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Gold Parcel Tag with remarkable Kangaroo £4-8s franking (SM Watermark). 1x£2, 3x10s, 1x2s. Perf faults on the 2s, others VF. Valued greater as loose stamps. Nice opportunity! (Item 19135, $2500).

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£1 Kangaroo, Chocolate & Dull Blue (3rd Watermark). An attractive fine used example. SG 44 (Item 18655, $1,250).

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New Guinea G.R.I. 2d on 20pf blue (Blk 4) Marshall Islands. Nice positional piece with varieties ‘no stop after d’ on RH units Some horizontal perf separation. SG 53e (Item 15852, $350).

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1976 Aviators, Kingsford-Smith part imperforate block (18). Top units imperf, 2nd line part imperforate, 3rd line with part double perfs and grossly misplaced horizontal perforation. Interesting variation of BW #792bd. (Item 19166, $750). 1d KGV Carmine-Red Marginal Block (of 12), smooth paper INVERTED WATERMARK. 8 MUH, 4 MLH, a few gum blemishes. SG 21cw (Item 19153, $375).

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QLD 1900 Patriot Fund Pair. 1d (6d) Claret and 2d (2/-) Violet. VF and attractive commercially used pair, SG 264a/b (Item 18029, $425).

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1935 New Guinea £5 Bulolo Airmail emerald-green, brilliant colouring, fresh and unmounted. Scarce like this! SG 205 (Item 18276, $1,500).

Other liStinGS NSW 1890 Centenary of NSW 20s Carrington. Perf 11. ‘Sock on the nose’ BROKEN HILL cds, SG 264a (Item 18815, $100).

£1 Kangaroo, Grey (CofA Watermark) with classic corner cds. A Very Fine Used example. SG 137 (Item 13175, $325).

SA 1902-04 ‘Thin’ Postage Set to 5s. VF and fresh. Lightly mounted. SG 268/77 (Item 18702, $150).

1/- Kangaroo Green block (4) with Watermark Sideways. Three units MUH, one unit MLH. Nice item. SG 40ba (Item 18250, $600).

TAS 1853 4d Courier, Pale Orange. Plate 1, 2nd state. Three clear margins, top one close. A lightly used and appealing example. SG 9 (Item 19141, $300). VIC 1853 Half-Length, Three Pence blue, attractive four margined example. White Veils, SG 14a (Item 17744, $75). WA 1854 One Penny Black Swan, three good margins, one close. SG 1 (Item 19134, $200).

½d Kangaroo Green JBC monogram strip of 6. Fresh and attractive. One unit with hinge trace, others unmounted, nice! BW 1zb (Item 18716, $700) 5/- Harbour Bridge. Cancelled on Bridge on opening day with bold 19 MR32 cds. Likely parcel or other commercial usage. Scarce item! SG 143 (Item 19144, $750)

5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge, VF and fresh unmounted example. SG 143 (Item 18817, $1250). 2d & 3d Harbour Bridge OS pair in blocks of four. Superbly fresh front and back with original unmounted gum. SG 0134/5 (Item 19152, $175). 1901 British New Guinea Lakatoi Set (8/8). A difficult to set to find in Used condition SG 1/8. (Item 18144, $1,000) New Guinea £1 yellow-olive imperf Bulolo Airmail, Panelli Forgery (Item 18736, $325). 1952-71 Papua & New Guinea Collection on 16 hingless mount pages. All VF, some MUH as annotated. (Item 19108, $200).

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philatelic news South Georgia - Frank Wild 1873 – 1939 John Robert Francis Wild C.B.E. known as Frank, was one of the most outstanding Polar explorers of the ‘Heroic Age’. He undertook five Antarctic expeditions under the leadership of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Douglas Mawson and was the only man to experience six gruelling winters in Antarctica. Frank Wild is one of only two people to be awarded a four bar Polar medal and each pair of stamps in this issue represent the expeditions for which he was awarded a bar. With the death in 1922 of Shackleton, his beloved leader and friend, and his decision to emigrate to South Africa, the reputation of this extraordinary man was largely forgotten. Frank Wild was born in Skelton, Yorkshire in 1873, the second born of 13 children. His father, Benjamin, a school teacher, hoped he would follow in his footsteps but from the age of 4 Wild recalled his yearning to go to sea. At the age of 16 he joined the Merchant Navy where he remained for the next nine years, often working on “lime juicers for maximum work for minimum food and wages.” His capacity for hard, honest work in the harshest of conditions paved the way for his acceptance into the Royal Navy shortly followed by being selected from 3,000 naval recruits to join Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery expedition of 1901 (2 x 60p). During a sledging foray in 1902, a young seaman, George Vince, slipped and 6 - Stamp News

disappeared over an ice cliff into the sea never to be seen again. Three more of the party nearly met the same fate when Wild, who had hammered nails into the soles of his boots, managed to halt their passage. It was typical of his quick thinking and exceptional capacity to stay calm at all times. In 1909 Wild joined the Nimrod expedition (2 x 70p) and was chosen to join Shackleton on the attempt on the South Pole. Beating all records they got within only ninety-seven miles of the Pole when forced to turn back. On the return journey, some seven hundred miles of appalling exhaustion and hunger, Wild and

Shackleton’s relationship was cemented. “S[hackleton] privately forced upon me his one breakfast biscuit, and would have given me another tonight had I allowed him. I do not suppose that anyone else in the world can thoroughly realise how much generosity and sympathy was shown by this; I do, and by God I shall never forget. Thousands of pounds would not have bought that one biscuit.” In spite of Scott’s pressing invitations to join him on what was to be his fateful Terra Nova expedition, Wild joined the Australian, Mawson on the Aurora ( 2 x 95p) and took charge of the Western party of seven men, surviving for a year on an ice shelf, named the Shackleton Ice Shelf. In 1914 he joined Shackleton’s Endurance expedition (2 x £1.15p) in an attempt to cross the Antarctic continent via the South Pole. Eventually the Endurance was crushed and sank in the Weddell Sea and Wild displayed outstanding fortitude and leadership when Shackleton entrusted him with the 21 men stranded on Elephant Island. On his return, Wild was commissioned Lieutenant in R.N.V.R. and sent to Archangel to supervise the arrival of war materials. In 1918 he was released by the Admiralty to take part in an expedition under Shackleton to Spitsbergen, ostensibly to prospect for minerals but quasiofficially to establish a British presence in the


area. After the war, Wild with his great friend Dr James McIlroy, departed for Nyasaland to try their hand at farming, a venture that showed potential until Shackleton asked them to return to England and join him on the Quest and a foray back into the ice. Wild did not hesitate. Tragically, Shackleton suddenly died of a heart attack on board and Wild assumed command of the ship. The following year, in 1923, with his new wife Vera Altman, Wild emigrated to South Africa to farm cotton. The farming venture failed, as did his marriage and to compound his difficulties South Africa was caught up in the grip of the Great Depression. Wild moved from job to job, often struggling to make ends meet. The privations he had endured during his expeditions took a toll

on his health, yet he maintained the same calm and sagacity that had seem him through his years as an explorer. In 1931 he married Trixie Rowbotham with whom he spent eight happy years. While working as a store-keeper on a mine in the town of Klerksdorp he suddenly died of pneumonia. Sadly no-one knew where he was buried or what had happened to his remains; he was forgotten in life and in death, that is until now. After a seven year search his ashes were found in Johannesburg, by his biographer Angie Butler. With the permission of his descendants and the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, in November 2011, Frank Wild is to make his final journey. His ashes will be interred alongside

Shackleton’s grave and he will finally be re-united with his beloved ‘Boss’ in the whaler’s cemetery in Grytviken, South Georgia. Text by Angie Butler, author of ‘The Quest for Frank Wild’. Technical Details: Designer: Andrew Robinson Printer: BDT International Process: Stochastic lithography Perforation: 14 per 2cms Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm Sheet Layout:10 (5 se-tenant pairs) Release date: 25 November, 2011 Pobjoy Mint acknowledge with thanks the assistance of Scott Polar Research Institute and Angie Butler. For additional information, please contact John Smith, Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Tel: (44) 1737 818181 Fax: (44) 1737 818199 email: jcs137@pobjoy.com

50 YEARS WWF Stamps with the WWF Panda Logo to protect endangered species

WWF came into existence on April 29, 1961 when a small group of passionate and committed individuals signed a declaration that came to be known as the Morges Manifesto. This apparently simple act laid the foundations for one that has grown into the world’s largest independent conservation organization. The organization itself is lucky enough to have won the backing of more then 5 million people throughout the world. Having invested well over US$ 1 billion in more than 12,000

natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

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conservation initiatives since 1985, WWF is continually working to bring a balance between the demands of the world, and the variety of live that lives alongside us. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s

With over one billion stamps printed, the sale from the WWF Conservation Stamp Collection has raised over 22 million US$ in royalties and has become an important source of funding for WWF’s conservation activities. The money from the sale of the stamps has helped fund a range of activities -from the conservation of endangered species, to helping forest and coastal dwelling Stamp News - 7


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50 YEARS WWF (cont.) Sea Lion from the Falkland Islands, a joint issue from Australia, Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island and Cocos Island with Australian Mammals, endangered bird species from Liechtenstein, Birds from Macao and Small Cats from Thailand.

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communities improve their standards of living though sustainable use of their natural resources. The WWF Conservation Stamp Collection is the largest thematic collection in the world. Since 1969 some 2,100 different stamps have been issued in 218 countries. The species featured on the stamps must be endangered in the country issuing the stamps.

Great variety of stamps in 2011

For the 50th Anniversary of WWF more than 30 countries have agreed to issue stamps with the WWF Panda Logo. Herewith a selection of issues: Geese and Ducks from Iceland, Pelagic Sea Snake from Tokelau, Butterflies from the Isle of Man, Philippine Crocodile from the Philippines, Many-coloured Fruit Bat from Samoa, Southern

information also in Latin. Furthermore, the list of Catalogue Prices from 1983 to October 2011 for mint stamps, Mini Sheets, Official WWF First Day Covers and Maximumcards. The complete documentation is available at a special offer of CHF 59.90 plus postage, instead of the normal price of CHF 98.50. Orders can e made from the Webshop, by email to info@groth.ch or by mail to Groth AG, Gewerbestrasse 19, CH6314 Unteraegeri/Switzerland. For information about the work and projects of WWF see the Website www.wwf.org with links to the national agencies.

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A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps October has certainly been a busy month for collectors with five new issues, several sheetlets as well as new postal stationery.

Mythical Creatures (4 October 2011)

Many months ago I was told this year’s Stamp Collecting Month issue was something to look forward to, and indeed it is. The illustrations by Aaron Pocock are superb and the range of products accompanying the issue make the most of the illustrations. Six stamps were released in this set, with the five 60c stamps printed in horizontal strips of five within sheets of 50 (with an illustrated gutter). The five 60c stamps and $1.20 were issued in a block of six within the miniature sheet, and also individually in blocks of four in the prestige booklet (Figure 1). While some might complain about the price, the prestige booklet really does deserve the name ‘prestige’ with enlargements of the stamp designs, information about how the stamps were designed, and images of preliminary designs (Figure Figure 3. 3D miniature sheet.

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Figure 1. Prestige booklet pane containing a block of four of the Unicorn stamps.


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Figure 2. Pages from the prestige booklet showing the development of the $1.20 Dragon stamp. 2). Additionally, a special folder contained a 3D miniature sheet along with a normal miniature sheet and viewing glasses (Figure 3). The 3D sheet, and the stamps within, are all valid for postage, but I suspect usage will be low. Self-adhesive versions of the five 60c stamps were issued in booklets of 10 and 20. There are no differences between the stamps. For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit (including booklet barcodes): http://tinyurl.com/scmmythicalcreatures or write to me at the address below.

CHOGM (18 October 2011)

Rarely do stamps make the front-page of a

newspaper, but Australia Post’s preliminary CHOGM design did when Perth’s Sunday Times (3 April 2011) reported the city skyline was missing one key building, City Square. The final design corrects this oversight, and adds a couple of other buildings for good measure. Despite being the same size as past Figure 4. Sheetlet of 10 CHOGM stamps. Stamp News - 11


A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps gummed personalised stamps, Australia Post only released this stamp in small sheets of 10 (Figure 4), with no personalised versions at CHOGM – a real shame as it would’ve been an excellent opportunity to show off this Australian innovation Figure 5. Australian stamps (left) and to a large number of Korean stamps (right). overseas delegates, the media, as well as the Fig 6. general public. This stamp was also released early, with Noela D. showing me an example of one postmarked on 11 September! For full technical details, and a checklist of the you can view the video at http://shop.auspost.com. varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl.com/ au/stamps/collectors/australia-korea-qr The sheetlet chogm2011 or write to me at the address below. contains an interesting production error. If you look Joint Issue with Korea (31 October 2011) at Figure 6 you will notice the second stamp in the first row has a wider musician image (26½ mm), Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations this which encroaches onto the first stamp in the row. issue features a musician from each country. All the other stamps in the sheetlet have a 26 mm Seeing the Korean national dress on the stamp and musician image, and hence don’t encroach. presentation packs reminded me of my school’s Accompanying this issue was a single $1.65 Multicultural Day where our Korean students always self-adhesive issued as a sheetlet of five. It will be look magnificent in their hanboks. interesting to see how post offices store these as I Full credit must be given to Australia Post am sure most post offices fold these in half forming for producing stamps that are very similar to the a booklet, and place them on the counter with the Korean stamps – right down to the same stamp booklets of 10 and 20 domestic stamps. Makes me size, perforation gauge (13¼ x 13) and similar sheet wonder why Australia Post dropped the rouletting? layout. The only differences are the paper, country For full technical details, and a checklist of the name inscriptions and the printing process used (lithography by Australia and photogravure by Korea varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl.com/ jikorea or write to me at the address below. Post) (Figure 5). It will be interesting to see if this perforation gauge and sheet layout is used again, as Australia Post currently perforates its stamps which a higher gauge, and issues stamps in sheets of 10, 20 or 50. A smaller sheetlet of 10 60c gummed stamps was released with a QR code which could be scanned by a mobile phone. If you don’t have a mobile phone, 12 - Stamp News

Christmas (31 October 2011)

It’s pleasing to see that Australia Post has combined both the secular and religious designs into a single Christmas issue this year. Along with gummed stamps, the 55c stamps were released in selfadhesive booklets of 20 (one religious and one


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Figure 7. The two 55c secular designs from the embellished sheets. Figure 8. One of the Christmas prepaid envelopes, and accompanying cards. secular), and the $1.50 stamps in booklets of 5. The two 55c secular designs were also released in embellished sheetlets of 10 (see Figure 7). Australia Post also released the three secular designs as part of its Personalised Stamps™ service, and has left the 55c Dear Santa and 55c Angel designs from 2010 and 2008 respectively on sale. I will report on these next month. For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit (including booklet barcodes): http://tinyurl.com/christmasstamps2011 or write to me at the address below.

Christmas Island Christmas (31 October 2011)

This year’s Christmas Island issue showing Father Christmas on the island with local wildlife will suit postal users who prefer stamps with a light-hearted approach to Christmas. The designs are released in individual gummed sheets of 50 stamps, and in selfadhesive booklets of 10 (55c design) and 5 ($1.50 design). For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit (including booklet barcodes): http://tinyurl.com/cichristmas2011 or write to me at the address below.

Christmas Prepaid Envelopes (31 October 2011) Despite being advertised in the September-October Stamp Bulletin, this year’s postage paid Christmas card packs did not go on sale until 31 October. This year postal stationery collectors can breathe a sigh of relief with only three new prepaid envelope designs included in the packs of eight, and all with traditional Christmas star, wreath etc. designs (Figure 8 shows one design with its accompanying cards), and are printed by GEON Tasmania. Perhaps, the previous cartoon character designs didn’t sell as well as expected; I know they regularly turned up in the post-Christmas bargain bins at half price. For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl.com/ christmasppe2011 or write to me at the address below.

AFL and NRL Premiers (October 2011) This year’s AFL Premiers (issued 5 October) and NRL Premiers (issued 10 October) souvenir stamp sheets have a new look (Figure 9), with the sheets containing just five stamps (with attached tabs) down the left hand side. This is a new format and allows for a single large photograph or illustration to be printed next to the stamps, rather than several smaller images around the stamps, and is offered

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at the price of just $10. Those who collect format changes will need both sheets as the AFL sheet contains the red Southern Cross stamp, with the blue version in the NRL sheet. If you collect printer changes or tabs then you won’t need either sheet, as the stamps were printed by RA Printing, and are the same as those issued in previous Souvenir Stamp Sheets. For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl.com/ premiers2011 or write to me at the address below.

Disney Sheetlets (October/November 2011)

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Figure 9. AFL Premiers souvenir stamp sheet. Festivals issue, the five princess sheets will be released during October and November (the Fairies sheetlet is a separate release). For specialised collectors these sheetlets are new– the first time this issue has been issued in this format, and with the stamps printed by RA Printing and with attached tabs. A problem for collectors and dealers alike is what to purchase. The violet stamp occurs just once in the first Princesses (sold at $14.95) and Fairies sheet (sold at $9.95), while the other four stamps will each be released in their own separate sheetlet during October and November (each sold for $9.95). For full technical details, including release dates, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl.com/disneysheets or write to me at the address below.


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Remembrance Day (2 November 2011)

I am sure many Australians are proud of Australia Post’s regular military issues. Whether they are marking the anniversaries of the Navy, Army or Air Force, or remembering our ANZACs or Kokoda Trail veterans, each issue is a dignified reminder of the sacrifices made, and something other countries could do well to follow. Likewise, this year’s Remembrance Day issue (marking the special date sequence of 11.11.11) is very subdued. The two values were issued in gummed sheets of 50, and in a horizontal se-tenant pair within a miniature sheet (Figure 11). The 60c stamp was also issued in self-adhesive rolls of 200 and booklets of 10. There is no difference between the stamps from either format.

Figure 10. Disney Fairies sheetlet. Figure 11.

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A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps For full technical details, including release dates, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl. com/11thNov2011 or write to me at the address below.

Annual Collection Sheetlet (2 November 2011)

This year’s yearbook contains a real first – the Queensland flood stamps in a gummed sheetlet of 5 (Figure 12). This is the first time these stamps have been available with ordinary gum, and the first time Australia Post has taken a selfadhesive only issue and reprinted it as a gummed issue. Perhaps the reason for this is that no more charity contributions are being collected, so to include the sheetlet of 10 (with $2 contribution) is misleading. RA Printing printed the sheetlet. For full technical details, including release dates, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl.com/ annualcollection2011 or write to me at the address below.

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Figure 12. Exclusive gummed Queensland Floods sheetlet from the yearbook.


Chris de Haer Colours of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Update

Shown in Figure 13 is the embellished Colours of the Cocos sheetlet of nine. It was certainly worth the wait, with the varnish simulating the water, and reflecting the light. If you find your sheetlet was bent in the packaging of the cards (as one of mine was), you are encouraged to return the sheetlet with the cards and packinging to the Philatelic Bureau for a replacement. Now I just have to work out what to do with all the cards I have! For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit: http://tinyurl. com/cocoscolours or write to me at the address below.

Recent Reprints

October also saw the release of the 1 koala reprint of the $2.35 Koala International stamp (Figure 14 - Below left). Printed by McKellar Renown this stamp is identical to the original printing, and should be listed along with any other reprints in the January-February 2012 Stamp Bulletin.

Seasons Greetings Finally, I wish all Stamp News readers and their families all the best for the festive season and New Year.

Figure 13. Embellished Colours of Cocos Sheetlet.

If you see anything new or unusual then contact me. Website: http://stamps.chrisdehaer.com.au E-mail: stamps@chrisdehaer.com.au Address: PO Box 1448, Booragoon WA 6954 Visit my website for comprehensive information on Australian and territorial new issues, and stamps for sale.

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The 1974-79 inaugural “Paintings” series of Australia, in denominations of $1, $2, $4, $5 and $10, are a superb quintet. Given the originals are owned by The National Gallery of Victoria, or other institutions, the stamps are probably as close as most of us are likely to come to calling these paintings our own. The stamps are of course common mint or used and on FDC, and mint are widely used up nowadays on those packets/parcels Figure 1. $1 solo to rescue in apparent passport emergency we receive when we buy stamps at auction, for example. Late, philatelic use of such stamps is not for a passport to be physically delivered to the what this column is about; rather it is contemporary, British High Commission for attention, and such commercial use that is its focus. “Woodchippers” of a valuable document was generally forwarded philatelic usages of these stamps have my blessing. by Registered, Certified or, when time was of the Let’s now examine a number of good ol’ essence, Priority mail services. These services often fashioned in-period usages of the five stamps. yielded higher denomination frankings, Figure 1 The British High Commission Passport Section being a particularly unusual and scarce example. correspondence we have to thank for many nice Posted at G.P.O. Sydney 3 Apr 1979 to Canberra, usage covers of the 1970s/1980s. Passport renewals, the sender was apparently in such a hurry he/she amendments, visa endorsements, etc, often called posted the article in a regular post box (witness the handstamped “Incorrectly Posted/In Letter Receiver”), rather than handing in over the counter for dedicated attention. Fortunately, the article was still serviced in the manner for which postage was prepaid, arriving Canberra next day as a Priority paid article ought to. $1 was for 70c Non-standard article over 250/500 gms intrastate + Figure 2. $1 uprate for specific additional postal service 30c Priority service. The 18 - Stamp News


Figure 3. Posting a letter the uneconomical way?

achieved, which it was according to timeclock datestamps (Sydney 20 Apr, Melbourne 21 Apr, Blackburn 21 Apr) on reverse. Just to be certain that the article was actually delivered the day it arrived, the sender engaged in a little overkill, paying an additional $1.50 for Messenger Delivery service. The complete delivery package cost the sender $2 (ten times regular letter rate), a nice little earner for Australia Post, and provided us with a rare solo franking usage item for the $2 Painting. Value : $100 (off cover 20c). Costing the same amount as Figure 3, posted six days later, and providing us with another very scarce solo usage of the $2 Painting, is Figure 4. This went from Lithgow to Pennsylvania by Overseas Special Delivery, arriving 30 Apr, just four days after departing Lithgow (attested by U.S. backstamp). Fair value for money it’s reasonable to say, particularly when one compares these two items. Not much in it in terms of market value, either, at least in

only such solo use of the $1 I’ve noted. Value : $100 (off cover 20c). In my usage collection exhibits I like to show examples of the subject stamp (a) used as a solo franking, (b) as an uprate for a specific additional postal service, (c) as a multiple franking of two or more, and (d) as a dominant franking component in combination with contemporary stamp/s. Figure 2 is a (b) category item, where a Stationery 20c envelope (Letter rate) has been uprated with the $1 at North Adelaide on 16 Jan 1980, again from the British High Commission correspondence, the $1 representing 50c Certified fee + 50c “A.R.” (Acknowledgement of delivery). Value : $40 The sender of Figure 3, from Glebe to South Yarra on 20 Apr 1979, clearly wanted it there in a hurry. The Letter rate at this time was 20c, and Priority paid service fee of 30c was added to this to ensure next day delivery was Figure 4. Good service to U.S. for $2

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my opinion (actually bought on eBay a few years ago for US$58.50). I should conclude the $1 and $2 denominations with the comment that neither is particularly hard to find on combination franking registered articles. Value : $75 I’ve found the $4 Painting to be very elusive on postal articles used during its period of issue. The ACSC “on cover” price of $50 is very light on, albeit dating back to 2002. I have only four items, none of them especially “flash”. Figure 5 will have to do for a usage on cover for this exercise, a 29 Figure 5. $4 Painting a lot more than twice as difficult as $2 Mar 1976 registered airmail Manly to U.S., where the aggregate franking of $5.60 paid Zone 4 airmail 40c x9 + $2 registration fee. I’ve often considered forming a collection of I’ve seen nicer $4 usage items sell in auctions in stamp usage on postal articles other than more the $300/400 range, and more. I don’t disagree with traditional covers and postcards and the like. those levels, incidentally. Value : $250 ($4 off cover Articles such as Parcels Post labels, Application for $2.50) Redirection forms, “Postage due” dockets, etc, etc. Figure 6 is an Advice of Postal Article Awaiting Collection card, in which the recipient is advised that five ordinary parcels have arrived. For whatever reason, a total of $9 in postal charges was applicable to these parcels, and that was met by affixing Paintings $1 and $4 x2, which were cancelled at Artarmon, the receiving P.O. Incidentally, the overlapped $4 was originally wrapped around the card. I prefer to exhibit the whole of the stamp, and carefully moisten such overlappings and restore position, as shown for this item. Value : $100 (off cover $5.20). ACSC “on cover” $30 (2002) for the $5 McMahon’s Point again does Figure 6. Stamp usage on postal documents an interesting not accurately reflect the scarcity of this subject 20 - Stamp News


Figure 7. $5 McMahon’s Point another “sleeper” stamp on postal articles. During the life of the stamp (1979-84) registration, a most likely call for use of a $5, never rose above $3.30 per article. Its replacement, the $5 Holiday at Mentone, however, is comparatively easy to find on cover. During that stamps period of service the outrageously expensive Security Post, the successor to registration, peaked at $6 per article. The $15 “on cover” price for that $5 is a reasonable guide. Back to the subject $5, Figure 7 is an excellent example of usage of this stamp. A 3 Nov 1981 use by University of W.A., it was posted at Victoria Square P.O., destined for London per International Priority Paid service. The cost of that service to U.K. was $12.90 up to 500gms, and the franking composition conveniently includes a pair of our $5 (Victoria Square may not have stocked the $10 stamp). There was a dedicated P.O label for this service, but it has not survived the journey (trace of remnant adhesive visible lower left corner). Upon arrival in U.K. a prominent Datapost label was affixed. Australia Post details of service handstamp appears upper left; a rare marking. Value : $150 (stamps off cover $6.35). The $10 Paintings, predictably, is scarce on postal articles. I do however have slightly more Stamp News - 21


usage examples of this denomination than I do of the $4 and $5. That is probably because I aggressively targeted buying examples of the $10 on the rare occasions they appeared, whilst the other two denominations slipped under my radar. Figure 8 Figure 8. International Priority Paid fully loaded has the dedicated International Priority up to 4kgs. The large envelope was utilized as an Paid service label, missing from Figure 7; in addition address label on a 29 Oct 1982 parcel sent registered it has the serial numbered label, which replaced from Newstead to Manly. The NEWSTEAD VIA the handstamp shown for the previous item. Sent FORTITUDE VALLEY/PARCELS” datestamp in from Wagin 3 Nov 1986 to Auckland, the aggregate rose is a scarce marking. The Air Mail parcels rate franking of $13.75 was for Zone 1, up to 500gms. was $8 up to 4kgs for this point A to B journey + Value : $250 (stamps off cover $4.70). $3 registration fee. Value : $200 (stamps off cover I’ve found the $10 to be particularly hard to get $3.80). on domestic postal articles. Figure 9 is a fortunate Season’s greetings to readers. May 2012 see survivor given it was used on a parcel weighing covers further enrich your philatelic lives. 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’

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Market Matters: An Error is Born...

They do always say - “the last word in philately is never written”. This week a perfect example of that old adage turned up. Phoenix Auctions in Melbourne on November 26 offered the interesting cover shown nearby. A souvenir cover in 1937 To Germany from NSW. It was described in Lot 1391, as a “1934 1/6d Hermes No Wmk Dull Lilac, Plate Proof” “On a highly surfaced white paper (small fault) distinct from the normal, together with 3d and 6d Airmails tied by Catherine Hill Bay cds to 1937 (Jul 12) souvenir philatelic cover prepared by W.H. (“Bill”) Hornadge, whose mother was Postmistress at this Post Office. A new discovery, and believed to be a unique usage. [It is believed that this stamp came from special display boards of current Australian stamps. These were made up in 1935 and used for display in Post Offices. Only one example, other than this lot, exists in private hands.] “ The estimate was an impressive $A5,000. As the auction took place after this column was written, I am unaware of the price it obtained. tinyurl.com/HermesFFC is the very lively and long discussion started on stampboards about this cover – well worth a read over a LARGE coffee!

Just sun-faded?

I must confess I was rather sceptical at first that it was anything other than a sun faded stamp. Affixed by the 19 year old Bill Hornadge to the special souvenir cover he had printed, and then overfranked to Germany. (Bill Hornadge later went on to found “Stamp News” and Seven Seas Stamps. and is now aged 93 and still living in Dubbo NSW. One of the all-time stamp dealer legends. ) 24 - Stamp News

Unusual shade on 1/6d Hermes A leading cover collector I spoke to strongly shared my initial view, as I am sure did others. The ACSC says: “there is some question whether the dull lilac shade represents the colour as originally printed”. ACSC also call it a “Plate Proof” which seems a silly and highly inaccurate term to use. Well known philatelist and Judge, David Benson agreed with me. Dealer Rodney Perry soon entered the debate on stampboards, and whom may have more than a casual passing interest in the ownership of the piece, in my view. Perry stated – “This item was recently purchased on eBay for a very modest sum, from a vendor in Germany, where it’s probable that the item has reposed since 1937. It was offered as nothing special, just an airmail cover. The buyer recognised the 1/6d variety, and it was subsequently shown at a meeting where Geoff Kellow, Paul Fletcher (present proprietor of ACSC) and myself were present.” Perry stated that apart from the shade, the paper surface was unusually shiny, was thicker than the normal stamp when measured, and did not react unusually under UV light. Rod chose to describe the unusual shade as “Dull


Glen Stephens

The “unissued” Whale trial printing BLACKISH lilac” and stated it differed noticeably from the issued stamps.

A Whale of a mistake!

Perry stated he was in error calling these a “Plate Proof” in the ACSC, and “Trial Printing” might have been a more accurate term, as per the 1981 60c Whale issue shown nearby. However that variety was not only a different colour, but a differing design. AND certainly existed in full mint sheets. There were quite a few full sheets of 100 discovered of that Whale stamp. Auctioneer Charles Leski bought them under face as postage not long after issue, and used them to mail out goods. Indeed I received a used pair of these on a Certified Mail packet from him at the time, that I recall getting many $100s for months later when resold at auction. A MUH gutter block of 10 of this same 60c Whale error was in the same Phoenix sale. Most striking.

discussion. One behind a glass fascia, that sadly did not photograph well due to reflections, shows the same 1/6d no watermark single line perf stamp as on the cover, and in the strange shade. This board has all the earlier Commemorative issues up to 5/- Harbour Bridge, and is most

impressive. All stamps are, like in the other frame, recess “matted” via 45 degree chamfered board. The glass board has the 1936 South Australia Centenary set as the latest issue shown. Richard Breckon suggested this frame may have been on display at the Seventh Australian Philatelic Exhibition, Adelaide, which commenced 20 October 1936. That frame has the 1934 1/6d Hermes in line perf 11 (SG 153) – in the curious shade. The other frame is dated boldly 1939 at base, and shows the same distinctive shade – clearly unfaded right in the centre. The surrounding stamps are also bright and unfaded as you can see. More detail at tinyurl.com/

Richard Breckon assistance

Phoenix Auctions owner David Wood then entered the discussion, and advised he had enlisted the assistance of Richard Breckon - Australia Post Philatelic Archivist, to unravel the puzzle. Breckon unearthed 2 large display boards created pre-war, showing all the current stamp issues. David Wood posted up photos of both on the

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Market Matters HermesFFC Both were recess “matted” in the nature of Die Proofs of the era, and checking whether either 1/6d did or did not have a watermark, clearly was not possible.

A new discovery is made

ALL readers are urged to look out for more examples now this has been discovered. If the Phoenix cover finds a home at anything like $5000 - WELL worth looking out for! Another stampboards reader had a cover posted to the discussion where the 1/6d no watermark was also of a strange shade – but not near as different as the Phoenix cover. Rod Perry summed up the discussion – “Congratulations to the diligent members of Stampboards who participated in, and others who followed this thread as interested bystanders. Yet another example of Stampboards usefulness to

However a major discovery was made – the stamp in the “1939” frame was in the comb perforation of the 1937 Hermes – 13.75 x 13.25 (SG 153a) visually far different from the line perf 11 of the 1934 unwatermarked issue. The slightly blurry photo nearby David Wood took at Australia Interesting colour comparisons Post. It shows a normal mint no watermark 1/6d from the archives – i.e. the “issued” shade. Philately. This is placed atop the recess matted perf 13.75 You have witnessed the birth of at least one new stamp, and under that – all in same photo – is the no major Australian variety. The research will continue, wmk stamp on the Phoenix cover. and the hunt for more examples (two perforations to So on balance, I’d concur that there was some watch for) is now officially on!” kind of trial printing of the 1/6 Hermes in a curious colour on highly surfaced paper – in both Meter Madness perforations. “Meters cancels are near worthless” - I can hear many readers say. We all know China POSTAGE STAMPS get good prices, often $10,000+ for better items. How about meter franks? This 1949 commercial cover to Sydney shown nearby I’d have tossed in the bin, or a junk box, 2 years back. These days is that still the same? I’ve never had a meter cover from Fodder for the junk box? 26 - Stamp News


Glen Stephens anywhere, in 30 years of dealing, day before sale the closed - over that sold for more than $1 or so. the MOON it had bids of $250. Common Shanghai origin, He nearly collapsed to see the common commercial Sydney final price of $A1,125! destination. No backstamps. Rod Perry helpfully posted Toned, creased, tatty. up a very handy web resource Not from a President, or to a pricing all kinds of world meters film star. No sender shown, and - these China types included, the recipient of no interest. How for huge prices – bookmark it much value would you place on tinyurl.com/MeterCat it if you had it? Sydney collector Richard I started a stampboards poll Peck’s lifetime collection of asking just that - check it out Australian meters must be worth tinyurl.com/49Meter several Billion based on this. After 50 votes we had the Why the high price? Well results shown nearby in a table. 1949 was the era meters were 54% voted it was worth $25 first getting wide use in China, What was YOUR vote? or under. 82% voted it was and precious few have survived. worth $250 or under in their Supply and demand at work! view. Quite a few are rated at 4 figures plus type And the usual few lunatic fringe votes for figures on Rod’s web link. ‘$25,000’ were also there, reminding me we need to As I type incessantly – “Knowledge Is Power”. have mandatory IQ tests for all new members! The correct answer - well NO-ONE got it correct! It sold November 10 for $A1,125 on ebay – lot 280763507410 A dealer colleague of mine listed it up ONLY because: “almost anything China seems to be selling”. He agreed with me that 5 years ago he’d have tossed it in the bin. His detailed and informative description was: “CHINA - 1949 AIRMAIL COVER SHANGHAI TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA” Australia’s leading cover collector told me today, if he saw it in a dealer “dollar box” even today he’d not even look twice. No errors etc on the cancel. The seller spoke to me a Stamp News - 27


Market Matters Victoria takes top prize in USA

Each year the huge American Philatelic Society has its large annual show. In 2011 it was held in Columbus Ohio, in mid-August. Current APTA President Michael Eastick was there, and reported “live” on stampboards that the “Champion Of Champions” Award went to – “The Half-Lengths of Victoria, 1850-59.” More discussion on that here - tinyurl.com/ BarwisAPS Exhibited by John Barwis. Now for America that is a most impressive win. Especially when a competing exhibit – of the USA 1847 issue, was valued at countless millions The “Champion Of Champions” competition is a vote off among the Grand Award winners from 34 APS (and RPSC) shows. The heavy pre-race favorite was Bill Gross’ exhibit of the US 1847 first issue, so the John Barwis award is a real major accomplishment. The Gross Exhibit was mega powerful, as the owner is a multi-billionaire bond trader. It contained “The Rush Cover” - the largest 10c multiple on cover, that Gross paid $US1,380,000 for at auction in May 2006. Anyway, the all-conquering exhibit title is also the subject of a superb hardbound book - “The HalfLengths of Victoria, 1850-59.”

Barwis “Half-Lengths” Opus and CD-Rom (right) 28 - Stamp News

Sold for a cool $US1,380,000 This book outlines the magnificent Barwis “Half Lengths” collection. It is the best colour matching I have EVER seen in a philatelic publication.

A library “MUST HAVE”

One of the finest quality Philatelic books ever produced. It covers the stamps, census of covers, forgeries, cancels, complete platings – the WORKS! Published by the RPSV - each volume comes in its own custom made special shipping/storage box. I’ve sold boxes of them so far, and have them in stock at under issue price should you desire one. Hint at one for a Xmas gift perhaps!


Glen Stephens

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Market Matters

About 500 pages in large A4 size, full colour, hard cover, on top-quality, glare free paper. Even comes with the accompanying CD Rom! Absolutely mind boggling material on every page, and an amazing amount of photos and detailed info. It is indeed a superb coffee table book - whether you really collect this field or not! Stampboards Moderator Greg Ioannou, from Toronto Canada was instrumental in ensuring the super high quality colour matches were acheived. Ioannou’s company did all the design and production work on John’s book. Here is how it worked “John arranged for the original scans, and we tweaked the colours from the scans. John couldn’t bring the stamps across the border (for security and other reasons), so we had to operate remotely, using scans and, in some cases, even verbal descriptions (“can you make it just a hint less red?” sort of thing). “We knew the printed books would match the output from our printer, which we were colour-calibrating 30 - Stamp News

frequently. So we’d send printouts to John to check against the actual stamps. “Over and over and over, until the printout of each image exactly matched the actual stamp” Ioannou concluded. The dust cover fly notes have Barwis mentioning that meeting Rod Perry and Geoff Kellow inspired him to collect the “Half Length” series, as their enthusiasm rubbed off. A wonderful book to own, even if this is not your main collecting subject. Many more photos here tinyurl.com.BarwisHL 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

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Charles Leski Auctions

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8 Clevedon Way, Karringyup, WA 6018 Tel: (08) 9325 4542 Next sale: see ad for details

John Mowbray International

Millennium Philatelic Auctions 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: see website for details

Velvet Collectables Group (formerly Mowbrays Australia) Suite 401, Level 4, 64-76 Kippax Street Surry Hills NSW 2100 mowbraysaustralia@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9280 0086 Fax: (02) 9281 4053 Next sale: see website 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

Robin Linke Stamp Dealer 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

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material What Should I Collect? This is a basic question that I have been asked at the U3A (University of the Third Age) stamp collecting sessions at which I act as Tutor. Of course the answer varies in accordance with the person’s budget and their possible present holding of stamps. Naturally, I tend to recommend Australian material with Territories an added possibility. I have recently received a number of orders to fill gaps in earlier Australian decimal definitives and this set me thinking. An Australian decimal definitive collection would be an definitives from 40c Tasman to $4 King. Some of interesting exercise in itself, but would also be a good framework to later add commemoratives so as to have a these 25 first decimal stamps are illustrated nearby. In addition to the 25 mentioned, there were 3 QEII stamps complete collection. issued for 3, 4 and 5cent coil stamps. Pre-Decimal Definitives Christmas Issues These are very simple to describe – very expensive These are usually classified as commemoratives so I to purchase! Kangaroo and Map issues dating from 2 shall not deal with them in depth. 1967 saw a higher January 1913, were in use in some values up to 1950. value Christmas stamp of 25c issued, to cover the The side-face King George V stamps were issued late airmail rate. This stamp has an interesting design, so in 1913. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II were portrayed on the main definitive series shortly after they although strictly not a definitive, I shall illustrate it. The various symbols in its design include a Sanskrit became the reigning monarch. Mandala (early India), a Jewish Star of David, a Definitive Complications Christian Cross and a Chinese Buddhist Yin and Yang There are long-term definitives and short-term design, all intermingled. definitives. Earlier long term definitives have Floral Definitives watermark changes, and some with OS (Official Six state Floral Emblems were introduced on stamps Service) overprints or OS perforations. Right from issuing in 1968. These floral emblems were the 6c 1914 onward there were short term definitives such Kangaroo Paw (W.A.), 13c Pink Heath (Vic), 15c Blue as the lovely 3d and 6d Kookaburra. Airmail stamps Gum (Tas.), 20c Sturt’s Desert Pea (S.A.), 30c Waratah too, took their place in the issue programme from (NSW), 25c Cooktown Orchid (Qld). A couple of these 1929 onward. High value short-term definitives were needed to replace the higher value Kangaroos. The first of these high values are the Robes set, commencing 1938, followed by the Coat of Arms set (1949) and Navigators (1963-64). Decimal Definitives 14 February 1966 saw the introduction of decimalisation in Australia and a record number of definitives was issued. 1c to 7c were Queen Elizabeth II definitives. Birds and Fish covered definitives from the 5c Thornbill up to the 30c Ibis. Early Navigators of Australia’s coastline accounted for higher value 32 - Stamp News


Sel Pfeffer stamps are illustrated along with two of the first short term definitives. First Short Term Definitives In 1969 a set of four Primary Industries stamps was issued – 7c Sugar Cane, 15c Timber, 20c Wheat and 25c Wool. These stamps replaced the existing stamps of similar values for a period of about six months. (illustrated below left)

by Australia Post has ceased to exist. The last edition appeared in 2009, covering issues up to June 2007. I understand that no one is working to produce a new edition of this publication. Part of the front cover is illustrated.

Floral Coil Stamps The 3c, 4c and 5c QEll coil stamps were replaced by Coil Stamps with Floral Emblems commencing with the 4c and 5c denominations in April 1970. These values were followed by 2c, 6c, 7c and 10c. These stamps are an interesting area for study with different papers and different gums being used. Also plate varieties occurred in a number of stamps. The 2c, 4c and 6c all used the Sturt’s Desert Rose, 5c shows a Golden Wattle and 7c and 10c show the Sturt’s Desert Pea. The different floral emblems are illustrated. Booklets I will not cover booklets here except to say that the first booklets of the decimal era are a major source of study. The 60c (15 x 4c) QE II booklets sell for $100 upward depending on a number of factors. The 4c and 5c Queen booklets were replaced by 5c, 6c and 7c Famous Australians and Prime Ministers. The latter were the first Australian stamp booklets to have a distinctive design. All previous booklet stamps were based on current stamp designs. Note: I have not attempted to illustrate all of the stamps mentioned but enough are shown to help you identify the stamps with those in your catalogues. Technical Details The new president of APTA, Michael Eastick has expressed dismay at the lack of new editions of the Australian Commonwealth Specialists Catalogue. 2002 is the most recent update on the Decimal Catalogue and 2003 the last edition of their excellent booklet catalogue. To make life more difficult for the many interested collectors, it appears that the wonderfully informative Technical Details published for many years

Our only resource at present is to file the Australia Post Bulletins in chronological order and get the information from the technical details section, which appears with the new issues. The big problem with this of course, is that major changes, which do occur later in the life of a stamp or booklet are not permanently RECENT OVERPRINTS

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material recorded as they previously were. An example of the changes I refer to is the 10c Blue-banded Egg Fly 4 Koala (4th reprint). There was a change in the spacing of the 4 Koala indicators from 19mm to 22mm. Another interesting change has happened on the backs of the fishes of the Reef $1 and $6 booklets.. The original issues showed tropical fish above the barcodes but later booklets have postage rates above the barcode. Both he 10c Butterfly and the booklet changes have been illustrated in previous articles in Stamp News but I mention them now to illustrate the fact that these details are not recorded in permanent form by Australia Post. The booklet cover change is recorded and illustrated in my 2010 Australia and Territories Booklet Catalogue Supplement on Page 4. World Wide Fund For Nature Miniature Sheets The stamps for this issue cover Australia and the three territories, which form part of Australia’s stamp issues. The four stamps are fine as they have the name of the three territories on their stamp. The Quokka (short tailed Wallaby) appears on the Australian stamp, the Southern Elephant Seal is on the AAT stamp, the Dugong on the Cocos (Keeling) Is. stamp and the Shrew on the Christmas Is. issue. The four stamps are incorporated in the miniature sheet, which is illustrated. It has an overprint for Queensland’s win in the Rugby League State of Origin 2011. If one studies the illustration of these four sheets on page 19, Australia Post Bulletin no 311, July-August 2011, one will work out that the stamp in upper left position, signifies which country or territory is responsible for which miniature sheet. It would have been a help to print the correct

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name on each of the four sheets and would probably have generated more sales for Post. Booklet Barcode Numbers My wife Lorna and I used to drive the 100 kilometres to Brisbane GPO for the release of Australian stamp new issues. In April 1996 Post issued its first big multiple issue to celebrate 100 years of AFL football with 16 gummed stamps, 16 self-adhesives and 16 booklets. The biggest surprise was that the booklets were available with two different barcodes for the first time! There were philatelic barcodes and general barcodes! With the AFL issue, the philatelic numbers were all different except that the sixth digit was always a one, while all the general issue were the same and the sixth last digit was a two. The general barcode of this issue is reasonably scarce and worth buying if you find a set of 16 for around $600. The two booklets illustrated show the Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions, which amalgamated later. The Brisbane Lions booklet illustrated shows an Olympic overprint done by Australia Post. This booklet is signed by Michael Voss, then Brisbane captain and now coach. For a couple of years after 1996 there were just a few dual barcode issues but from 1998 it became a regular feature of booklet issues. Allegedly it was designed to make it possible for Post to track philatelic sales. The cynics


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said it was just a ploy to increase sales to philatelic collectors because many non-philatelic counters supplied No 1 barcodes as they were called. All went smoothly until2006 when barcode No 1 disappeared and philatelic numbers had a sixth last digit of 3. We are a patient lot and accepted the change but in April 2011 the incredible happened. Australia Post ran out of numbers (?) and since the emergency Lake Eyre issue the sixth last digit is either 2 or 3 but in each issue, it is always the same. The Lake Eyre sheetlet or booklets of five self adhesive stamps were issued when Post increased international rates in April this year. Generally our postage rates are favourable when compared with similar overseas rates. These two items are shown nearby showing our biggest lake when holding water! The Philatelic Bureau people are kind enough to tell me the philatelic and general issue numbers and I hope to give all these barcode numbers in the December issue of Stamp News. Of course the numbers will be recorded in the 2011 Booklet Catalogue Supplement, which I hope to have available in early January. Because of the lack of interest in collecting chequebooks this section is being deleted. Also with less booklets and prestige booklet issues this year, the supplement will be considerably smaller and cheaper. The number of overprints has not declined. The $1 Fishes of the Reef has had seven overprints. This is a 2010 issue but all of the overprints have taken place in 2011.

Macquarie Is. Limited Edition MS Overprints This overprint is to commemorate the recovery and conservation of the wireless masts erected and used by the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic expedition. The recovery expedition took place in April 2011 by members from the Mawson’s Hut Foundation in collaboration with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. The overprinted sheet is illustrated. It is fitting that this recovery expedition took place on the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1911 expedition. The island was first discovered in 1810 by a Frederick Hasselborough, when looking for new sealing grounds. He claimed it for Britain and it was annexed by New South Wales by the Governor after whom it was named – Lachlan Macquarie. The island has mountains of over 400 metres. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) maintains a permanent basis at the northern end of the island at the foot of Wireless Hill. The wireless station was placed there during the original Mawson expedition to forward messages from the Antarctic proper, back to Australia. The recovery expedition in April this year recovered the last remaining pieces of the Macquarie Island masts and these remnants have been returned to the Hobart Museum and Art Gallery, where they will be displayed. It is interesting to note that radio contact was made with New Zealand from Macquarie Island in February 1912 and a year later two way contact with the Antarctic was established.

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Revenue Review Ho Ho Ho

Well you guessed it; it’s that time of the year again when we add up all the unrecorded revenues listed in ‘Revenue Review’ for this year. The revenue collector further tries to hide the list of holiday chores that has been on the fridge for months and finally find some time to put all the years buys into the correct albums instead of having them just pile up on the desk month after month. One can only presume the avid revenue collector will have already planned the holiday break, philatelically that is. Can I take this opportunity [while writing this in late October] to wish all of my readers the very best for the festive season ahead; I do hope you have fun over Christmas.

QR Imperf

Figure 1 is a rather nice imperf 1d Queensland Railway revenue from the 1894 issue. Cancelled with the first Southern & Western Railway canceller. I had not recorded this value as an imperf

Fig. 1

before and would like to do so here in Revenue Review.

Victoria PP

After co writing with Dingle Smith of Canberra the book on the ‘Impressed Duty Stamps of Victoria’ back in 2006, which also encompassed the instructional hand stamps new, finds are evident. Figure 2 is one such new hand stamp find, a PP or Penalty Paid, which escaped us at the time. We do show a PP but it is marked as being from the ‘Deputy Collector of Imposts’ whereas figure 2 is direct from the ‘Comptroller of Stamps’. Figure 3 is also unrecorded. We listed a 6c in the double oval but missed the 5c. To South Australia now, and figure 4 is again unrecorded [that’s 3 in a row]. Perforated samples appear not to have been recorded. Figure 4 also shows the 10c being in a different font from the

Fig. 2 Fig. 4

Fig. 3

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Bus Depot No1


Dave Elsmore recorded examples so additional printings must have taken place with some possible’s to still record.

More Beers in time for Christmas

Still on South Australia with figures 5 & 6 being from a new find of beer duty stamps. The collection had examples from South Australia, Tasmania & Victoria. In South Australia I can record a new unlisted frame break in the 1894 bulk beer ‘One Kilderkin’ 2/9d. As figure 5 shows there is a break in the frame at top, when I say break, you could drive a bus through it! Of most interest to me were the South Australian Bottled Beer issues of 1894 within the collection. I am yet to see any of these values recorded but I am more than pleased to have the joy of adding them to my collection. All must be exceedingly rare as survival rate to now has been zero! As we know the Beer Duty Act of South Australia is very similar to the 1892 Beer Duty Act of Victoria and could well have followed them in

Fig. 5

Fig. 7

some of the stamp sizes issued, as these bottled beers are very small, compared with the bulk beer issues. Of further interest is the fact that they show different fonts for each value plate and the central head is a new one to me. I cannot match the head to any of the postal notes of South Australia, which show several different die heads. What is strange, they are with and without control numbers, all are un-cancelled and all have been torn in half and rejoined. This practice was similar to the Victorian issues where many are found torn in half and later re-joined. One assumes they were used in ‘cart note’ books and somehow put back together as half would have been placed on the receipt side of the book and given to the hotelier, with the other half remaining on the butt in the book and held by the brewer for audit purposes. My guess is that there must have been a collector who went to the trouble of tracing the halves and re-joining them. If that is the case then I wish to publicly thank him or her! One last note on this issue I am sure it would not win any

Fig. 6

Fig. 8

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Revenue Review prizes for design beauty, they are very plain and very boring but needless to say I quickly made room for them in my beer duty collection.

Customs Duty

The revenue Customs duty stamps of Australia were, as we know printed in the UK by Waterlow & Sons in London. Figures 7 & 8 show a rather nice front and back sample of the perf specimen. This farthing issue block will be auctioned next year so keep your eyes open. It will be interesting to see how it goes as this will be the first time a single block of 6 of the one pattern will be offered in auction.

NSW Vertical Imperf

eBay recently turned up a couple of vertical imperfs

Fig. 9

Perfin Corner

Figures 10 & 11 fit nicely into this corner. Figure 10 being a rather nice unlisted security overprint from J & H Burgess [Real Estate Agents] from Northcote Victoria. Security overprints go hand in hand with Perfins as many were pre-cursers to the Perfin and many preceded the use of a Perfin possibly due to the Perfin device breaking down etc. Figure 11 the 12/6d NSW Edward, a rare revenue in itself, without having the added rarity of being perfinned

Fig. 10

Fig. 3

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on fiscal postals [you may have seen them]. Figure 9 is one such beast and I am sure the traditional collectors would even consider putting these into their collections. A shame there was not a joined pair. I guess that would be a bit too much to ask, still, lucky these two had survived.

Fig. 11


Dave Elsmore ‘A’ for Atlas Insurance of Sydney. I spoke about the 12/6d back in November 2010. Figure 11 was in the stock of famed revenue dealer Steve Hamilton for a cool $500.00 when I enquired about it, the 12/6d had already been snapped up by a well known Perfin collector, this goes to show you should keep an eye on Steve’s web site as bargains like this go very quickly. Hmm if rare revenues like this keep going into Perfin collections then it will leave the poor revenue collector with less and less to go around. Both figures 10 & 11 will be showcased in “The Revenue Perfins of Australia” New South Wales and Victoria editions, which will soon be out. For those of you who have already brought the book I not only thank you but I do hope you are enjoying reading the already published states of Queensland, Western Australia & Tasmania. It is now time to go sort your Commonwealth, South Australia, New

South Wales and Victoria Perfins and Security Overprints and send scans of them to me thank you. Once again have a safe and happy festive season and if you are going on holiday remember to have a hunt around for some revenues, will chat next year. I can be contacted by mail: P O Box 66 Springwood 4127 Queensland or an Email link from my web site ozrevenues.com

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All the fun of the... Stamp Club! Way back at the end of 2009 I wrote an article entitled ‘All the fun of the fair’ which provided a bit of information and insight about the numerous stamp fairs happening each month. At the time my intention had been to do a companion article about stamp clubs, but other things crowded in (not to mention that it slipped my mind for a while), and here we are two years later! Fortunately, with these sorts of topics it’s never too late, so lets spend a little while discovering just what stamp clubs are all about! If you good folk out there in stamp collecting land reading Stamp News are anything like the people that I speak to at the three stamp fairs I attend each month, a large percentage of you do not, and have never, belonged to a stamp club, or even attended a club meeting. For those of you where this is the case, I hope that this article will at least get you curious enough to give it a try! I have to admit that this was never me. I joined a local junior club when I was around 13, not long after I’d started collecting (sadly, not so many clubs have junior groups anymore, just not much of a demand, I guess). At the moment I’m a member of 4 different suburban Melbourne clubs, 3 of which I attend regularly. So why is it that so many stamp collectors aren’t stamp club members? The reasons, obviously, are many and varied, and some are quite valid. Many collectors are getting on in years, and getting out at night, when most (but not all) meetings are held, may not be as easy as it once was. Many of us may be ‘time poor’ and just not have the time to attend meetings. If this is the case for you, just remember that our hobby, as with all hobbies, is meant to be relaxing. Taking a couple of hours a month out of your busy life to spend some social time with people having a common interest, may be just the thing you need to help recharge your batteries! But some reasons may not be quite so valid! I suspect many people reading this will have some odd ideas and misconceptions about clubs, so lets try to dispel some of these ‘myths’ first off!

Myth No 1

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Simple answer to this one: No they won’t! Clubs are made up of collectors of all levels, collecting all different sorts of things. Collectors also exist with different levels of enthusiasm for the hobby, and some may take their collecting more, or less seriously than you do. So, going by personal experience, you will find at the club collectors who know more than you and collectors who know less, but all of this tends to be cancelled out by the fact that people’s collecting interests are generally quite different, and nobody is going to seem to know more or less than you do, as much as they will know different things to you (and you to them!). And anyway, learning new things is always interesting and helpful, and definitely not something to be avoided! This brings me to a related ‘myth’, the idea that going to a stamp club meeting will answer every question you’ve ever had about your collection/a particular stamp/what sort of album to use/how to arrange your collection and so on. Obviously, because of the diversity in collectors that I’ve mentioned above, this will never be the case. My experience is that most members will offer an opinion and try to help, but it will be their subjective opinion, in other words, it’s what they think or do themselves, and may only add to your confusion. Having said all that, don’t get the idea that you shouldn’t ask questions, because you should. One of the clubs that I belong to actually incorporates a question time into it’s monthly agenda, for people to do exactly this, and it works quite well.

Myth No 2

‘Everybody will be all stuffy and formal’ To be honest, there are still a few clubs like this, but I think it’s very few. Most, if not all, clubs have a formal business element to their meetings, but in most cases it’s not nearly as formal as it used to be, or as long! Usually the club office bearers are just as eager as everyone else to get on with the ‘stampy’ part of the meeting, so they won’t take any longer getting the ‘business’ part of the meeting out of the way than they have to. Stamp clubs are made up of people, just like you and me. And we’re all different. You may not get on


Mike Lee with everyone you meet at the club, but lets face it, that’s life! If you decide you don’t like the person sitting next to you, you can always move to another seat! And if you feel that overall the club is a bit too ‘stuffy’ or just not your style, try another one! If you live in the suburban areas of any of Australia’s capital cities, you’ll probably be spoiled for choice. The bottom line is, you probably will fit right in, have a great time, and make new friends. But you’ll never know if you don’t give it a go!

The meeting

So what should you expect when you go along to a stamp club meeting? First of all, there’s usually the ‘business’ part of the meeting. This usually takes less than 10 minutes, and will typically include a report from the secretary, which may include information that has arrived in the mail etc about fairs, auctions and other philatelic events. The treasurer will usually provide an update about the club’s finances and related issues. And that’s about it for the formal part of the meeting! Next comes what might be termed the ‘event of the month’. This may be a display of stamps etc by one or more of the club members, or an invited guest. These displays are usually between 30 and 50 album pages from the members collection, and can consist of just about anything. They are a great way to expand your collecting horizons, and it’s always fun and informative to see what others collect. Most clubs have an auction from time to time (perhaps once a quarter, although some clubs run an auction at every meeting) where members are able to buy and sell philatelic items. These auctions are usually arranged at the meeting, and conducted by one of the members. Some of the larger clubs, such as Brighton Philatelic Society in Melbourne and PHILAS in Sydney conduct regular catalogued public auctions, which can attract large numbers of room and postal bidders. Other regular meeting events may include other hobby nights, Christmas parties, discussion and education sessions, Bourses or member trading nights, and so on. What is arguably the most important part of the meeting usually follows next, that is the passing

around of the exchange or circuit sheets. A few years ago I would have been amazed to discover that there were any collectors out there who would have looked at me blankly when I mentioned ‘exchange sheets’, but that has certainly been the case on a number of occasions over the past few years. As this is a grass roots philatelic activity, not to mention a fantastic way to buy and sell stamps, I’ll take a little time to explain what it’s all about. We start with a member obtaining especially printed blank ‘exchange’ sheets, usually A4 in size, from the club member responsible for the club’s exchange or circuit activities. This person is usually referred to as the exchange superintendent. These sheets are usually supplied to members free of charge, although some clubs do charge a nominal amount for them. The member then mounts and prices the stamps they wish to sell on the sheets and returns them to the exchange superintendent, who will record and number them, before putting them into circulation at the first available meeting. The sheets are then circulated, usually in booklets of 10, to all of the members at the meeting, who can purchase the stamps from the sheets that they wish to buy, record their purchases on the slips provided, and pass them on to the next member. To give you an idea of the quantity of stamps that you may see offered in this way at a meeting, I’ll use one of the local clubs that I belong to as an example. Balwyn Philatelic Society, a large, active club in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs will typically circulate between 600 and 1200 sheets at each monthly meeting. Considering that each sheet can hold 30+ stamps, that’s a lot of stamps to look at and buy! At the end of the meeting you’ll total up your purchases and pay the exchange superintendent. But it doesn’t end there. After the sheets have been circulated at the club’s meetings, they are checked, and then made up into larger ‘circuit’ books, which then travel around a circuit of members that wish to view the sheets at home. This allows members who aren’t able to make it along to meetings access to the sheets, and for those members who do see the sheets at the meetings, more time to check and purchase items that they may have missed at the meetings (it can get quite hectic, making sure Stamp News - 41


All the fun of the...Stamp Club! that the sheets keep moving on at a meeting, and you may miss things that you need!). The books are then passed on to the next member on the circuit list, and remittance for your purchases etc is sent to the exchange superintendent. Once the books have moved around all of the club circuits, and some of the larger clubs have several, the exchange superintendent then breaks up the books, and returns the sheets with the proceeds of their sales, to the vendor. In most of the larger clubs, this process can take years rather than months, so it may be a while before you see your money, although some exchange superintendents now make interim payments after a reasonable amount of material has sold. This really is a great way to buy and sell stamps. And don’t think for a moment that you’ll only see ‘junk’ on these sheets. I’ve seen (and purchased) plenty of higher valued stamps over the years, and often at bargain prices to boot! This is also a key way that clubs raise revenue to help cover their expenses. All sellers are charged a commission, usually 10% on what sells (although the Balwyn club charges 4% on the total sheet value, which is a great idea as it encourages sellers to put some extra thought/effort into submitting stamps that are more likely to sell, and pricing them realistically). I’m sure you can now see how beneficial this particular aspect of being a stamp club member can be when it comes to buying, selling, or as most members do, both! The plain truth is that having access to exchange sheets is the main reason that many, if not most, collectors belong to stamp clubs.

Other benefits

Apart from making new friends, seeing interesting collections, and buying/selling stamps and other items of a philatelic nature, belonging to a club can offer other benefits also. Many clubs have a library with catalogues and handbooks etc, which members can borrow. Some clubs offer a limited range of accessories, usually items such as hinges, tweezers and stocksheets etc at a discounted price. Some even have a ‘trading table’, usually run by a member who is a part (or full) time dealer, offering even more material! I should also mention 42 - Stamp News

that while traditionally clubs held their meetings in the evening, many clubs now also have a daytime meeting for members who find it difficult to get out at night, or those, like me, who like to look at more stamps. When you think about it, there isn’t really a ‘down side’ to at least trying out your local club, but you’ll never know if you never go! There is usually a small annual membership fee, often less than $10, in fact one club that I belong to is $4 per year or 3 years for $10 – excellent value if you ask me! Clubs always welcome visitors, so you can certainly ‘try before you buy’. If you need to find your closest stamp club, meeting details etc, every edition of Stamp News has a comprehensive listing towards the back of the magazine, or you can check the Australian Philatelic Federation’s website at www.apf.org. au where you’ll find a full club listing, and lots of other information relating to organized philately in Australia. I’d like to take this opportunity to you and all of yours a wonderful Christmas, and a fun (and safe) New Year All the best until 2012! Mike Please contact me at mlphilatelics@bigpond.com if you have any comments or questions


MAJOR ERROR ON NEW ZEALAND ROYAL WEDDING PACKS

Prince William Wedding – *Major Date Error* on NZ Packs – rapidly withdrawn: What a new issue to have a huge error on! The Media event of 2011, with the April 29th Wedding of Prince William of Wales, and Kate Middleton with TWO AND A HALF BILLION viewers globally. William will almost certainly be the next Monarch as Charles/Camilla are not a popular option. NZ issued a Deluxe pack with set, mini sheet and FDC for $20 - and some goose used the WRONG birth-date ... May and not June. Instant panic and NZPO immediately withdrew any on sale at Post Shops. Shades of the Kapa Haka withdrawn issue – a set worth $A9,500 today - http://tinyurl.com/HapaHk - This error made national NZ TV News - http://tinyurl.com/NZpack Only a very few were sold before they were withdrawn. It was re-issued April 1 showing correct June birthday! Leading NZ dealers have them on ebay and offer BOTH packs for $US500 - http://tinyurl.com/WiilPack2 - and from the USA $US215 posted - http://tinyurl.com/WillPackUS - and my price below is clearly less than either. One appeared on online auction site for $2,000 start price - http://tinyurl.com/TradeMePack I understand I have the **ONLY** dealer stock of these in Australia. These are large impressive packs, in a classy Gold Embossed, Deep Royal Violet, in a thick clear protective outer. Even the common reprinted pack was a total sell-out a week before Wedding! - http://tinyurl.com/NZsellout William is a SUPERSTAR in NZ and his recent visit to the Christchurch Earthquake site got him 24/7 media coverage. A ton of folks globally with major Royal Events sign up for “everything issued”. If that means buying two NZ folders, they want both, cost irrelevant. My hunch is these folks alone will more than vacuum up near all packs out there for sale. Add to that the number that collect NZ in some depth, and there is a clear supply/demand collision about to occur. (Check prices on the Aust 1970 PO packs for Japanese buyers - $1,000s each!) I secured a few from a NZ source.

$A165 each, or 2 for $A300 - or - 5 for $A625 for re-sellers/investors/dealers Payment by all credit cards at no fee, bank transfer, $A cheque, or paypal to glen@glenstephens.com. Regd $6 within Aust, or $A20 overseas (no stamps can be used overseas Reg’d) – or un-registered overseas Air is $A8 (stamps used) at your risk.

GLEN STEPHENS

PO Box 4007, Castlecrag, NSW, 2068, Australia. - Phone (02) 9958 1333 e-mail me: glen@glenstephens.com - www.glenstephens.com/rarity.html Life Member: American Stamp Dealers Association (New York.) Philatelic Trader’s Society. (London.)


Cinderella Corner

Football

These four labels are actually modern reproductions of much earlier labels one commemorating the 1922 South Australian Football Finals, (fig. 1), the 1923 Finals with, I presume the top four teams, Norwood, Sturt, South Adelaide and North Adelaide, (fig. 2), and the Interstate match between South Australia and Victoria, (figs. 3 and 4). They were produced in 1996.

Victor Short

Produced by Victor Short the British collector of philatelic ephemera from Oakham in Leicestershire. (Fig 5), the label is based on the design of the Manchester Philatelic Society’s labels produced in 1900 for the Lord Mayor’s Fund for the sick and wounded from the Boer War and was printed in sheets of 12, each with a different inscription around the margins, the one illustrated is from position 4 in the sheet. An Adelaide collector has lent me a run of “Philatelic Paraphernalia” the journal of the Philatelic History Society which was the creation of Victor Short and edited by him.

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It contains a lot of information on philatelists, the philatelic trade and the tools of trade of the philatelist as well as information on philatelic societies.

Chook And Chicken

Appears to be a savings stamp of some kind, (fig. 6), but I do not know any more about it or where it was produced. The currency is in pence so that probably places it before the mid 1960s depending on which country, (Australia, New Zealand or Britain), it was produced in.

Desert Mission

The Desert Mission is a Community Service organisation based in Phoenix Arizona in the USA and it provides assistance to the community by way of health services, food, children’s services and assistance to home buyers and businesses. The stamp, (fig. 7), is actually printed in silver ink with red and is probably an advertising label.

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I have seen these labels before and recorded them in this column. Most that I have seen are on covers from Coober Pedy where the postmaster was Mr. Alfred North. I think there are six in the set each featuring an aspect of tourism in South Australia. This one was on cover and the card insert was dated 20 September 1940. (Fig.8).

QANTAS and BOAC

These labels were used as seals on the back of covers commemorating the 30th anniversary of QANTAS as Royal Air Mail carriers in 1952 and also the first regular airmail service on the Sydney – Bangkok route, however the designs suggest much wider use as they feature India and Pakistan. (Figs. 9 and 10).

Plume and Mobiloil

Back in the February 2005 column I wrote about this label, (fig. 11), which was produced by the Vacuum Oil Company to promote their products. The promotion

was centred around Kingsford Smith and his flights.

Apex Club

This label, (fig 12), commemorates the 25th anniversary of Apex Clubs in Australia in 1956. The first Apex Club started in Geelong in 1931 when three architects attempted to join the Rotary Club of Geelong. As Rotary has a rule restricting one of each profession to each club the three architects formed the Apex Club of Geelong. The Association of Apex Clubs of Australia is the collective name given to the 330 individual Apex Clubs throughout Australia. An Apex club is a community service club, neither sectarian nor party political, that provides young civic minded people the opportunity to volunteer within the community as well as develop personally through club run schemes such as public speaking competitions. Club members are volunteers between the ages of 18 and 45.

One Cent Letter Postage

The following information has been taken from a website provided by a collector who has researched

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these stamps. I have edited out some of the information that is not necessary to the story of the stamps. In the late 19th century and early 20th century in the United States of America the setting of postal rates was not only hotly debated, but also an extremely political issue. When publishers of magazines and other periodicals won discounted second class rates, many mailers who used regular first class postage felt that their higher postage costs were subsidizing the mailings of magazine publishers. Booksellers were especially sensitive to the lower postage rates enjoyed by their major competitors, magazines and newspapers. One such bookseller was Charles W. Burrows who spoke out against what he considered the unfair advantage the lower postage gave to periodicals which was not available to other merchants who used the mail to distribute their wares. In 1904, George T. McIntosh, who had received information from Burrows, started a movement within the National Hardware Association for one cent letter

postage. McIntosh retired from the McIntosh Hardware Corporation of Cleveland in 1910 and was urged by many business men to continue the work for one cent letter postage. He was willing if Burrows would be President. Burrows agreed, and by 1912, an organization was formed to protest what Burrows considered subsidized lower postage costs enjoyed by magazine and newspaper publishers. The National One Cent Letter Postage Association was started with the President being Burrows and Secretary/Treasurer McIntosh. The Association began its recruitment of members and its formal lobbying efforts to eliminate these postal subsidies. Mailings and literature were produced and seals were made for members to use on their correspondence. (Fig. 13). There were six different types or printings of the stamps and the example illustrated here is of type 6. Types 1 to 5 are all the same design as this one, but with variations in the lettering or background in the top and bottom tablets

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Stamps in the News - Globally! Stamp surveillance in Croatia Reported at http://www.cnet.com.au

Croatia’s post office has created the QR stamp to keep clients posted on their mail’s whereabouts. The QR stamp, released on 9 September for Postage Stamp Day, lets people track their posted mail on its journey, and confirm delivery when it arrives. On the Post Office website you can see how many QRs have been sent so far, where the last one was posted from and where it arrived, and how far the stamps have cumulatively travelled.You can also check out an interactive map, which lets you view each stamp’s journey and comments made by people that it passed along the way. QR (abbreviation for “quick response”) code is a two-dimensional code similar to a standard bar code with one key difference – it can be read by cell phone. In the raster of squares that build the code there is a text message. Most often it is a web address. After reading the QR code, the internet browser of your cell phone will go to the address contained in the code. See the Hrvatska Pošta site http://www.qrmarka. posta.hr/en/code/

removed the visible symbols of his power wherever they found them. Libyan postage stamps are among the symbols left over. Henry Schuler, a former American Foreign Service worker who had been based in Benghazi has such a collection. “Gaddafi was very interested in his legacy,” Schuler said. “If you look at the collection, you see him as a dashing officer in naval and army uniforms, with the tanks and the rapid patrol boats. That’s how he envisaged his legacy and himself in history.” Among Schuler’s favourite stamps are a pair depicting the 1803 attack of the USS Philadelphia by Barbary pirates, in Tripoli harbour. Illustrations of the burning ship are flanked on either side by images of American airplanes preparing to bomb Tripoli in 1986, and the caption reads, FROM THE “PHILADELPHIA” TO F111 AIRCRAFT. “Gaddafi drew a direct parallel between that historic event and the American bombing of Tripoli. Some of the pirates have cutlasses in between their teeth. Who puts that on a stamp?”

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A Dictator’s legacy…. Libya

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A new German documentary on Hitler has focused on his personal finances. Even before taking power, Hitler was in trouble with tax authorities. By 1933, his unpaid taxes totalled eight times his official salary. He quite simply declared that his own income and the endowments paid to certain officials and generals


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were tax-free. Until 1945, Hitler also had the German post office pay him royalties for using his image on postage stamps. Over the years, this added up to tens and even hundreds of millions.

and was unhurt in the initial attack by the Emden. The Sydney’s commander reacted swiftly, and chased and crippled the Emden. More than 130 Germans were killed and 50 were captured. This was the Royal Australian Navy’s first maritime battle since it was formed in 1911.

Newly discovered Dockwra 1680 stamp for sale Reported at http://www.artdaily.org

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Reported at http://www.theage.com.au THE designer of the first Australian stamps issued to mark the end of the Great War is descended from a seaman who was on the HMAS Sydney when it encountered the Emden in 1914. Melbourne artist Tim Hancock has designed two stamps issued on Remembrance Day. The $1.20 stamp has two soldiers in silhouette wearing tin hats and twin poppies in the foreground, while the 60¢ stamp has a bugler in profile and a single poppy. Both stamps carry an excerpt of the poem, On Flanders Fields. Mr Hancock asked his maternal grandmother, Doreen Neale, to transcribe the poem for a backdrop of an authentic style of handwriting. Mr Hancock’s great-grandfather Charles Alfred Neale, had joined the Sydney’s crew as a stoker on its maiden voyage from a British shipyard in 1913,

Sotheby’s are to sell a previously unrecorded example of the earliest version of the original Dockwra hand-stamps, the “Murray’s Post” stamp in December. Marking a crucial development in postal history, the triangular hand-stamp was used in the first penny post, established by undertakers, William Dockwra and Robert Murray in London in 1680. For an up-front fee of 1d (equivalent of 55p today), the system guaranteed delivery of a letter anywhere in London and its immediate environs within four hours. Several hundred receiving houses were established where a messenger would call hourly to take all letters received to the closest of the seven sorting offices where they were stamped and sorted for onward delivery. The sender, recipient and time of posting all letters was recorded in registers, and compensation paid for failure to deliver.

What the…? US mom celebrates 40 years of mailing pumpkins Reported at http://www.heraldonline.com

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Stamps in the News - Globally! of citizens. The mobile postal van will comprise two postal officials, driver and the tasking staff. It will travel to 30 pre-notified locations each week from 8 am to 8 pm equipped with all the facilities of a post office.

Charitable acts

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set them down on the counter at the main Anderson branch of the U.S. Post Office and waited for the stamps to go on their marker-painted surfaces. By the end of the labelling, about half of the pumpkins were covered with the labels that will help postal workers get them to their intended destinations. Those pumpkins are Busey’s unique way of wishing her four children and a dear friend a happy Halloween. She selects small ones because it cuts down on the cost of shipping. It took $28 to put first-class stamps on the pumpkins this year.

A quarter of all money donated to the Red Cross comes from gifts left in wills….but its not only money that is bequeathed. An elderly couple recently bequeathed their Stradivarius which realised £195,000 at auction. Another benefactor was a stamp collector who had amassed over 2,500 Red Cross postage stamps from Austria to Zimbabwe, including Red Cross and Red Crescent Society stamps from all around the world. The oldest one, from Indochina, dates back to 1914. The stamps were valued at £250 but in this case the organisation decided to keep them for its archives for others to enjoy.

Pune post on the move

Reported at http://www.dnaindia.com Puneites from now on do not have to travel all the way to the neighbourhood post offices to access postal services. The Pune region of India Post launched ‘Post office on wheels’, a mobile postal service that will visit various areas in the city to reach the doorsteps

‘Love Post’ tackles China’s rising divorce rate Reported at http://www.bbc.co.uk

China’s post office is not normally a place you would associate with love but the state-run institution in Beijing is promoting a scheme which it hopes will stem the country’s rising number of divorces. Newly-wed couples are being offered the chance to send sealed love letters which will be delivered seven years after their big day. The idea is that 50 - Stamp News


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couples thinking of splitting up will receive a timely reminder of why they got together in the first place. Once rare, divorce is now common in China. The number of failed marriages has doubled in the last decade. The post office is hoping its scheme will stop some couples reaching the divorce courts. They are also producing special stamps, postcards and even a Love Passport which can be stamped on every anniversary.

Deutsche Post reinvents itself Reported at http://www.nytimes.com

The Deutsche Post office across from the train station here offers DVDs, umbrellas, phone cards and toys with the processing of mail appearing nearly an afterthought. And the facility housing it is a bank. With mail volumes decreasing, European postal services have reinvented themselves over the past decade as multifaceted delivery and information

companies tailored to the virtual age. Though Deutsche Post by law still delivers to every address six days a week, it has jettisoned buildings, positions and its traditional focus on paper mail. After selling off all but 24 of 29,000 post office buildings in the past 15 years, the German postal service is now housed mostly within other business “partners,� including banks, convenience stores and even private homes. At the same time, many European postal services have developed a host of electronic services that are increasingly making traditional post offices and mailboxes obsolete. Bills and catalogs can go first to digital mailboxes run by the post office on customers’ computers, and the customers can tell the post office what they want it to print and deliver. Germans can buy virtual postage from their cellphones. For actual packages, Deutsche Post customers can choose to pick up items at automated banks of lockers in places like train stations; the locker number and opening code are sent to their cellphones.

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Looking at New Zealand The Centennial of Settlement in Otago New Zealand is a very diverse country geographically. Although small, it is divided into quite distinct regions by mountain chains and other natural features. These geographic features, dense native forests and, in the central North Island, Maori hostility hampered overland communication in the mid-nineteenth century. Coastal shipping was the main means of communication between the regions. Between 1841 and 1876 national government was supplemented by Provincial Governments, thus recognising the regional diversity and the difficulty of communication with the capital. The number of Provincial Governments grew during this period as the populations and economies of sub-regions grew. Today, provincial boundaries survive in the organisation of the national Rugby football competition. With the economic growth of the North Island hampered by armed conflict with some Maori tribes over releasing land for European settlers and the discovery of gold in the South Island in the 1860s, the Province of Otago (see map) was the most prosperous region of New Zealand in the late nineteenth century. It had been settled by

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members of the Free [Presbyterian] Church from Scotland, the first of whom landed at Port Chalmers in Otago Harbour from the ship John Wickliffe on 23 March 1848 and from the Philip Laing on 15 April 1848. The settlers’ Scottish heritage is reflected in the name of the principal city, Dunedin, which literally means ‘little Edin[burgh]’. The centenary of this event was marked by an issue of stamps on 23 February 1948 (Figure 1). There were also commemorative postmarks from both Port Chalmers and the Dunedin Chief Post Office for 23 March 1948 – Figure 3

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exactly one hundred years after the first landing (Figure 2). The stamps were designed by James Berry and recess-printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co in sheets of 120 on fine esparto-based paper watermarked ‘NZ & star’ and comb-perforated 13½. Three values were printed in two colours with separate plates for the frames and centres. The 1d stamp showed the first ships in Port Chalmers with the native Clematis flower at top left; a Maori and native flax at bottom left; a buttonhole rose (introduced by the first settlers) at top right and the Scottish thistle at bottom right. The centre plates used were marked A and B and the frame plates 1 and 2. There was an interesting flaw on printings from frame plate 2 at row 12 no. 7 caused by insufficient padding

underneath the plate. The Maori’s outstretched hand was quite faint in early printings and faded away completely in later printings (can anyone send me images of this?). Port Chalmers and Otago Harbour are shown in Figures 3 and 4. The town of Cromwell at the confluence of the Clutha and Kawarau rivers in central Otago was a major centre of the 1860s gold rushes. The 2d value shows the town, beech trees and a coach crossing the bridge built in 1866. The bridge was replaced in 1891 and then removed altogether when the

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original town site was flooded for hydroelectricity by the building of the Clyde Dam between 1977 and 1989. The town was relocated to higher ground with a few of the historical buildings relocated to the shores of the newly-created Lake Dunstan. Old Cromwell and the new lake are shown in Figures 5 and 6. The centre plates were again marked A and B and the frame plates 1 and 2. Cracks and re-entries occur on the frame plates, for example in the gutter between stamps 9 and 10 of rows 8 and 9 on plate 2. The 3d stamp was not Figure 10 54 - Stamp News


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included in the original plans for the set. However, there was considerable local pressure for a design depicting the First Church, built from 1861 to 1873 as a memorial to the settlement’s first minister the Rev. Thomas Burns (a nephew of the poet Robert Burns). Because of its late inclusion it was printed in one colour only from a plate numbered 2. There were no significant flaws. First Church is pictured in Figure 7. The University of Otago, founded in 1869, was the first university in New Zealand. The University’s neo-gothic style Registry Building (Figure 8) is featured on the 6d stamp, printed from centre plate A and frame plate 1. The top corners of the stamp feature shields that appear on the building’s façade. The shields feature Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and modes of transport. A flaw in row 6 no. 6 shows a small horizontal line at the top of the castle in the

right-hand shield. This has become known as the ‘machine gun’ flaw (Figure 9, from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand ). Some examples of the plate blocks are shown in Figure 10. References: Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps, Auckland, Campbell Paterson, 1952 – . The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, vol. 2, Wellington, RPSNZ, 1953. Graeme can be contacted through his website, www.stampsmw.top1.com.au .

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Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 19 This month’s article is devoted to a description of the exhibition class, Aerophilately. Introduction Aerophilately is a specialised version of postal history, relating particularly to mail that was carried, or was intended to be carried, by air. It also includes material peripheral to the mail such as air mail stamps, vignettes, labels, etiquettes, poster stamps, and postal markings. The term “intended to be flown” is pertinent, especially in the early days of aviation. Many flights were scheduled, but for one reason or another, the aircraft did not arrive. Mail was also prepared in anticipation of a flight, only to subsequently learn that there was no air mail service available. When we think of air mail, it is automatic to think in terms of fixed wing aircraft. However, air mail also refers to many other forms of flown material, including balloons, air ships, zeppelins, pigeons, parachute, parachutists, heli-copters, autogyros, ultralight aircraft, gliders, hang gliders, and model aero-planes. Until recently, air mail also included hovercraft, but they have now been excluded, since hovercraft, whilst they do leave the ground, do not have the free flight characteristics of the other forms of transport shown above.

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into an aerophilatelic exhibit. It is generally considered that air mail evolved with the invention and development of the aeroplane in 1903. However, many years before the aeroplane there was pigeon and balloon mail. Pigeon Post and Balloon Mail As a method of communication, pigeon post is likely as old as the ancient Persians from whom the art of training the birds probably came. The Romans used pigeon messengers to aid their military over 2000 years ago. Julius Caesar is said to have used pigeons as messengers in his conquest of Gaul. The Greeks conveyed the names of the victors at the Olympic Games to their various cities by this means. By the 12th century, messenger pigeons were used in Baghdad with a regular pigeon postal service being used by merchants between İskenderun and Aleppo in the Levant. Before the telegraph, this method of communication had a considerable vogue amongst stockbrokers and financiers. The Dutch government established a civil and military system in Java and Sumatra early in the 19th century, the birds being obtained from Baghdad. Details of the employment of pigeons during the siege of Paris in 1870-71 led to a revival in the training of pigeons for military purposes. After pigeon post between military fortresses had been thoroughly tested, attention was turned to its use for naval purposes, to send messages to ships in nearby waters. It was also used by news agencies and private individuals at various times. Governments in several countries established lofts of their own. Laws were passed making the destruction of such pigeons a serious offense; premiums to stimulate efficiency were offered to private societies, and rewards given for destruction of birds of prey. Before the advent of radio, pigeons were used by newspapers to report yacht races, and some yachts were actually fitted with lofts. The pigeon post which was in operation while Paris was besieged during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871 is probably the most famous. As had been expected, the normal channels of communication into and out of Paris were


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Philatelic Development Officer, APF Ukrainian border). The Siege of Przmyśl, was one of the greatest sieges of the First World War, and a crushing defeat for Austria-Hungary. The earliest recorded balloon mail in Australia was on 12 November 1850 when leaflets were dropped from an unmanned balloon at Flagstaff Hill, Victoria. Another leaflet drop was made in Melbourne on 15 February 1858.

Outer cover that contained mail to be sent by pigeon post during the siege of Paris. interrupted during the four-and-a-half months of the siege. For an assured communication into Paris, the only successful method was by the time-honoured carrier-pigeon, and thousands of messages, official and private, were thus taken into the besieged city. During the course of the siege, pigeons were regularly taken out of Paris by balloon. Initially, one of the pigeons carried by a balloon was released as soon as the balloon landed so that Paris could be apprised of its safe passage over the Prussian lines. Soon a regular service was in operation, based first at Tours and later at Poitiers. The pigeons were taken to their base after their arrival from Paris and when they had preened themselves, been fed and rested, they were ready for the return journey. Tours lies some 200 km from Paris and Poitiers some 300 km; to reduce the flight distance the pigeons were taken by train as far forward towards Paris as was safe from Prussian intervention. Before release, they were loaded with their despatches. The first despatch was dated 27 September and reached Paris on 1 October, but it was only from 16 October, when an official control was introduced, that a complete record was kept. • Historically, balloons were also used to transport mail from Paris during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-72. Sixty-five unguided mail balloons were released in besieged Paris to communicate with the world beyond the besieging forces, of which only two went missing. Balloon mail was also sent from Przmyśl, Austria, (near the

What is Aerophilately? Airmail as a collecting area generally mirrors aviation history and the aeroplane’s impact on the world’s communication systems. As aeroplanes gradually became faster and larger, and with the expansion of aviation in general, the possibility of sending mail by air increased accordingly. The very large volume of mail transported by air forms the basis of a fascinating and complex philatelic collecting area. The world of airmail, all of which is a product of just one century, offers the collector almost limitless choice. The following are possible collecting methods • The development of airmail within a country or a geographic area

The “Ross Smith” vignette, printed by the Commonwealth Stamp Printer on Crown A watermarked paper; with full original margins •

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Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 19 Mail sent from a particular town or airport The study of airmail stamps, labels, vignettes, etc. • Mail carried by a particular type of airplane/ catapult plane • Mail carried by a particular airline • Mail carried by airship/zeppelins • Mail carried by balloons or sailplanes/gliders • Pigeon mail • Collecting by aviators • Collecting aircraft on stamps • Mail flown in a specified time period • Crash/recovered mail (Interrupted mail) • Military airmail • Directional markings used in air mail (Jus’qua Markings) • Rocket mail • Space mail/astrophilately Any or all of the above could be combined to form a collecting basis – most exhibits relate to a limited theme for a given time period – the scope is too wide to do otherwise. • •

What May Be Included An aerophilatelic exhibit should represent a study of the development, operation or other defined scope of airmail services, presenting directly relevant items and documenting the treatment and analysis of the aerophilatelic material, as outlined in the following sub-sections. Covers 1 An aerophilatelist is primarily interested in mail such as envelopes (covers), postcards, stationery, newspapers, wrappers, etc. which have been transported by air and which usually bear dates and indications of the mode of their transportation. These covers can be either first flight or commercial mail. For many earlier official air routes, commercial mail is difficult to obtain. 2 Items which have been prepared to be flown, but are not flown for a legitimate reason, may be included in an aerophilatelic exhibit. 3 The study of routes, postal rates and markings are frequently relevant to the development of the 58 - Stamp News

subject. Maps and drawings may be included if they highlight a route or flight, but maps should be restricted in number and used only if relevant to the documentation. 4 The contents of a cover may be included in the exhibit, if they enhance the understanding of the theme or confirm the authenticity of the subject. 5 Duplication of items should be avoided, regardless of value. Stamps and Essays 1 Adhesive stamps issued or overprinted specifically for use on airmail are part of aerophilately, even when used for other postal purposes. 2 Postal stationery, including aerogrammes and airmail postcards, issued specifically for airmail use is aerophilatelic material. 3 An exhibit may also include related material, such as: - Essays and proofs - A study of printing methods or reconstruction of printing or overprinting plates - A study of paper varieties, watermarks, perforations, etc., or printing/overprinting errors. 4 While both a traditional and an aerophilatelic exhibit may contain the material in “3” above, it is the treatment of the covers that will determine whether the exhibit will be judged by

The US Inverted Jenny, probably the world’s rarest air mail stamp.


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Philatelic Development Officer, APF a traditional or by an aerophilatelic team. 5 To be judged as Aerophilately the covers must be organized to show the development of airmail services. In other words, there must be a recognized aerophilatelic theme. If the covers are arranged to show usages of the stamps in a traditional way then the exhibit should be judged as a traditional exhibit. Other Material Vignettes or labels used on flown covers may also be included in an aerophilatelic exhibit, but generally such material should not dominate an exhibit. Non-Postal Material Items documenting the pioneer period, e.g., airforwarded forerunners to regular air postal services or early airmail flown by other carriers where postal services were not available, are considered important to the development of airmail services and therefore to aerophilately. For example: • Entrusted mail from the Siège of Paris (see above) and airborne mail from the besieged Metz and Belfort. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, the German army laid siege to both Metz and Belfort. Metz was the headquarters of the Third French Army Corps, and as the few sorties of the garrison were unable to break the German lines, Metz was forced to surrender (27 October 1870), with the result that 6,000 French officers and 170,000 men were taken prisoner. The Siege of Belfort, between 3 November 1870 and 18 February 1871, was successfully resisted until the garrison was ordered to surrender 21 days after the armistice between France and Prussia. • Private labeled and flown pioneer airmail, e.g. the Vin Fiz Flyer, an early Wright Brothers Model EX pusher biplane, which in 1911 became the first to cross the North American continent by air. • Flown military mail from World War I and the post-World War I period, like Przemysl mail. The Great Barrier Island and Marotiri pigeonflown mail. Great Barrier Island is a large island of New Zealand, situated 100 kilometres to the north-east of central Auckland in the

outer Hauraki Gulf. Marotiri is a group of four uninhabited volcanic rocks protruding from the sea, forming the southeastern end of the Austral Islands of French Polynesia. Non-postal material should be completely described and must be directly related and important to the development of airmail services. Items dropped from the Air Items containing a message dropped from the air are included within the scope of aerophilately. Recovered Mail Recovered (crash) mail has special standards for documentation and condition. The documentation should describe the postal aspects of the incident, the amount of mail saved (e.g., number of covers saved), and any applicable postal markings and handling arrangements. The normal standards of condition do not apply to crash covers. Supporting Material Any supporting material used should relate to a particular detail of the exhibit which, although important, cannot be otherwise represented. Memorabilia (e.g., menus or the like) may not be used. Arrangement of the Exhibit There are a number of ways in which the exhibit can be developed, and there can be found strong support for the two most common methods – chronological and sectional. Chronological Development The exhibit is arranged in the sequence in which the events depicted actually occurred. The significant advantage of this method of presentation is that the development of air routes, aircraft, pilots and airlines can be traced in the sequence in which they happened, and the inter-relationship of the various areas of development can be seen. Sectional development of airmail There are a number of sectional approaches which can be used. • Classification by the area of air mail Stamp News - 59


Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 19 development such as • Pioneer air mail • Development of domestic air mails • Development of international air mails • Classification by geographical area, the groups commonly chosen are: • Country or associated group of countries • Route - Airline • Service (e.g., army, navy) - Aircraft manufacturer • Development of air mail by means of transport. Groups commonly chosen are: • Pigeon • Lighter than air (balloon, dirigible) • Heavier than air (parachute, glider, aircraft) • Rocket The nature of the material included and the storyline will generally make the use of sectional development quite obvious. However, if classification by the area of air mail development is used then there can be overlapping between the areas which may become confusing. For example, are the feeder air lines to an international air route domestic or international air mail? How should domestic air mail carried on an international route be classified? It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to ensure that whatever method of development is selected, the title page must very clearly detail that method, so that there is absolutely no doubt as to the approach adopted. Catalogues Catalogues exist for most countries to assist collectors. However one needs to be careful in the use of these catalogues. Aerophilately is an ever-evolving class with new information coming to light on a regular basis. These catalogues are compiled basically from people’s collections, generally from information shown on the various flown covers. This information is not always correct, especially for the earlier flights. Each edition of a catalogue will produce an expansion of known information as collectors investigate variations between their own covers and the catalogues, and, 60 - Stamp News

most importantly, they make the results of their findings available for the whole of the hobby. A good example of this expansion in knowledge is the leaflet illustrated on the previous page. It was dropped from an aeroplane over Bathurst on or about Friday 1st August 1919. The leaflet was dropped on behalf of David Jones, and claims to be the first time that a plane flew over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst. This leaflet was recently offered on eBay and is unlisted in the Australian Air Mail Catalogue. Astrophilately Whilst rocket mail may be included within an aerophilatelic exhibit, an exhibit which is comprised entirely of rocket mail, either flown or commemorative, is classified as astrophilately, for which a separate class, rules and judging guidelines exist. More Information More information regarding the aerophilately class can be obtained from the internet by reference to the following sites • http://www.f-i-p.ch/regulation/documents/


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Philatelic Development Officer, APF Aerophilately.pdf - This Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) site details the Special Regulations For The Evaluation Of Aerophilately Exhibits At FIP Exhibitions, a must for all serious exhibitors. These regulations also contain guidelines for the judging of the class, which can be very useful to exhibitors in planning and preparing their exhibits. • http://www.fipaero.org/ - an FIP site, the Aerophilatelic Commission had fallen into disuse. It is now being revived and new interesting material is being added. A look down the left hand column will show what has been achieved to date plus what is intended to be included. As it develops, this website could become very useful to budding aerophilatelists. • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerophilately - this site does contain some useful information, but is slightly slanted towards American air mails. • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon_mail - this site will provide more information regarding the balloon mail referred to at the start of this article. • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_Post - this site will provide more information regarding the pigeon mail which preceded mechanised flight. • http://www.fisa-web.com/4_members/members_ list.htm - the Federation Internationale Des Societes Aerophilateliques (FISA) site provides a listing of all of its member organisations throughout the world, giving collectors access to many other websites for information or the possibility of joining any society relevant to their collections. • http://www.japhila.cz/hof/index_tra.htm Exponet, the Virtual Philatelic Exhibition includes a vast number of Aerophilately exhibits covering a wide range of countries and topics, well worth a look for ideas on what and how. For additional information, queries can be directed to the FIP Commission Delegate for Aerophilately in Australia, Ross Wood, by writing to P.O Box 38 Mirrabooka, WA, 6941, or by email at Rosswood@ bigpond.com.au. Also, many of the State Council libraries would include air mail catalogues from Australia and around the world. Local libraries could also have access to

the Australian catalogue. Catalogues at libraries may not always be the latest edition, but can be a guide in getting started, either with collecting or research. Acknowledgements In writing this article significant reference has been made to three websites, Wikipedia, FIP and the Aerophilately Commission, and I would like to acknowledge the assistance that this information has provided. The illustrations used are courtesy of Wikipedia, the Aerophilately Commission and my own collection. Should you have a subject that is either interesting or difficult to understand, and you would like to have it explained, or if there is a particular topic on which you would like more information, please let me know by emailing jpsadler@bigpond.com.au.

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Unlisted Andorra In the 1970s, I spent my summers in the city of Arcachon in the south of France. Most evenings I tuned in to Radio Andorra’s programming in Spanish enjoying their beautiful Latin music. I dreamt of visiting the tiny principality high up in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain but for different reasons my dream never materialized. However, some ten years ago I spent some time on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona in Spain. I decided to join a coach tour to Andorra in order to get a firsthand view of this rather mysterious country. It was a long and tedious journey through a mountainous landscape. The road meandered along the steep mountainsides. Our destination was Andorra la Vella, the principality’s capital city. It is located in a narrow

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valley with high mountains on each side. A river runs through the town. Along the main street there are numerous shops selling electronic products, tobacco and alcohol. Thanks to low taxes these products are far less expensive than similar products in France and Spain. I suppose Andorra la Vella can best be described as a huge shopping mall. In winter many tourists visit the country to enjoy skiing and other winter sports. I recognized many buildings and much of the scenery from my rather modest collection of Andorran stamps. The country has two different postal administrations; one is run by the French and the other by the Spanish. Andorra is a principality ruled by two co-princes – the Spanish Bishop of Seo de Urgel and the French president. Until fairly recently, inland mail


Christer Brunström was delivered free of charge but this privilege has now been abolished. The Spanish Andorran Post Office issued its first stamps in 1928 and the French colleagues followed suit three years later. To start with they issued current Spanish and French definitives suitably overprinted. Then followed stamp issues with very much local Andorran themes. All this is well documented in our general stamp catalogues. The topic of this column is very much a different one as it deals with Andorra’s many unlisted stamps which sometimes pop up in old collections. Already in 1896 the very first Andorran stamps reached the philatelic marketplace. The complete set comprises 12 denominations ranging from 5 céntimos to 10 pesetas. The stamps depict the Andorran coat of

arms. The printing of this set had been arranged by Plácido Ramón de Torres, a stamp dealer in Barcelona. He was somewhat of an entrepreneurial genius having released the very first stamp album in Spain. The album had been designed by a man called Tomás Torrabadella. De Torres also arranged to have the high values of Spain’s 1879 issue forged. The stamp dealers of the late 19th century frequently did not subscribe to any higher ethical standards. In his book Andorra Andorre (London 1974), British collector and dealer W. A. Jacques suggests that the 1896 set was also designed by Señor Torrabadella. Other philatelic authors have indicated that de Torres offered his stamps to the Andorran authorities but that there was no interest on their part.

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Unlisted Andorra Perhaps this lack of interest was due to the fact the stamps are inscribed República de Andorra! The tiny country is a principality and certainly not a republic. The stamps were printed on paper watermarked R A. It is believed that de Torres had also been forging stamps issued by Argentina and that the watermarked paper had been produced for those forgeries. In some of the sheets wrong clichés had been inserted creating colour errors. All denominations exist as tête-bêche pairs. The stamps can be found with different perforation gauges or imperforate. They also exist rouletted. All these varieties were probably produced to sell more stamps to collectors. De Torres died around 1900. Today the stamps are uncommon without being rare. They are almost always found as singles; pairs, blocks of four or larger units tend to be rather scarce. In the early 1900s, H. Douchet of Belgium took a strong interest in Andorra. He was not only an enthusiastic philatelist but also a designer and an engraver. Mr. Douchet produced a number of extremely scarce essays for Andorran stamps. It is rather unclear if Mr. Douchet was also responsible for a series of 5-céntimo essays inscribed Principat d’Andorra. The design seems to have been assembled in the printing office of a newspaper. The stamp exists in at least 20 different colours and shades. I have a stamp surcharged CINCU centimes but this variety is not listed in any of the references that I have consulted. In 1928, there was another bogus issue of Andorran stamps. In this year, the Spanish released their first stamps for their Andorran offices. The issue did not include any postage due stamps and that is something that a collector in the Netherlands wanted to remedy. He printed a set of eight simple postage due labels with denominations ranging from 5 céntimos to 1.50 peseta. The postage dues were printed in sheets of 25 (5 x 5). The last row in the sheet was printed upside down resulting in five vertical tête-bêche pairs in each sheet. The stamps are perforated 11½ but they also exist imperforate. Finding these bogus postage dues is no easy task. I found my set at the open air stamp market of the avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris many years ago. 66 - Stamp News

In 1932 there was no airport in Andorra. The mountainous terrain is certainly not favourable for the construction of airports but there is one at Andorra la Vella today. In 1932, a certain Señor N., a Barcelona businessman, proposed to start a regular airmail service between Andorra and Barcelona. He contacted the Spanish authorities and built an air- strip in Monte de Cuervo on the Spanish side of the border with Andorra. Unfortunately Señor N. died on the day permission for the new airline was received from Madrid. The air service between Andorra and Barcelona started but it was never a success. When the company did not fulfil its part of the agreement the Spanish aeronautical authorities revoked its concession and the service was terminated. Señor N. had ordered a set of 12 different airmail stamps with three different designs. The stamps also exist overprinted FRANQUICIA DEL CONSELL to be used as service stamps. The stamps are generally found perforated but they also exist in imperforate condition. As far as I know these stamp were never used. The entire remainders were sold to the trade in 1934 and by now they must have been scattered to the four corners of the world. Finally it should be mentioned that the tax heaven of Andorra had a set of revenue or tax stamps issued around 1939. The Andorrans tend to be very averse to taxes generally but it was quite acceptable to tax tourists and other visitors. The set comprises the following denominations: 15 céntimos, 25c, 50c and 1 peseta. The 25c was the tax on a meal and 50c the tax on a day’s stay in a hotel. These were the kind of local tourist taxes which are still in use in many cities in southern Europe even today. The stamps were printed in large sheets which had 30 copies of the 15c and 40 stamps each of the remaining three values. As there was no use for the 15c stamps they were generally removed and discarded which could explain why this is a somewhat scarce stamp today. The tourist tax stamps saw very limited use as the tourist industry came to a complete standstill when World War II started.


MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE UPCOMING FIP EXHIBITION IN AUSTRALIA

The stunning Royal Exhibition Centre in Melbourne is the venue set for the FIP Exhibition in Australia scheduled to take place from 10-15 May 2013. The event marks a return to the venue used for “Ausipex” 1984 – the first FIP Exhibition in Australia. Set within the beautiful Carlton Gardens and completed in 1880, for the purpose of the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880-81, it is the first building in Australia (in 2004) to be granted UNESCO World Heritage Status. Australian Federal Parliament was formally opened here on 9 May 1901 and the Australian Flag first flown here on 3 September 1901. The six-day Exhibition will mark the Centenary of Australian Commonwealth Postage Stamps (The Kangaroo & Map design) and will feature 3200 frames, almost 150 stand-holders, a Court of Honour, Championship Class, Literature Area, Meeting Rooms and a dedicated Patron’s Lounge space. In addition to the major sponsor of Australia Post, a Patrons Club limited to 250 members has been established and support is being sought from both Australian and International philatelists to ensure the event is a success. At $AU500 (approximately £315) members will receive the following; •

Australia 2013 Patron’s tie or scarf

Four exclusive limited edition items

A souvenir season’s entry ticket to Australia 2013

Pre-opening hours admission to the exhibition (except opening day)

Five passes to the Patron 2013 Club lounge for guests accompanying the member

An exhibition catalogue

Recognition as a Patron in the exhibition catalogue and on the website.

Application forms and more information can be found at the website www.australia2013.com


Internet & Email Directory The following is an extensive listing of Stamp Dealer and Internet Website contact addresses worldwide. Millions of dollars of stock is priced up ready to sell on these sites. All Dealers may list their contact details here for a very affordable $175 per year fee, prepaid annually or only $17.50 a month. Contact the Advertising Manager on Ph: 03 9729 0082, Fax: 03 9758 7506, or email: kevinmorgan2@live.co www.brusden-white.com Publishers of Australia’s Gold Medal catalogue series - The Australian Commonwealth Specialists’ Catalogue. Order all volumes on line. Special offers also available. info@brusden-white.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 Boambee East PS: Mtg 1st Tues (ex. Jan) 6pm Boambee East Comm. Centre, Bruce King Dr. Ph: 02 66581385 Campbelltown District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan - 4th Wed); @ Catholic Hall Acacia St, Ruse. Inquiries: mystampclub@yahoo.com.au; PO Box 478, Campbelltown 2560 Castle Hill SC Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm, Hills District Bowling Club, Jenner Street, Baulkham Hills; PO Box 151 Castle Hill NSW 1765 China Study Group of PSNSW: Mtg 4th Mon 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Cinderella SC: Mtg 2nd Friday, even months; Produces “Cinderellas Australia” and monographs; PO Box 889, Chatswood, NSW 2057 Coffs Harbour SC: Mtg 2nd Wed Earlwood and District SC:Mtg 1st Wed Grafton SC: Mtg 2nd Wed (ex. Dec) Grafton Stampers & Everything Philatelic: Mtg 1st Sun 2pm (ex School Hols). Grafton Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Queen & Oliver Sts. Ph 02 6642 1363. email 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. Kempsey RSL PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Lake Macquarie Stamp Club:: Mtg 2nd Sat 9am; Combined Pensioners & Community Care Services 130 Josephson St, Swansea. Enq: 02 4392 5211 Lord Howe Island Postal History Society: Mtg by arrangement. Contact Pres: Dr William Mayo, 02 9918 6825 Lower Clarence PS: Mtg 4th Tues Macquarie Valley PS: Mtg 2nd Tues Maitland SC: Mtg 2nd Mon ex Jan. ‘Show & Tell’ every mtg E. Maitland Bowling Club, Bank St. Pres. Mark Saxby; Sec. David Carratt; Ph: 02 4932 4045 Email: 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 7pm on 4th Mon (ex Dec); Milton-Ulladulla Bowling Club Mtg Room, St Vincent St, Ulladulla, Sec. PO Box 670, Ulladulla, NSW, 2539 Morisset Uniting Church SC: Mtg 4th Sat 10am (ex Dec) Enq: 4977 2525 (Jenny)

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 www.canberrastamps.org

western australia Armadale-Kelmscott PS: Mtg 4th Tues; Ph: 08 9397 6525 email: fit.kanga@bigpond.com Bridgetown-Manjimup SC: Mtg 1st Thurs 7.30pm Masonic Hall, Hampton St, BridgetownPh 08 9761 4638 or 08 9761 2005 Busselton SC: Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9752 4449, 0400 646 282 email witches1@westnet.com.au Canning SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9457 7565 Daytime SC: Mtg 1st Thurs; 08 9341 3576 Eastern Goldfields: Mtg 3rd Thurs ; Ph: 0412 156 351 Eaton SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs, 7pm Ph. 08 9795 7744, email: scrapbit@tpg.com Ellenbrook SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9296 9306 Fremantle and District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed, Tennis Club House, Parry St, Fremantle at 8pm; Ph: 08 6363 6415 Kalamunda SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9291 8484

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

Mudgee Coin Note & Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Sunday Ph 02 63735324 Nambucca River PS: Mtg 1st Sunday Newcastle PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs, 7.30pm Mayfield Ex-Services Club; 10am 3rd Wed, 48 Mackie Ave, New Lambton, Juniors 11am 3rd Sun, Wallsend Pioneers Hall NSW Postcard Collectors Soc: Mtg 1st Wed 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Northern Suburbs PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs, 7.45pm, Naremburn Library, Central St, Naremburn off Slade St; Ph: 02 9419 7354 Orange Coin and Stamp Club: Mtg Last Tuesday, Orange Community Info Centre, 79-81 Kite St, Orange 7.30pm Ph: 02 6362 3754. Orchid Stamp Club: Mtg 3rd Sat. (Jan and each 2nd mth) Parramatta PS: Mtg 1st Friday Penrith and District PS: Mtg 1st Thursdays, 8pm, CWA rooms, Baby Health Ctr, Tindale St PO Box 393, Kingswood NSW 2747 PHILAS Stamp Auctions: Mtg 2nd Sat Mar,Jul, Nov Ph 02 9264 8301 PS of Australia: Mtg 3rd Wed (exDec); Ph 02 9399 7556 PS of NSW: Mtg 1st Tues (Philas House), 3rd Tues (Chatswood); Ph: 02 9264 8301 Richmond River (Lismore) PS: Mtg 4th Thursday Royal Sydney Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd Tues. (ex Jan); Ph: 02 9264 8301 Sapphire Coast Stamp & Coin Club: Mtg Enq 02 6495 7308. Mail to PO Box 285, Pambula, NSW 2549 St. George PS: Mtg 1st Mon Shoalhaven PS: Mtg 2nd Monday (Ex Jan) PO Box 4047, East Nowra 2541. Ph 02 44472976 Smithfield SC: Mtg 2nd Mon Society for Polar Philately: 2009 Mtg Dates: Weds Feb 10, Mar 10, May 12, July 14, Sept 8, Nov 10, 8pm, Ryde Ex-Services Club, 724-730 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW. Tel: 9807 3344. Sec. Peter Brigden, PO Box 408, Wahroonga, NSW, 2076. Visitors welcome Strathfield-Burwood PS: Mtg 4th Wed Sussex Inlet and District: Mtg 3rd Mon Sutherland Shire PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. , 7:30pm, Sutherland Uniting Services Club, 7 East Pde, Sutherland. Information Secretary, PO Box 339, Sutherland, NSW 1499 Sydney Anglican Stamp Society: Mtg 2nd Sat, even months 9.30am - 2.30pm, St Paul’s, Carlingford. Details: www.philas.org.au/sysdneyanglicanstampsociety Tamworth PS: Mtg 1st Mon ex. Jan. Tamworth Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St, Tamworth Sec. Graeme Mitchell. PO Box 678, Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 02 67664853 Taree RSL Club Ltd SC: Mtg 3rd Mon Thematic Society of Australia: Mtg 3rd Wed Toronto SC: Mtg 1st Wed Tuggerah SC: Mtg 4th Sun (ex Dec.) Turramurra SC: Mtg 2nd Monday, 7.45pm. Ph: 9144 4225 Twin Towns Stamp Club Inc.: Mtg 1st Monday, 7.30p, Home & Comm. Centre, Tweed Heads Wagga SC: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) ARCC Building, Tarcutta St, 7.30pm. Secretary: Peter Simpfendorfer Ph:02 6922 3393 Willoughby Legion Philatelic Section: Mtg 4th Tues Wyong PS: Mtg 3rd Tues, 7.30m. Jim Spence, Sec. Ph 02 4392 7536

northern territory Alice Springs SC: Meet Informally; PO Box 1529, Alice Springs, NT, 0871. Ph 08 8953 3054 Darwin Philatelic Circle: 1st Sun. 10am - 2pm. 53 Flametree Crt, Rosebery; Ph:(08) 8931 2898; PO Box 1624, Palmerston, NT, 0831; Email: Nadine.Tinsley@nt.gov.au-. WA club information: WA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Perth, WA, 6001 Mandurah SC: Mtg 4th Mon; Dudley Park Bowling Club, 28 Eden st, Mandurah. Email: stafford@southwest.com.au Northern Districts SC: Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9329 0117 Philatelic Forum: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan); Ph: 08 9294 4277 Rockingham & Kwinana (PS of): Mtg 3rd Tues (NB 2nd in Dec) Pres. Malcolm Brown; Sec. Terry Boyd; PRO Lucie Schokker Ph. 08 9419 1604; email: malcolm.b@iinet.net.au PS of WA: Mtg 3rd Tues; Ph: 08 9294 4277 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Wed (ex Dec); Clubrooms, Charles Riley Reserve, Wendling Rd, North Beach, Ph: 08 9447 7256 The Postmark Circle (WA): Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9294 4277 Victoria Park SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9472 8072 or 08 9450 5280 WA Study Group: Mtg 4th Thurs (ex Dec) 08 9384 1050 Wanneroo SC: Mtg 3rd Mon; Ph: 08 6106 0874.


philatelic clubs & societies new zealand Air Mail Society of NZ: 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 Tues; 07 3851 0213; email: petermccloskey@bigpond. com Bayside Afternoon SC: Meeting last Wed; Ph: 07 3206 6281. Bribie Island SC: Meeting 4th Wed; Ph: 07 3408 2238 Bundaberg PS: Mtg 2nd Mon, The Family Centre, Kensington St (in the Show Grounds); Ph: 07 4152 2403 or 07 4151 3062 Caboolture & District SC: Mtg 3rd Sat. Ph: 07 5498 6504 Cairns SC: Mtg 3rd Wed. 7.30pm Star Services, 115 Lyons St, Bungalow Ph: 07 4055 1302 Sec: Ross Bottomer, email:rbottomer@y7mail.com, web:www.cairnsstampclub. asn.au Caloundra SC: Mtg 4th Thurs 1.30pm Ph: 07 5494 7233 City Daytime SC: Mtg 2nd Thurs. Ph: 07 3206 6281 City of Brisbane PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Ph: 07 3263 8573 (ah); email: 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 3204 6095 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

Further information can be obtained from the NZ Philatelic Federation, PO Box 58139, Whitby, Porirua, 5245, NZ. E-mail: secretary@nzpf.org.nz Pukekohe Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Sunday Ph: 09 2357737 Email: pukekohestampclub@gmail.com Royal PS of NZ: Mtg 2nd Tues (ex Jan); Ph: 04 472 2590; Email office@rpsnz.org.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 5765210; Email: beducker@hotmail.com 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 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

Junction Park SC: Mtg 1st Tues, 7.30pm, Annerley Baptist Hall, Lambton St. 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, Presbyterian Church, Barry St, Slacks Creek, 6pm. Ph: 07 3805 9226. Mackay and District PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 07 4942 5433; Maryborough and Wide Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan). Salvation Army Youth 7 Comm. Hall. Bazaar St Maryborough. Ph: 07 41224708 (see also Hervey Bay) Nanango SC: Mtg 4th Thurs. Ph: 07 4162 2945 Philatelic Society of Qld: Mtg 4th Wed 7.30pm,18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum. Ph: 07 3245 5222 Queensland Study Group: Sunday bi-monthly 1.00pm meets QPS house. Contact Ph: 07 3396 0846 email: 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 55630384 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 C.W.A. Hall, Short St. Nambour. 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; Phone 07 46355623; email: bob.benny@bigpond.com 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 City of Noarlunga PS: Mtg alternate thurs,-- Community Health Centre, Grand Boulevard, Seaford, Contact 08 85566371 or PO Box 272, Port Noarlunga 5167 Eastern Districts PS: 2nd Thurs (ex. Jan), 7.30pm Senior citizens Hall, 47 Reid Ave. Hectorville; PO Box 240, Magill, 5072; Ph: 0400 156 796 Elizabeth PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Fridays, 7.30pm, RSL Hall, Cnr of Halseys/Midway Rds;PO Box 701, Elizabeth 5112; Ph: 08 8255 0608 Encounter Bay SC: Mtg 1st Wed, 7.30pm; School Hall, Woolworths Centre, Victor Harbour; PO Box 317, Goolwa 5214; aydepe@bigpond.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 Wed 7.30pm& 3rd Sat 1.30pm; Uniting Church Hall, Carlton St. Highgate. PO Box 29, Glenside 5063. Ph: (08) 8353 8683 Lower Murray PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs,7.30pm, 2nd Sat, 10am; Murray Bridge Showgrounds. PO Box 810, Murray Bridge; Ph: 08 85704074 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

victoria Australian PS: Bi-monthly meetings on 3rd Monday in February, April, June, August, October and December at RSL Homes, 152 Canterbury Road [cnr Keats Street] Canterbury. Secretary, PO Box 7014, Hawthorn, Vic, 3122 Bairnsdale SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs Ballarat PS:Mtg 3rd & 5th Mon Balwyn PS: Mtg 3rd Friday; Daytime 1st Friday Bendigo PS: Mtg 1st Tues Berwick SC:Mtg 2nd Sun (ex Jan); Ph: 03 5942 7626 Blackburn Baptist SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs Brighton PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Tues; Daytime 3rd Tues Camperdown SC: Mtg 1st Tues Castlemaine SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec) Colac PC: Mtg 4th Mon (ex. Dec), Colac Community College, Bromfield St, Colac. Ph:52314746 Corner Inlet SC: Mtg 4th Thurs, Foster, Ph: 03 56881100 Dandenong PS: Mtg 4th Wed (ex Dec) Diamond Valley PS: Mtg 3rd Mon Essendon-Broadmeadows PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs; St Johns Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Mt Alexander Rd & Buckley St, Essendon; Murray Gorham, Ph 9306 7480 Footscray PS: Mtg 1st Mon (2nd in Jan); 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: 0438578591 (Sec); PO Box 342, Belmont 3216 Hamilton PS: Mtg 2nd Monday Hungarian PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Italian PS: Mtg 2nd Mon (ex Jan), 7.30pm, Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Rd Bullen. (PO Box 166, Niddrie, 3042)

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

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Phillumeny SC: U3/26-28 Crozier Av, Modbury 5092. Ph: 08 8337 6533 Email: www.users.or.net/ figg/amccs Port Pirie PS: Mtg 4th Mon; PO Box532, Pt Pirie 5540; Ph: 08 8632 1105 Printed Collectables Club (SAPC): Mtg last Tues, Julia Farr Cent. Canteen, Ground Floor, Fisher St. Ph: 08 8265 7395; PO Box 657, Enfield Plaza 5085 PS of South Australia:1st & 3rdTues; 22 Gray Ct. GPO Box 1937, Adelaide 5001; Ph: 08 8555 3311 PS of South Aust. (Aus. Com. Spect.Grp.): Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm;22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 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 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 3rd Fri, 10am ;Whitmore Hall, Barmera Village; Ph: 08 8595 3023 SA Junior Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Sun 1pm - 3pm;Anyone over 5years, parents welcome. 22 Grey St, Adelaide. 08 8250 0484 Salisbury PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon;StJohns Church Hall. PO Box 336 Salisbury 5108; Ph: 08 8252 2392 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Fri 7.45pm, Old Railway Station (now Community Services Bldng.); Ph: 08 8370 2680 Strathalbyn PS: Mtg 2nd Mon; Reg Sissons Day Car Centre, 41 High St, Strathalbyn; 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), Senior Citizens Rooms, 352 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough, 3173; 03 97117085 Oakleigh PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan) Oakleigh Public Library, Drummond St, Oakleigh Ocean Grove SC: Mtg 4th Wed. 10am. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Clubrooms Melways: 234 A. Ph. 03 5255 1372 Peninsula SC: Mtg 3rd Wed, 7.30pm Uniting Church Hall, Murray Anderson Rd, Rosebud. Ph: 03 5974 1950 Polish PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Prahran PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) Ringwood PS: Gen Mtg 1st Thurs; Daytime 3rd Mon Ph: 03 9551 2235 Royal PS of Victoria:Mtg 3rd & 5th Thurs; Daytime 1st Tues Sale SC: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan) Shepparton PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Mechanics Institute, Shepparton. Ph. 0419 560 813 Sherbrooke PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs ex Jan Upwey Fire Brigade Hall, 8pm; Bob Cook Ph: 03 9758 3465 Upper Yarra SC: Mtg 3rd Tues Warragul PS: Mtg 2nd Fri Warrnambool PS: Mtg 3rd Wed 7.45pm St Joseph’s Primary School, Botanic Road;Ph: 03 5561 1470 Waverley PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs 7.30pm, Mt Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres, Mt Waverley; Daytime mtg the following Friday, 9.30am, Uniting Church Hall, 482 High St, Mt Waverley. Ph. 03 9898 4102 Obtain Tasmanian clubs information from: Tasmanian Stamp Council, GPO Box 9800, Hobart, TAS, 7001. Ph: 03 6278 7084 Kingston Junior Group: Mtg 2nd Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Launceston PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan) & 3rd Sat (ex. Dec), Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn 7.30pm; Ph: 6344 3676 Mersey-Leven PS: Contact: 03 6425 3603 Rosny Junior Group: Mtg Last Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Tasmanian PS: Mtg Last Monday (ex. Dec); www.tps.org.au, Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart


stamp & coin fairs & events new south wales

victoria

Dec 3 - (1st Sat) 9am to 4pm Orange Stamp Fair, Quinn’s Dec 4 - (1st Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phone Card Fair, UkrainArcade, Summer St, Orange. Ph: Norm 02 63623754. Dec 3 - (1st Sat) Northside Stamp Fair. 1st Floor, Car park Building, Manly-Warringah Leagues Club, cnr Federal Parade/Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW.

ian Hall, Russell St, Essendon. Dec 18 - (3rd Sun) Stamp, Card - Phone Card Fair, Bentleigh-McKinnon Youth Centre, Higgins Rd,

Dec 3 - (1st Sat) Katoomba Stamp & Coin Fair, 9am - Bentleigh. Dealers plus huge range activities. Ph: 4pm, Masonic Hall, Cnr Station & Civic Sts, Katoomba. John Thomas 0418 322 315. Ph. 0417 802 754

Dec 18 - (last Sun ex Dec) Stamp, Coin & Phone-

Dec 3 - (1st Sat) Sutherland Shire Stamp & Coin Col-

card Fair, Jaycees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading.

lectors Fair, Gymea Anglican Church Hall, 131 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea.

9am-3.30pm.

queensland

Dec 4 - (1st Sun) Bankstown Stamp & Coin Fair, Bankstown Masonic Hall, Cnr Greenfields & Restwell Sts, Bankstown. 9am - 3pm. 7 Dealers.

Dec 4 - QStamp Fair, Southside, Mt Gravatt Show-

Dec 18 - (3rd Sun) Stamp & Coin Fair, 10am - 3pm, grounds, Memorial Hall, Logan Rd. Free Entry Pioneers Hall, Cowper St, Wallsend. 8 Dealers. 4971 8.30am - 2pm 3483 Dec 25 - (4th Sun) Epping Stamp & Coin Fair, Community Hall, 9 Oxford St, Epping. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry, 6

Dec 12 - (2nd Mon) - Gold Coast PS Sale, Rm 1, Southport Comm. Centre, Lawson St, Southport.

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Auction No.11 - Saturday February 4, 2012

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4d Courier ‘Double Impression’ 10/- Cobalt on White Paper

£1 1st Wmk Brown & Blue 10/- Mauve & Claret Serifed ‘OS’

10/- Bright ‘Cambridge’ Blue

6d Plate II ‘CA’ Monogram

5/- 2nd Wmk ‘Broken Foot’ Variety

£2 CofA Wmk ‘Open Mouth Roo’ with Imprint

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Stamp News Dec 2011