Thomas Venables hereby agrees to sell and the said Charles Marshall hereby agrees to purchase All those two Messuages or Tenements with the Gardens, yards and Appurtenances thereto belonging situate at Surbiton Hill in the South of Kingston upon Thames and also the Stable apperteaining to the same and the inheritance thereof in Ffee simple free from all incumbrances as the same are in the occupation of the said Thomas Venables at or for the price or sum of Two Hundred Pounds. It is hereby agreed and declared between the said Parties hereto that the said Thomas Venables is at his expence to make out a clear and

marketable Title thereto and the same Charles Marshall is to be at the expence of the Conveyance and that the purchase is to be completed on or before the tenth day of May next at which time the Pofsefsion of the Premises will be given up to the said Charles Marshall. And as a Deposit towards this purchase the said Charles Marshall hereby pays to the said Thomas Venables the sum of One Pound. To witnefs their hands this sixteenth day of April One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty four X The mark of Thomas Venables Charles Marshall Witness C.E. Jennett It is interesting that Thomas Venables is the seller of this piece of real estate, yet he is unable to sign his name. The second letter dated is 27th May 1835 addressed to Jas. Holworthy 36 Maddox Street Regent Street This also has three postal markings, all of them of the Twopenny Post, showing that it was handled entirely by that system, and not by the General Post. On the front (Fig.4) there is a Boxed two-line T.P. Brewer St in red - this was a Twopenny Post Receiving office listed under the Westminster office in the Town lists of 1824 and 1828, but not in 1837.

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o’clock at night. The letter was sealed with a wax impression of a signet ring showing a letter ‘S’ and the letter has been carefully opened leaving that seal intact. The writer was Mr. Shaw, of 3 Cork Street Burlington Gardens - this is still in existence near the British Museum and the Royal Academy. The letter begins :“Dear Sir, I regret being obliged to inform you that I fear the long outstanding accounts with the Duke of Devonshire owing to their great intricacy and Mr. Cheeks indisposition will not be completed so soon as August next - but have no doubt that by next October I shall be in a situation to go into and settle those with yourself as executor under the wills of Major and Miss Shuttleworth. I remain, dear sir Yours truly John Shaw”

The black Hand-stamp ‘2’ was applied to unpaid letters within the Town area of the Twopenny Post from 1805. The original stamp was about 29mm high but later reduced to about 22mm. On the back is the third stamp, an oval unpaid date stamp 4 EVEN 4 MY 28 1835 applied in red ink. This was also applied by the Chief Office, (month before the day). (Fig.5) At this time there were 6 deliveries a day in the TwoIt seems that things don’t change, for the processes of penny Post. 8 and 10o’clock in the morning, noon, 2 o’clock in the afternoon 4 o’clock in the evening and 7 accounts and the Law.

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MY SHOPPING LIST!

I wish to buy the following in fine mint unhinged condition. Mounted and fine used of most also required, send what you have for our best offer. Complete collections also purchased. Kangaroos needed please offer. Australia Mint Unhinged - New Higher Prices!

Fresh, well centred Mint unhinged unless otherwise stated, prices subject requirements”

All Kangaroos 2d and above per current Comprehensive, pay 50% catalogue price for Mint unhinged or lightly hinged.

Buying decimals above face value, maximum 20 of any required.

1928 Kookaburra Minisheet .................... $190

1992 Christmas ....................................................................... $3.25

As above, light hinge . .............................. $145

1992 Indigenous ..................................................................... $3.25

1932 5/- Harbour Bridge ........................ $1150 As above, light hinge . .............................. $435 1934 Hermes no wmk. . .............................. $80

1993 Dreamings...................................................................... $4.50 1994 Sydney/Hobart gutter pair ..................... (300% face!) $2.70 1995 Medical Science ............................................................. $3.90 1995 Medical Science Gutter Pair ..................... (300% face) $2.70

1937 3d White Wattles ............................. $170

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1961 5/- Stockman, white paper ............... $85

1996 Children’s Books, peel/stick strip (4) ...... (200% face!) $3.60

1d Green QM Coil pair .............................. $175

1998 Farming strip (5) ............................................................ $2.65

2d Red KGVI Coil pair ............................... $375 1992 Desert Gold...................................... $3.25

2001 Outback Services, peel/stick strip (5) .......................... $2.50 2002 Motor Racing, peel/stick strip (6) ................................. $2.95 All 2006-2008 complete sets and minisheets pay 75% face

Please confirm all sendings by telephone in advance

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Worldwide New Issues Pitcairn Issue to feature Darwin ANGWIN, CALIFORNIA, April 15, 2009: The international efforts of Pitcairn Islands philatelic enthusiasts is bringing a highly regarded British stamp designer back into the Pitcairn Islands stamp design fold to create the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin stamp that is slated for issue on June 24, 2009. Veteran British stamp designer Jennifer Toombs of Suffolk, England, has been chosen by the Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau in Wellington, New Zealand to design the Charles Darwin issue. The Bureau’s selection of Toombs is good news to stamp collectors around the world. For more than 20 years, from 1966 to 1987, Toombs was a designer of Pitcairn stamps, creating more than 30 issues. A long-time favorite with stamp collectors, her work was missed when the Bureau decided to use other artists in the late 1980s. Pitcairn Islands philatelic enthusiast Walter Kramarski of Mt. Prospect, Ill., concerned over Ms. Toombs long-term absence from designing a Pitcairn stamp, began a write-in campaign to petition the Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau to once again elect her designing services. The designer of stamps for over 80 countries, Toombs has produced a steady stream of stamp designs for the Crown Agents. Among her designs are over 110 Christmas sets. Further details about the upcoming issue may be obtained from Russell Watson of the Bureau at P.O. Box 27404, Marion Square, Wellington 6141, New Zealand, or at stamps@pitcairn. gov.pn.

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AUSTRALIA’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE “NEW ISSUES” LIST ON THE “NET” Visit our web site www.maxstern.com.au for the most complete listing of new issues on Australasia. All new issues are listed alphabetically by country from A-Z. Hundreds of issues arriving weekly including special products, thematics, souvenir sheets and scarcer sets, etc. If unable to visit our web site, our regular detailed New Issues listing is available on request. We act as agents for the following Postal Administrations:*Austria *Canada *PR China *Fiji *Great Britain *Greece *Guernsey/Alderney *Hong Kong *Indonesia *Ireland *Isle of Man *Israel *Japan *Jersey *Kiribati *Macau *Malaysia *Marshall Islands *Nauru *New Zealand *Norfolk Island *Papua New Guinea *Singapore *Sweden *Tokelau *Tonga/Niuafo’ou *Tuvalu and USA and carry a full range of all issues. Wholesale and Retail Trade Enquiries Welcome

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Worldwide New Issues Queen’s Birthday Issue 2009 The Queen’s Birthday stamp issue for 2009 features the Trooping of the Colour ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday each year. This parade has marked the Sovereign’s official birthday since 1748. The stamps show the way in which the Queen has participated in the Trooping the Colour parade during her reign from riding at the head of the parade in regimental uniform to riding in a carriage.

Prince Philip accompanies the Queen at this event and is shown with her on the stamp. The miniature sheet features the annual Trooping of the Queen’s Colour held at the Royal Military College of Australia, Duntroon in Canberra. The parade is usually reviewed by the GovernorGeneral. The Queen’s Colour was trooped for the first time at Duntroon on the Queen’s Birthday

Parade in 1956, a practice which has continued since then. Other collectable products in this issue include a first day cover, stamp pack, prestige booklet and a maxicard set. The issue is available at selected Australia Post outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 or online at www.auspost.com.au/ stamps from 15 April 2009, while stocks last.

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Worldwide New Issues Indigenous Culture This stamp issue features paintings by five living Indigenous artists – Judy Napangardi Watson, Tjuruparu Watson, Jan Billycan, Elaine Russell and Nura Rupert. These artists hail from locations across Australia – from central desert regions to urban Sydney – and together their works exemplify the vitality of Indigenous art across the country. They are selected from the rich collections of Indigenous art held in our major public collections – in this case the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria. Non-traditional colours feature in this selection, from the shimmering bands of colour in Judy Napangardi Watson’s painting to the harmony of contrasting hues in Jan Billycan’s work. Synthetic colours have had a liberating effect on Indigenous art throughout Australia. Widely available since the 1980s, even in remote communities, such colours have been embraced by Indigenous artists, who have shown a readiness to transform and reinvent their ceremonial art as they bring it into the public domain. Four of the paintings are by women artists. Their prominence has come after a long gestation period, particularly in the communities in remote central Australia, where women came to working on canvas after years of practising batik and other crafts. The fame of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who began painting seriously when she was nearly 80, has also contributed to the confidence and visibility of art by Aboriginal women. Nura Rupert works at Ernabella, known as the first place where women in traditional communities were given an opportunity to make art of their own with modern materials.

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Worldwide New Issues The youngest artist of the five is 68 years old in 2009 – an inspiring contrast to the focus on youthful creativity in western culture. Their works show a variety of aesthetic approaches, but all depict stories about home, country and identity. Speaking of his painting, Natjula, Tjurupura Watson said, “This is the place where I grew up as a boy. There are a lot of rockholes here. From Natjula rockhole we travelled one way to Mantamaru, other way to Warakurna, other way to Ranges and other to Illura. I know this road, this country here. It is number one ngura (country).” Jan Billycan’s painting likewise depicts waterholes, in her part of the country named jila. She moved from desert country to the estuarine waters of Bidyadanga, 250 kilometres south of Broome, when

the waterholes failed. Her paintings show the country she remembers, and tell the younger generation of their elder’s origins in the desert. A fringed hair-string belt worn by ancestral women crosses Judy Napangardi Watson’s painting, Mina Mina, with rippling bands of colour that depict her ancestral homeland at Mina Mina – both the country itself and the Dreaming connected to this important women’s site. Nura Rupert, from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara or APY lands in the far northwest of South Australia, is also a senior custodian of her family’s creation stories. Her paintings of Mamu – spooky spirits that are blamed for illnesses and strange disappearances – blur the lines between the real world and the spirit world, often having people,

rabbits or dogs morphing into spirits. Elaine Russell’s paintings, by contrast, depict the everyday activities of life at Murrin Bridge Mission on the Lachlan River in central New South Wales – from catching yabbies to bagging potatoes. Her bold, graphic paintings in a naïve style capture the regimented life of the mission, but also the duties and pleasures that sustained country life, such as setting possum traps in “Untitled (from the Mission series)”. Other collectable products in this issue include a first day cover, stamp pack, self-adhesive sheetlets and a maxicard set. The issue is available at selected Australia Post outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 or online at www. auspost.com.au/stamps from 1 April 2009, while stocks last.

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Worldwide New Issues

Portuguese Azores: Biodiversity This issue, with a regional theme from the Azores, publicises some of the lakes of the archipelago: Lagoa Comprida (Flores Island), Lagoa do Caldeirão (Corvo), Lagoa do Capitão (Pico), Lagoinha (Terceira), Lagoa da Fajã de Santo Cristo (São Jorge) and Lagoa das Furnas (São Miguel). By depicting the natural environment of these six lakes, the issue also evokes the plant and animal communities of the surrounding areas. The Azores juniper (Juniperus brevifolia) and the ivy (Hedera azorica) represent the flora. For the local fauna appear the woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), the brown butterfly (Hipparchia azorina) and the dragonfly (Anax imperator), the tufted duck

(Aythya ferina), the common teal (Anas crecca), the capped heron (Ardea cinerea) and the rosy tern (Sterna dougallii), besides the clam (Ruditapes decussatus), the famous Fajã de Santo Cristo clam, the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and the tessellate moray (Muraena helena). Through their natural beauty, the lakes on the Azores have contributed substantially for the archipelago to be considered, by international sustained tourism, as the second-best group of islands in the world. In fact, from the geological, biological and economic point of view, the lakes represent an important heritage that should be protected. They are fundamental, for

instance, for the water cycle, for balancing the landscape and for the Atlantic routes of migratory birds. By selecting these six lakes on the Azores as philatelic theme, the Portuguese Post Office (CTT Correios de Portugal) aim to underline some of the features of the surrounding biodiversity, inviting the stamps, as if they were billboards, to promote the message of the urgent need to protect the Planet. This issue is the result of a protocol signed between the Portuguese Post Office and the Institute of Nature and Biodiversity Conservation, and follows the company’ desire to contribute to the major European objective of ”stopping diversity loss before 2010”.

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Worldwide New Issues

150th Anniversary of the Pitcairners return to Pitcairn

The story continues…. A number of the islanders who emigrated to Norfolk in 1856 became homesick and pined for their old home. They wanted nothing more than to return. This was compounded when instructions came from Australia through Governor Sir William Dennison who insisted the settlers were beholden to New South Wales. The islanders maintained that an absolute condition of their leaving Pitcairn was that Norfolk should be ceded to them totally. Their protests fell on deaf ears and this small community, that had been living as one family for sixty years, separated. Albert Gazzard described the scene: “…one last mingling of their voices in song, pathetically and falteringly rendered, sobs choking their utterance and tears dimming their sight”. The return took place over a 5-year period from 1859 to 1864. The 1859 date is significant as it is 150 years this year since the initial group returned. The group actually set sail in late 1858 but didn’t arrive in Pitcairn until 1859. The journey of 3,700 miles was extremely arduous with storms and persistent seasickness being experienced.

The Pitcairn Guide sums up the return to Pitcairn: “Late in 1858 an opportunity to return home arose when Mary Ann, en route to Tahiti, offered passages and 16 of the Islanders led by Moses and Mayhew Young boarded her. Those who chose to stay behind voted to pay the costs of the journey from communal funds. The Islanders returned home to find some of their homes vandalised and there was evidence of shipwrecked sailors having been on the Island. It was later discovered that these sailors were from the Wildwave that had been shipwrecked on the reef at Oeno island. Gardens were overgrown, cattle and other domestic animals were running wild and John Adams’s grave marker was missing. They arrived home in time to stop the French, who thought the Island was abandoned, from annexing their home. In 1864, a second group from Norfolk returned home on the St Kilda. Along with the returning Pitcairners was Samuel Warren of Rhode Island. Samuel had married Agnes Christian, daughter of Thursday October II and Mary (Polly) Christian, just prior to

departure. During the journey one of Thursday October II and Mary’s children was to die, leaving just 43 people on Pitcairn. It was a different Pitcairn now with only five families – the Youngs, Christians, McCoys, Buffetts and the American Warrens. Of these the male lines of the McCoys and Buffetts were to die out. George Nobbs had become the leader of the Norfolk community and had he opposed the journey to Norfolk few would have gone. However when he had tried, to argue against returning, even his persuasion had not overcome the Pitcairners’ nostalgia.”

Technical Details Designer: Mary Pavicich, Australia Illustrators: Tracey Yager, Sue Draper, and Glenn Douran. Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand Process: Offset Litho Stamp Size: 45.06mm x 37.5mm Format: 2 panes of 5 strips each containing 4 stamps and central tab. The panes are separated by a central gutter. Perforation Gauge : 14.40 x 14.60 Denominations : 60c; $1.00; $2.00 and $3.50 Paper : 103gsm Tullis Russell yellow phosphor gummed paper Period of Sale : 22 April 2009 for a period of 2 years. Stamp News - 67

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www.rap.com.au The website for Australia, Australian Territories, commercial and philatelic covers, and informative articles on the subjects. rap@rap.com.au

www.premierpostal.com PPA holds it’s auctions on the 3rd Sunday of the Month with around 4000 lots per auction. Our auctions include stamps, postal history, postal stationary, postmarks,postcards etc from around the world. We also provide a searchable Post Office reference database for Australia and several other counties. david@premierpostal.com

www.stampsale.com 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. ashford@stampsale.com

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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 Campbelltown District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan - 4th Wed); @ Catholic Hall Acacia St, Ruse. Inquiries: mystampclub@yahoo.com.au; PO Box 478, Campbelltown 2560 Castle Hill SC: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.45 pm, Crestwood Community Centre, Cnr Chapel Lane & Crestwood Dr, Baulkham Hills; POBox 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 gbchurch@bigpond. com. 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. Imlay Stamp Collectors Soc: Mtg 4th Mon; Ph: 02 6495 7308 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 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: carrotspatch@tpg. com.au Manly-Warringah PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs St David’s Church Hall, Dee Why. Sec. Graeme Morriss Ph: 02 9905 3255 email: stampsmw@bizland.com.au Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues SC: Mtg 4th Tues cnr. Pittwater Rd & Federal Pde, Brookvale. Sec. Graeme Morriss Ph: 02 9905 3255 email: stampsmw@bizland.com.au Milton-Ulladulla SC: Mtg 1pm on 4th Mon (ex Dec); Ph: (02) 4472 7701; email: jnmullin@ bigpond.com.au

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,Email:psc@netspeed.com.au

western australia Armadale-Kelmscott PS: Mtg 4th Tues; Ph: 0419 954 862 Canning SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9459 7381 Daytime SC: Mtg 1st Thurs; 08 9341 3576 Eastern Goldfields: Ph: 0413 047 941 Ellenbrook SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9296 9306 Fremantle and District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed, Fremantle Tennis Club House, Parry St, Fremantle at 8pm; Ph: 08 6363 6415 Kalamunda SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9293 1948 Mandurah SC: Mtg 2nd Tues; Ph: 08 9582 9108email: stafford@southwest.com. au Northern Districts SC: Mtg 2nd Mon(ex Jan); Ph: 08 9342 1989

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

Morisset and District SC: Mtg 3rd Sunday Nambucca River PS: Mtg 1st Sunday Newcastle PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs, 7.30pm Mayfield Ex-Services Club; 10am 3rd Wed, 48 Mackie Ave, New 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, Market Days Sat APR 30 MAY 1st Ph: 02 6392 6334 (BH), 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 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: 2007 Mtg Dates: Wed May 9th, Jul 11th, Sept 12th, Nov 14th, 8pm, Ryde Ex-Services Club, 724-730 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW. Tel: 9807 3344. Sec. Peter Brigden, PO Box 408, Wahroonga, NSW, 2076 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 1st Sat, even months 9.30am - 2.30pm, St Paul’s, Carlingford. SDetails: www.sass.stamparena.com Tamworth PS: Mtg 1st Mon; Market Days 1st Sat. Newsletter editor, Michael de Groot , Pres. Peter Newley. 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 & Community 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 2528; PO Box 1624, Palmerston, NT, 0831; Email: gregorywilson@bigpond.com.au. WA club information: WA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Perth, WA, 6001 Philatelic Forum: Mtg 1st Mon (exJan); Ph: 08 9457 0519 Rockingham & Kwinana (PS of): Mtg 3rd Tues (NB 2nd in Dec) Pres. John Sutton; Sec. Terry Boyd; PRO Lucie Schokker Ph. 08 9419 1604; email: yiman@ openaccess.com.au PS of WA: Mtg 3rd Tues; Ph: 08 9457 0519 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Wed; Anglican Parish Centre, Brompton Rd, Wembley Downs, 7.45pm, Ph: 08 9447 7256 The Postmark Circle (WA): Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9446 4794 Victoria Park SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9367 3954 Wanneroo SC: Mtg 3rd Mon; Ph: 08 9305 3130. Pres: Joe Wedlock

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philatelic clubs & societies new zealand Air Mail Society of NZ: Mtg 3rd Mon (ex. Jan). Ph: 03 358 4838 Auckland PS: Mtg 1st and 3rd Tues (except Jan); Email bruce.chadderton @fitec. org.nz Add Ph 09 9853212 www.aps.gen.nz Christchurch PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Library night 3rd Tuesday; Email: gftyson@inet.net. nz Ph 03 3541064 Dunedin PS: Mtg 4th Thurs (except Nov and Dec). Ph 03 4557643; Email paul@ classiekrealestate.co.nz Hastings Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Wed (except Jan and 2nd Wed Dec). Ph 06 8706710; Email jan-dave@clear.net.nz Hawkes Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan); Ph: 06 843 9433 Email dennmarg@paradise. net.nz Horowhenua PS: Mtg 2nd Mon. Ph: 06 368 6202 Email michael.Christensen@xtra. co.nz Hutt Valley PS: Mtg 1st Tues (ex. Jan); Ph: 04 568 4892; Email: richards@nec.co.nz Kapiti PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec); Ph: 04 297 1197 Manaia PS: Mtg (Hawera) 1st Sun. Ph 06 2784292, email: peter.Williams @xtra. co.nz Manawatu PS: Mtg 1st Wed, daytime meeting 3rd Tues. Ph 06 3289 895; Email patricia.Larsen@xtra.co.nz Marlborough Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Mon (except Jan and 2nd Mon Dec). Ph 03 5776166; Email lousv8@yahoo.com Morrinsville Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Wed Ph 07 8896251 Nelson PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 03 5477516 NZ Stamp Collectors Club Christchurch:Mtg 4th Wed ; Ph 03 3596758; www.nzeal. com/philately/nzscc.htm North Shore PS: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Wed (except Jan and Dec). Ph: 09 4141044; Email: nsps@xtra.co.nz www.northshoreps.com Postal History Soc of NZ: Auckland 1st Mon (except Jan). Ph: 09 522 0311 Chapter meetings held Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth and Wellington. Ph: 07 3476428

queensland Arana Hills SC: Meeting 2nd Mon; Mr Les Revell (Secretary)07 3263 8573; email: desley@mycelebrant.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. Ph: 07 4031 5342 Sec: Alan Sparks, email:alan47@ bigpond.com.au, web:www.cairnsstampclub.asn.au Caloundra SC: Mtg 2nd Tues & 4th ThursPh: 07 5445 2940 City Daytime SC: Mtg 2nd Thurs. Ph: 07 3206 6281 City of Brisbane PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Ph: 07 3263 8573 (ah); email: desley@ mycelebrant.com COLLECTORS CLUB QUEENSLAND: Mtg 2nd Thurs 1.00 pm BCC Library, Garden City Shopping Centre, Upper Mt.Gravatt. Contact 32068507 or stampman5@bigpond.com Deception Bay SC: Mtg 1st Sat. Ph: 07 3284 3161 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 - 3rd Mon. Ph: 07 5482 5698 Hervey Bay Afternoon Club: Mtg 3rd Wed. Ph: 07 4124 1138 Ipswich SC: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan). Ph: 07 3282 2983 Junction Park SC: Mtg 1st Tues, 7.30pm, Annerley Baptist Hall, Lambton St.

Further information can be obtained from the NZ Philatelic Federation, PO Box 58139, Whitby, Porirua, 5245, NZ. E-mail: secretary@nzpf.org.nz Royal PS of NZ: Mtg 2nd Tues (ex Jan); Ph: 04 472 2590; Email rpsnz @orcon.net.nz and; Website www.rpsnz.org.nz South Auckland PS:Mtg last Sat (except Dec), Papatoetoe, day time mtgs 3rd Fri(ex Dec); Ph: 09 5366708 ; Email: panross@xtra.co.nz Southland PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (except Jan). Ph 03 2158177 Email antqgevi@es.co. nz Taranaki PS: Mtg 1st Mon except Jan. Ph: 06 758 6233; Email: sheryllb@xtra.co.nz Tauranga & District Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Mon (except Dec); Ph: 07 5768866; Email: patandrobcarlyon@xtra.co.nz Thames Valley PS: Mtg 1st Mon(except Jan). Ph: 07 8689190; Email: apberry@ wave.co.nz Thematic Association of NZ: Ph: 04 234 7218; Email: bob@gibsonz.com Timaru PS: Mtg 1st Wed. Ph: 03 6888829 Upper Hutt PS: Mtg 3rd Mon (except 2nd Mon Dec).04 5284123 ; Email km_Isaac@ paradise.net.nz Waikato PS: Mtg 1st (except Jan) and 3rd Wed (except Dec). Ph 07 8556572 Email c.cameron@agresearch.co.nz Wakatipu PS: Ph: 03 442 8865 Wanganui PS: Mtg 2nd Wed. (Ex. Jan) Ph 06 3448009; Email sandy.j@ihug.co.nz Warkworth & Districts Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Thu 1:00pm Ph 09 4258791 Wellesley PS: Mtg 2nd and 4th Mon (ex public holidays). Ph: 09 8271240 Wellington PS: Mtg 4th Mon (except 2nd Mon Dec); daytime meeting 3rd Thurs. Ph: 04 234 7218; Email: bob@gibsonz.com Whakatane PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Thurs Ph: 07 3071016 Whangarei PS: Mtg 2nd Meeting: 2nd Tues (Ex. Jan) 09-4348000 Email johnmonica@xtra.co.nz QLD Philatelic Council, 18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum, Qld, 4178. Ph: 07 3396 0846 Fax: 07 3396 0842. Email: QPC-stamps@acenet.net.au Web: www.qpc.asn.au

Contact: 07 3272 8304. PO Box 177, Annerley, 4103, lopatich@bigpond.net.au Lockyer Valley SC: Mtg 4th Sun, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens’s Hall, Gatton. Kerri Martin, Sec. Ph: 07 5465 3390 Email: lvsc@bigpond.com Logan City SC: Meetings 2nd Thurs, Marsden Library, Marsden Park Shopping Centre, 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: QPC-stamps@acenet.net.au 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 5576 8246 Southside PS: Mtg 3rd Tuesday & 3rd Wednesay (9am) Ph: 07 3848 2304 (ah) email: david.appleton@mailbox.uq.edu.au Sunshine Coast SC (formerly Nambour SC): Mtg 1st Wed, 7.15pm at Red Cross Hall, Price St Ph: 075445 3647 Thematics Queensland: Mtg bi-monthly 9.30am. Ph: 07 3262 5605 email: j.crowsley@uq.net.au Toowoomba SC: Mtg 2nd Sat 2pm; Pres. Bob Littlehales; Secretary Allan Weeks Phone 07 46355623; PO Box 1591. Ph: 07 4638 3328 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: Jamil49@bigpond.com; 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: teepee@teegee.com.au 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 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; pres@comstech.com; 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: jo.trev@bigpond.com German Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd & 4th Mon 8pm; German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide 5000; Ph: 08 8260 2251 Glenside PS: 1st & 3rd Wed 7.30pm; Staff Dining Room, Glenside Hospital. Fullarton Rd Eastwood.PO Box 29, Glenside 5063. Ph: (08) 8382 4223 Lower Murray PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs,7.30pm, 2nd Sat, 10am; Murray Bridge Showgrounds. PO Box 810, Murray Bridge; Ph: 08 85704074 purjohn@activ8.net.au 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 Phillumeny SC: U3/26-28 Crovier Av, Modbury 5092. Ph: 08 8337 6533 Email: www.users.or.net/figg/amccs

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 59 Flinders Lane Vic 8009 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); Footscray Senior Citizens Room, 130 Buckley St, Footscray Frankston & District SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Seaford Community Centre, Broughton St Seaford. Ph: 5996 3745 Geelong PS: Mtgs 1st & 3rd Sat 7.30pm (ex Jan) Diversitat Community Centre, 9-15 Clarence St, Geelong West. Ph: 5261 5461 (Sec) 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 Burnie PS: Mtg 2nd Fri , 7.30pm. Ph: 03 6433 3962 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

Port Pirie PS: Mtg 4th Mon; PO Box532, Pt Pirie 5540; Ph: 08 8632 1105 Pt. Noarlunga Community PS: Mtg Alt Fri, 7.30pm, Elizabeth House, Elizabeth Rd, Christies Beach; PO Box 75, Edwardstown 5039 Ph: 08 8276 9691 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 8373 3756 PS of South Australia (Daytime SC):Mtg 1st & 3rd Thurs; 22 Gray Ct.Ph: 08 8373 3756 PS of South Australia (Study Group):Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm; 22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8522 4345 PS of Woodville: Mtg 2nd Fri; Murree Smth Hall. PO Box 27, Woodville 5011; Ph: 08 8443 5547 Postal Stat & Postal Hist Soc: Mtg 2nd Tues; SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Ct, Adelaide. email: psandph@arcom.com.au; Ph: 08 8260 3352 Riverland PS: Mtg 2nd Fri;Berry Primary School. PO Box 901, Berri 5343; Ph: 08 8588 1109 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 Southern Districts PS: Mtg 4th Wed; PO Box 145, Daw Pk 5041; Ph: 08 8271 8522 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Fri 7.45pm, Old Railway Station (now Community Services Bldng.); Ph: 08 8370 2680 Strathalbyn PS: Mtg 2nd Mon; C/- Post Office, Strathalbyn 5255; Ph: 08 8536 2770 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. maryboroughsc@eudoramail.com. maryboroughsc.web1000.com 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 Noble Park SC: Mtg 4th Mon (Ex. Dec 2nd Mon), Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 18-32 Buckley St, Noble Park, 3174; 03 97017085 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 8pm, 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); 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); www.tps.org.au, Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart

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new south wales May 2 - (1st Sat) 9am to 4pm Orange Stamp Fair, Quinn’s Arcade, Summer St, Orange. Ph: Norm 02 63623754. May 2 - (1st Sat) Northside Stamp Fair. 1st Floor, Car park Building, Manly-Warringah Leagues Club, cnr Federal Parade/Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW. May 2 - (1st Sat) Katoomba Stamp & Coin Fair, 9am - 4pm, Masonic Hall, Cnr Station & Civic Sts, Katoomba. Ph. 0417 802 754 May 2 - (1st Sat) Stamp & Coin Collectors Fair, East Coast City Church, 375 Kingsway, Caringbah May 3 - (1st Sun) Corrimal Stamp & Coin Fair, Doctors Hall, 69 Railway St, Corrimal. Enquiries: (02) 9764 3034. May 3 - (1st Sun) Bankstown Stamp & Coin Fair, Bankstown Masonic Hall, Cnr Greenfields & Restwell Sts, Bankstown. 9am - 3pm. 7 Dealers. Ph. 02 4455 4011 May 16 - Stamp Show, Richmond School of Arts, Cnr March & West Market Sts, Richmond. 10am - 3pm, Admission free. Enq 02 4576 5031 May 17 - (3rd Sun) Stamp & Coin Fair, 10am - 3pm, Pioneers Hall, Cowper St, Wallsend. 8 Dealers. 4971 3483 May 24 - (4th Sun) Epping Stamp & Coin Fair, Community Hall, 9 Oxford St, Epping. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry, 6 Dealers, Buy/Sell. May 30 - Illawarra Stamp & Coin Show. master Builders Club, Church St, Wollongong. Local & Interstate dealers. Free Valuations. 9.30am - 3.30pm. $2 entry. Enq: 0432 540 760

May 2 - (1st Sat) 9am - 3pm, Box Hill City Bandrooms, 411 Middleborough Road, Box Hill Vic. (Walking distance from Laburnum Station) May 3 - (1st Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phone Card Fair, Ukrainian Hall, Russell St, Essendon. May 16 - (3rd Sat) Stamps, Coins & Medals Fair - Uniting Church Hall, Boronia Rd, Boronia. Ph: 03 9752 2677 May 17 - (3rd Sun) Stamp, Card - Phone Card Fair, Ormond Angling Club Hall. Cnr North Road & Queens St, Ormond. Dealers plus huge range activities. Ph: John Thomas 0418 322 315. May 24 - (4th Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phonecard Fair, Jaycees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading. 9am-3.30pm.

queensland May 2 - Northside Stamp Fair. 9am - 3pm, Community Centre, Kedron Wavell Services Club, Hamilton Rd, Chermside. Admission free. May 4 - Mayday at MacGregor, MacGregor State School, Music Hall, McCullough St. Free Admission. 9am-4pm. May 10 - QStamp Fair, Southside, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Memorial Hall, Logan Rd. Free Entry, refreshments. 8.30am - 2pm May 10 - Stamp Fair, Rockhampton Stamp Club. Brothers League club, Rockhampton May 11 (2nd Mon) - Gold Coast PS Sale, Rm 1, Southport Comm. Centre, Lawson St, Southport. 11.30am - 2.30pm

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Kevin Morgan Stamps & Coins Postage wanted: Up to 49c pay 50% 50c and above pay 60% Also buying NZ @ 45%, GB @ 60%, USA @ 60% Tel: 03 9752 2677 Fax: 03 9758 2488 Email: info@centurynova.com.au Web: www.centurynova.com.au

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Stamp News Australasia Advertising Rates & Data Commencing January 2009 Publication details Stamp News Australasia is published by Stamp News Pty Ltd, ACN 099 565 223, at monthly intervals, twelve times per year. Publication date is the 1st day of each month.

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PREFERRED POSITIONS: A 50% surcharge applies. CONTRACT RATES Three edition contract less 5% Six edition contract less 10% Twelve edition contract less 15% INSERTS Competitive rates available to reach the core of the stamp collecting community. For catalogue or brochure inserts, contact our advertising manager, Kevin Morgan on (03) 9752 2677 for details. PREPAID DISCOUNTS All advertisements are subject to payment within 30 days. However, pre-paid advertisements will attract a discount of 5% as will accounts paid for by credit card on or by the publication date. SPECIAL NOTES 1. Advertisers may vary their display advertising sizes within a contract period. 2. If booked advertising material does not arrive by the due date the Publisher reserves the right to publish a previously published advertisement in lieu. 3. Prices are for copy supplied in digital format to the required standard. If production work is required extra charges may be necessary. Please consult.

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Advertising Contact Details Kevin Morgan Ph (03) 9752 2677 Fax: (03) 9758 2488 Stamp News Pty Ltd, PO Box 1290, Upwey, Vic 3158. SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS Advertisers are hereby notified of the following conditions to which they signify their acceptance in submitting any advertisement: * Although oral instructions may be acted upon, no liability will be accepted for advertising instructions, alterations or cancellations made orally, they must be in writing. * No liability will be accepted for any loss occasioned by the failure of an advertisement or insert or any part of an advertisement or insert to appear in any specified issue, or for any error in an advertisement or insert. * Positions selected for advertisement are entirely at the discretion of the Publisher, except where otherwise arranged (see “Preferred Position�). * The matter, content and style of any advertisement is subject to approval of the Publisher. Advertisements held by the Publisher to be unlawful or undesirable in any way will be declined. * The Publisher reserves the right to suspend, refuse or withdraw any advertisement or order at its discretion at any time without notice. The Advertiser, in submitting an advertisement and/or material, is deemed to have agreed that no liability for claims, damages or compensation in respect thereof will be held against the Publisher. * TRADE PRACTICES: Advertisements submitted must be in strict accordance with the applicable State and Federal consumer and advertising laws in force from time to time. * INDEMNITY: In submitting any advertisement or insert, the Advertiser agrees that if any material, statement, information or matter contained in any such advertisement or insert is in breach of any statute, regulation or law (whether Federal, State or Territorial, directly, by inference or otherwise) and the Publisher publishes the advertisement or insert in good faith with no reason to be aware of such impediment and consequently suffers any penalty by reason of or arising from the publication of such material, then the Advertiser indemnifies the Publisher against the amount of any such penalty and shall pay the amount thereof and any consequential and reasonable legal costs incurred by the Publisher.

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We reserve the right to repeat advertising from a previous issue if material is not received in time. Email submission: info@stampnews.com.au

STAMP, COIN & PHONECARD FAIRS Last Sunday each month from 9am to 3.30pm (December - Third Sunday) Jaycees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading, VIC Melway map 48 E10 First Sunday each month 9am to 3.30pm Ukrainian Hall 3-11 Russell St, Essendon, VIC Melway map 28 G4

Buying/Selling 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridges Mint Unhinged.............. Buy $1125 Sell POR Mint Hinged.................. Buy $395 Sell $525 CTO Used...................... Buy $225 Sell $275 Postally Used................. Buy $320 Sell $395 All prices subject to stock requirements/availability and are subject to change without notice. Call for latest information. Buy/Sell Multiples, Covers etc. call to discuss

Kevin Morgan Stamps & Coins 107 Station Street Ferntree Gully Vic. 3156 Ph: 03 97522677 kmorgan@centurynova.com.au

Australasian Collectables Traders Association (ACTS)

Stamp & Coin Fairs All of our fairs feature: Free admission, Free off street parking Free tea & Coffee, Pleasant well lit halls, Friendly traders. Limited space available $20 per table, enquiries: 03 9752 2677

Next Fair - May 2! 1st Saturday each month 9am - 3pm, Box Hill City Bandrooms, 411 Middleborough Road, Box Hill Vic. (Walking distance from Laburnum Station)

Next Show Ferntree Gully May 16 3rd Saturday each month 9am - 3pm at Uniting Church Hall Boronia Rd, Boronia, 3155

Call us now to book your space: 03 9752 2677

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accessories FINE USED, MUH-AUSTRALIA, AAT/GLASSINE, CELLOPHANE BAGS & ENVELOPES Send for our price list Wholesale list for dealers AMBROSE THONG PO Box 415, Unanderra, NSW 2526 Australia email: amblyn@ozemail.com.au Ph/Fax: AH (02) 4271 3346

for sale ALBUMS, CATALOGUES, AND EQUIPMENT for stamps, coins, & banknotes at mail order discount prices. Enquiries or quotes write to: SAPPHIRE COAST PHILATELIC SUPPLIES, PO Box 285, Pambula, NSW 2549, or Phone/Fax (02) 6495 7382.

Adelaide’s One Stop Stamp Shop. Buying, Selling + regular Stamp & Coin Auctions. Refer to our Dealers Ad in Products & Services. Stewarts Stamp Shop & Hallmark Auctions Ph [08] 8223 4435. Australia, N.Zealand, West Europe, Better earlies at bargain prices. VFU only, some in quantity. Phone 0419 680 824, PO Box 93, Bexley South, 2207FOR SALE: Australia Used on Paper with latest adhesive sheet, High Values. Enquire: Domenic Biviano. Tel: 03 9850 5595; Fax: 03 9850 5593 05/09

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GIGANTIC PACKETS Including Individual Countries P&D Nicholls P.O.Box 172, Glenbrook NSW 2773 02 4739 6184 11/08

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Capital One Collectables Buying & Selling stamps, coins, banknotes. Full range of accessories available. Shop 12 Birdwood Lane, Lane Cove, NSW 0415 892 466 03/09

My current buying list for Australia available on request. Kiloware wanted – Modern Australia unpicked. Send 1kg sample. (I pay $10 minimum if acceptable).Robin Linke, 181 Jersey Street, Wembley, 6014. 08 9387 5327. robin@robinlinke.com.au

for sale Australia & Territories, First Day Covers, Packs. Discounted Prices. List sent on request. Joe Schillani, 7 Westhaven Court, Vic, 3116 08/09

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SUNSHINE PHILATELICS PO BOX 129, ALBION DC QLD 4010

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FIJI: Stamps, First Flight Covers, Postal History, Stationery, Commercial mail. Hill, 28 Cornwall Drive, Elanora, QLD, 4221 05/09

Buying Australia and World Kiloware. We urgently wish to buy quantities of modern Australia and World Kiloware. Regular supplies needed. All mixtures to be close clipped single paper, and will pay as follows, all prices per kg. (a) Australia Commemoratives only to 2007 $7, 2008 $10, 2009 $15 (b) Australia Mission modern inc..2005/6, not less than 50% commems.by weight $4 (c) Australia Territories, inc. Cocos, AAT, Christmas Is. Norfolk Is. etc. $25 (d) Australia Higher values, 53c upwards inc. Commems. $60, defins only $20 (e) Worldwide, modern mix unpicked. $30. Minimum sending $100 please. Single country mixtures also required, please enquire. Phone Kevin Morgan 0425 795 693

PRE-DECIMAL FDCs DECIMAL FDCs PERSONALIZED STAMPS SES STAMPS

Seeking Used Australia Single, pairs, blocks, strips, souvenir sheets. Offer same Canada and worldwide. Stamp per stamp basis, or Scotts Catalogue. Anthony Gariano, 179 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P OV5

Collection surplus Stamps from Canada, Channel Islands, Falklands & Dependencies, Fr. Antarctic, Gibraltar, GB, Ireland, Malta, Namibia, NZ, South Africa and USA. MUH mint and used. Trade Enquiries OK. Send your wants lists to: John Cornelius, PO Box 23, Magill, 5072.

Wanted: Book “ British Post Office Numbers 1844-1906” by G.Brumell. Write to J.Wills, 14 Austral St, Nelson Bay, NSW 2315. Ph: 02 49811697 05/09 Wanted: Indonesia 1941-49 Issues including Japanese Occupation, Revolutionary Period, Japanese Occupation Labuan, Borneo, malaya, Sarawak; Sets, Singles Collections. Yun 0417 799 137. Pay good price. Contact PO Box 32, Chatswood, NSW, 2087 05/09

thematics Aeroplanes - Wildlife - Royal Family - Olympics - Automobiles - Flowers - Etc, Etc, Etc. 04/09 - Approvals P&D NICHOLLS P.O.Box 172,GLENBROOK NSW 2773

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List of Display Advertisers 21st century Auctions................... 45 ACTS............................................ 53 ANDA.......................................... 32 A-one stamps................................. 83 Australia Post.................................9 Boonah Stamp Supplies.................. 31 Burstamp...................................... 61 Craig Chappell.............................. 82 Essendon/Nunawading SC.............. 25 Giovanni Paoli.............................. 44 Glen Stephens............................ 5,79 Harmers........................................ 11

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Kevin Morgan Stamps & Coins........ 37 Leski Auctions............................... 61 Max Stern& Co............................. 62 Millennium Phil Auctions.................4 J R Mowbray................................. 57 Mowbrays Australia.........................2 Pacific Stamps............................... 65 Philatelic Exporter........................ 57 Phoenix Auctions. ......................... 84 Premier Postal Auctions................ 57 Richard Juzwin.............................. 26 SCDAA........................................ 33 SCDAA Petersham Fair....................7 Shields Stamps & Coins.................. 61 Stampboards.com.......................... 53 Stamp News Mail Order................. 58

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Status International..................... 83 Sutherland Philatelics. ................. 44 Sydney Philatelics......................... 47 Tom Osborne....................................3 Vance Auctions Ltd....................... 57

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