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THIS MONTH’S OFFERS Blue Owl Stamps stock a wide range of: Australian States, Kangaroos, KGV Heads, Papua, New Guinea, NWPI, GRI in General Issue Stamps and Speciality Items. Do you have a Want List? We’d welcome the opportunity to quote you. The Blue Owl website gives you access to 1000’s of scanned online items for your perusal and the ability to order and transact securely. Outside of our website we are available via phone, fax, email, regular mail or we can organise a personal appointment. For those customers who prefer to deal by mailorder, please contact us and we’ll send you a colour printout of the specific item(s) that interest you. All Blue Owl material is covered by our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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1932 New Guinea Undated Birds Set (15/15). Fresh and lightly mounted. SG 177/89, $350

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Coat of Arms Specimen Set (3/3). Clean, fresh well centred and unmounted. SG 224bs/ds, $225

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1854 WA 1d Black Swan. Tight and shaved margins. Sound stamp. SG 1, $125 1867 SA 10d (blue overprint) on 9d yellow PAIR. Dated, scarce in multiples. SG 36, $175

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1886-96 SA Long Type SPECIMEN Set. Some typical rough perfs and streaky gum. Nonetheless a very attractive and popular set (ex £5 brown). SG 195/208s, $750 5/- Grey & Yellow Kangaroo, Melbourne CTO. A scarce premium grade example with fresh MLH original gum. SG 13, $375 4d Lemon-yellow KGV, nicely centred and fresh. MLH. BW 110C, SG 22b, $150

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1d Carmine red, Die II. Rough Paper, a VF well centred example. BW 72(1)f, SG 47i, $675

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1932 New Guinea Bulolo Airmail Set (16/16). Fresh, well centred and MLH. Difficult to find better. SG 212/25, $725

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1913 1st Watermark Kangaroo hand stamped Specimens Set (3). VF & fresh, well above average. Centring is exceptional for this issue. SG 14/16s, $1,950

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5/- Harbour Bridge. Cancelled on Bridge on opening day 19 MR32. Likely parcel or other commercial usage. Scarce item. SG 143, $525

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1932 1/- Lyrebird Ash Imprint Block. Clean, well centred, VF and fresh. Top units MLH bottom MUH. BW 145za, $325

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1916-31 Papua Bi-Colours Set (13/13). VF & Fresh. Sky retouch on 5s. SG 93/105, $395

3d Blue KGVI ‘White Wattles’ in fresh well centred gutter (folded) block (4). VF and fresh. SG 168a, BW 190, $875

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1913 £1 Brown & Blue Kangaroo (1st Watermark). Brilliant colouring, fresh MLH. Rarely seen in this grade. A scarce and superior example. SG 15, $3,750

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1913 £2 Black & Rose Kangaroo (1st Watermark). Lovely rich colouring, well centred. An outstanding premium grade example. SG 16, $8,500

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1919 £2 Black & Rose Kangaroo (3rd Watermark). Nicely centred and fresh. Ceremuga Photo Certificate states ‘Genuine in all respects. Mint with lightly hinged original gum’. Nice partial offset too. SG 45, $5,750

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1934 £2 Black & Rose (CofA Watermark). A fresh, premium grade marginal example. Superb gum, with a very light hinge trace. It would be difficult to find a better example. SG 138, $5,500

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1931 Kingsford Smith OS’s (Blocks of Eight). Superbly fresh unmounted gum. Provenance Ex Australia Post Archives Sale. Ceremuga Photo Certificate. SG 0123/4, BW 141/2(OS) zh.zc. $14,250

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1930 £2 Black & Rose Kangaroo (SM Watermark). Premium centring, fresh and very light hinge trace. Exceptional stamp. SG 114, $5,750

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1935 £1 Grey (CofA Watermark), Ash Imprint Pair . Nicely centred and lightly mounted, VF. BW 54za, SG 73, $2,750

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1/4d Greenish Blue KGV (CofA Watermark) Ash Imprint Block. VF and fresh, exceptional example that is completely unmounted. Scare like this. BW 131z, $1,500

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philatelic news HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s 40th Jubilee celebrated with joint issue: Denmark, Faroes, Greenland On 14 January 2012, forty years have passed since Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II became Queen of Denmark. Queen Margrethe is the constitutional head of the Kingdom of Denmark, which includes Denmark and the two autonomous regions: Greenland and the Faroe Islands. On this occasion the Faroese Posta, Post Denmark and Post Greenland issue a common stamp sheet. Queen Margrethe was born on 16 April 1940 at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Her parents were Crown Prince Frederik, later King Frederik IX, and Crown Princess Ingrid. In 1944 and 1946 the couple had two more daughters, respectively Princess Benedikte and Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark. Princess Margrethe was baptized in Holmen Church in Copenhagen on 14 May 1940. Her full name was Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid. At that time, female succession to the throne was not an option, so not until the introduction of the Act of Succession of 27 March 1953, Princess Margrethe became Crown Princess of Denmark and heir to the throne. On 16 April 1958, Crown Princess Margrethe took seat in the State Council and served as head of State Council meetings when her father King Frederik IX was absent.

primary school education at Zahle’s School in Copenhagen from 1946 to 1955. The first couple of years though, the education took place at Amalienborg Palace. After a short stay at boarding school in England (1955-56), she started on her high school education and graduated from Zahle’s School in 1959. In 1960 Crown Princess Margrethe took the obligatory examination in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. In 1960-61 she attended studies in archeology at the University of Cambridge in England. In the period 1961-62 Margrethe studied political science at University of Århus, in 1963 she studied in Sorbonne, France and in 1965 at the London School of Economics. In 1967 Crown Princess Margrethe married the French diplomat Henri Marie Jean André Count de Laborde de Monpezat, who by this marriage became Prince Henrik of Denmark. They had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik, born on 26 May 1968, and Prince Joakim, born on 7 June 1969.

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The Constitutional Head of State

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From Crown Princess to Queen

On 14 January 1972 King Frederik IX died. The next day, the Crown Princess was hailed as Queen Margrethe II by Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag at Christiansborg Castle Square. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II is the


constitutional Head of State of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. This means that she as a ruler has no political powers or influence – these lie with the democratically elected parliaments.

where the Queen meets the Prime Minister and Government. At this council the Queen or her deputy is informed of the Government’s work. It is also at this meeting that the Queen signs new laws together with the responsible ministers.

The Queen’s role in elections

The Queen’s New Year Speech

When time calls for elections to the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister visits the Queen, submits his resignation and recommends general elections. When the elections are over, the Queen calls for a so-called Queen’s Round, where two representatives from each elected party visit her at Amalienborg Palace and recommend a leader for new government negotiations. This person will then be summoned and appointed formal negotiator. When the political parties in question have made an agreement for the terms of a new government, the new Prime Minister and his/her team of ministers visit the Queen again for the official approval.

The State Council

Once a week the Danish State Council is held,

Every year on 31 December, Queen Margrethe delivers the so-called New Year Speech, which is broadcasted live in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. With this speech the Queen makes status over the year that has passed. This tradition is very popular, and although it is not a political speech, it may contain a remark or two of humanitarian or moral character.

Other Duties

As Head of State, it is the Queen’s duty to preside at formal State Visits, both when she makes official visits to other countries and when foreign Head of States visit Denmark. The Queen of Denmark is formally the head of the Danish Army. It is also the Queen who formally welcomes foreign ambassadors, when Stamp News - 7


philatelic news they arrive in Denmark. Additionally, the Queen performs some representative tasks in connection with anniversaries, inaugurations, premieres, award of orders, etc.

The Summer Cruise

Each year the Queen performs a socalled Summer Cruise to Danish cities – mostly with the royal yacht “Dannebrog”. At regular intervals, the summer cruise also includes visits to the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Great numbers of people meet the Queen at her arrivals, and indicate the Queen’s popularity in the three countries.

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A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps In my first Stamp News article (February 2011), I asked ‘what can be learnt from modern varieties?’ The 2010 Impressions range gave us an insight into how Australia Post produces its stamps, and the same can be said for many of the 2011 items. Collectors are reminded that on sale dates for Impressions items are difficult to give. Stock arrives at the Philatelic Bureau in drips and drabs, and hence is sent to collectors when available. Dates given in this article are the earliest dates I have been advised. If you received your items earlier, then please contact me. Further information on each item Figure 1. Bush Babies miniature sheet from the PNC set. can be found on my website at: http:// stamp, although they also printed the same stamp in tinyurl.com/impressions2011 or write to the Multisheets (details below). me at the address below. When you consider the covers were sold for $15.95 each (with ordinary black postmarks), the Bush Babies PNC Set (23 November 2011) Perth Mint coin sold for $67.50 (and is sold out One of the first Impressions items I received is in from Perth Mint), the $159.95 pack price represents my opinion the best of the complete range. The set contains the five Bush Babies PNCs with gold foiled excellent value, and I’m sure any collector who received one as a Christmas present would have been postmarks, a Bush Babies Koala coin and a limited very pleased. edition $2.35 Bush Babies miniature sheet (Figure The pack also gives a detailed background of the 1). The miniature sheet is printed by RA Printing and issue, part of which says: is the first time they have printed the $2.35 Koala ‘The Bush Babies Collection represents a first for Australia Post on a number of counts – it is the first time Australia Post has worked directly with The Perth Mint in the development of a stamp issue from conception to completion; it is the first time Australia Post has designed a stamp issue based entirely on coin designs; and it is the first time that Australia Post has produced individual postal and numismatic covers for each stamp in a stamp issue.’

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Another value for money item is the Kingfisher set


Chris de Haer these are not ‘maximum cards’ as no stamp has been attached and postmarked (maximum cards are described in the General Post Guide as: ‘A maximum card is a picture postcard. The pictureside bears an affixed stamp and postmark in concordance as well as the picture. The other side has room for a message and the address.’). Nor would you want to send these cards as they measure 59 mm x 84 mm, and Australia Post recommends that ‘To avoid envelopes being trapped in machinery or other letters, envelopes should exceed 88 mm x 138 mm’ (it would Figure 3. Front and back of one of the AFL Captain’s mini-maxicards. be safe to assume similar size regulations apply to postcards). featuring a $1 Royal Australian Mint Kingfisher coin I will leave postal stationery collectors to make up (sold for $14.95) and imperforate $1.20 miniature their own minds about whether these are legitimate sheet showing Christopher Pope’s fine Sacred items of postal stationery, and whether to include Kingfisher design from 2010 (Figure 2). Again, RA these cards in their collections due to their cost and Printing printed the miniature sheet, so specialised size. collectors have a new printer, perforation and format for this stamp. Not surprisingly, this item sold out Mythical Creatures Imperforate Half Sheets quickly, so if you are a specialised collector, I hope (24 November 2011) you received the number of sets you need for your From this year’s imperforate sheets we learn collection. how Australia Post printed the Mythical Creature AFL Captains Mini-Maxicards (23 November miniature sheets. Each printers sheet consisted of (Carlton, Essendon, Hawthorn), 24 November twelve miniature sheets, which included two 3D versions (the first miniature sheet in the second and 2011 (others)) third rows). At first I was surprised to see such a A new product for Australia Post these minilayout, thinking the 3D sheets would’ve been printed maxicards have a bit of an identity problem. Each separately, however with fewer 3D sheets needed card (see Figure 3) was produced by Elite Sports, it would’ve been more economical to print the 3D and is presented in a protective cover, and enclosed version on the same printers sheet as the ordinary within a protective cover with a postmarked ‘Footy version (a similar reason explains the layout used for Stamp’ and facsimile signature of the player on the the Lake Eyre issue). card. Collectors might notice that this year there was The ‘maxicard’ part of the name is misleading as no need to call the Philatelic Bureau on a particular Stamp News - 11


A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps date and wait in a queue. The Imperforate sheets were also available soon after online, and it was possible to order as many as you wanted (which contradicts the ‘two per customer’ restriction given in the catalogue). At the time of writing around 80 imperforate sheets were still available for sale, and several dealers, including myself, have single imperforate sheets available for sale. On a personal note, I was disappointed at the cost of this year’s sheets. Priced at $85, each half sheet has a face value of $25.20 representing a 237% mark up. This compares to a mark up of 101% for the 2010 imperforate sheets and 51% for the 2009 imperforate sheet. Let’s hope Australia Post reconsiders the mark up in future.

Air Force Aviation Presentation Pack (6 December 2011)

The staff at Avon Graphics were certainly busy producing the embellished miniature sheets for this pack. The pack contains four miniature sheets with a single stamp perforated and embellished, and another sheet with all four stamps perforated and embellished (shown in Figure 4). While no Figure 5. Die-stamped Navy sheetlet from the Navy folder.

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technical details are publicly available, a look at Avon Graphics’ website suggests the following embellishments may have been used: the 60c F-111 has been foiled with a clear stamping foil, while the F/A-18F on the other 60c stamp has been highlighted with spot gloss; the $1.20 appears to have been highlighted with a satin UV finish;


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and the $3 C-17 has simply been embossed. For specialised collectors there are a large number of varieties. Each of the four miniature sheets creates three distinct semi-imperforate stamps, along with a perforated stamp. The embellishment used on the 60c F-111 and $3 stamps continues onto the neighbouring stamps, hence the 60c F/A-18F and $1.20 stamps in their individual miniature sheets are missing the embellishment from their neighbouring stamps, but this is present in the sheet with the four perforated stamps! Altogether this is a fascinating and very complex set of miniature sheets.

100 Years of Navy Collectable Folder (8 December 2011)

A regular feature of the Impressions range is a folder containing a sheetlet of 10 with additional embossing. This year the Navy sheetlet was used and continues the military theme of these folders

Figure 6. The smaller of the two multisheets! (the SAS sheetlet was used in 2007 and the National Service Memorial sheetlet in 2010). Figure 5 shows that each stamp was die-stamped in gold by Avon Graphics with the Navy badge and the word ‘NAVY’, and is the first time we’ve had a sheetlet containing pairs of stamps in these folders. The folder also contained a replica Navy badge and a Perth Mint $1 dollar coin, which was also released in the Navy PNC.

Commemorative Stamp Multisheets 2011 (15 December 2011) Another new item for Australian collectors, these two sheets contain all the commemorative sized stamps (those that measure 26 mm x 37.5 mm or 37.5 mm x 26 mm) released during 2011, except for the Flood Relief and ANZUS stamps. Given

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A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps the size of the sheets (the smaller of the two is shown in Figure 6), I found the thin cardboard folder they were shipped in unsatisfactory, and many collectors will find these hard to store as the larger sheet is too big for nearly every album and stockbook. Lets hope Australia Post considers the needs of collectors if further Multisheets are produced in the future. For specialist collectors these are the most exciting item in the whole range. The two sheets were printed by RA Printing, and represents the first time they have printed the Love, Legends, Floral Festivals, Galleries, Melba, Farming Australia, Navy, Bush Babies (60c and $4.70 values), Living Australian, WWF (Quokka), Golf, Mythical Creatures, Christmas and Remembrance Day issues. As a result there are some design differences between these stamps and the regular sheet stamps (often printed by McKellar Renown). 14 - Stamp News

The most common difference is in the inscriptions and the reproduction of illustrations. Some of the stamps from the Multisheets have thinner inscriptions and clearer illustrations when compared to the McKellar Renown printed sheet stamps. The most marked inscription differences occur on the Farming stamps, where the crop name is noticeably thinner (shown in Figure 7), and on the Navy stamps were the ship name is thinner and part of the Navy badge is missing (Figure 8). There are also some very minor colour Top: Figure 7. Original differences between sheet stamp (top) the printings by and multisheet stamp McKellar Renown (bottom). and RA Printing, for Above: Figure 8. Original example the National sheet stamp (left) and Gallery of Victoria multisheet stamp (right). stamps are a slightly Left: Figure 9. Gutter darker shade in the pair for the original Multisheet. sheet printing of the Love Having said all stamps. that, there are two Below Left: Figure 10. significant differences. Original sheet stamp The original 60c (left) and multisheet Love and Roses stamp (right). has the inscription and design in redpink, while this reprint has the inscription and design in a distinct orange-pink shade. Why? First, looking back to my March 2011 article, we saw the gutter of the original Love stamps revealed that three specific colours were used (see Figure 9) along with black. Perhaps RA Printing


Chris de Haer doesn’t have a printing press that can print eight colours at a time (the three specific colours, cyan, magenta, yellow and black, along with the specific blue used for the International Post indicator), so instead the designer approximated the colour used. Alternatively, given only 500 sheets were produced it is possible Australia Post decided that the use of specific coloured inks for just one stamp produced in a small quantity would be too costly. Surprisingly the filigree design is a very close match to the original. Saving the best for last, here is one stamp that every Australian collector will want. Figure 10 shows the 60c Anne Summers stamp from the vertical multisheet is printed with the correct font! It will be interesting to see how catalogues deal with this given the limited number printed. Apart from these differences, the sheets each include two labels, and a multitude of se-tenant pairs and strips!

Remembrance Day Presentation Folder (18 December 2011)

After looking through this folder, I’m in two minds about what to write. The folder itself is superb with information about Remembrance Day, reproductions of recruiting posters, facsimiles of letters from soldiers, a sound chip that plays ‘The Last Post’ and other items. Stamp wise though the contents are Figure 11. The two limited edition miniature sheets from the disappointing. The folder contains more Remembrance Day folder. stamps from Great Britain (three stamps and two miniature sheets of five stamps) and New Zealand (six stamps), then (shown in Figure 11) contain the stamps from the Australian stamps (just two miniature sheets of two 2008 Lest We Forget: Anzac Day issue. The stamps stamps, plus a stamp encased in the medallion). in each miniature sheet are new to specialised The two limited edition Australian miniature sheets Stamp News - 15


A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps collectors, having been printed by RA Printing. Rather than include two British miniature sheets, I would’ve preferred Australia Post include a miniature sheet containing this year’s Remembrance Day issue (perhaps with the poppies embossed or foiled), which would’ve complemented the British and New Zealand stamps which featured poppies. The folder also commemorates those who proudly served our country (including the Anzacs who featured on the 2000 Last Anzacs issue and the 1990 Anzac Tradition issue). There’s information on the War Memorial in Canberra (which featured on a $1.20 stamp in 1991), our armed forces (which have featured on numerous stamps including the 2001 Centenary of Australian Army and 2011 Centenary of Australian Navy issues), as well as

the Victoria Cross (which featured on an issue in 2000). Given the number of relevant issues, I feel Australia Post missed an opportunity to create something that philatelically commemorates the significance of Remembrance Day, in addition to giving purchasers of this $395 album something special.

Items from Stamp Bulletin 314

The latest Stamp Bulletin gives collectors the background behind the ANZUS stamp and why it was released at such short notice. It is also important to emphasis the issue does not mark the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty as I wrote in my January 2012 article. There was little surprise in the Stamp Poll results, with the Bush Babies and Colours of Cocos issues winning. It would be nice if Australia Post followed the lead of other countries and published the number of votes received by each stamp, or at least mentioned the least favourite stamp as well.

Embellished Golf Sheet Update

Avid reader Ted G. has spotted another flaw on the embellished golf sheet shown in by January 2012 article. If you look at the first stamp in the bottom row, you’ll notice a small red square touching the perforations above the ‘ra’ in ‘Australia’. Again this seems to be on every sheet. If you spot any other flaws on this sheet (or any Australian stamp) I’d be interested to hear from you.

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Stephen Joe

www.orchidstamps.com

141 Monash Rd, Tarragindi, QLD 4121 Ph: 07 3892 7066 daleandersen@bigpond.com.au

Ace Stamp Auctions PO Box 2076 Ellenbrook, Western Australia, 6069 (08) 9297 3040 or email stampdealer@iinet.net

A-One Stamps - M Greive PO 82, Edgecliffe, NSW, 2027 Ph: 02 9362 3636 mgreive@bigpond.net.au www.aonestamps.com

Peter Barrett PO Box 5, Dover, UK CT16 1YQ Ph: 013 0482 9827 pjbchelse@aol.com www.stamo-centre.co.uk

Bexley Stamps - M. Hill PO Box 92 Doonside, NSW 2767 Ph: 02 9920 5057 sales@bexleystamps.com.au www.bexleystamps.com.au

Grant Carter PO Box 16, Northcote, VIC 3020 Ph: 03 9480 2193

Alf Clark PO Box 53, Box Hill, VIC 3128 Ph: 03 9808 9717

John Cornelius PO Box 23, Magill, SA, 5072 joda99@bigpond.net.au

Ken Cowden PO Box 108, Bateman’s Bay, NSW 2536 Ph: 02 4472 5231 Kenbetty@bordernet.com.au

Edenzac Stamps: Tim Papadopoulos Ph: 03 9791 7733 edenzac@optushome.com.au

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GPO Box 302, Suva, Fiji Ph: 679 3319183 stephenj@connect.com.fj

John Hurtado/KGV Collector PO Box 40, Russell Island, QLD 4184 kgv_stamps@live.com.au http://australiankgvusedstamps.blogspot.com

Heather Johnson c/- PO Box 7436 U. Ferntree Gully, Vic., 3156 Ph: 0419 532 093 philatelicheather@yahoo.com.au

Robert Kennedy Stamps P/L Shop 4, 155 Castlereagh St, Sydney, 2000 Ph: 02 9264 6168 www.kennedystamps.com.au stamps@kennedystamps.com.au

Kevin Morgan Stamps & Coins PO Box 1290, Upwey, Vic 3158 Ph: 03 9729 0082 kevinmorgan2@golive.com www.kevinmorgan.com.au

Maree Nieuwenhuizen PO BOX 457, Bayswater, VIC 3153 Ph: 03 9762 1848 maree@mpnstamps.com

Mike Lee 7 Colbury Rd, Bayswater Nth, VIC 3153 Ph: 03 9729 5855 mlphilatelics@bigpond.com

Ray Pinniger PO Box 9008, Scoresby, VIC 3179 Ph: 03 9753 3520 bevvyc@optusnet.com.au

Chris Snelling Stamps

Glen Stephens 4 The Tor Walk, Castlecrag, NSW 2068 PH: 02 9958 1333 glen@glenstephens.com www.glenstephens.com

Sydney Philatelics Graeme Fudge PO Box 122, Milton, NSW 2538 Ph: 02 4455 4011 info@sydphil.com www.stampsaustralia.com.au

Lyndsay Tooley PO Box 441, Norfolk Is. NSW 2899 Ph: 06 7232 3778 stamps@ninet.nf

Con Vayanos 64/3030 The Boulevard, Emerald Lakes, Carrara, QLD, 4211 Ph: 07 5578 1744 convayanos@hotmail.com

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of my entry to Philately as a profession. It was on February 12, 1962, that my inaugural Cash journal entries would record 9d for the train trip to Town (Melbourne), 1/2d for lunch (wine not included), 3/7d for stamp purchases, and 1/3d in stamp sales (to Myer Philatelic Figure 3. Royal Arcade in days before the Philatelic Trader invasion Dept., 11d of which was handed back for a packet of hinges). Questioning was the “Philately this Way” signpost So it is that this month we celebrate Ken the right one to follow did at the time enter my head. Baker and Max Stern. Volumes could be written, That story will have to wait until some other time. and indeed Max has contributed two of those Two philatelic legends have reached milestones: autobiographically, which are essential reading. Ken Baker this month becomes a Centenarian, and Ken provided a fascinating reflection on his career, Max Stern has turned 90. My thanks to Kevin Duffy, typically understated, in Stamp News of July 2007. himself a philatelic legend, for this initiative. Kevin, This, therefore, is an abridged reflection upon the incidentally, wasn’t volunteering his age. careers of these two gentlemen, with occasional recollections of mutual interactions from my perspective.

Ken Baker

Figure 1. By 1932 K. Baker & Co was operated by C.J. McDonald 18 - Stamp News

Ken Baker, by all accounts of those who have had the pleasure of meeting him, is an assuming gentleman, which is in contrast to a remarkably successful career in commerce and investment, within and beyond Philately. Ken began philatelic trading in 1928, aged 16, as K. Baker &


Co, from space allocated him in a rare book shop at McEwan House, 343 Lt Collins St, Melbourne. Two years later, business was thriving to the extent that Ken was booking two full pages of advertising in Australian Stamp Monthly. By this time Ken had bought that rare bookshop. Ken sold his business in 1932 to C.J. McDonald, and in 1936 moved to Sydney, opening a stamp shop at 12 Royal Arcade in 1937, the first of several shops devoted to stamps in that famous arcade. Figure 1 is a 1932 ANPEX cover to “Mr C.J. McDonald/c/o K.Baker & Co”, which had relocated to 92 Elizabeth St, next door to which P.J. Downie would establish his stamp and coin auction business some 30 years later. Ken and Phil were longtime friends, and it was

Figure 2. 1945 “K.Baker” inscribed cover and perf. Gauge in 1970 that Phil introduced me to Ken. I had been ordering wholesale by mail order from Ken since the mid-1960s. Figure 2 shows a 1945 registered cover inscribed K. Baker, 12 Royal Arcade, Sydney, not long following Ken’s resumption to trading after war service, and a probably contemporary, similarly inscribed perforation gauge. Figure 3 is a W.F. Hall original stereoscopic view of the grand Royal Arcade in Edwardian times. One imagines it was little changed when Ken, followed by other members of the stamp trade, came to occupy in the late 1930s. Stamp News - 19


Figure 4. “Baker & Moloney”, a familiar name to FDC specialists Ken Baker and D.B (“Bernie”) Moloney formed a partnership in 1948, and relocated to 16-18 Royal Arcade. Figure 4 is a stylish letterhead printed within a 7d Airletter for the partnership, addressed to British Philatelic Association, signed by Ken. (dated two months before I was born!) The firm produced a popular brand of FDC’s, appropriately styled “Royal”. In 1951 Baker & Moloney bought the venerable business of J.H. Smyth Ltd., which dated to 1890. That firm originated as Smyth & Nicolle, the respective partners separating in 1902 to form individual trading firms. Ken explained to me that the £10,000 offered for the old firm was not a difficult commercial decision to conceive. The 20 - Stamp News

Figure 5. Link with pioneer philatelic traders Smyth Bank account contained that amount in cash. Figure 5 shows the 1902 Priced Catalogue of Australasian Stamps, with J.H. Smyth & Co label affixed over Smyth & Nicolle details. Note the “Established 1890” claim in lower left corner. This continuous link to the present with a Colonial philatelic trader has but one other precedent in Australian commercial philately. That will be revealed later. Ken, during his extraordinarily long philatelic career, in various phases tried his hand at retail, wholesale and auction. Baker & Duffy Stamp Auctions was of course a partnership between Ken, and Kevin Duffy, which subsequently was sold to form Phil Downie’s auction business. Figure 6 is an


covers I’ve seen, a lot of philatelic material was shipped out of N.I. in those days. Few Traders can aspire to handle the Georgian 2d Tête-bêche pair, catalogued in ACSC (2007) at $250,000. Interestingly, that item has been handled by Ken Baker twice, Kevin Duffy and I in “partnership” once, and me individually twice. Ken sold the item for £250 on each occasion, Figure 6. Ken Baker tried his hand at most things philatelic and lamented in the 2007 Stamp News interview uncommon survivor from that enterprise. I wonder “I really should have kept it”. Kevin and I “lost” do any readers recall buying from the Baker & $100 between us, in a convoluted, but memorable Duffy business? I’ve not seen a catalogue. Kevin transaction. We had bought the item jointly at the independently ventured in to auctions on more than Harmer’s Jill Nette auction in 1972, paying $4,100. one occasion; I have a 1954 cover inscribed K.D. The legendary Charles Zuker had instructed us to Stamp Auctions, I was a bidder in Kevin Duffy go to $4000 only, but the TV cameras were present Stamp Auctions in late 1960s (a post Baker & Duffy (this was an important auction), and an advertising initiative, again sold to Phil Downie!), and Kevin opportunity beckoned. After the auction, Kevin and I dived in yet again during his Seven Seas Stamps era. Clearly, Kevin’s philatelic career must become the dedicated subject for a column. Let’s not wait for Kevin’s 90th, however. An entrepreneur in the true sense of the term, Ken Baker astutely took advantage of the attractive tax concessions that Norfolk Island once afforded, relocating to the Island in 1970 for two years, and incorporating K. Baker (N.I.) Limited. Figure 7 is from that era, and judging Figure 7. A survivor from the Norfolk Island sojourn from the number of such Stamp News - 21


were asked by a journalist why we had paid such a huge sum for this, the highest realizing lot at the auction. While I fumbled for a cute reply, Kevin, quick on his feet, came to the rescue with “It’s the only item not in the collection of Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II”. Kevin and I figured we had received good value from our brief ownership of this great item. Figure 8 is the flyer Harmer’s prepared for the 1975 offer of the Tête-bêche pair when in the Zuker auction. I subsequently paid $15,000, then easily a record for an Australian item, delivering Charlie a nice profit within a short timeframe. Later, a gentleman, obviously in awe of Zuker (he was nearly 200kgs in stature) and his amazing collection, posed the question “Mr Zuker, may I ask how many unique items you have in your collection?” Charlie shrugged those huge shoulders and replied “Unique, schmunique, mate”. They don’t make them like Charles Zuker anymore, or Ken Baker. Figure 8. Nice for me to have been in association with legends, with a It’s unlikely that another legendary item Trader will have the opportunity to own a half sheet of £2 generally known that the £2 was available on special Kangaroos. Ken Baker did just that when on 6 application, long after it had ceased to be listed as September 1961 he bought at the Robson Lowe Ltd a current denomination in the Postal Guides from auction the C.F. Bulley (of Melbourne) left pane January 1939 onwards. At Robson Lowe in 1961 of sixty Small Multiple wmk. Ken told the story in the pane realized £1200 sterling, a handsome return Stamp News that it actually was his mother who did on the 1948 purchase price of £120. The late Stuart the room bidding; perhaps a baptism of fire for a Hardy of Adelaide purchased from Ken the lower novice auction bidder! The illustration of the pane in six rows of the pane, but that block of 36 has since the auction catalogue is shown as Figure 9. reduced to 24. I was stunned when on a visit to It’s believed that this pane was purchased at Stuart’s home in the 1990s he nonchalantly asked me Melbourne G.P.O. as late as 1948. It was not to hive off a block of four and some singles from the 22 - Stamp News


Czechoslovakia in the late-1930s. Max kindly gave me an inscribed envelope showing “PHILATELIA/ KUKO/M. STERN” surrounding a stylized globe, which dates from 1945, when Max was still in Bratislava. The unusual name “Kuko” derived from Kulka Kon, the female former proprietor of the firm. Max arrived in Australia in September, 1948, and it was a registered cover to Max received from Baker & Moloney on 12 November 1948, a photocopy of which was sent to Kevin Duffy by Max, which initiated the subject for this month’s column! In the year of his arrival Max, and Fritz Feibes, who had arrived in Melbourne also from Europe, in the 1930s, marketed packets under the brand name Brilliant Stamps. Figure 10 is a rare survivor from that enterprise; my thanks again to Max for providing me with this for my Trade memorabilia collection. Yes, a highly appropriate name for a Brilliant career. Max’s Port Phillip Arcade premises are now greatly enlarged upon what is seen in Figure 11, but this is how the spotless shop appeared when I walked in with a fist full of One Pound notes, Figure 9. A career highlight, the envy of every Australian Trader intent on walking out with my first 5/Bridge. It was 1965, and the price for a mint Bridge was shown in Max’s counter display as block for auction. The first thing that came in to my being £16/10/-. head was “I’d better make sure my hands are clean In one of my favourite Max Stern moments, I before surgery”. asked Max did he have one in stock. “I have one and The Bulley family also was responsible for it’s beautiful”, Max replied. He left the counter for preserving direct from the Post Office another the backroom and returned so fast with the stamp in great Commonwealth Kangaroo item: the unique his cupped hand that a microclimate ensued, causing “Harrison” imprint block of the £1 Bicolour, sold to the stamp to take off, landing in slow motion on the Arthur Gray via Richard Juzwin. floor behind the counter. Max promptly stooped upon Max Stern AM it, re-emerging composed and placing the stamp in Max Stern was a philatelic trader in his native front of me. “Don’t worry, it’s still beautiful”, he Stamp News - 23


declared. Who was I to disagree? Besides, I wanted it so desperately I would have bought it even if it wasn’t beautiful. Figure 12 may appear an odd item to associate with Max Stern, but bear with me. This 1930 1st flight cover, Melbourne-Sydney, is in the hand of William Ackland, the pioneer Philatelic Trader, established in Melbourne in 1892. It’s addressed to Messrs Fred Hagen, one of Sydney’s earliest trading firms, rather condescendingly as “The Same Mouldy Firm”. This may have been a little like the pot calling the kettle black. Now, I can’t say I know what the Ackland store was like in the 1930s (Ken Baker probably could!), Figure 10. Rare survivor, from a long forgotten trading partnership (after all it was nearly 40 years since the proprietor had commenced have that catalogue and, yes, mouldy it is. trading), but I did walk in to that same store in 1959, It was around this time that Max Stern bought the and the term “mouldy” does resonate. That was the William Ackland stock (Ackland had died in 1953), year I bought my first S.G. Simplified catalogue, 1960 thereby providing the second continuous link to the edition, from Joyce Ackland, Bill’s daughter. I still present with a Colonial philatelic trader (see under Figure 5 above). Dating as it did from the 1890s, this must have been a fascinating stock to handle. I was told as much by Phil Downie. Memorable to this day is Phil’s description of an envelope inscribed “1½d Canberras. To be imperfed”. As is a story of the former Postmaster of Lord Howe island, seen in Ackland’s office in the early 1930s, seated with sheets of the 1930 1½d Sturt, and pen and ink, told to me in the 1970s by a third party, Figure 11. The immaculate Port Phillip Arcade shop c1963 24 - Stamp News


readers will wish to join with me in congratulating these great gentlemen of Philately, Ken and Max, upon their respective milestones, and in wishing them many happy returns. All we collectors have “things” we probably don’t really need. That mouldy 1960 S.G. Simplified, for example, in my case. Also still in my possession, unnecessarily, is the cover from my first international transaction. Figure 13, from Stanley Gibbons, was sent registered on 28 June 1962 Figure 12. The old Melbourne-Sydney Trade rivalry, 1930s-style? to my first place of business: present at the event. my bedroom at my parent’s The stories that Max, and Ken, could tell, house. I wish I could say that this very pedestrian particularly of commercial Philately in the 1930s and looking item contained material which would launch 1940s would be enthralling. I’d never want them to my philatelic career. Sadly, it contained a returned shut up! International Money Order for 6/- sterling. The stamp It is a great pleasure to personally know Ken Baker I had ordered from Gibbons from my 1960 Simplified and Max Stern, and to have conducted memorable catalogue was out of stock. Now if I had kept that 6/transactions with them over several decades. I’m sure IMO . . . 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’

Figure 13. My first cover, arguably probably not my best Stamp News - 25


Market Matters: Dutch Post Office Duped

Just after Christmas a media report there indicated the Dutch Postal Service had been defrauded of “millions of Euros” via forged stamps being sold for postage. All readers should check kiloware and snippings from latter 2011, as ANY of these stamps postally used will of course be most collectible and rather valuable. The under face postage had been offered on various websites – all it appears glued onto white adhesive labels, ready for mailing. One of these labels bearing 6 stamps is shown nearby. It has a December 2011 postmark as can be seen. Stampboards Dutch based member “frimaerker” owns it. He explains franking adds to 14G + 0,44 euro = 6,42 + 0,44 euro - slightly above the amount of 6,75 Euro, needed to send a standard package to a Dutch destination. Around $A10. All stamps on it are forged except the 50c – which has a corner torn off – so most likely that corner once bore a postmark. All the Queen stamps are COIL issues each with 2

All except 1 stamp is fake straight sides. I overexposed the scan colour to show perfs ends a little better. Oddly most of the faked stamps on it are denominated in GUILDEN – the old currency of a decade back before the Euro. Holland for some reason, like a few other Euro countries, allows these old stamps still to be used for current postage.

“Almost indistinguishable” Fakes

tinyurl.com/DutchFake links to the debate on stampboards, which raged for a while as to whether this was simply PostNL clumsily stopping old postage stamps being used. Commercial Director at PostNL, Mr Ger Jacobs said : “At first sight, these stamps are almost indistinguishable from the real stamps issued by PostNL.” “So I am glad to see that our security system was able to identify these counterfeit stamps, and that we were able to stop shipment of the mail items concerned.” The low-res image shown nearby is taken off the PostNL website showing Image off PostNL website

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Glen Stephens these stamps – allegedly all Again - tinyurl.com/ except for Muppet 70c are DutchFake – has the full fake, paying 14.3 Euro postage. ongoing discussion, with heaps The high value 10 Guilder of very detailed photos, and blue Queen was issued decades new revelations as they come to back and for about 10 years light. of that, on non phosphorised paper, so how one picks them Canada Booklets faked apart is a mystery. too Stampboards.com has I repeat – postal fakes are a number of Dutch based VALUABLE – and decent members, including those numbers appear to have been who had received labels with used, so check your mail the fakes affixed, and others snippings. bought labels of “mint” fakes Anything on a rectangular to use on mail. white self-adhesive label as The 2007, 44c green stamp shown above, will almost Top RH corner is the key on label nearby was denounced certainly be forgeries. a fake by Dutch member “rein” I bought three different who is an expert on printing stamp designs of Canada stamp booklets of selftechniques. adhesive letter rate stamps recently. Booklets and He posted – “All the fake stamps are in offsetstamps all forged, and quite superbly done. litho instead of in photogravure. The screen of the Had I not bought a few sets of them as fakes for a turquoise green is tricky and might fool you!” rather high price to on-sell, I’d have not looked twice The Queen sheet at them – they appear stamps all have a to be exactly as per funny “dimpled” top PO issues. right corner as can Have not got be seen on the image around to advertising nearby, examined by them yet, but “rein” in person. complete booklets The stamp design being done, and a of that Defin, now range of them, is one looks at it, was a wake-up call for so simplistic it was PO’s globally to be almost begging to be vigilant. forged – just 2 color printing. New GB error The Queen found after 30 Guilder coil stamps years are good copies, but As I often type - The the fakers did not get last word in Philately the top left perf teeth is NEVER written. correct the experts And NEVER 3000 times face value say. Stamp News - 27


Market Matters assume all major errors and varieties on stamps are reported at the time of issue. One instance in point - a spectacular printing error on a GB stamp issue – never documented in the 30 years since issue, has just sold. The previously unlisted error affecting twelve of a sheet of twenty of the 19½p 1982 British Motor Cars was offered at auction by UK stamp dealers Stanley Gibbons late in 2011, and realised £10,925. Featuring a previously unrecorded “double grey” printing error, the block of 20 was sold for nearly

three thousand times its original face value. Originally issued on 13th October 1982, as part of a set of four stamps commemorating British Motor Cars, a Spectacular new error single normal example of the 19½p value featuring the Ford Model T and Escort is catalogued at just 75p. In the same Auction, a marginal block of ten 1968 British Paintings 4d with the Queens head, value and phosphor omitted, was also offered realising £25,300. So GB error material remains very strong, from the QE2 era especially.

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Glen Stephens Holey Stamps

Stamp designs no longer need to be just a boring little squares or rectangles. Creative stamp designers have come up with a wide range of clever tech features to liven up otherwise mainstream issues. Modern printing technologies have allowed all sorts of nifty things to be done at minimal cost. Stampboards. com recently had a discussion on “stamps with holes in them”. tinyurl.com/ Argentina warning re lost forests HolyStamps was the discussion, and decades – indeed is used in USA currency paper was started by Tonga specialist Greg Jorgensen of money to this day. Queensland. In 2004, Argentina issued the stamps shown As can be seen there, Greg and others added nearby with large central holes showing how their many images of modern stamps where all manner of trees are disappearing. holes and designs and symbols have been punched I am typing this column from Argentina actually, into issued stamps. sipping a Quilmes Cerveza in 100 degree heat – small world really! Issues from UK, USA and others There were heaps more photos posted on that link Even countries like the USA and the UK had done – too numerous to show here, but well worth a read that, which I had forgotten about. tinyurl.com/HolyStamps In 2003 Hong Kong issued a set of 4 stamps I often get collectors asking me for a suggestion depicting colourful reef fish – the small “black” fish for a “fun” sideline collection, that is easy to on every stamp are actually fish shaped holes, cut compile, not expensive, and has no completion into each stamp. parameters. They are shown nearby – the small oval cut-outs You could do a lot worse than this sideline, and along the perf line are a normal security feature it will offer a nice little challenge to assemble 50 or found on many Hong Kong stamps. 100 sets and items - many of them not expensive at If you look carefully at the reverse of the block all. you will see the paper has tiny coloured silk threads There are wonderful Butterfly mini sheets from embedded in it. Malaysia and Taiwan with Butterfly shaped cut-outs. Yet another security feature that dates back many One I particularly liked was an attractive soccer Stamp News - 29


Market Matters

sheetlet from Indonesia in 2006 (which mentioned Australia) with the football players being cut-out etc.

PNG Registered Envelopes

Some otherwise non-descript looking items are a lot harder to find than you may imagine. The PNG 1959 1/7d “Registered” pre-paid envelope is one such item. A used example is illustrated nearby. Known to collectors as “RE4” it was issued on September 1, 1959. Mint copies are not especially hard to locate, and quite a few others have first day cancellations. The envelope had a rather short life and was withdrawn on October 1961. Only 2,450 envelopes were ever sold. They were not popular as they cost 1d more than face value to buy – 1/8d cost. Try finding a genuine commercially postally used example! Stampboards member “Wolfgang” has been keeping a census for 10 years on the number of used 30 - Stamp News

Only FOUR of these recorded copies sighted.

31 Envelopes logged

At the time of writing he has recorded 31 examples existing as postally used – after his ten years of searching. Only 4 of these are solo use. One such usage is showed nearby posted from Madang in 1959, from Wolfgang’s own collection. The solo use covered Registered fee and postage wholly WITHIN PNG. Even to Australia extra post was needed, and to USA and Europe a lot more. To USA was 2/- extra postage, and to Europe was 2/3d extra. Australia cost 10d extra for first weight step. The RE4 date of issue was 1 September 1959. At that time standard postage inland was 4d, and the Registration Fee was 1/3d. On 1st of December 1959 Registration fee was increased to 2/-. The latter December cover to USA


Glen Stephens

shown nearby illustrates that, bearing 4/- in total franking - 2/- postage and 2/- Fee.

Add to the PNG Census!

If any reader is aware of any other of these covers, than those shown on the discussion thread, please update him at - WolfgangHoelzl@gmx.de Wolfgang is one of the office holders of the German specialist society for all things Papuan http://i-ng.org/en - which is now also available in English. A most interesting and well organised specialist site, that even has annual gatherings of their global membership. tinyurl.com/RE4PNG - for those interested, tracks the RE4 census thus far. Some of the apparently used covers are addressed to the Reverend A. H. Voyce, and are of course philatelic in nature. “Voyce” material from the Pacific region in the circa 1960s era is very extensive - he must have spent every waking hour dreaming up material to be

Showing new Registered fee sent to him! Much of the stationery items from New Guinea and Papua are greatly under-rated by today’s market, and history will show that current prices are very underdone.

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

Glen Stephens 4 The Tor Walk, Castlecrag, NSW, 2068 Ph: 02 9958 1333 email: glen@glenstephens.com Website: www.glenstephens.com

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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.

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Revenue Review Auction Mayhem

Philatelics Australia auction of mid December last had a stack of good revenue collections rarely seen now days, as most collections are either broken down and sold in much smaller groups, so it was nice to recall the good old days when collections were up for grabs with little or no competition. As we all know things change and some tidy sums were paid for some of the collections. South Australia had a very nice clean collection of decimal stamp duties along with Swine and Cattle decimals in plate blks etc. Collections of Railways from Victoria, South Australia & New South Wales were all packed with many rare stamps. I was the under bidder on the Victoria Railways collection which made for a grumpy Dave, but winning a couple of other lots soon picked me back up! It was good to see my on line catalogue quoted in this auction, and with the buyers costs added, lots like the Victoria Railway collection selling for bang on my catalogue prices. The South Australia railway collection total was quoted from the Presgrave & Walker printed

book, with this lot selling for under half the printed book price. I do find most auction lots sell for around half to full catalogue so maybe its time I upped my prices!! Figures 1-4 [courtesy Philatelics Australia] show some of the better items on offer.

Just a $1.50

One of the harder decimals from South Australia is the humble $1.50 not at all common in perf 10½x10 but in the same design the 14½x13 is plentiful. Figure 5 perf 10½x10 predates recorded copies by some 4 years, and would be a nice addition to any South Australian revenue collection.

Requests

Yes, I do take requests! I have had a few collectors asking to see the Queensland 8d essay of which I have recorded just 3 copies, figure 6 being the third. This copy was in a small group of Australian revenues, which sold in the last Philas auction. I think the

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Dave Elsmore vendor could have done better had he singled it out. Maybe offered it in a much larger auction, giving it better collector exposure, as I am sure it would have doubled its sale price. I know the winner of this lot was prepared to go to at least double the hammer price of $1,200 for the entire collection! Nice buying for one lucky collector.

80c, which I would like to record here. Even better, being on a full dated document, which is further evidencing the fact that this series was only in use for the first six months of 1966.

Samuel Reading

Some time ago I was able to buy one of the Samuel Reading Proof books with the Roos, PNG, Australia Defence Stationery essays etc in. I have recorded this book One of the harder OHMS users of Queensland selling for up to $2000. Not bad for a book full of Railways is the Defence Department. Less than a complementary die proofs struck from original dies. handful of railway stamps showing ‘DEFENCE’ in the The book [1 of 50 copies sold for 1 guinea each] also included figure 9 the only stamp duty in the book, lower cartouche have survived and a must ‘keep you which first took my interest. There is also a Christmas eye out for it’. Figure 7, which also has an inverted wmk, was seen in one of the Cinderella Club books for card with a die strike of a roo recorded. The book is $60. Bargain! I hear you say. not only packed with die proofs but it also contains photographic copies of the die proofs. All printed for Norden philatelic dept. Melbourne by The Hawthorn More Press back in the mid 50’s. Shown here just in case New South Wales is next to turn up an unrecorded you are offered a copy of this now scarce book. item. Figure 8 an exceedingly rare decimal impressed

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Revenue Review Perfin Corner

If we look back to the first paragraph of this months Revenue Review figure 10 [Courtesy Philatelics Australia] is from the same auction. This 1½d Silverton Tramway is the first I have seen with a company Perfin within. I further wish to record this here, but wait, there’s more! No, not a set of steak knives but the perf 12 on the 1½d also unrecorded. Listings show this only as a rouletted separation. The lot had other Silverton Tramway values in it [5 in total]. With a selling price of $700 plus buyers, one can only presume it was the Perfin, and how it was separated that drew the collector interest. Finally bringing seven times estimate, this must be some sort of record, well for today anyway. You can see this very rare New South Wales Tramway Perfin on Perfins.com.au. While I am on this, and away from Perfins for a mo, the printed catalogue by Presgrave & Walker appears to highjack the Silverton Tramway and purport it to be South Australian!!! The cheek of it.

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Re: Figures 11 & 12 Please let me know if you can find one of these little fellas as this is the first to be recorded showing the complete pattern of AMP/F&G.a [Australian Mutual Provident Society Fire & General]. All recorded patterns known are split into pairs so you will have half patterns on singles. As you all may know, Perfins.com.au turned 1 year old in January and I would like to thank all the collectors [and there are lots of you] who have given me much support and encouragement in this labour of love. I welcome any comments or corrections to help further the development of this site. Those of you who have been kind enough to purchase ‘Revenue Perfins of Australia’ you will be pleased to know South Australia should now be very close to publishing. Again the ©Perfin-Finder will be posted ASAP. 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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Ireland: the Definitive Issues. Part 2. Well, here we are in February already, Christmas but a dim memory, children mostly back to school, long hot days and balmy evenings (seems a bit odd writing that at the moment as it’s just a couple of days after Christmas and Melbourne is having a bit of a cold snap…). Our hot weather ‘Down under’ at this time of year isn’t always conducive to stamp collecting, what with mint stamps curling themselves into tiny, tight cylinders, and having to be careful not to perspire all over you collection when you try to work on it! So while it may be a bit difficult to work on your stamps at the moment, it can be a great time to expand your philatelic knowledge by reading as much as you can about your specific areas of collecting interest, and maybe even moving outside your philatelic ‘comfort zone’ and learning about something new. Perhaps Irish philately is already an interest for you, or it may be the ‘something new’ that I was talking about above. Whatever the case, I hope these articles stimulate your interest and expand your horizons! Last time we looked at some of the more interesting aspects of the low values of the first series of ‘uniquely’ Irish definitives, which first appeared in 1922. Before we move on, there’s one area that I didn’t look at last month that I would like to cover now, and that’s first day covers. I have to admit that FDCs have never really grabbed my philatelic interest, but early on in my Irish collecting activities I was fortunate enough to pick up a comprehensive collection of Irish FDCs covering the period from around 1960 to the late 1990s. Soon after I was able to secure many of the 1940s and 1950s commemorative sets on lovely illustrated FDCs. The one group of FDCs that always eluded me however, were the first definitive issues, and it was the fact that they were rather elusive that stimulated my interest, at least to some degree, in continuing my Irish FDC collection. More than a decade down the track I can happily report that I am now the proud owner of the 2d green value (the first of the series to appear) on FDC. And that’s it. All of the others are still on the old ‘want list’! Each of the twelve different values from ½d to 1/- were issued on different dates between 6th Dec 1922 (the 2d) and 21st Dec 1923 (the 6d). These covers do come up from time to time, but none are cheap, and pretty much all of them are somewhere between elusive and downright scarce! A quick look 40 - Stamp News

at the 2009 Hibernian catalogue shows values ranging from 70 euros (for my humble 2d) up to 550 euros for the scarce 6d. It should be noted that these prices are for plain FDC’s, which is how most of them are found. In light of this, it is essential that you carefully check the postmark dates of any of these issues that you come across on 1922 or 1923 covers. You might turn up a $200+ gem in a dealers $1 cover box!

1940 New watermark

In the general election of February 1933, Eamon De Valera’s Fianna Fail party was returned to power with an increased majority in the Irish Dail (Parliament). In April 1937, De Valera introduced a completely new constitution for Ireland, which, amongst many other things, established the name “Eire” as the country’s official name, doing away with the name of ‘Irish Free State’. The country’s name change didn’t affect the first issue definitives themselves, as each of the stamps already used the name “Eire” in the design. However, the watermark of the paper was SE for Saorstat Erin (Freestate Ireland), and this was no longer appropriate, so between 1940 and 1942 the SE watermark paper was progressively replaced by paper with an ‘E’ (Eire) monogram. This ‘E’ watermark continued to be used for all values of the definitive series until it’s replacement in 1968. This ‘E’ watermarked paper remained in use with the original definitive design stamps for nearly three decades, and as you might imagine, there was some variation over that time. Stanley Gibbons 5th edition Ireland catalogue, which has just been published, states the following after it’s listing for the ‘E’ watermark definitives: ‘There is a wide range of shades and also variations in paper used in this issue’. While this statement advises you of the situation, it doesn’t really provide you with any information about exactly what there is. Unfortunately, the specialised Irish catalogues and handbooks don’t shed a lot more light on the situation. It seems to me that there are at least four different papers to be found for this issue: firstly we have the initial supply of ‘E’ watermark paper, which is a bit duller, rougher, and generally substandard, apparently due to war time conditions. Next we have a distinct variation in the actual size of the


Mike Lee ‘E’ in the watermark, with the smaller size measuring approximately 7.5 to 8mm across, and the larger around 9mm to 10mm. The letters in both watermarks are actually in lowercase, and there is also some fairly obvious variation in the length of the tail of the ‘E’. As I’ve already mentioned, none of the major catalogues list these differences in size, but it is mentioned in David Feldman’s ‘Handbook of Irish Philately’. Finally we come the 6d purple, which appeared on a white chalky paper in 1967. As far as shades are concerned, I think the situation is even more difficult! Just from my limited observations, there are a range of shades to be found

exception of the 1/-, which the 2009 Hibernian prices at 135 euros for fine used, 900 euros for MH, and just ’RRR’ for MUH. Only three values of this series are listed in the Hibernian as having plate varieties, the 1d, 3d and 10d. While the latter two only show one plate variety each, the 1d has no less than seventeen varieties listed. Each of these has a plate position listed in the catalogue to show where the variety can be found on the sheet. This would indicate that these varieties are all constant, but each listing is followed by the letters N/C, which, according to the catalogue notes, indicate that the variety is not constant. This confusing state of affairs is explained in the catalogue notes as follows: ‘N/C after a description indicates that the variety is not constant in the given position, sometimes being found in another position or not at all in a part of a printing’. Hmmm… not sure if it’s just me, but I don’t feel a lot wiser!

New stamps & new values

Fig 1: Three shades of the E watermark 5d violet in the following values; ½d green, 2½d red-brown, 5d violet, Fig 1. 6d purple, 9d violet and the 1/azure, although it should be noted that the 1/- has a tendency to fade, so if you encounter an example that’s unusually pale, it’s probably faded rather than a shade variety. This doesn’t mean that the other values don’t also have a range of shades, they do. It’s just that the six values I’ve mentioned seem to be the most noticeable. This is an issue just begging to have more research done, and from time to time I’ve been tempted to have a go myself, perhaps first of all by trying to match up the different watermark sizes with dated used copies to give a rough timeline for when the different size watermarks were in use, and when certain shades appeared. I’m sure it would be an interesting and useful exercise, if I could just find the time…..

Varieties

All values are known with inverted watermark. These are all fairly affordable, mint or used, with the

The ½d & 1/- Sword of Light values had quite a short life on ‘E’ watermark paper, being replaced in June 1944 by the ‘Annals of the 4 Masters’ commemorative set, which remained on permanent issue as part of the definitive series until 1969. The 1/- ‘E’ watermark Sword of Light is highly catalogued used in comparison to the earlier ‘SE’ version (more than four times as much!), but there is very little difference in the catalogue value of the two different ½d issues, with the ‘SE’ watermark actually being the higher of the two, though in my opinion the ‘E’ watermark version is quite elusive when compared to the earlier ‘SE’ version. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a scarce stamp by any means, and obviously the ½d value would have much higher usage than the 1/- value, it’s just that the relative catalogue values seem a bit out of line to me, since in my experience you might see one ½d ‘E’ value for every ten ½d ‘SE’s you encounter. In September 1949 two additional values were introduced to meet increased parcel post rates, an 8d orange-red in the Sword of Light design, and an 11d rose in the Cross of Cong design. Fig 2. Both of these values had high usage, although both are a little elusive in MUH condition. Stamp News - 41


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Fig 2: The two 1949 new values

Booklets

As I mentioned last month, 1940 saw the issue of a booklet with mixed watermark panes, the 1d being a pane of three stamps and three labels on the new ‘E’ paper, while the ½d and 2d panes on the earlier ‘SE’ paper. Later the same year, a new version of the booklet appeared, with the same composition as the earlier booklet (six each of the ½d & 2d, and nine of the 1d plus three labels) , but this time with all of the stamps being on the new ‘E’ paper. This booklet, like its predecessor, is another ‘budget buster’ coming in at the same price of £10,000 in the new 2012 SG Ireland catalogue. As you may have already guessed, it’s the ‘E’ watermark pane of three 1d stamps and three labels that is very scarce, with a catalogue value of £3000 by itself. The reason for this is that this pane had a very short life in ‘E’ watermark, being replaced in the next booklet issue, barely a year later, by a pane of six 1d stamps. Between 1945 and 1966, eleven other booklets with

Fig 3: 1948 2/6d booklet ‘E’ watermark versions of the first series stamps were issued, a number of which also had differing edition numbers. In the new SG catalogue, they range in price from £19 for the 1966 2/6d booklet, up to £1800 for the 1945 2/- booklet. Fig 3. On a more specialised note, with the sole exception of the 1945 issue which was unique in that it had no front cover advertising at all, different cover advertisements can be found on different editions of the same booklet. And as for the advertising on the interleaving… well that’s a whole other article! The 1½d, 2½d, 3d and 4d designs also appeared in these booklets, and the ½d ‘Annals of the 4 Masters’ stamp appeared in three different booklets between 1946 and 1954. I’ve always found these early Irish booklets fascinating, and if you also find them of interest, then you must track down a copy of the late Cyril Dulin’s superb 1998, 122 page handbook; ‘Irish Booklets, a handbook of Irish Stamp Booklets 1931 to 1991’ which provides all of the information on Irish booklets, for the period it covers, that you could ever need! Well once again I’ve run out of space without getting quite as far as I’d hoped, so we’ll leave the ‘last hoorah’ of the first designs, and the St Patrick high values, until next time. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and comments at: mlphilatelic@bigpond.com Until next month, happy (Irish) collecting! Mike

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International Automobile Show

Dated April 13 – 21 at the New York Coliseum. (Fig. 1). But no year. Can any reader enlighten us with more information about the date.

given us a useful listing, but so far as I am aware no one has tackled the World War II issues.

Hermes

Bill Hornadge wrote about this label, (fig. 6), in Cinderella Corner way back in May 1977 after War Loan Bonds I think these four labels are from World War II. They a letter to the editor of “The Philatelist” was may have been issued by the Australian Government published. The label was produced by the German company advertising War Loan Bonds but there is no official Das Echo a business agency guaranteeing the imprint. There is one representing the Navy, (fig probity of firms who attached the labels to their 2), another representing the Army, (Fig 3), and the correspondence. The labels illustrated in that column others advertising War Loan Bonds. (Fig 4 & 5). I am not sure how many labels were in the series so if were marginal examples complete with inscriptions in German, English, Italian and Spanish. readers can provide more information I will write it It was thought that the labels were in use prior to up in a later column. 1934 which then begs the question, were they used Back in 1983 a start was made on the World War I by Australian stamp designers as the basis for the labels of Australia and New Zealand and this has

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one shilling and sixpence Hermes stamp of 1934?

ATEX 1930

Another of those philatelic exhibition labels. (Fig. 7). This one is rather plain when compared with some I illustrated last month.

Jack Davey

Back before Television invaded the Australian household, radio reigned supreme and one of the notable characters was Jack Davey whose trademark call was “Hi Ho everybody”!. This label, (fig. 8), advertising a brand of cigarettes was attached to the front of a Godfrey Phillips envelope from the 1950s.

Israel

This label was sent to me with a request for any information about it. (Fig. 9). I have never seen one

before but can only guess that there is a political message in it, but exactly what that is still needs answering. Any takers out there?

Sutherland Locals

These stamps, (fig. 10), have been researched and written about in many journals over a long period of time but since there has been a question about them in the December issue of Cinderellas Australasia, I will make mention of them here again. Sutherland & Co. was a private company based in Japan and in about 1870 they issued two stamps for use on mail carried between Tokyo and Yokohama. The two values were ¼ Boo and 1 Boo, the Boo being an abbreviation for Ichibu a Japanese coin. About 15 genuine stamps have been recorded, but facsimiles exist of both values and the stamps have

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been extensively forged as well. The facsimiles are printed on a chalk surfaced paper in somewhat brighter colours than the originals and the forgeries are generally printed on very thick paper.

Penny embossed envelope that was sent without any address and consequently finished up in the Dead Letter Office. The letter was posted at Bairnsdale in Victoria and received an ‘Irregularly Posted’ instructional marking and along with the label there is of course the Dead Letter Office marking. A Pals Labels nice item for the Cinderella collector or the Postal This group of labels, (fig. 11), was offered in the latest Philatelics (Australia) auction on 16 December History collector. in Adelaide. Although the sheet has separated it is obvious that they all belong because of the Trading Stamps misplaced perforations and this is something I have These little trading stamps, (fig. 13), were among not seen before. Is this a lone example or are there a lot of miscellaneous items sent to me by a reader. more out there? The organization that issued them was Wallace & Associates, but that is all I know about them.

Squander Or Save

A Victorian reader sent me this item (fig. 12). It is a National Postage Stamp Show temperance label that was on the back of a 1918 One Three of these labels, (fig 14), were attached to part

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of an album page that was obviously from the ‘back of the book’ Printed in red, orange and blue they feature a Pan American airliner over New York. The venue for the show was unusual to say the least, the 71st Infantry Regiment Armory.

Shrub Oak Local Post

This local post stamp, (fig. 15), was among a lot of items I acquired recently. Not knowing anything about this item I Googled the name and came up with the following information. On May 1, 1953, Herman Herst Jr. issued his first Shrub Oak Local Post stamp and thus became the “Father of Modern U.S. Local Posts.” From his home in Shrub Oak, Mr. Herst issued two stamps and one picture postcard for Shrub Oak Local Post. Later, from his retirement home in Boca

Raton, Florida, Mr. Herst issued a mourning label upon the death of his dog, Alfie. The first Shrub Oak Local Post carriers were Mr. Herst’s 13 year old daughter, Patricia, and 10 year old son, Kenneth. After a couple of years the novelty wore off for the carriers and the 2c per letter seemed less and less attractive. At this point the Herst family dog, Alfie, was taught to carry letters to and from the Post Office. True, the mail might be delayed if a cat or squirrel crossed Alfie’s path, but the 2c fee was no detriment since Alfie was not covered by the Minimum Wage Law. The Shrub Oak Local Post ended its service in Shrub Oak on June 1, 1973, when the Hersts and Alfie retired to Florida. It appears that only three stamps were issued over the 20 year period.

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Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 21 This month’s article is devoted to a report on the International Philatelic Exhibition held recently in China Major exhibitions are the showpieces of organised philately, and this applies whether the exhibition is at State, National or International level. The primary differences between the levels are that the range and quality of material on display increases quite dramatically from State to National level. At International level the range of material will definitely increase, but not necessarily the quality. Exhibitions provide a great opportunity • for non-collecting members of the public to get an introduction to philately; • for collectors to broaden their knowledge from inspecting the material on display; • for collectors to enter the world of exhibiting, the ultimate in philately; • for exhibitors to discuss the merits and shortcomings of their exhibits with the philatelic judges, and thus advance their exhibiting techniques; and • for experienced collectors and exhibitors to

meet, strengthen friendships and exchange ideas. China 2011, the 27th Asian International Stamp Exhibition, was held in Wuxi from 11 to 15 November. Wuxi, an industrial city of 6 million people, is located in the northern province of Jiangsu, and belongs to the economically developed Yangtze River Delta. Shanghai to the east, Taihu Lake in the south, and the Yangtse River to the north. The exhibition was conducted under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP).

The Exhibition Building

The exhibition was held in the recently completed Wuxi Taihu International Expo Centre, situated in the core area of the Taihu New City. The Expo Centre has two similar buildings, each with 160,000 square metres of floor area over three levels, with a roadway between the two. For the duration of the exhibition this roadway was sealed off at both ends to become a pedestrian mall. The exhibition occupied the ground floor of one of the buildings (Figure 1), which housed the exhibits, dealers, postal administrations, a Court of Honour and a cycloramic theme section display by China Post, 58,000 sq metres, quite a substantial area. To put the overall size into true perspective, 58,000 sq metres is roughly the same as the playing area on 7 rugby football fields. The exhibition floor had two large halls, one for the stamps and the other for dealers and postal administrations. These areas were Figure 1

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Philatelic Development Officer, APF and frame numbers within each class (Figure 3), however the exhibitor and frame numbering systems were difficult at first to follow, especially as in Australia the numbers usually commence with number 1 (also see Figure 3). After studying the Catalogue, it became apparent that the first one or two figures were the class number, the next number the sub-section within each class, and the following figures the exhibitor or frame number. Security was a high priority, with both police and the military involved in large numbers. Metal detector frames were located at all entrances as well as x-ray machines for bags. China Post was well represented, with stands Figure 2

separated by a wide hall, with a vestibule area running along the entire length of the front of the building. The ceiling level would have been about 9 metres. The second floor was divided roughly into two halls, one a food court with a very wide variety of foods available plus tables and chairs for approximately 1,000 people. The other section of the floor was taken up with an Art and Crafts exhibition. Whilst floor space in the dealer/ administration hall was at a premium, the exhibit display area was generously laid out with more than adequate room both between the rows and the various sections. The classes were clearly signposted, with colourful signs indicating the exhibition classes (Figure 2) and a second sign showing the exhibit numbers Figure 3 Stamp News - 49


Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 21 exhibits. These 20 exhibits were non-competitive. The total number of frames was 1,386, 1,291 competitive. Traditional Philately was the most popular competitive class with 325 frames. Surprisingly, Thematic Philately was the next most popular with 309 frames, followed closely by Postal History with 300 frames. It was encouraging to see 21 entries in the Youth class, 78 frames. Of the medals awarded, there were 11 Large Gold (95 points or higher), 17 Gold (90 to 94 points), and 57 Large Vermeil (85 to 89 points). Almost 30% of the entries received a high award. There were 12 Australian entries from 11 exhibitors, with 8 entries receiving 85 points or higher, 67%, more than double the exhibition average – a highly creditable performance. Four of this group also received special prizes. Australia was well represented in the Jury also, having 6 members in a very large jury of 45. This number included 14 apprentice jurors. The exhibition logo (Figure 5) takes the shape of the traditional Chinese character “Ya” (meaning Asia), with toothed wheel patterns that can be found on stamps. On both sides of the emblem are actually two letters “W”, symbolic of the city of Wuxi. The Figure 5 letter “W” also Figure 4

in the vestibule, outside in the pedestrian mall, two stands producing P-stamps in the hallway, and a large stand in the dealer area. In the pedestrian mall were five brightly coloured mail boxes, one for each day of the exhibition, for those collectors wanting the postmark for that day (see Figure 4). It was apparent that the exhibition had been well supported by all levels of Government, a good indication of the prestige attached to this event. During the period that the exhibition was open, there were many unofficial dealers present, who simply spread out a blanket or equivalent, laid out their material and sat beside it. These dealers were all outside of the cordoned off and patrolled areas.

The Exhibition

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Philatelic Development Officer, APF Figure 6 resembles the waves in Taihu Lake. In the core of the emblem is a pattern that resembles an eye and also a magnifying glass used for the examination of stamps. This “eye-catching” design implies that this stamp exhibition is a feast for all eyes in the international cultural arena. The logo was also incorporated into a structure outside the front of the building (Figure 7). The mascot (Figure 6) embodies “A Fu” – a typical example of Wuxi clay figurines, and the plum blossom, the flower of Wuxi – in its design, reflecting the cultural deposits and regional characteristics of the host city. With its humanised concept, the mascot is lovely, open-minded and dynamic. A Fu, which stands for wisdom, health, fashion and harmony, sincerely welcomed people from all around the world to visit Wuxi and enjoy the exhibition. The Court of Honour was very popular, with long queues every day. The numbers of people in the viewing area was restricted, with new viewers only allowed to enter as earlier viewers departed. The total number of visitors Figure 7 to the

exhibition was approximately 150,000, with the Opening Ceremony on the Friday morning being very well attended. The security of the material in the frames was of a high standard. The front opening frame doors each had three locks. When the material had been mounted, two of these locks were sealed. If the frame needed subsequently to be opened, e.g., to adjust an item which had moved on the sheet, the seals were replaced.

The Medals

The medals are 80 mm in circumference and weigh 380 grams, quite large and heavy. The front features the exhibition mascot and the Wuxi Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot, which together embody traditional local characteristics. The Buddhist Scenic Spot is a world renowned large theme park of Buddhism in Wuxi, and each year the theme park receives nearly 2 million visitors from all over the world. Included in the park, but not shown on the medal, is an 88 metre high copper Buddha, the tallest in the world. The back of the medal shows the exhibition logo

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Figure 8 together with the dates that the show was open, enclosed within a toothed wheel pattern, depicting the Chinese culture and the philatelic element.

Language

Everything to do with the exhibition was depicted in Chinese and English, as were all of the addresses during the Opening and other ceremonies. The majority of the exhibits were written in English, making them easy to read. To assist nonEnglish speaking viewers, a Chinese translation of each Title Page was attached to the first frame of every exhibit. Members of the Jury and the Commissioners were specifically looked after with English speaking hosts, and yet still had some difficulties. For other English speaking visitors, there could have been difficulties with language. However, there were Postal Administrations and dealers from English speaking countries, including Australia, all of whom had local assistants, and would have been happy to assist with communication difficulties. 52 - Stamp News

In addition, English speaking Commissioners and Members of the Jury were almost constantly amongst the exhibits. Actually, it was surprising how much could be successfully communicated without speaking.

My Impressions

The Chinese people that I came into contact with were all friendly. Once you leave the exhibition/ hotel environment, then much of the signage is only in the local language. During a train trip to Shanghai, difficulty arose at least three times as to where we should go to next, and we were approached and given understandable directions. Obviously, China is becoming much more attuned to the tourist industry. Even the drivers on the roads were courteous. I cannot recall one road accident whilst I was there, despite the tremendous number of electric motor scooters and bicycles (see Figure 8). We walked often around the streets of Wuxi, either singly or in groups, and at no time did we feel uncomfortable. It would seem that Caucasians are


John Sadler,

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Figure 9 not that regular in Wuxi. We were surprised by the number of locals who either took our photo, or who wanted to have photographs taken with a Caucasian. There is a tremendous amount of building activity within the city, all of which are upgrading the quality of life and improving communications and transport. There was also a conscious “greening’ program. Many of the parks were being upgraded and mature trees relocated rather than be replaced. The number of new mature trees alongside all of the major roads was highly noticeable, helping with both the aesthetics as well as pollution diminution. To ensure that these relocated trees had every opportunity to maintain life, they were supported by a wooden frame (Figure 9). The trunks of the relocated trees are wrapped in a thick rope to protect them from the cold. The countryside around Wuxi is fairly flat, although there are some hills and small mountains. However, during the train ride from Wuxi to Shanghai, we noted that the land was virtually dead flat, with no undulations in the terrain as far as the eye could see. Once outside of the main city areas the countryside was criss-crossed with many canals highlighting the reliance placed upon water

transport. The Wuxi city structure is different to what we are used to in Australia – there is no Central Business District as we know it. The central core of the city seemed to be the main railway station from where the bullet trains run between Shanghai and Nanjing Wuxi is probably the mid-point.

Conclusion

Like all exhibitions, the time went too quickly. Obviously, as a visitor to China, I was also interested in seeing some of the country, and consequently the time spent at the actual exhibition was probably much less than would normally be the case had the exhibition been in Australia. But isn’t this what life is all about, the constant compromise between desirable ends? However, the exhibition was well planned and proceeded with no apparent problems. Overall the visit was a most enjoyable experience. Should you have a subject that is either interesting, difficult to understand, or one which you would like to have 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. Stamp News - 53


Looking at New Zealand The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II became the British monarch on 6th February 1952 on the death of her father, George VI.

However, in keeping with the tradition that the (joyful) Coronation ceremony should not follow too closely upon the (sad) period of mourning for the former monarch, she was not crowned in Westminster Abbey until 2nd June 1953. She travelled from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey in the Gold State Coach, first used by George III in 1762. Figures 1 to 3 show the Palace, the Coach and the Abbey and Figure 4 shows the procession. New Zealand issued a set of five stamps on Above: Figure 4; Left: Figure 1

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Above: Figure 2 Left: Figure 3

25th May 1953 to mark the Coronation (Figure 5). The denominations reflected the postal rates which had been increased from the beginning of 1953. The 2d to 8d stamps were designed by James Berry. For the 1/6d, L. C. Mitchell was requested to adapt a design that he had prepared for a 1949 Royal Visit issue that was not proceeded with when the King became too ill to travel. All values were printed in sheets of 120 stamps. There were three grades of ‘Royal Cypher’ (wood-pulp based) paper used for the different values of this issue, all watermarked ‘NZ & Star’. The 2d (Buckingham Palace) and the 4d (Gold State Coach) were recess-engraved by De La Rue & Co. The sheets were printed in two panes of 60 (10 rows of 6) with a vertical gutter in the middle. The left pane had the plate marking 1A and the right 1B in the bottom right corner. The printer’s imprint was at the bottom centre of each pane. Technical problems during the perforating process led to a portion of the 2d printing being supplied Stamp News - 55


Looking at New Zealand

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in half-sheets of 60. These half-sheets had the value marking in the top right corner changed from £1 to 10/-. The line perforation gauged 13; the paper was coarsetextured with a vertical mesh. The 3d stamp, showing the Queen wearing the diadem and the 4d showing Westminster Abbey were photogravureprinted by Harrison & Sons in 6 rows of 20 on fine-textured paper with a horizontal mesh. The cylinder number 1 was placed in the bottom right hand corner. They were comb-perforated 14 x 14½. There was no printer’s imprint. The 1/6d stamp shows the Imperial State Crown, made in

1937 for George VI’s Coronation but incorporating older Royal jewels and the Sceptre with the Cross,

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Looking at New Zealand

originally made for King Charles II in 1661 but remodelled in 1905 to incorporate the Cullinan Diamond (Figure 6). The stamp was recess engraved by Waterlow & Sons, who had been working on the design for the abandoned Royal

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Visit issue. The sheets were in 12 rows of 10 with the printer’s imprint and the centre-plate number (45791) and the frame-plate number (45792) in the bottom right corner; comb-perforated 13½ x 13. Above & below: Figure 8


Graeme Morriss

The paper was coarse-textured with a horizontal mesh. The plate blocks are shown as Figure 7. A special Coronation mail flight to Britain departed on 2nd June 1935 via Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL) to Sydney and then via BOAC-Qantas. A special rate was set at 2/11d (the total face value of the Coronation set of stamps) instead of the standard rate of 3/-. The 150,000 covers flown received a special cancellation and backstamps from London on 6th June and, if returned to NZ, Wellington 12th June (Figure 8). With so many flown, these covers are readily available for one or two dollars each and make an attractive addition to a collection. Stamps were also issued for New Zealand’s Island Territories: the Cook Islands, Niue and the

Figure 9 Tokelau Islands. After some discussion, the UN Trust Territory of Western Samoa was included. The designs of the NZ 3d and 8d were used but the 8d value was changed to 6d and for Western Samoa the 3d was changed to a 2d. Tokelau was issued only the 3d value (Figure 9).

References:

Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps, Auckland, Campbell Paterson, 1952 – . The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, vol. 4, Wellington, RPSNZ, 1964 and vol. 5 (Pacific Islands), 1967. Graeme can be contacted through his website, www. stampsmw.top1.com.au . Stamp News - 59


philatelic news Ascension Island - Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II To celebrate a remarkable 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II as Monarch of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the seas, we are pleased to announce the issue of a new stamp issue from Ascension Island. 2012 will be the year we commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty became Head of the Commonwealth and Queen in 1952 and was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. During her 60 year reign she has become the most widely travelled Head of State in World history. During this time she has witnessed numerous wars and conflicts as well as landmark historical events from the landing of the first man on the moon up to the present day of the digital age. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest lived and second

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longest reigning Monarch in British history next to Queen Victoria. Each stamp features a charming portrait of Her Majesty. The stamps which are diamond shaped will be issued as a set of six with denominations 15p, 25p, 35p, 40p, 60p and £1.25p each printed in sheetlets of eight with decorative borders. The same stamps will appear in a diamond shaped miniature sheet with two additional labels with face value of £3.00. There will also be a single souvenir sheet containing a large diamond shaped stamp with denomination of £2.00p. Photo credits for each stamp are shown below. 15p

The Queen on official visit to Windsor, Berkshire in 2011. CAMERA PRESS/James Veysey.


Palace, ahead of the Queen’s official visit to India and Pakistan in 1961. AP/Press Association Images. £1.25 Newly-crowned Queen photographed on June 4th 1953 in a Norman Hartnell gown designed especially for her Coronation two days earlier. Getty Images. Souvenir Sheet £2.00p Prince Philip and the Queen during their Silver Jubilee year 1977 in Westminster Abbey. Camera Press/LNS. 25p

35p 40p

60p

Technical Details Designer CASCO Studio Printer BDT International Process Stochastic lithography Stamp Size 36 x 36mm Sheet Format 8 Souvenir Sheet 6 Mini Sheet 1 The Queen attending Maundy Service in 13.5 per 2cms Lichfield in 1988. Tim Graham/Getty Images. Perforation Release Date 6 February 2012 Production Co-ordination Official portrait taken by Peter Grugeon in Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd October 1975 at Windsor Castle. CAMERA For further information, please contact John Smith, PRESS/Peter Grugeon. Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Tel: +44 (0) 1737 818181 Fax: +44 (0) 1737 818199, email: jcs137@pobjoy.com. Formal photograph taken in Buckingham The Queen during a reception for her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, on the eve of his 50th birthday at London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday, November 13th, 1998. Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

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Dreams of a South Sea Paradise I suppose many of my Stamp News readers have personal experiences of the reality of life in places like Tonga, Samoa or Tahiti. For most Europeans, these islands are still very exotic locations and we probably have somewhat romantic notions of what life must be like on the sun-drenched beaches of the Cook Islands or Vanuatu. As a frequent listener to Radio New Zealand International I often hear about major problems in the smaller island nations of the Pacific. There is unemployment, poor finances, political unrest, hurricanes and what not. However, generally the weather tends to be very good and most islands offer breath-taking scenery. This of course attracts thousands of adventurous tourists from all over the world. For many of the islands, the tourist industry

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provides most of their income. There is one man who embodies the European dream of a South Sea paradise more than anyone else. That man is French painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Today his paintings adorn some of the world’s most famous art museums and they are the priced possessions of some very exclusive private collections. With prices in the millions of dollars, the paintings are beyond the reach of people with ordinary incomes. I have always admired the work of Paul Gauguin and frequently visited exhibitions of his work. In the autumn of 2011, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen staged an exhibition mostly devoted to Gauguin’s life and work in Polynesia and it certainly was a most interesting


Christer BrunstrÜm one. The second-best way of collecting Gauguin’s paintings is of course on postage stamps. Quite a few countries have featured his work on their stamps but I have decided to collect only those countries which are closely related to the great painter – France, French Polynesia and (rather surprisingly perhaps) Denmark. Paul Gauguin was married to a Danish woman and spent some time living and working in Denmark.

The early years

Gauguin spent some of his early years in Peru but the family returned to France in 1854. Thanks to family relations, he became a banker in 1871 and it seems he was quite successful in his work.

However, working in a bank did not give him the satisfaction he was craving for and in 1884 he left the safety of his bank job to devote himself to painting. By then he had married Mette Gad, a Danish woman. The family moved to Copenhagen but Gauguin soon returned to Paris leaving his wife and children in the Danish capital. He met several of the important impressionist painters of the day and was greatly influenced by their work. In 1886, Gauguin met with Vincent van Gogh. Both painters were dreaming of establishing a colony of painters far away from urban civilization. The following year, Gauguin travelled to the French colony of Martinique in the West Indies in search of a primitive and exotic environment. He

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Dreams of a South Sea Paradise stayed for only a few months. Back home in France, he spent a lot of time in Brittany along with fellow painters. During this period, Gauguin produced some of his best works. However, he was all the time seeking the natural and the primitive and he obviously did not believe these qualities could be found in France or Europe.

Gauguin in Polynesia

In 1891 he left for Tahiti in the Pacific and he remained in Polynesia until 1893. It was a period of much creation. Most of his paintings depicted Tahitian women and Polynesian landscapes. Generally he added the title of the painting in the Tahitian language. These are all beautiful harmonious paintings with strong colours. Back in France, he wrote a book about his Tahitian experience. Called Noa Noa, the book also features numerous illustrations by the artist. By now Gauguin had become quite famous and many young painters were greatly influenced by his work. However, Gauguin returned to Polynesia in 1895 and remained there until his death in 1903. When he arrived in Tahiti his health was not very good. He tried to live as closely as possibly with the native Tahitian population and in many ways avoided contacts with the European segment of the population. It seems, however, that he preferred to maintain European standards in his living conditions. During this second Polynesian period, the contacts with his wife and children back home in Copenhagen ceased completely. But it was also during this period that he produced some of his most important paintings.

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In 1901, Gauguin was finally able to realize his dream of going to the Marquesas Islands where he apparently hoped to finally find the unspoilt civilization he had been looking for all his life. He had obtained a rather boring job with the French colonial administration in the Marquesas. His health remained rather poor. Gauguin used much of his energy to write very critically of the Catholic Church and the way it was changing the Polynesian society. When he died in 1903, he was buried by the very bishop whom he had often and severely criticized in his writings in the newspapers.

Gauguin’s fantasy world

By the time Gauguin arrived in Polynesia there had already been tremendous changes in the local society. The primitive culture and lifestyle of the Polynesians simply didn’t exist any more. In his work Gauguin recreated the primitive, exotic and why not idyllic life of the native populations of the Pacific. To put it bluntly, Gauguin painted a fantasy world. He took a strong interest in the traditional cultures of the Polynesians and learnt a lot from various Polynesian art forms including wood carving. Today his Polynesian paintings fascinate millions of people all over the world. I suppose urban people everywhere have a more or less secret longing for an unspoilt nature and a primitive and original lifestyle.

Gauguin on stamps

Tahiti is the largest of the Society Islands and it became a French dependency in 1880. Postage stamps were introduced in 1882. Tahiti issued


Christer Brunström stamps of its own until 1903. They are all of the French colonial types. In 1903, Tahiti and several other dependencies in the South Pacific were grouped together as the French Oceanic Settlements. The first pictorial stamps were released in 1913. In 1953, the French Oceanic Settlements marked the 50th anniversary of Gauguin’s death by releasing a 14-franc airmail stamp depicting the painting Nafea faa, ipoipo. It’s a most handsome stamp which also exists in imperforate format. In 1958, the name of this French overseas territory was changed to French Polynesia with Papeete as its capital city. That same year, two airmail stamps featuring paintings by Gauguin were issued. Women of Tahiti is the title of the painting shown on the 50-franc stamp. The White Horse, another famous Gauguin work appears on the 100-franc stamp. French Polynesia then went on to issue numerous stamps featuring Paul Gauguin’s art.

They are some of the most attractive stamps ever issued. They are generally high-value airmails making most of them somewhat expensive. However, it is a cheap price to pay for anyone wanting to assemble a collection of Paul Gauguin and his Polynesian period. In 1965, three airmail stamps marked the opening of the Gauguin Museum in Papeete. Leafing through an album of Gauguin stamps allows the viewer to dream of a very different world where people lived in a natural way very close to nature. I suppose Paul Gauguin’s dreams are rather similar to those of many people in today’s busy world where we frequently dream of escaping to an existence of beauty, peace and calm. Paul Gauguin made a go for it. For the rest of us the dream will simply remain a dream.

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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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