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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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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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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 £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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Contents Articles

A closer look at modern Australian stamps: Chris de Haer.. 10 Woodchip Free Zone: Rod Perry ................................................ 16 Market Matters: Glen Stephens .................................................... 22 The Modern Scene: Sel Pfeffer .................................................... 34 Ireland: the Definitive Issues: Mike Lee ................................... 40 Cinderella Corner: Tony Presgrave ............................................ 44 Introducing the APF, Part 21: John Sadler .............................. 48 Looking at New Zealand: Graeme Morriss ............................. 54 Stamps in the News: Margo Campbell .................................... 58 Beavers for your albums: Christer Brunström ....................... 64

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philatelic news Alan Turing 1912-1954 Mathematician & World War II Codebreaker Bletchley Park puts its stamp on Turing Centenary. On 23rd February Bletchley Park released four first day covers celebrating Alan Turing’s centenary year. Each carried a single 1st class Royal Mail “Turing Bombe” stamp cancelled with a unique first day of issue postmark. The intention is to restrict the issue to just 500 of each. Produced in association with the Alan Turing Centenary Year Committee and Bletchley Park Post Office, proceeds will go towards supporting the preservation of Bletchley Park. Similar stamp and envelope combinations from Bletchley Park Post Office have fetched several times their original issue price. So at £9.99 each these little pieces of art and history could be a good investment. They can be previewed and ordered at bletchleycovers.com The first design is by Rebecca Peacock of Firecatcher Design and the theme is Turing’s work on the mathematics of patterns. It was Turing’s genius for mathematics that made his work so vital to Bletchley Park and the development of modern computing. The other three are original paintings by artist Steve Williams who has donated his work to Bletchley Park. They depict three buildings at Bletchley Park associated with Alan Turing. These are the cottage and hut where he worked and the room that housed the Bombe machines. The stamp features a rebuilt Turing Bombe. The first day of issue postmark is a facsimile of one of the Bombe’s 108 rotor drums which replicated the workings of 36 Enigma machines. A dedicated team spent 15 years rebuilding the working Turing Bombe that is now on display at Bletchley Park. A marvel of electro-mechanical engineering used to crack the enigma code that is now essential viewing for visitors. Bletchley Park Post Office was once the code breakers’ undercover mail room then a sub post office when Bletchley Park became a GPO training centre. Its recreation of a 1940’s post office is a popular attraction. The first day covers and special stamps it began issuing in 1994 are sought after by collectors from around the world. More information can be obtained on the issue through bletchleycovers.com or calling 0044 (0)1908 363489 Cover Illustralion: Alan Turing started full time at Bletchley Park in September 1939 and by the end of the year had figured out how to crack the Enigma code. This was greatly assisted by earlier work of Polish mathematicians and the first break into Enigma came in early 1940. But speed was of the essence so a team led by Turing devised the “Turing Bombe”. The name was derived from a device originally proposed by Polish crypto-analysts. Hut 11 at Bletchley Park was itself ‘bomb proof’ with 2ft thick walls and a 6 - Stamp News

concrete slab roof. The lack of ventilation plus the noise and heat generated by these machines earned it the name of “The Hell Hole” from the “Wrens” who operated the complex equipment. By 1944 at least 200 of these machines were in use at various locations. The painting by Steve Williams depicts a moment when a ‘good stop’ has occurred which could mean the enemy’s Enigma settings for that day have been discovered and work could start on decoding thousands of messages.

When Alan Turing started full time at Bletchley Park in September 1939 he was allocated Cottage Number 3. This was the last of the three linked cottages. Number 1 was originally the Head Coachman’s home, Number 2 the horse corn store and Number 3 the tack room. During the war years Cottage Number 1 was home to Bletchley Park’s Quartermaster and his family. But it was to Cottage Number 3 that Dilly Knox and his team came with their ideas for breaking Enigma. When success arrived in early 1940 the cottage was quarantined and its secret kept from everyone else at the Park. On the opposite side “The Bungalow” became a ‘think tank’ for early computer research involving mathematicians and technicians such as Turing, Welchman and Flowers. Alan Mathison Turing was born on 23rd June 1912 to Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing. He is ranked as one the UK’s leading mathematicians and considered the father of modern computing. Whilst for many he is best remembered for cracking the Enigma code his mathematical genius covered many other areas. Rebecca Peacock’s design for this first day cover reflects and depicts his work on mathematics of the natural world as well as codes, ciphers and electro mechanical machines. Turing’s achievements are too numerous to list here but his is a life worth learning about as well as recognising the vital contribution he made during World War Two. The 1st class stamp features the rebuilt Turing Bombe on display at Bletchley Park. The first day of issue cancel represents one of its 108 drums. Banks of these machines operated by “Wrens” helped decode 3000 Enigma messages daily, probably shortening that war by 2-3 years.


16-18 March 2012 Opening Times Friday 16 March 10am—6pm Saturday 17 March 10am—6pm Sunday 18 March 10am—3pm

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The cover design is detail from an evocative painting by Steve Williams. The artist has captured the mood of veterans returning to the newly restored Hut 8 where Turing worked. The huts at Bletchley Park worked in pairs so Hut 8 was paired with Hut 4 which is now a restaurant. They were concerned with Naval Intelligence and the battle against the U Boats. Hut 4 was responsible for translation and analysis whilst Hut 8 was the decrypt Hut. Their most significant

Editor’s Note

It’s been a while since we managed to find space for an editor’s note, but this month being somewhat auspicious we really had to try to fit something in. Firstly there is great cause for celebration as veteran dealer Ken Baker celebrates his 100th birthday. Glen Stephens, along with many other philatelic identities, was at the young man’s birthday party and extensive coverage of that together will photos appears in this issue. Secondly, this issue marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Stamp News Pty. Ltd. and this writer’s tenure as editor. The past 10 years have been exciting and hectic and it is well worthwhile recounting the story behind how the title Stamp News was transferred to us from Hannan Print. Late in 2001 I heard that Hannan Print intended to close the magazine should a buyer not be able to be found, despite the magazine being profitable, as it’s sales were below 40,000 copies per edition. A group of interested dealers met in a restaurant in Hawthorn, Victoria to discuss the ramifications of Stamp News ceasing to be published. As a result myself and a number of dealers met with a top executive from Hannon Print in Sydney to see if we could resolve the issue, or possibly purchase Stamp News. The price they were initially asking was astronomical, $700,000 to include the faltering stablemate “Coin Review”. Clearly out of our league even as a consortium. We had expected maybe 10% of this figure with several dealers each putting up $5,000 to $10,000. Not to be put off we continued negotiations, with eventually one major dealer deciding in late November that he would fund the purchase himself somehow, and he began negotiations in his own right. Coin Review was removed form the equation and a lower figure agreed upon. All sorted? Not a bit of it!

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work was day to day intelligence to keep the Atlantic convoys protected from U boats and that vital supply line from the USA open. A favourite story about Alan Turing was his habit of cycling to, from and around Bletchley Park whilst wearing his gas mask to guard against hay fever. Can you spot him near the bike shed? Negotiations between the parties faltered, and I was contacted by Hannan Print to try and revive the deal. By this time the seconds really were ticking away and the December edition was already on the news-stands. After some lengthy discussions I managed to get them to continue publishing for three months in order give us some breathing space and to try to come up with a solution. By this time their price had dropped to $200,000 and I sensed some desperation on their part. Sadly all my efforts were to no avail, many of the previously interested parties had dropped out and we really thought that Stamp News was doomed. Out of the blue one day I received a phone call outlining a new plan. They would basically sell me the rights to publish the magazine under the auspices of a new operating company in return for the equivalent of two years profits, to be paid on a monthly basis, no down-payment, no personal guarantee, nothing! Needless to say I took up their offer on the spot, deal done all bar the paperwork. And the rest, as they say is history! Thirdly and finally, this edtiion sees the end of an era with Stamp News stalwart Sel Pfeffer putting down his pen after writing for nearly 30 years in Stamp News and prior to that The Australian Stamp Monthly. I am certain that we have not heard the last from Sel, however on behalf of all of us at Stamp News I sincerely thank him for his invaluable contributions over the years and wish him well for the future, I also look forward to meeting him again at the Canberra Stamp Show later this month. Happy stamping Kevin Morgan PS If there is anyone out there who fancies themselves as editor of Stamp News, let me know. I am not ready to be put out to grass yet, but who knows what the future may hold!


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A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps

January has certainly been a busy month for collectors, with the regular Lunar New Year and Australian Legends issues, as well as another series of special occasions stamps.

Christmas Island Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon (10 January 2012)

The dragon is the fifth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Water Dragon and runs from 23 January 2012 to 9 February 2013. The Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. The general stamp collector will just require a set of stamps, a miniature sheet and a Zodiac sheet. As in past years the 15c, 20c and 25c stamps in the Zodiac sheet add together to give you 60c. Those with a more specialised collection will also find much to interest them. As with previous Lunar New Year issues, the 60c 10 - Stamp News

Figure 1. First booklet pane from the Year of the Dragon prestige booklet. gutter strip features all 12 animals of the zodiac, with an alternative symbol for the dragon highlighted in gold (this symbol is also used on the 15c stamp shown in Figure 1). If you collect se-tenant pairs, strips and blocks

Figure 2. One of the six personalised Special Occasions stamps.


Chris de Haer you will need an extra Zodiac sheet for the horizontal pair of 60c and $1.80 stamps, and the block of 12. The prestige booklet contains six panes, containing a mixture of the 12 low value stamps in blocks of four with the 60c and $1.80 stamps (Figure 1). Postal stationery collectors are also well catered for with a postcard and two prepaid envelopes. Unlike the stamps, the stationery is issued for Australia with no mention of Christmas Island. For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit my website or write to me at the address below.

Precious Moments (17 January 2012)

This year’s Special Occasions stamps celebrate significant personal events in our everyday lives – birthdays, the arrival of a newborn, marriage and anniversaries. The five 60c stamps were issued in horizontal se-tenant strips within sheets of 50, with the $1.20 in a separate sheet of 50. It will be interesting Figure 3. Prestige booklet pane for current Western Force player, David to see if these gummed stamps Pocock. are used in souvenir stamp sheets in the future. demand for stamps for a specific occasion (I have All six designs were also issued in individual had requests from non-collectors for upwards of self-adhesive booklets, though collectors will 200 copies of some previous Special Occasions need deep pockets to obtain these, and will be left designs). These designs have also been added to with considerable surplus postage. No doubt the the range of stamps available for personalisation, reason for six individual booklets is to meet public rather than replacing those already on sale (see Stamp News - 11


A Closer Look at Modern Australian Stamps Figure 2). Readers are reminded that I offer a competitively priced personalised stamp standing order service. For more information please contact me (contact details are at the end of this article). For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit my website or write to me at the address below.

Australian Legends of Football (20 January 2012)

Unusually, Australia Post announced back in November 2011 that this year’s Legends stamps will feature footballers however the identity of the Legends remained top secret until the launch date. One current and one retired player was chosen from Australian rules, soccer, rugby union and rugby league, with the two players from each sport featured in a vertical se-tenant pair within gummed sheets of 50. A very thick prestige booklet was also released containing eight panes each featuring a block of four of the same stamp (one pane is shown in Figure 3 - See previous page). In addition a self-adhesive booklet of 10 was released for each footballer. A significant number of collectors and dealers have raised with me concerns over the cost of obtaining this year’s self-adhesive stamps (remember just three days earlier we had six Special Occasions booklets), with one dealer also noticing a declining trend in the number of booklet collectors. Individual booklets for each Legend have been produced before, but were accompanied by another booklet that combined all the self-adhesives (or at least one booklet for each sport). I’m sure most collectors would welcome Australia Post helping them out, by issuing self-adhesive Figure 5. Flyer promoting the Hawkers Bazaar Personalised Stamps™. 12 - Stamp News


Chris de Haer to me at the address below.

Hawkers Bazaar (27 January 2012)

Since 2009 Australia Post has produced a personalised stamp sheet for the Hawkers Bazaar held at Crown Casino in Melbourne. This year, two sheets of nine stamps were printed by RA Printing. Figure 4. Personalised stamps from the Hawkers Bazaar sheets. The stamps contained within the sheets do not feature the gold die-stamping stamps in convenient formats that either allowed (Figure 4). The personalised sheets were for single stamps to be sold, or combined the selfFigure 6. Australia Post’s Hawkers Bazaar stall adhesive stamps into one booklet. moments before opening with the Personalised For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit my website or write Stamp™ booth at left and store at right.

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A Closer Look at Modern Australian personalised stamps and philatelic products, whereas the Australian Open stall appeared last year to attract far fewer customers (and probably cost much more to hire as well). It will be interesting to see if Australia Post returns to the Australian Open next year. For full technical details, and a checklist of the varieties found in this issue visit my website or write to me at the address below.

Recent Reprints

The reprints listed in Stamp Bulletin No. 314 contain a few surprises. The 1 koala reprint of the $2.35 Koala stamp was mentioned in this column back in December 2011, and while this reprint and the 4 koala $5 Kangaroo Paw reprint are no different to the original, some of the other reprints are (all the reprints were printed by McKellar Renown). The 3 koala reprint of the 5c Platypus returns to being printed on ordinary (non-phosphorescent paper), which was used for the original printing; the direction of the koala symbols on the 2 koala $1.80 Reef Fish printing continue to face in the ‘wrong direction’ (when compared to nearly every other reprint); and the 2 koala $3 Reef Fish printing has an intriguing extra column of perforations in Figure 7. Dani Poon signing covers at Hawkers Bazaar. the top selvedge (see Figure 8). A number of collectors also found that the Philatelic Bureau also publicised in post offices with a DL sized flyer supplied the 1 koala 60c Reef Fish reprint as a single (Figure 5). stamp, rather than as a block of four (blocks of four I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s had to be ordered separately). Hawkers Bazaar and found Australia Post’s stall constantly busy (Figure 6). Apart from selling Farming Australia Update the full range of Australia Post Lunar New Year While doing a Google search I happened to come products, collectors could also have their products across an article from 5 May 2011 on the Sydney signed by the designer, Dani Poon (Figure 7). Morning Herald website about the Eucalyptus Collectors might also notice that there’s no scented sheetlet released in May. For the first Australian Open personalised sheet this year. This time the Scentprint printing process was used year the Australian Open and Hawkers Bazaar were on an Australian stamp. In the article Ego Print on at the same time. The Hawkers Bazaar stall sales manager Graeme Lidgerwood describes the also had a constant stream of customers for both 14 - Stamp News


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Figure 8. $3 Reef Fish reprint with intriguing extra column of perforations in the top selvedge. Scentprint process as, “… eucalyptus scent is encapsulated into little bubbles and we put that into a printable varnish.” He adds that, “Tests were done to make sure the gum and paper would not be affected by the varnish and that people using the stamp would not have reactions to the smell.” This now means three different printers have printed the Eucalyptus stamp: McKellar Renown (in sheets of 50), Ego Print (scented sheetlets of 10), and RA Printing (commemorative multisheets).

Acknowledgements

My thanks go to Kerry Tillison of Australia Post Philatelic for all her stellar work in finding out printing information and answering my numerous questions about new issues. Also, I would like to thank Dani Poon for her permission to photograph her while signing covers at the Hawkers Bazaar. If you see anything new or unusual then contact me. Website: http://stamps.chrisdehaer.com.au E-mail: stamps@chrisdehaer.com.au Address: PO Box 1448, Booragoon WA 6954 Visit my website for comprehensive information on Australian and territorial new issues, and stamps for sale.

Legendary stamp secured by Stanley Gibbons

The philatelist’s Holy Grail, a single example of the elusive ‘plate 77 Penny Red’, has been acquired by rare stamp and prestige collectibles dealer Stanley Gibbons With millions of collectors worldwide religiously checking every Penny Red they come across for the magic combination of two sevens, rare stamp and collectibles dealer, The Stanley Gibbons Group plc, has announced that it has acquired an example of this philatelic Holy Grail– the legendary ‘Plate 77 Penny Red’. The stamp carries a price tag of £550,000 - making it the most valuable single stamp that the world’s oldest stamp dealer has ever offered for sale. “This example has graced some of the finest stamp collections ever formed and is not only a magnificent exhibition piece but one of the great rarities of Great Britain and World philately” said Vince Cordell, Director of GB Philately at Stanley Gibbons. Stable-mate to the famous Penny Black, millions of Penny Reds were printed but the perforations would not line up correctly on the printed sheets produced by certain plates so they were never “put to press”. As a result Penny Reds from plates 69, 70, 75, 77 and 128 should not exist. However, a tiny handful of plate 77 Penny Reds did find their way into public domain by mistake making them the ultimate prize for a collector; “To date, four mint and five used examples have been reported, although some have not been seen for so long their authenticity is unconfirmed and often doubted” said Cordell. Of the four mint examples, one is in the Royal Philatelic Collection; one in the Tapling collection in the British Library; one in the Raphael collection that was stolen in 1965 and has not been seen since; the fourth in the famous Ferrary collection that was sold in the 1920s, its authenticity has never been confirmed and again has not been seen since the auction. Of the five used examples, two damaged examples were found in the early 20th Century, neither of which has been seen on the open market for over 50 years. A third was in the “Crocker” collection and lost in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and a fourth example from the “Adams” collection is now in the British Library. The fifth example, offered for sale by Stanley Gibbons, is unquestionably the finest used example in existence inside or outside a museum and is realistically the only one that will ever be available on the open market.

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The term “good” is well ingrained in Philately. We hear collectors utter “I want only good material”, or “That’s a good item”. A member of the Trade might rate an item as “good” if it’s just been sold for a healthy profit. We all have our own idea of what’s “good”, and so it should be for rich diversity of opinion in an industry as far reaching and all enveloping (unintended pun) as Philately. I’ve previously touched upon the topic of “good” in this column, when I suggested that it was an unlikely term to apply in Philately, being perhaps better suited to describing one’s pet’s behavior. Before I Figure 2. Charming early portrait of QEII, printed by continue with the topic “good”, as it may Waterlow apply in Philately, please allow me to briefly my ute’s canopy (for obvious reasons I keep my head introduce my pets. Is Louie + Chloe, is not inside). Infamous they are for waiting until I’m about good. to overtake a hapless cyclist before lunging those I call them my Cover Protectors, but locally in boofheads out the window and delivering a booming Port Douglas Louie and Chloe are more widely known as the boofheads hanging out the windows of “woof”, Great Dane-style, just as we pull alongside. For reasons known only to Louie and Chloe, this procedure is particularly popular when the cyclists are young, female Japanese tourists. So “good” we know those dogs are not. Let’s then attempt an assessment of what’s “good” in Philately. To some, “good” will be as in (a) good aesthetically, (b) good for investment, (c) good for inspiration, (d) good for inclusion in an exhibit; and doubtless there are other applications for “good”. To my knowledge, there is no universally accepted definition of the term, as it applies in Philately. I do know that a lot of material which I see or hear described as “good” does not fit my perception of the term. My “good”, if I were to actually use that term, would be as in (d) above, good for inclusion in an exhibit. With that particular application, I reckon I’m receiving my fair share of (a) to (c) as a bonus. Figures 2 to 11 have a place in several of my exhibits (but not Figure 12). Let’s see if I can persuade some readers to agree that my selections of “good” have multiple attributes. I haven’t indulged in the usual individual valuations on this occasion. Figure 1. Louie + Chloe: Croc Watch Suffice to say these items would realize between 16 - Stamp News


elusive £1. It should be emphasized here that this series, and most if not all other traditional QEII, is readily obtainable as a mint set, but the highest denominations on cover or other intact postal article generally really take some finding. The rate for the cover represents 1/3d ½oz. airmail to U.K. x16 + 4d registration fee. I encourage more collectors to consider a oneframe usage exhibit of their favourite QEII series. More suggestions in that regard follow. I featured the British Solomon Is first QEII series as a usage suggestion in this column back in December 2004. Figure 3 anchored that article, and I repeat my comment “Seldom does one encounter the top denomination of a QEII first Pictorial series on commercial postal article, particularly not one of reasonably ‘standard’ dimensions.” This Figure 3. Super franking, conveniently sits on standard intact parcel-wrapping of July 1959 likely album page! contained a stock of the recently issued Booklets, for it is addressed to the leading less than $100, despite scarcity, through to $5,000+ Booklets collector, Dr Bill Mayo, then in U.S., (actual auction realization in one instance). now resident in Sydney. Do I hear “But isn’t this a Original QEII series, issued by most members philatelic item?” Well, Philatelists are allowed to of the British Commonwealth, are often a delight. receive mail, and if one were posting a package of Recess printing, the favored process for most this weight to U.S., even to a non-philatelist, this series, has a certain charm not always shared by photogravure (exceptions include Singapore, and the vibrant South Africa Zoologicals). As a contribution to the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, a few items from first sets are featured this month. Figure 2 has not one, but two of the lovely 10/- of Rhodesia & Nyasaland, embellishing a Nyasaland Protectorate KGVI Stationery 4d Registered envelope. It would have been a bonus if the gorgeous £1 denomination had been used rather than 10/- x2, but it is probable that the smaller Post Office at Lilongwe didn’t have the £1 available. My one-frame exhibit of this first QEII series won’t be aired until I get that Figures 4 and 5. Gilberts to London Missionary Society Stamp News - 17


is the precise and logical franking which would be applied to such package. The amazing aggregate of £4.2.10d represents 3/2d ½oz. airmail to U.S. x26 + 6d registration fee. With an S.G. catalogue value of £35 each (mint £32) the £1 is an uncommon used stamp. A decade or so ago a £1 on commercial cover (I’ve noted just three, two being packages to same addressee) would not have realized much more than the equivalent used stamp/s. That of course was in less informed days; Figure 6. Parcel to U.K. contained potpourri of collectables nowadays Figure 3 would fetch a considerable premium (perhaps by a factor of ten or more) above four offlate Dr Ed Druce about 20 years ago, and lamented cover used stamps. Expect that premium to continue the fact later, by which time I had commenced to rise, as more collectors take up the challenge of usage collecting, and came to realize just how collecting such material, and learn that this stuff is rare are such items. Ed knew this fact, and I was seriously scarce, and infinitely more desirable than delighted to buy it back in an auction of his material. plain used. It’s not absolutely necessary to have the highest The Gilbert & Ellice Is first QEII series is a denomination present in a usage study, but given the lovely subject for a one-frame usage exhibit, albeit opportunity I’ll take it. The subject represents 3/3d challenging. I’ve managed just two examples ½oz. airmail to U.K. x3 + 6d registration fee. of usage of the 10/- denomination; only one of I’ve included Figure 5, again from the L.M.S. the 5/-! One of my 10/- is shown as Figure 4, in correspondence, as it features solo use of the combination with the 3d of the series, registered unusually denominated 3/7d from the 1964 1st Air at Betio 8 Oct 1962, from the London Missionary Service trio. I remember when this odd denomination Society correspondence. I sold this cover to the was issued, and was too philatelically immature to appreciate that it represented the airmail fee for a ½oz. letter to U.K., which by 1964 had risen to 3/7d. I note internet prices for this set at $2.00 mint, $2.50 used, $4.00 FDC. This commercial solo franking, the only example I’ve noted, is a quantum leap in terms of desirability in comparison. Australia’s earliest QEII definitive stamps arguably are not as striking in appearance Figure 7. More than one way to skin this cat as some of the contemporary 18 - Stamp News


Figure 8. Seemingly innocuous cover?

is with Figure 7, where one could select inclusion in a South Africa 1954 Zoological series exhibit, where it would form a dramatic example of usage of the 6d, or similarly in a “Big cats” Thematic exhibit, or in an Aerophilately incidents exhibit for South Africa, Mauritius or Australia. (I have it in my exhibit for the last mentioned). On 24 Aug 1960 a QANTAS Lockheed Super Constellation (“Southern Wave”), en route from S.A. to Australia crashed at Plaisance Airport, Mauritius. One mailbag of the original six was recovered, severely affected by fire, as will be noted. A PMG’s Dept memo accompanied the article when delivered in Sydney. Survivors to Australia from this incident are rare; more so than The Australian Air Mail Catalogue “from $400” would suggest. A great example of when not to remove stamps from a cover. I’ve indicated my fondness for PNG as a usage subject on numerous occasions in this column. Unlike AAT, Christmas and Cocos Islands, Nauru, and Norfolk Is, commercial mail for this former Territory is reasonably available, although even for PNG usage of some issues take some finding.

issues of other Commonwealth countries. Nevertheless, they are interesting from a usage perspective. Figure 6 shows a nice usage of the first 5/- denomination issued during the Queen’s reign, the fine Cattleman design. This 4 Aug 1964 franking on parcel-fragment is the White paper printing, a pair no less. The 1959-64 series, from which the 5/is the highest denomination, is an excellent subject for a five to eight-frame usage exhibit, and this item is highly fitting to grace such an exhibit. The 5/- is quite scarce on commercial postal articles, the White paper printing particularly so, and this is the only multiple franking I’ve noted. The “PARCEL POST” label was filled out at the P.O., cancelled by an older Parkdale datestamp (presumably used as its smaller dimensions better fitted the space available!), and then affixed to the parcel, together with the 5/- pair, which was cancelled by a more modern Parkdale cds. Looks a treat when written-up in Landscape format! Collectors of covers occasionally find, to their great pleasure, that they have more than one option available to them Figure 9. Incredibly expensive “Clipper” service delivered us many great covers when assessing an item. So it

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For example, in the £SD era I’ve yet to locate an example of commercial usage of the beautiful 1963 QEII £1 stamp. (Can any reader help?). It may surprise most that the 1/2d denomination of the 1964 Health Services is rare on commercial cover (the 8d is no slouch either!). I’ve seen only two examples of usage of the 1/2d, which is an average of one every 11.5 years of looking. On-line retail prices for the set at $1.00 mint, $1.70 used, and $2.20 FDC, provide no indication of what one is up against when seeking commercial usage, notably for the 8d and 1/2d. The value of Figure 8, which I’ve recently spotted on eBay, is modest indeed, belying its rarity, yet I find this a delight to include in my exhibit. The aggregate franking of 2/3d was for ½oz. airmail to Germany. So concludes our tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Figure 10. For when one can’t have a Plate Nº long may she continue to reign. A brief ode now to for this service was $3.50 per ½oz., so the article is the Queen’s father, King George VI. I have but a an x8 multiple. Before the War ended it, the Imperial relative handful of KGVI usage collections; it’s just Airways “All-up” Empire Airmail Scheme allowed too hard to obtain examples of usage of many of the those in Hong Kong to send a letter by airmail to high denominations. Hong Kong is an exception, even distant parts of the Empire for just 15c per for which I have Figure 9 to thank for making that collection possible. This 16 Oct 1940 cover was sent ½oz! The study of Clipper service rates is one of by air via the Pan American Airways Clipper service my favorite areas of Philately, delivering to us as the service did some of the highest franked items to U.S. The high franking of $28 includes the first possible. The featured subject is further enhanced $5 and $10 (a pair), the key stamps for inclusion if in that the mail service was delayed for three days one is to attempt a credible usage exhibit. The rate at Guam, initially having left on 19 Oct 1940, only to have to return due to inclement weather. Still on KGVI, amongst the more sought-after items for Australia specialists of this reign are the socalled Plate Nos. (these served another purpose: more on that next month). Collectors were in for a treat on 22 February, the day Millennium Auctions offered the Pericles collection of KGVI, with the largest offering of Plate Nos. since I sold the Hicks collection in the late ’nineties. Figure 10 would be a worthy spacefiller for the absence of recorded Plate Nos. on the 1944 Wmkd. printing Figure 11. Mail burglars nowadays less likely to find 2d bright purple (there are Plate Nos. “negotiables” 20 - Stamp News


The crime remained unsolved, so just how it was known that there was more than one perpetrator is unexplained. This is the only example of a handstruck marking being employed for such an incident. So where does this item “fit” in an exhibit? It’s a welcome addition to my Postal history exhibit: “N.Q.R.: Misadventures in the Australian Postal System”. Most readers will agree that Figure 12 is unlikely to be seen Figure 12. Billy Blood Drop, perhaps not good philatelically, but good by many as “good”, although it is an essential item if one collects cause pictorial postmarks, or a Theme recorded for the No wmk. printing). This is the embracing the subject matter. only example I’ve seen of the generous 2d per There was a time, during the Great Boom we had ½oz. airmail rate available to R.A.F. Servicemen to have, when this item was being snapped-up at in Australia, when writing back home. (The rate to around $250. For those who weren’t around in 1980, all others was 1/6d). Note the rectangular “MAIL or were but can’t remember, that indeed was what OFFICE/R.A.F. MISSION/TO AUST./AND NEW this item was worth, before a Poseidon proportioned ZLD./6 OCT 1947”, and two-line “ON ACTIVE crash a short time later rendered it next to worthless. SERVICE/CONCESSIONARY AIR SERVICE” I wasn’t in that area of the market in 1980; I handstamps. The cover was actually postmarked was too busy selling other unrealistically valued at South Yarra. I love items such as this: consider material in my auction business. However, a couple comparable rarity to a Plate No., fraction of the of months ago, I sold on eBay what I believe to be price, real sociophilatelic significance. the very first example of this item I’ve ever sold, at I’ll feature Australia KGVI rare usage next least as a standalone item. More than 30 years after it month, and include some comments on the Pericles crashed to Earth, my lucky example realized $9.99, results. and that’s US$! Difficult item, Figure 11, to allocate to a usage Rod Perry has been a philatelic trader since 1962 collection, despite it bearing a (largely obscured) KGV 1½d purple-brown (no variety visible in scant and a Stamp News advertiser since the 1960s . portion exposed), and probably unique adaptation of He founded Rodney A Perry Auction Galleries 1d carmine-rose Large Multiple wmk. selvedge (!) to (now Millennium Philatelic Auctions) in 1971. facilitate repair of damage to article. The “Opened As a collector he has exhibited nationally and by/Burglars/P.O.Ballarat” (there is another strike internationally. Rod prefers his used stamps on on reverse) adequately explains the dilemma. The Ballarat Courier of 13 April 1920 reports how the cover and likens taking a stamp off its original window of a small room between the Postmaster’s cover to converting a tree to woodchips. Past room and the mail room had been forced open, and editions of this column may be accessed on Rod’s “several hundred letters had been opened, and in ‘rap.com.au’ many cases torn up.” , in the pursuit of negotiables. Stamp News - 21


Market Matters: The World’s Oldest Stamp Dealer!

An historic philatelic milestone took place in February, 2012, the day I typed this article. I am typing this from Moss Vale NSW, in the Southern Highlands, attending the 100th Birthday Party lunch for legendary stamp dealer Ken Baker. Ken gave me his Birth Certificate to scan for readers, and as can be seen he was born on February 8, 1912, entry number 182 of Bromley Kent, UK. I am unaware of any other stamp dealer – anywhere in the world, reaching the “Century” milestone, and I am sure all readers will join with me in congratulating Ken on his long and fruitful life. Australian dealers seem to have the longevity gene – Bill Hornadge is mid 90s, and Max Stern is 90 – and plays a game of soccer each week, he told me today. I have known Ken for decades, and for the latter part of that time, his eye had been firmly focused on reaching 100, and getting “The Queen’s Telegram”. Well as we all know, telegrams of any kind have not existed for some years now.

The Queen’s NON Telegram!

HOWEVER, Buckingham Palace does write to all Centenarians they are aware of, and a photo is nearby I took today, of Ken with his cherished letter

“The Queen’s Telegram” from the Queen! A really fancy folder with photo, sealed with a crested ER “From The Queen” foiled wafer! Ken commented; “very nice stationery that Her Majesty uses.” There were similar cards and messages from the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce - plus the Prime Minister, Federal Opposition Leader, State Premier, local MPs, etc. Any reader who knew or likes Ken can pop by and add their Best Wishes to this blog Ken Baker - 100 Years Young!

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The last of Ken’s Stamp Stock?! www.tinyurl.com/BakerK Ken is looking in on that thread I am advised, so will be pleased to see the stamp world has started adding their Congratulations on his milestone. The gathering at Moss Vale was mainly an extended family affair of about 100, but I was delighted to be invited to attend, along with his close dealer friends Kevin Duffy AO, and Max Stern AM. Max and Kevin presented Ken with a special plaque on behalf of his fellow stamp trade

colleagues – I took a photo of them all shown nearby. Both of whom were literally dealing with Ken before I was born. In Kevin’s case, a decade before. Max worked out that the 3 of them have 271 years of age between them. All the table place name cards for all guests, were festooned with Mint Australian stamps, that Ken jokingly said had used up the last of his stamp stock. Ken Baker has handled more of the major rarities of Australian philately than any other dealer. He and wife Mona lived for a few years in the UK, and he is still well known to many of the stamp trade there. Ken kindly passed onto me a couple of years back, all his stamp related files and notes, so they can be on the public record. His pivotal involvement in buying the entire and outstanding “T. E. Field” collection in 1948, for major client Jack Kilfoyle, and ensuring the Harmer auction of it was cancelled, still ranks as the “Stamp Coup Of The 20th Century”. Max Stern, Ken Baker and Kevin Duffy

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Market Matters For just £7,500 they secured many of the major rarities of the Australian Commonwealth philately, all in one original collection. The cables, telegrams, notes, invoices, sale catalogue and letters etc re that coup, and the subsequent sale in 1961 of the massive Kilfoyle collection, make for fascinating reading, and makes me wish I was born a decade earlier! Ken is in great shape for 100, and told me today he walks 1 kilometre a day “weather permitting” from his front door to front gate and back, in Robertson, NSW where he now lives. He was able to update me on the data below, and this is his story you see following, in his own words. His daughter Margaret told me he daily checks his share prices on a computer, and he must surely be the only Centenarian on EARTH who uses a computer. Wife Mona of 46 years had not been in good health for some time, and very sadly, passed away tragically a week or so short of Ken’s milestone.

Dealer for 90 Years

He must be the only person on EARTH to have sold stamps for around 90 years! Ken, who turned 100 today is as sharp as a tack. His eyesight is not as good as it once was, but neither is mine. (Editor’s note – Some years back we gave Ken a free lifetime subscription, and hope we will need to mail them to him for MANY years yet!) I had a long chat with Ken, and with Kevin Duffy AO, before this went to press. Kevin is a Castlecrag neighbour, and was able to add a few more details to the original data I had. Duffy told me his sole dream as a schoolboy was to emulate those stamp dealers in the Royal Arcade in Sydney - like Ken Baker. Kevin Duffy became Federal President of ASDA on 3 separate occasions, spaced a decade apart - being 1964, 1974 and 1984. He later received the second highest award conferred in the country, an Officer in the Order of 24 - Stamp News

Ken and Mona Baker Australia (AO) - broadly equivalent to a Knighthood in the old system. Max Sterns’ AM award ranks higher than an OBE (Order Of The British Empire) from the previous awards. (An OBE of course ranked higher than the more plentifully awarded MBE under that system). Selling his Seven Seas Stamps business in 1980 to Reader’s Digest for $4 million, Kevin would have made ALL those Royal Arcade dealers gasp in wonderment I imagine! Seven Seas Stamps changed hands many years later, for a fraction of that sum. Ken Baker is a wonderful gentleman - in the true meaning of that word, and there is not much that has occurred in this business since 1930 that he was not a part of in some way. Ken and late wife Mona have attended many industry dinners, and they attended several of my dealer Melbourne Cup lunches here at Castlecrag. Ken’s long Rolls Royce poked out a full metre from my garage! So here we go - a remarkable story - in Ken Baker’s own words from here onwards:

Selling for about 90 Years

“I was born in London on February 8, 1912 during the reign of KEVII, in Shoe Lane off Fleet Street -


Glen Stephens My First Stamp Shop - 1928

“Member Number One” literally within the sound of the Bow Bells. I helped my father in his part time packet-making business whilst very young. Father used to supply newsagents with cheap stamp packets, a business he commenced before I was born. So from a very early age, I was directly involved with the stamp business. It is very true to say: “I was never without stamps”. When the family migrated to Melbourne in 1923 on a £10 a family new migrant package deal, my father continued in the same line in Australia until his death in 1951. My brother and I took over £400 of debts from this business, and soon learnt there was no profit in stamp packet-making.

In 1928 I got a job in a rare book shop in Little Collins Street near where the Stanley Gibbons Melbourne premises was until recently. After a while I was allowed to put some stamps in the window. Most other dealers in Australia at that time had upstairs shops. The business grew and I later bought the book business. Though I had little knowledge, I needed to make a quick turnover and knew all the stamp collectors of the day who used to meet in my shop. One day in 1930 I was tipped off by veteran dealer Alf Campe senior that one of my customers was a thief. I then spread the word, and promptly received a writ for slander demanding £500 (about $5 million today, I suppose). Imagine being an 18 year old about to lose his business. Fortunately for me, the legendary collector and legal man Bill Purves sent me to the best barrister in Melbourne. King’s Counsel Eugene Gorman (later Sir Eugene) was his name. I was terrified of the money this would cost, but later learnt that Purves’ firm had taken care of it as they retained him on many other briefs. Fortunately that matter was settled out of court the day before it was to go before the judge, for £15 damages and £20 costs. That was my one and only brush with the law in my lifetime. In 1930 I also took ads in the very first year of publication of the venerable “Australian Stamp Monthly”. I am proud of my Member Number “1” plaque from the Australasian Stamp Dealers’ Association now known as APTA. I formed that Trade Association in 1948 with Phil Downie and Max Cohen.

Saved By Peanut Butter

In 1933 I drifted away from stamps, but by 1936 was back in Sydney at the back of another bookshop in Bathurst Street - and once again with little money. Luckily it happened to be the year of the ETA Stamp News - 25


Market Matters Peanut Butter promotion - free stamps with their product. The album with the Spanish Galleon on the cover was available for sale at all newsagents for 6d. Millions of stamps were given away. This started a boom here that lasted a year or two. Battered childhood ETA albums still turn up all the time, even today. I made annual trips to the UK via the USA buying and selling. In 1937 I moved to the (old) Royal Arcade in Sydney and was the first stamp dealer there. Others soon followed including Max Cohen, John Shaiak, Otto Kugel and A.W.Townsend. Alf Campe senior was then operating in the Sydney Arcade, and was one of the biggest dealers in Australia (and I don’t only mean weight-wise!) Campe followed us into the Royal Arcade in 1941. A Mr. Moore followed, as did others. The Royal Arcade in those days was truly the “Nassau Street” of Australian stamp dealing, with 6 well stocked dealers all located in one small arcade. The Sydney Hilton Hotel now occupies this once famous site that ran from Pitt to George Streets. Alf Campe senior used to accuse me of price cutting which I’m sure was true. One day he said that he’d put me out of business in three weeks. Alf then promptly took a shop in the Royal Arcade. Well, Alf Campe Senior died 55 years ago, and I’m still here!

Amy Vickery

I remember Miss Amy Vickery who formed the finest collection existing of NSW “Sydney Views” - now residing in the Powerhouse Museum. The Vickery family had immense wealth. I acquired a large selection of “Views” from a dealer one day, rang her, and was cordially invited to her grand family mansion in Strathfield. Miss Vickery looked at them for a time, then said 26 - Stamp News

A battered ETA album. politely that she could not buy them as they were her rejects and “lesser copies”, that she had recently given to Campe to sell! I departed from there very downhearted, and got “stuck” with that collection for quite a time. Later I found out that she only dealt with Alf Campe. Alf Campe junior, a well-known Sydney dealer to this day, says Miss Vickery always believed he had been named in her honour and this greatly pleased her. I first met Kevin Duffy in the 1940s when he was a schoolboy at Christian Brothers College, Waverley. He had a stall in the playground after school, and he knew then he was always destined to be a stamp dealer.


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Large numbers stolen ex PO Kevin later moved to a kiosk in the Dalwood Arcade, and afterwards purchased Seven Seas Stamps from Bill Hornadge in 1971. At one time Kevin and I ran a successful stamp auction in Sydney, in the late 1960s. This was styled “Baker and Duffy Auctions” and was located in Castlereagh Street opposite the location of what was later the Piccadilly Arcade. We later sold this to Phil Downie for a nice profit. Kevin went on to run large and successful Stamp Auctions through the local magazines. His later sale of ‘Seven Seas Stamps’ to Reader’s Digest in 1980 for around $A4 million was the biggest transaction in Australian stamp dealing history. Then or now. We still keep in regular touch, and had lunch only last week.

Dubious Bulolo Airmails.

I would source my material from all over the globe. Melbourne dealer Rodney Perry in recent times showed me an envelope with my handwriting, I posted to the PO at Gilbert and Ellice Islands, ordering £4 of current stamps in 1940. The boat carrying that cover was the “Triona”. She was sunk by the German Navy. A few pieces of sodden mail were recovered and marked with: “sunk by raider and recovered”. Rod tells me he sells these pieces today for $1,000’s. That is a lot more than the face value of £4 of Gilberts new issues I was ordering! By the way, many months later my order for those New Issues was filled by the PO, as the mail was

forwarded on, even in the midst of World War 2. I served three years in the Army (two years in the Torres Strait) during which time my shop was managed by Elsie Bell. I was discharged bearing the rank of Staff Sargeant. I returned in 1944 and married her in 1945. At this time there was a large quantity of mint £1, £2 and £5 New Guinea Bulolo airmail stamps in the Australian market. It transpired that they had never been near New Guinea, but emanated from stocks which were supposed to be destroyed in Melbourne. A prosecution was launched, but it fizzled out. These are very valuable stamps today, but could be obtained in the trade around that time for below face value. Stamps were really booming at this time. One Saturday morning the cash register rang up 400 sales! In fact we sometimes had to close the door while we served customers already in the shop. In 1948 I took on Sydney solicitor Bernie Moloney as a partner, forming the Baker & Moloney dealership that flourished for 20 years. Bernie, Leo Rose and I also ran an auction, “DKL King & Co” for some years. We later sold this to Harmers. They wanted us off the auction scene! In the early 1970s I moved to Norfolk Island for a few years to take advantage of the attractive tax concessions it offered back then.

Best Australian Collection.

I dealt with most of the major collectors as clients, one of whom was wealthy grazier Jack Kilfoyle - who put together arguably the best collection of Australian Commonwealth ever formed. I first met Jack in 1947. Kilfoyle didn’t think much of the £50 collection I initially showed him, but I knew John Shaiak next door had a far better one for £4,000 on consignment. This was the wonderful “Kitson” collection of Australia. The owner Kitson was a Victorian MLC, the Parliamentary member for Ballarat as I recall. When the sale was clinched Shaiak insisted on cash, so I Stamp News - 27


Market Matters accompanied Jack to the bank to seal the deal. This was a truly vast sum 60 years ago, especially being all in cash! This transaction started a long and successful client/dealer relationship with Kilfoyle. In 1948 Harmers of London offered the “T.E. Field” collection at auction and I promptly showed Kilfoyle the thick sale catalogue. There were pages of high value mint Kangaroos in blocks of 4 (or often much larger) including blocks of the £2 in every watermark, and many more £1 Kangaroo bi-colours in blocks, imprints, and monograms etc. Also featured were very extensive die proofs and essays, including all the key Kangaroo issues, and even complete sheets of KGV proofs. Field also owned most of the known printing errors and rarities of Australian stamps at that time. I said: “there are some rather nice pieces in here Jack, some of which may interest you”. He simply replied: “Yes Ken, but I’d actually like to own the entire auction book - just buy them for me please”. Kilfoyle was a very wealthy man! It was then decided that we should make an immediate offer by telegram of £7,500 for the entire auction sale - which was accepted by the family. When I made the offer Harmers were holding almost no postal bids, and were more than a trifle nervous the sale would not be a success. This was the only stamp auction ever cancelled by Harmers of London, and this caused quite a stir at the time. The bid forms came flooding in by the hundreds from keen collectors after I had secured the lot by telegram. There were no faxes or email then, and phone calls were horrendously expensive to Europe. The rudimentary “air mail” on the 10,000 mile 28 - Stamp News

“Stamp Coup Of The 20th Century” journey to England was rather slow by today’s standards. We beat the wad of Australian based collector bid sheets by several days. Had the auction proceeded, Harmers said it would have grossed a great deal more than £7,500. That same collection today would sell for many millions. I would describe Kilfoyle as a stamp collector rather than a philatelist, but his collection was worth seeing, nevertheless. Some 64 years on, I still have all the letters and


Glen Stephens

Sold for £250 - TWICE! telegrams to and from Harmers confirming the Field sale. And I kept the printed leaflet they sent to very irate collectors advising we had purchased the entire auction intact. All these files I have given to Glen Stephens for safe-keeping.

$A22,500 at the Arthur Gray auction in 2007. In the late 1940s I bought a large collection of Kangaroos, exclusively values 5/- and up. There were about 400 of the £2 values alone, many mint, with imprints and monograms. It cost me £3,000, a great deal of money in the early post war years. Today it easily would fill an entire major auction catalogue broken down into suitable lots. Jack Kilfoyle purchased it intact off me. When Kilfoyle retired to London his collection comprised some 300 stamp albums. Kilfoyle’s collection was offered by Robson Lowe in early 1961 by Private Treaty, via a Deluxe colour brochure for £35,000, but did not sell.

Sold Tête-Bêche Pair for £250

I bought other choice pieces for Kilfoyle such as the 1928 Kookaburra mini sheet imperforate. Today this is catalogued by the ACSC at $200,000. However, it fetched only £105 at the Kilfoyle sale in 1961. I bought it back. (See back cover Auction cat - Ed) I also sold on two separate occasions the unique KGV head 2d Tête-Bêche pair for £250 each time. I really should have kept it .... today the ACSC lists it at $A250,000. Who says there is no money in stamps?! The same comment applies to items such as the 1920 Ross Smith vignette sheets which I have sold for a minute fraction of today’s retail levels. For instance, a Mint block 4 of the First Watermark 1913 £2 Roo with plate varieties sold for only £185, on an estimate of £200 in the 1961 Harmers sale of the Kilfoyle material. That was just £46 apiece. A single MUH example of that stamp sold for $800,000 dollar back cover Stamp News - 29


Market Matters Glen has my original copy of that 4 page colour brochure, and the photo highlights of the collection are mindboggling. The offered collection was in 130 volumes plus 149 full sheets and 85 panes. 27 volumes were strictly Kangaroos with a myriad of Essays, Proofs and Blamire Young’s Die Proofs etc. The Kilfoyle collection had won 9 Gold Medals - 8 at International Level. There were over 500 x £2 Kangaroos alone offered – many mint and imprint and monograms and blocks. The KGV heads were in 54 volumes. This included Plate proofs, die proofs, essays and original drawings. Value today of that unsold £35,000 collection would be very many millions – probably way over $10 million. Who said there is no money in stamps? It was then sold at Public Auction lotted up normally, on 16/17 October 1961 by Harmers London, and I was able to buy back many of the items at less than what he paid. Glen now has my sale catalogue and all the original invoices, and prices have certainly increased substantially in 50 years. (Glen’s note - the BACK cover alone has pieces Cat about $800,000!) Two lots that cost me £345 together at that sale are today in the ACSC at $A450,000. Kilfoyle had owned a large property called “Rosewood” of nearly one million acres in Western Australia. We do things big in Australia. Many years later my wife and I 30 - Stamp News

#470 & 518 alone, now cat $A450,000


Glen Stephens

Sold for $A142,500 were on holidays in the Northern Territory and W.A. and drove out to this property, but there was nothing left of the homestead.

Pane of £2 Kangaroos

From 1958 to 1970 I dealt in stamps from Sydney. I lived first at Doonside and later at Darling Point. I met many collectors there, including the young Stewart Wright from Ballarat, now owner of Status International Auctions, and a national string of large numismatic outlets. I also had a shop at the top of King Street near Queen’s Square for some years. One of the major collections I bought was the Holbeach collection, except for his blocks of “Specimen” Kangaroos. Arthur Gray later secured most of them, and they sold for a fortune in recent years. Holbeach had probably the third best collection of

Australia ever formed, and was later the basis of the Abramovich, Nette and Stuart Hardy collections. Stuart Hardy is still alive and well in Adelaide, and I imagine still has most of the record part sheet of 36 x mint £2 Roos I sold him. If so, it would almost certainly be the most valuable Australian individual stamp piece in existence. My elderly mother bid on my behalf for a complete MUH pane of sixty £2 Kangaroo at Robson Lowe Auctions for me in 1961. She told me afterwards Robbie Lowe was: “very courteous, and even arranged for me a nice cup of tea, and a front row seat in the sale room.” I paid £1,200 for this pane of 60, which at £20 per MUH small multiple watermark £2 Kangaroo was a good buy I have always thought. I urged Mother not to exceed £1,500 so was very pleased with her novice bidding skills. Today these stamps nice unmounted mint sell for about $A10,000 apiece. In fact an imprint block of 4 sold for $A142,500 in the Arthur Gray auction. Stuart Hardy in Adelaide chose not to buy the complete pane, but offered me £30 each for the lower portion of the multiple. I recall him saying a block of 36 (6x6) fitted very neatly on to his album page. He was clever enough to select the lower block, bearing the Ash imprint on the selvedge. I feel sure he now wishes he’d spent the other £720 and bought them all! To tell the truth, selling the balance at £30 each was not easy in the early 1960s. How prices have changed. I do recall selling a block of 12 to Dr. Les Abramovich. I moved to Norfolk Island in 1970 and stayed there for about 2 years, still dealing in many things including stamps of course. Unfortunately my first wife’s Elsie’s health deteriorated, and she died soon after we moved back to Cooma in 1974.

The “Boom” Years

I later married Mona in 1976, and we lived in Stamp News - 31


Market Matters career spanning over 90 years, and the good relationships formed with collectors and dealers around the world. We are all involved in what is truly the “King Of Hobbies”.

Ken Baker

London during the “Boom” years of the late 1970s. These were very busy times, there were sometimes two large auctions on the same day - luckily there were two of us to bid! I remember some of the big deals I did in those times - sheets of each value of the Great Britain “Seahorses” for £52,000 including the only complete sheet of £1 in existence. A few months later those sheets were worth about five times that sum. Even Royal Mail tried to obtain the £1 as they did not have a full sheet in their archives. John Curtin of Royale Stamps in London rang me one day to say that an Iranian had sent him a cheque for £250,000, but they were almost out of good stock. Needless to say I helped them out with an array of choice Pacific region material. That was a VERY large sale. In 1981 I returned to Sydney and I sold much of my stock through Status and Downie Auctions, but kept trading actively. Until a few years back I took out buying ads every day in the Sydney Morning Herald “Stamps and Coins” classified section. I also enjoyed inspecting many of the lots on offer at the Gibbons and Status Sydney auctions, and located the odd modest bargain. At one point in this period I purchased Alan Jones’ entire stock (who bought the famous M.C.Cohen business and premises) and I traded from his former Sydney shop for some months. During my dealing lifetime I must have bought out dozens of dealers, and many very important complete collections. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stamp dealing 32 - Stamp News

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

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material I Apologise to readers who do not collect booklets if lots of barcodes are uninteresting. However, serious booklet collectors do need these details so here is the latest news on barcodes for general and philatelic issues of January/February 2012. LEGENDS 2012 GEN 213923 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213992 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213961 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213985 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213138 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213121 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 214005 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213145 LEGENDS 2012 PHIL 213169 PREC MOMENTS Baby GEN 200718 PREC MOMENTS Birds GEN 200671 PREC MOMENTS Love GEN 200701 PREC MOMENTS Balloons GEN 200695 PREC MOMENTS Cupcake GEN 200626 PREC MOMENTS Baby PHIL 200787 PREC MOMENTS Birds PHIL 213299 PREC MOMENTS Love PHIL 200602 PREC MOMENTS Balloons PHIL 213213 PREC MOMENTS Cupcake PHIL 213206 CITY TRANSPORT GEN 214463 CITY TRANSPORT PHIL 214562 TECHNOLOGY GEN 214227 TECHNOLOGY PHIL 214234

What About Us – Queensland Stamped Out This was the headline in the Courier Mail – Queensland’s only daily newspaper. The article referred to Sydney’s Ferry and Train, Melbourne’s Tram, Adelaide’s Bus and Perth’s Train which featured in the Capital City Transport stamps issued in February. As it is Post’s policy to issue a maximum of 6 stamps in this type of issue it was probably better to omit two states than one. Of course we realise that newspapers often exaggerate. The article showed an illustration of a suggested 60 stamp with one of the Brisbane River City Cats ferries shown. Even the mayor of Brisbane City issued a please explain to Australia Post. Being objective, I feel that Queensland gets quite a fair 34 - Stamp News

share of exposure on stamps with our Barrier Reef and other scenic attractions. Monetel CPS Abnormalities Unfortunately, the stamps illustrated are black and white photocopies but they are so unusual that I wanted to share their existence with you. Peter Clarkson from the UK sent me this information. He has long been an expert on Australia’s CPS and Monetel stamps. The 45c and 50c values are inverted. Also the spacing of the letters GPO are abnormally wide. The VOID letters are smaller than normally used. Can any reader tell me what the literal on the $1 Void CPS GAM15 stands for or whether this label was ever used? A more recent variety is the 60c value and Salisbury 2011 appearing in the body of the stamp, instead of at the bottom. A few lucky collectors obtained the 60c ADELAIDE 2011 literals on their CPS instead of the normal lower case Adelaide 2011. As usual, I am indebted to Michel Roland for this South Australian information. Michel is the hard working editor of he Bulletin of the South Australian Frama and Machine Issued Stamps Study Group. For anyone wishing to keep in touch with Frama and CPS information, they should join the Group c/- PO Box 62, Campbelltown S A 5074. (Cost is only $10 annually).

Counter Printed Stamps I recently received a letter from Brian Marshall of South Australia with a list of queries about the different fonts used by CPS machines. I use the term


Sel Pfeffer CPS loosely, as most collectors do. Strictly speaking Monetel stamps are, like Framas, self-service. Tritech and PRU stamps were produced by counter staff, hence the term Counter Printed Stamps.

(1)

(2) (3)

TRITECH CPS on Threatened Species and Roos & Koalas were produced in strips of six (or less if the customer only required one or a few). The values were pre-set and the figures were clean and rounded. The literals were also programmed and unless there was a machine problem, they were very legible. MONETEL stamps had computer-generated figures and letters which were not smooth like those from CPS machines. PRU stamps came only from trials of the Postal Retail Units at Law Courts Post Office (Melbourne) Strawberry Hills (Sydney) and the National Philatelic Centre in Melbourne.

Mystery CPS I bought these from a dealer who would not explain their origin. Readers will see that their font is different from (1), (2) and (3) in the illustrations on the next page. Australian Antarctic Territory Over recent years I have found an increasing interest in the stamps of the AAT. 2011 was a big year for the many people interested in Antarctic activities. The Roald Amundsen Centenary was celebrated in Hobart early in the year and of course, the Mawson Hut Foundation members have had a lot of activities and good press coverage. In April 2011 Mawson Hut Foundation members, along with people from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, recovered the remnants of the Wireless Masts used by Mawson in 1911-1914.

Frank Wild Frank Wild who was associated with the 19111914 Mawson Expedition was honoured by a set of eight stamps, which were featured on the cover of Stamp News in November 2011. I am indebted to Peter Cranwell, agent for Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions, etc for the information relating to the Wild interment. On 23 November 2011 the South Georgia Post Office issued the set of eight stamps to commemorate the life of Frank Wild to coincide with the interment of his ashes next to he grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Some of those present at the ceremony were members of Wild’s extended family, the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of Sir Ernest. Ms Angie Butler who had discovered Wild’s ashes in Johannesburg was also present. The Foundation’s 2011/12 Conservation Expedition to Cape Denison was due to depart Hobart on board the L’Astrolabe on 2 December 2011. This expedition had to be cancelled as the ship had become icebound. The expedition got off to a bad start but on 5 January 2012 a number of dignitaries departed for Cape Denison on board the Aurora Australis. On 16 January the Foundaion party were flown to Cape Denison by helicopter as the Aurora had to “park” in fast ice, 29 km from the Huts! Covers postmarked at Cape Denison are for sale, along with a limited number of overprinted minisheets. Two of the three overprinted minisheets

SOME NEW RELEASES AAT Icebergs M/S - Corner Inlet Stamp Club O’print .......................... $14.00 AAT Cent. A.A. Exploration M/S - Mawson Huts (Hobart Depart) O’Print $29.50 - Mawson Huts (Arrive AAT) O’Print ................ $29.50 AAT 50 Years WWF M/Sheet-Mawson Huts (Arrive AAT) O’Print .......... $29.50 Christmas Is. - Year of the Dragon - St George O’Print ....................... $18.00 Qld FLOOD RELIEF - gummed stamps M/S- from 2011 Year Book ........ $49.00 $11 Christmas Nativity bklt. SCDAA Petersham O’Print-both B/C…each . $23.00 $6 R/Wedding (Instant) shtlt. - Hurstville S/Army O’Print ................. $18.00 Sel Pfeffer Aust. & Territory Bklt. Catalogue Vol. 2 (1973-2009)POST FREE . $45.00 2011 Supplement for above - including post ................................... $13.00

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material

are illustrated. For those of you who follow AAT ‘doings’ I suggest that you look at David Ellyard’s report on your PC. This report is available at http://anarensw. weebly.com/david-ellyard-aae-report-2012-voyage. html

Australis.

New Advertising Booklets I was fortunate to obtain a few new advertising sequences recently - also an outstanding variety. As most dealers will agree, it needs patience and good basic knowledge to find these differences. The variety I refer to above was sold by me as “Edition Antarctic Stamps Missing” and with my eyesight which is average, it Australia Post was asked in the 1950s by a member of the Government to consider issuing special stamps was completely missing. However, my customer, a younger man tells me that it was really an “albino” for the AAT. This was to reinforce our countries print. The printer had struck but no ink showed. The claim to our part of Antarctica, so it is no surprise name of the printer was completely missing. I think that the first stamp, the 2/- blue, which was issued the catalogue number is B123CT as the advertising in 1957, shows an earlier flag-raising ceremony in the Vestfold Hills area. Only seven AAT stamp were sequence was the same as B123Cf. Two other “specials” I found were B101Ai and B104Ai, both issued in the pre-decimal period 1957-1966 and a of which had the first insert page doubled. As well great many were “put away” by collectors – even B104A; had a new sequence 0 76-77 76-77 6-52 0 today they are not scarce or expensive in mint or –16! Another two new sequences were 132Cl and used condition. A set is shown nearby as well as B139Ag. stamps showing the old Aurora and the Aurora

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Sel Pfeffer

$4.10 Cycling Booklet This has not been listed with part perf margin in the booklet’s original printing. Part perf reprints are known – 1K, 3K & 4K. 3 Koala, third reprint has the distinction of having some panes imperf, left hand (value over $200) and imperf, right hand (value around $25). Bryan Young, well known Victorian collector and for many years, major contributor to Australia Post’s Technical Details, phoned to tell me of a $4.10 Cycling First Day Cover. This FDC booklet pane he had recently obtained was Part Perf! Cheque Payment Processing Fee Recently I received a letter from Australia Post, which beggars belief.

‘In June 2011, we wrote to advise you about the changes we have been making across our Business Credit Accounts. We outlined that any payments made by cheque from 1 August 2011 would incur a $100 annual processing fee. As a reminder, if you have made payments by cheque during this time, the charge will appear as an annual cheque-processing fee on your tax invoice to be issued early February 2012. We are continuing to work on enhancements to provide you and your business with a more accessible and improved service and soon we will be introducing a credit card payment option on top of our existing payment options. We will let you know more about this in the near future”.

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The Modern Scene A focus on Framas, Reprints, Booklets and other Modern Material The last paragraph gave me the name and number of a person I should phone “if you have any concerns”. Of course I have concerns as I do not recall getting the June 2011 letter, so I phoned the number and you guessed it – I talk to an answering machine! The answering machine promised to return my call ASAP. The call has NOT been returned. Is this charge legal? Can one be charged $10 each for using a cheque to pay the account monthly at the local Post Office? I propose to take the matter up with my local Federal member. Minisheet – Exclusive To 2011 Australia Post Year Book Early in 2011 Australia Post released a Charity Sheetlet for the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. Each sheet had ten self-adhesive stamps two sets of five stamps and the sheets measured 105 x 191mm. The sheet exclusive to the 2011 year book is quite different with a photograph of the city while inundated and the set of five stamps. On this sheet they are gummed stamps! 2011 Supplement To My Australia & Territories Booklet Catalogue This is now available – price etc is listed in my advertisement in this issue of Stamp News. Last Modern Scene I had hoped to carry on with an article in every second Stamp News. However, I have had to reassess my priorities because of the loss of my part time assistant Sue, who after helping at Boonah Stamp Supplies for 14 years, is now leaving our area. At my age I do not want to train a new helper so this 38 - Stamp News

is my last “Modern Scene”. Sincere thanks to all at Stamp News, thanks to my many contributors over nearly 30 years of writing for the Stamp Monthly and Stamp News and a big thanks to my readers. With every good wish. Sel Pfeffer


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

21st Century Auctions

Harmers Of London

39 Kalman Drive, Boronia, Vic, 3155 www.21stcenturyauctions.com.au info@21centuryauctions.com.au Tel (03) 9729 0082 Fax (03) 9758 7506 Next sale: May 2012

11, 111 Power Road, London W4 5PY , UK www.harmers.com auctions@harmers.demon.co.uk Tel: 0011 44 208 747 6100 Fax: 0011 44 208 996 0649 Next sale: 17 March 2012

Ace Stamp Auctions

John Mowbray International

PO Box 2076, Ellenbrook, WA, 6069 www.acestampauctions.com stampdealer@iinet.net Tel (08) 9297 3040 Forthcoming sales: 14/15 April 2012

Auction house Christoph G채rtner

74321 Bietigheim-bissingen, Germany www.auktionen-gaertner.de info@auktionen-gaertner.de Tel 0011 49 7142 789 400 Fax 0011 49 7142 789 410 Forthcoming sales: 8-12 May 2012

Charles Leski Auctions

13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123 www.leski.com.au contact@leski.com.au Tel (03) 9864 9999 Fax (03) 9822 2788 Forthcoming sales: 21/22 March 1012

Corbitts

5 Mosley Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1YE, UK www.corbitts.com collectors@corbitts.com Tel: 0011 44 191 232 7268 Fax: 0011 44 191 261 4130 Next sale: 8 March 2012

Craig Chappell

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

Cygnet Philatelics

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

Private Bag 63000, Wellington 6140, New Zealand www.mowbrays.co.nz john.mowbray@xtra.co.nz Tel: 0011 64 6 364 8252 Fax: 0011 64 6 364 8270 Next sale: see website for details

Millennium Philatelic Auctions Suite 25, 89-97 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007 www.millenniumauctions.com info@millenniumauctions.com Tel: (02) 9281 4797 Fax: (02) 9281 4677 Next sale: see website for details

Velvet Collectables Group (formerly Mowbrays Australia) Suite 401, Level 4, 64-76 Kippax Street Surry Hills NSW 2100 mowbraysaustralia@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9280 0086 Fax: (02) 9281 4053 Next sale: 24 March 2012

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Ireland: the Definitive Issues. Part 3. Welcome to the March edition like this keep stamp collecting of Stamp News, and the third fresh, and my brain ticking over instalment in our look at – a useful double bonus! Irish definitive issues. As I Now, back to where we mentioned last time, this month should be, the last issues of we’ll look at the ‘last hoorah’ the first design definitives. In of the first designs, but first, early December 1966, two dear reader, I must digress just new booklets appeared, a a little (hmm, how unusual I 2/6d with a blue cover design, Fig 1: SOAR Golden Eagle hear you murmur…). I don’t and a 5/- with a green cover. know if it’s anything to do with The contents were one (2/6d) the fact that St Valentine’s Day has recently past, or or two (5/-) panes of a completely new 5d stamp in a even that St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but I familiar design Fig 2. Familiar in that it was basically must confess to something of a new love in the realm of the 5d Sword of light design that had been around since Irish philately (they’re even definitives, so it really does 1922, but completely new in that it was a smaller size, fit in..really!!). These are the newest of Irish definitives, 17 x 21mm, printed by photogravure in Dublin on a the SOAR (Stamps On A Roll) stamps (oh be still, my much whiter, chalk surfaced paper (but still with E beating heart). I’m not planning to go into much detail watermark). The shade of violet was also much brighter. at the moment, they’ll have to wait their turn, but I think In August 1967, the 3d blue Cross of Cong design they’re quite fascinating. Essentially, they are a vending appeared with the same changes in size, printing and machine type stamp, and since they first appeared in brightness as the 5d, but in sheets of 240 rather than mid 2008, 28 different designs have been issued. The booklets. In April 1968 the new version of the 5d also value, service type and location details are printed on appeared in sheet format. It is worth noting that there the stamp at the time of purchase. As you can imagine, are identifiable differences between the booklet and there are numerous font type, location, service, and sheet versions of the 5d, mainly relating to the evenness value combinations for each design, and it’s that aspect of the shading behind the sword. Some catalogues that I’m rather smitten with, at least for the moment! list the 5d variations as different types, but most, Fig 1 shows the 2010 Golden Eagle design used for the including Stanley Gibbons and the Hibernian, don’t. The Express Post service. Now I realise that some collectors Hibernian does, however, list the 5d booklet stamp with may not even consider these to be ‘real’ stamps, but I inverted watermark, and all three variations on separate understand that these SOAR vending machines have FDC’s, with the 5d booklet stamp coming in at a very been installed in more than 20 post offices around Eire, respectable €80. and are proving to be very popular with the general And with the two photogravure values, we bid a fond public. So they are here to farewell, after some 46 years, stay, and I believe they offer to the first design definitives. a fascinating new collecting But rather than going forward, field. So if they take your fancy next we’ll actually go back in as they’ve taken mine, why not time to 1937! get in on the ‘ground floor’ as it were! For those readers who The St. Patrick collect recent Great Britain, these are similar to the ‘Post design high values & Go’ Machin head and bird Despite the fact that all of the design stamps. All of these 1922-23 low value overprints stamps, both British & Irish, had been replaced by first are fully listed in the current design issues by the end of Fig 2: Reduced size 5d booklet pane SG catalogues. For me, things 1923, it would be September 40 - Stamp News


Mike Lee 1937 before the three higher paper in December 1942, overprint denominations whereas the watermark were replaced by stamps of change didn’t come into effect uniquely Irish design. I’m not for the 10/- until July 1945. sure why there was such a While the prices for MUH lengthy delay compared to the in the new SG catalogue are low values, but the reason may fairly similar for each of the well have been at least partly three values: 2/6d: £160, 5/: political in nature. Whatever £180 and 10/-: £150, there the reason for the delay, the is much more disparity in three stamps that appeared the used prices, with the 10/Fig 3: The three St Patrick high values th on the 8 of September were quite coming in at a (comparatively) attractive, and decidedly Irish in theme. The design, meagre £55. by R.J King, shows St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, Each of the three values is known with inverted attended by acolytes, praying a blessing on the Paschal watermark, but apart from that, the SE watermark Fire. This central portion of the design is surrounded by versions are pretty much variety and shade free. While an outline of the eleventh century bell from the Shrine we’re talking about watermarks, this seems to be a of St Patrick Fig 3. good time to remind you that the SE and E watermarks It’s interesting to note that in his excellent handbook, can be very difficult to tell apart, and it’s critical that ‘Eire – The story of Eire and her stamps’ James Mackay you can tell them apart, as the price difference can be relates the following regarding the origin of the St $1.00 rather than $100+. There’s no real easy solution Patrick design: ‘The design of the stamps was based to this problem, but here are a couple of things that may on a dramatic incident concerning Patrick’s mission. make the job of sorting them out a little easier. First of Patrick challenged the authority of the High King, all, if you’re trying to identify a used stamp, check the Loigaire, by lighting the Paschal Fire on the hill of postmark! If it’s dated earlier than the E watermarked Slane on Easter Eve. It also happened to be the occasion version first appeared, it’s got to be SE. My second of a pagan festival at Tara, during which no fire could suggestion is to use a small, very strong light source, be kindled until the royal fire had been lit. This led to a right behind the stamp. I recently acquired a small, confrontation between the Saint and the Druids; Patrick loupe style magnifying glass, which incorporates two defeated them in a number of trials of skill, so that the extremely bright LED bulbs. This works very well, but High King was forced to acknowledge Christianity and still not on 100% of these stamps. Still, it’s by far the protect Patrick’. best tool I have for identifying difficult watermarks, The three high values were printed by typography including these. I’d previously been using one of those by the Government Printers, Dublin Castle. The official small torches with around 10 LED bulbs, but the two colours were 2/6d green, 5/- maroon, and 10/- blue. bulbs seem to work better for me, as the light is more All three values were initially printed on the same SE directed. Well worth the $10 to $15 it will cost, and hey, (Saorstat Eireann) watermarked paper that was used for mine’s a great 30X magnifier as well! the first design low values, and as with the values from The E watermark St Patrick high values ½d to 1/-, between 1942 and 1945, the St Patrick high As mentioned above, by mid 1945 all three high values values also appeared on the new E watermarked paper. were being produced on the new E watermark paper. Because of the their short life on SE watermarked This paper was somewhat similar to the earlier SE paper, all three of the high values printed on this paper paper, and would continue in use until 1967/68 when are fairly scarce, and pricey. Interestingly, it’s the 5/-, all three values appeared on a white chalk surfaced rather than the 10/-, that has the highest catalogue paper, still watermarked E. Between this time and value, both mint (2012 SG £180 for MUH) and used their replacement by the Gerl set a short time later, (£120). This is probably due to the fact the 5/- was the shade varieties, particularly in the 5/- and 10/-, can be first value to appear on the replacement E watermarked Stamp News - 41


Ireland: the Definitive Issues. Part 3. found. The SG catalogue lists the white paper 5/- in both maroon and purple, and the 10/- in dark blue and blue. A quick glance at any quantity of these two values in particular, will reveal more than just these two variations, and a range of shades of these stamps would make for an attractive, and not particularly expensive, couple of album pages to add to your collection. All three values in both papers can be found with inverted watermarks. None of these are catalogued particularly highly, although the 10/- white paper in the later blue shade, is listed but unpriced with this variety. If for no other reason, this makes checking the examples in your collection well worthwhile. Finally, the 5/- value, in all of it’s E watermark incarnations, can be found with an interesting plate variety, the ‘line flaw’. It occurred in one position on the plate (R 3/7), and consists of a small, diagonal

line connecting part of the inner frame design to an ornament, just above the left value tablet. Definitely worth getting your magnifying glass out for! And there, after continual usage for around 45 years, we leave the first design issues. Boring? Well, a little, I suppose, but remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Potential for research and new discovery? Absolutely and without a doubt! Postal history rates and routes interest? You betcha! So go for it and let me know what you turn up – I’d love to hear about it! Next month, we start on the popular Gerl issues – I promise!! Please feel free to contact me with any questions and comments at: mlphilatelic@bigpond.com Until next month, happy (Irish) collecting! Mike

SNEAK PREVIEW OF CHARLES DICKENS STAMPS TO CELEBRATE BICENTENARY OF HIS BIRTH In celebration of the life and works of Charles Dickens, the Royal Mail revealed a sneak preview of two stamps - officially launching in June - to celebrate the bicentenary of the novelist’s birth. The two stamps feature illustrations from his first novel, The Pickwick Papers (originally serialised and entitled The Posthumous Papers of Pickwick) and his 1838 novel, Nicholas Nickleby. The character of Mr Pickwick forms a set of six stamps featuring original illustrations adapted from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, by Joseph Clayton Clarke (otherwise known as Kyd) and originally published around 1890. The Nicholas Nickleby stamp will be part of a special 42 - Stamp News

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Cinderella Corner

By the time this appears in print Canberra will be gearing up for Stampshow 2012 and yours truly will be there for the duration of the show. The following seven items are a little group of offerings from the Cinderella section of the Auckland City Stamps auction of 31 January 2012.

NZ Santa Claus Co

These stamps, (fig. 1), were issued by Kempthorne Prosser Ltd. and appear to have been a fund raiser to buy bread for Belgium. This particular stamp was offered in the Auckland City Stamps auction of 31 January 2012 as lot 1962 and was described as being from the 1914-18 period but a check of the New Zealand Cinderella Catalogue by Dave Heslop shows it as number P17 from the 1940s.

Disabled Servicemen’s Products

A patriotic label, (fig. 2), that probably came from the 1940s period, but it is not listed in Heslop and I have no other information about it. It was lot 1968 in the auction.

Navy League

This very attractive patriotic stamp, (fig. 3), is listed in Heslop as J56. It is probably one of a number with different text. The one described in Heslop is shown as having the words “Navy League Auckland Branch an Adequate Navy” and the white ensign. The one that was offered in the auction has the words “Navy League Auckland Branch Remember the British Navy has made existence possible for YOU during the War”.

Victory Bonds

This stamp, (fig. 4), was lot 1972 in the auction and it is listed in Heslop as J100. It is advertising the 1945 Victory Bond issue There were a number of PSSA stamps offered in the auction but I have chosen only one to record here. (Fig. 5). This one is from the set of three of the 1941 Otago series. It is listed in Heslop as H6 and was offered as lot 1971 in the auction.

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Tony Presgrave

Silverton Tramway

Melbourne Centenary Poster stamps with an image of the Silverton Tramway steam locomotive on it? Unusual, but not out of place. Although the operations of the Silverton Tramway were based in Broken Hill, the headquarters of the Company were in Melbourne which is where the Company was floated in 1888. The Company was created because the New South Wales colonial Government of the day would not allow South Australia to construct a railway line from the border to Silverton and Broken Hill to carry the ore products from one of the richest ore bodies of the time to Port Pirie which was the nearest port to the mines. The line was only 35 miles (58 km) long, but it was one of the most profitable private railways in Australia. For 82 years practically all freight and passenger traffic in and out of Broken Hill travelled over the line. It was only replaced in 1970 when the South Australian line was converted from the original narrow 1067mm gauge to standard 1435mm gauge. The Silverton Tramway parcel stamps were remaindered after the line was replaced and turn up

reasonably regularly, but this stamp, (fig. 6), is not at all common. The steam locomotive on the stamp is an A class, one of four imported from Beyer Peacock in England in 1918 and numbered 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Perth Hospital

A nice advertising poster stamp for the Perth Hospital which issued several fund raising stamps over a number of years. (Fig. 7).

FDR

I found this stamp, (fig. 8), on the front inside cover of an old springback album cover that I have had laying around home for some time. I think it probably dates from the early 1940s. FDR was a philatelist of some note and used his stamp collection as a form of relaxation from his duties as President of the United States of America.

Airmail Stamps

This stamp, (fig. 9), was on the inside back cover of

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the same album so it probably dates from the same period.

PFT 50

This stamp, (fig. 10), appears to commemorate 50 years of some philatelic event. The stamp emanates from a European country, possibly one of the Scandanavian countries, but that is only a guess. Any information will be appreciated.

Australia Post

A Cinderella from Australia Post? Well a Cinderella of sorts. This little peel and stick label, (fig. 11), was issued in 2009 as part of the 200th anniversary of the Australian Post Office. It did not rate a mention in amongst all the information about stamp issues announced in the Stamp Bulletins for 2009, (at least not that I am aware), it was just one of those little things that slip through the net.

White Christmas

This little label, (fig.12), was in among a lot sent

to me by a reader. There is no identification on it that could give a lead to its origin, although it is obviously Europe, Canada or America, and would have been a Christmas seal of some kind.

Holiday Greetings

The Political Correctness Police have been at it! (Fig.13). With images like these on the seals they rather obviously come from somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, probably USA since one of them is of the Douglas Fir. I have found several of these recently among bits and pieces sent to me by readers but I have no other details about them. Are they Christmas seals or are they publicity labels for a nature conservation organisation?

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Israel

This image (fig. 14) went AWOL from last month’s column where it was written up as figure 9. Does any reader know what its purpose was?


Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 21 The bi-annual Canberra Stampshow will be held at the Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Woden, from 16th to 18th March, later this month. One of the features of that exhibition is The Australasian Challenge. The theme of the exhibition is “Celebrating 100 Years of Australian Antarctic Exploration”. Naturally, the national exhibition class included in the Stampshow is Polar Philately. What is The Australasian Challenge? The Challenge was an innovation of the Late Dr. Edric Druce, a former President of the APF, and was first introduced at the Canberra Stampshow 2002. It is a biennial competition between the six Australian states plus the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the North and South Islands of New Zealand, nine teams of six competing for the Ed Druce Memorial Trophy, illustrated below. Each team comprised four experienced exhibitors, a novice and a youth member, with the entries limited to a maximum of five frames per exhibitor. A novice was defined as someone who had not previously exhibited at National level. This Team composition allowed for the introduction of nine new exhibitors, the novices, every two years, as well as encouraging the development of youth entries. The five frame limitation meant that in most cases new exhibits had to be developed – simply taking five frames from an established eight frame exhibit may not be suitable as they would be incomplete, although eight frame entries could be restructured to five frames. There was one other restriction, which at times did cause some problems in finalizing the team. The five non-youth members of the team had to be in different classes. Some problems arose due to the difficulty in recruiting the novice – usually the last member of the team to be selected. Novice’s generally needed some encouragement to participate, and there would be more than one instance of the novice needing to be replaced after selection. To overcome this potential problem, shadow teams were selected, with the final team composition dependant upon the class in which the novice would exhibit. This difficulty has been emphasized over the 48 - Stamp News

years by a number of teams competing with no novice included, or not competing at all. Naturally, with only five team members, a team’s overall point score would be non-competitive. With no novice, why enter an incomplete team? Obviously to permit the other five team members to exhibit – they should not be penalized, only the team. The selection of the novice is very important to the team’s chances of success – for a team to have a chance of winning, the novice needed to produce a good quality exhibit. The importance of the novice has another side benefit in requiring experienced exhibitors to mentor the novice in the preparation of his exhibit. The difficulty of finding a novice for the teams has caused the rules to be relaxed quite significantly over the years. A novice is now allowed to be a collector who has not previously achieved 70 points or higher at a National Exhibition. Thus a novice can be an experienced exhibitor who has not yet realized his full potential. Also, significantly, the novice can now enter in the same class as one of the other team members, thus simplifying team selection. Over the years, there have been two instances


John Sadler,

Philatelic Development Officer, APF where a State / Territory / Island has not participated in the competition, the South Island of NZ in 2006, and Queensland in 2010. The original concept for the Challenge was that it would be held at Canberra, at the bi-annual exhibition, with the ACT not entering a team, but providing the judges for the competition, thus ensuring the independence of the Jury. The ACT not only had a strong collector / exhibitor base, but a good number of qualified National level judges. To prevent a team from dominating the Challenge, the two top exhibits in the winning team were excluded from future participation. This did NOT exclude the exhibitor, only that particular exhibit. The Outcomes So Far The initial Challenge, March 2002, was won by Western Australia with 501 aggregate points, out of a possible 600 points, well ahead of the runner up with 467 points. The two highest scoring exhibits were Ray Todd, Indian Airmails 1911 to 1934, 92, and John Dibiase, The Fiscal Stamps of Western Australia, 89 points. The overall results of this first Challenge were 1 Western Australia 501 2 North Island of New Zealand 467 3 South Island of New Zealand 466 4 South Australia 463 5 Queensland 432 6 Victoria 427 7 Tasmania 417 8 New South Wales (no Novice) 394 For the Second Challenge, March 2004, the rules were modified to permit the ACT to compete, with each competitor providing one judge. In a much closer competition, the ACT made very good use of their opportunity to win with a total score of 475 points. The two best exhibits were Tom Frommer, Australia’s Contribution to the Development of World Airmails 1914 – 1931, 92 points, and Darryl Fuller, Leewards Islands Postal Stationery QV to kgV1, 91 points. The overall results of the Second Challenge were 1 Australian Capital Territory 475 2 North Island of New Zealand 470 3 New South Wales 462

4 South Australia 452 5 Western Australia 451 6 Queensland 444 7 Tasmania 425 8 South Island of New Zealand 425 9 Victoria 423 The Third Challenge, in Canberra March 2006, highlighted the difficulty that some of the smaller competitors had in forming a team. The South Island of New Zealand did not enter, whilst Tasmania was limited to only four members. Again the competition at the top was keen, with the North Island of New Zealand prevailing. The top two exhibits were Jeanette Banfield, A Postal History Study of Airmails from Iraq 1919 – 1948, 87 points, and Ann Still, Mourning Memorabilia, also 87. The overall results of the Third Challenge were 1 North Island of New Zealand 492 2 New South Wales 488 3 Australian Capital Territory 485 4 Victoria 473 5 South Australia 460 6 Western Australia 439 7 Queensland 457 8 Tasmania (only four members) 282 New Zealand then requested that the next Challenge be held there, so the Fourth Challenge was held at Tarapex 2008, New Plymouth, in the North Island of NZ, in November 2008. New South Wales (NSW) achieved a record total of 520 points. The keenness of the various competitors in this Challenge is demonstrated by three teams exceeding 500 points aggregate. The two top exhibits for NSW were Arthur gray, The Stamp Booklets of Australia 1904 – 1935, 91 points, and John Sadler, Australian Air Mails 1914 – 1934, also 91. The overall results of the Fourth Challenge were 1 New South Wales 520 2 North Island of New Zealand 508 3 Victoria 507 4 South Australia 489 5 Tasmania 480 6 Queensland 471 7 South Island of New Zealand 467 8 Australian Capital Territory 458 9 Western Australia (no Youth entry) 390 Stamp News - 49


Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 21 In November 2010, the next Challenge was being held at Mandurah, south of Perth in Western Australia, in conjunction with a National One-Frame and Postcards Exhibition. To enable Tasmania to compete, their team included a token Tasmanian, The Late John Cress from the USA. Queensland did not enter a team. This was the most closely contested Challenge, with NSW ultimately coming out on top with 508 points, 4 ahead of Tasmania. NSW becomes the first team to win the Challenge more than once. The two top exhibits for NSW were Arthur Gray, The 1d Red GV Issue of Australia, 1913 – 20, 96 points, and Geoffrey Lewis, Cuba Transatlantic Postal History, 93 points. The overall results of the Fifth Challenge were 1 New South Wales 508 2 Tasmania 504 3 North Island of New Zealand 498 4 Australian Capital Territory 489 5 South Island of New Zealand 486 6 Victoria 481 7 Western Australia 465 8 South Australia 451 Some Observations It is interesting to analyse the results from each of the Challenges. For the first three the average team scores were almost identical, 446 in 2002 and 447 in both 2004 and 2006. There was a sharp increase in 2008 to 475, with a further increase in 2010 to 485. Has this increase resulted from the overall increase in the standard of exhibits over the period, or are the competitors becoming more serious about winning the trophy? A further analysis of the average team scores generally indicates that the teams with a larger exhibitor base have a higher average score, although team selection can be restricted by the reluctance of some exhibitors to restructure their excellent eight frame exhibits to a five frame Challenge entry. As indicated at the outset, the Sixth Challenge will be held later this month at the Canberra Stampshow 2012. If the trend from earlier Challenges continues, we can look forward to another round of high quality and varied material on display. Including this year’s competition, The Australasian Challenge will have introduced in excess of 40 50 - Stamp News

collectors to exhibiting within Australia and New Zealand. Even if some of these people are no longer exhibiting, the overall net gain would be a more than satisfactory testament to the foresight shown by Ed Druce in developing and inaugurating the original concept. The changing definition of a novice may very well slow the rate of “new” exhibitors being found, but it should arrest the fallout rate of those who do not continue to exhibit. Are Challenges Beneficial? The Australian philatelic scene invariably has at least one challenge in progress. Like The Australasian Challenge, these competitions are designed to introduce new exhibits, and hopefully, new exhibitors. They encourage the development of new exhibits, and hence the subject for the challenge is usually one where there are very few, if any, current exhibitors in Australia. Quite often, uniqueness is achieved by the period selected for the challenge. To maximize their points potential, most exhibitors choose an early period to illustrate. A challenge covering the Elizabethan era would almost certainly require possibly 100% of new exhibits. Challenges can also be used to reactivate interest in a class that may be suffering from lack of support. Such is the case with the current GAFFA Challenge (GAFFA is the acronym for Great After Forty Five Aero[philately]), in other words, the subject of the exhibit must be fairly recent. The GAFFA Challenge will culminate at the PSWA Centennial Exhibition to be held at the Claremont Showground, Western Australia, from the 17th to the 20th May this year. Challenges can also uncover new information regarding the subject topic. The wide concentration of research over a narrow range of material can be very beneficial to philately in general. For details of current and previous Challenges within Australia visit the APF website at www.apf.org. au/challenges. 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.


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CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911-14 The departure from Hobart in the SY Aurora on 2 December 1911 and the arrival at Caroline Cove, Macquarie Island on 11 December 1911 The first in a four-year programme of stamps celebrating the Centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) were issued by Australia Post on 2 August 2011 as a se-tenant strip of 5 x 60¢ stamps (see Stamp News Australasia, Sept. 2011, Vol. 58, No. 9, page 63). This initial five-stamp strip shows the key moments in the departure of the AAE from Hobart and the journey as far as Macquarie Island. The illustrations used in the stamps come from photographs taken by members of the AAE and in some cases they have been given a different orientation to the originals. A limited set of numbered First Day Covers produced for sale by the Foundation have been affixed with a special Foundation label, and a special cachet has been applied to the back of the cover. At the behest of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, Australia Post produced a special pictorial postmark to commemorate the Centenary of the departure of the AAE from Hobart on 2 December 1911. The Foundation has produced two types of numbered covers to mark the occasion. Both have the setenant strip of AAE stamps cancelled with the commemorative postmark but the covers differ in that they are illustrated with different scenes from original photographs taken by expeditioners at the time of departure from Hobart. In addition a limited number of mint minisheets featuring the Centenary of the AAE stamps have been overprinted to commemorate the departure. The arrival of SY Aurora at Caroline Cove in the southern region of Macquarie Island on 11 December 1911 has been commemorated with limited numbers of three types of cover and two different overprinted minisheets. Two of the covers are similar to those described for the departure except that the stamps have been cancelled with the Macquarie Island everyday postmark (located at Kingston) on 11 DEC 2011 and the covers 52 - Stamp News

are illustrated with different scenes from original photographs taken at the time of arrival at Caroline Cove. The third type of cover is the Elephant Seal FDC for the WWF issue to which the WWF AAT minisheet has been affixed (see Stamp News Australasia, Sept. 2011, Vol. 58, No. 9, page 4). All but the Elephant Seal stamp have been removed and the postmark is enclosed within the remaining frame of the minisheet. These covers have been signed by Kevin Stead who designed the stamp and the cover. The background for the minisheet is a scene from Macquarie Island. Also, limited numbers of the Centenary of the AAE and entire WWF AAT minisheets have been overprinted to commemorate the arrival at Macquarie Island. Special Foundation cachets have been applied to the back of each cover and images of all covers and minisheets can be viewed at: http://www. petespolarplace.com or http://www.mawsons-huts. org.au The proceeds from the sale of these covers and minisheets will go toward the construction of a full scale replica of Mawson’s Huts that the Foundation is planning to build on the Hobart waterfront in partnership with the Australian Geographic Society. The replica will be built during the next few months on a vacant block of land opposite Mawson Place, which is just 200 metres from where the AAE departed. The cladding and interior lining will be Baltic Pine from the same source in Finland as the original timber and of exactly the same dimensions. Oregon will be used for the framework as it was in the 1912 building.


Centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14 Mawson’s Huts Foundation produced six different numbered covers (A i., B ii. & iii., C vii.,viii. @ $12.00 ea; & C ix. @ $20.00 ea) and three different numbered, overprinted minisheets (B iv., C v. & vi. @ $20.00 ea) to commemorate the issue of the Centenary of the AAE stamps, the Centenary of departure of the AAE from Hobart and its arrival at Macquarie Island. Two examples of the covers are illustrated below. Covers B ii. & iii. were affixed with Centenary of AAE stamps and cancelled with the Departure from Hobart Commemorative postmark. They are illustrated with two different scenes from original photographs taken at the time. Cachets on reverse of cover:

Covers C vii. & viii. were affixed with Centenary of AAE stamps and cancelled with the Macquarie Island everyday postmark on the 11 December 2011. They are illustrated with two different scenes from original photographs taken at the time. Cachets on reverse of cover:

Cover B ii. Departure from Hobart

Cover C viii. Arrival at Caroline Cove, Macquarie Island

+ Green cachet as above. Ordering information: For subscribers to Stamp News, more information, payment details and an order form are included as an insert in this issue. Images of all the covers and minisheets as well as order forms can be downloaded from: http://www.petespolarplace.com/mawsons-huts-centenary.htm Further information can be obtained by contacting Pete Cranwell by phone (03-9459 6720), fax (03-9459 8887), mail (PO Box 620, Rosanna, Victoria 3084, Australia) or email: pcranwell@optusnet.com.au Payment for orders from Overseas can be made by the following methods: Personal cheques in NZ$ or UK£ sterling (at current exchange rates with AU$) payable to PD Cranwell; Bank cheques in AU$ drawn on an Australian bank and payable to PD Cranwell or the Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF); PayPal to petespolarplace@optusnet.com.au or david.jensen@mawsons-huts.org.au; credit cards, either VISA or MASTERCARD. Payment for orders from within Australia can be made by: Personal cheques/Money orders payable to PD Cranwell or the MHF; Bank transfer (details supplied on request); PayPal as above; credit cards as above. The MHF address is David Jensen, GPO Box 3850, Sydney, NSW 2001 (phone 02-9321 8242). ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE ITEMS GO TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HUTS REPLICA.


Looking at New Zealand Royal Tour of New Zealand, 23 December 1953 to 30 January 1954

On 18th November 1953, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh left Plymouth on SS Gothic (HMY Britannia was not commissioned until April 1954). They visited twelve Commonwealth countries and territories before their return on 10th

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L-R Figs 2 & 3; Below Fig 4 May 1954; all except Tonga and Cocos Islands issuing stamps for the occasion (Figure 1). In New Zealand, huge crowds turned out to see


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the royal couple – the young Queen having been on the throne only two years. They visited fortysix towns and cities and perhaps three-quarters of the population saw them. Figure 2 shows them in the grounds of Waitangi House, where the treaty with the Maoris was signed in 1840 and Figure 3 at Timaru railway station. The stamps issued to commemorate the visit

Fig 1 were designed by L C Mitchell and recess-printed by Waterlow & Sons on ‘Royal Cypher’ (woodpulp based) paper watermarked ‘NZ & star’. The 3d was printed from two plates, numbered 45983 and 45984, in sheets of 160 (16 rows of 10) and the 4d in sheets of 120 (10 rows of 12) from plate 45985. The sheet values were in the top Stamp News - 55


Looking at New Zealand right corners (Figure 4). The comb perforations gauged 13 x 14 for the 3d and 13½ for the 4d. The Chief Post Offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin had ‘First Day of Issue’ cancellers for 9 December 1953 (Figure 5) but they also used their ordinary postmarkers. These post offices also had a ‘Long Live the Queen’ slogan canceller used throughout the five week period of the visit (Figure 6). Many collectors mailed covers from the Parliament House post office in Wellington on 12th January 1954 when the Queen opened the Parliament – the first reigning monarch to do so (Figure 7). No special canceller had been issued and the usual postmark was applied (Figure 8). References: Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps, Auckland, Campbell Paterson, 1952 – . The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, vol. 4, Wellington, RPSNZ, 1964. Graeme can be contacted through his website, www.stampsmw.top1.com.au . Top to Bottom Figs 5, 6 & 7

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Fig 8

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Stamps in the News - Globally! QEII Diamond Jubilee commemorated

Reported at http://www.thisismoney.co.uk The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be marked with a glut of Royal souvenirs flooding the market. With coins and postage stamps, the only ‘official’ commemoratives are offered through Royal Mint and Royal Mail. So many of these are being produced that they should be regarded as collectable novelties rather than investments …. unless they contain errors. Paul Fraser Collectibles spokesman says: “The last printing error on a Royal stamp issue was for the wedding of Edward and Sophie in 1999, where the perforation machine stopped working for a handful of stamps. If you find one of these 52p stamps, it is an investment now worth about £1,500.”

UK

Reported at http://www.dailymail.co.uk

The Royal Mail has issued a special sheet of first class stamps to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. The Miniature Sheet is the first time that the official portraits of the Queen, used on stamps, coins and banknotes throughout her reign, have been brought together for a set of stamps.

Belize

Reported at http://www.guardian.bz In Belize, the Postal Service launched a sheet of commemorative stamps in honour of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. 58 - Stamp News

Prince Harry will be visiting Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in March. The tour of the Caribbean Commonwealth Realms will be the first unaccompanied foreign visit by the Prince on behalf of the Queen.

Bemuda

Reported at http://www.royalgazette.com This week the Bermuda Philatelic Bureau is releasing a new series of stamps to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Canada

Reported at http://www2.macleans.ca There had been some concerns about the possible design of the Queens Diamond Jubilee following Canada Post’s 2002 golden anniversary design placing the Queen awkwardly in front of a faded orange


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maple leaf background. However, the new design seems a success. Sales have been so strong that the current production run of six million might be upped. Canadian artist, Charles Pachter, has offered a widely celebrated alternative depicting the Queen on a moose.

Valentine tradition under threat Reported at http://www.sheboyganpress.com

Every January since 1996, a man in Corsica, France, mails Hartville Wyoming Post Office a letter. He wants it back, with a U.S. Postal Service “Love” stamp and Hartville’s custom postmark. The first year he sent instructions in French along with some Euros to pay for the postage. Locals had to find someone to translate, said Friends of Hartville member Dan Offe. “He gets it sent back to his girlfriend who lives in the same house as him,” Offe said. “I predict he’s in his 80s or something.” The special postmark has the town’s name with a large heart in the middle. It’s dated Feb. 14. Last year Hartsville Post Office stamped around 1,700 pieces of mail. Officials call volunteers to help stamp to make sure letters are sent out on time. But, this could be the last year. The post office is one of 40 in the state slated for closure. Reported at http://www.mywesttexas.com Maria Carrasco, the longtime postmaster in

Valentine, West Texas, has put special postmarks on about a half-million Valentine’s Day cards sent here by romantics the world over. The attraction is the unique Valentine postmark, with a new design made each year by a local student. The postmarks are sought by collectors and sweethearts alike. This year some 20,000 Valentines will be mailed all around the world. The practice of sending cards with special postmarks goes back more than 30 years here, but its days may be numbered. Valentine is among the hundreds of rural offices threatened with closure because it generates less than $27,000 in annual proceeds.

Politics and personalised stamps

Reported at http://www.asiantribune.com/news Following reports, which appeared in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-affiliated websites and media regarding the issuing of personalised stamps in Germany depicting symbols of the LTTE, a terrorist organisation, the Sri Lankan government has registered a vehement protest to the german government. Deutsche Post AG apologised to the government and the people of Sri Lanka and have pledged to block the produced stamps and prevent their usage as postage. Additionally, measures have been set in place to better prevent further abuse of the customization . Posten Norge have also apologised to the Sri Lankan government over the release of LTTE personalised stamps and made assurances that the controversial set of stamps wouldn’t be released again. The Sri Lankan government expressed concern that the stamps were issued in spite of Sri Lanka exposing the LTTE propaganda stamp Stamp News - 59


Stamps in the News - Globally! stamp. The stamp will play a role in a competition featured on “The Biggest Loser”. The back of the stamp sheet offers heart healthy tips.

Stamps and crime Denmark printing campaign late last year. Similar stamps were also produced in France.

Reported at http://www.icenews.is

The Indian Postal service has announced the availability of personalised stamps in Mumbai during the Kalaghoda Cultural Festival in February . For 7 days, Mumbaikars can choose from over 17 template designs for printing the stamps with their pictures that can be even used as an official one.

Danish police have arrested four truck drivers accused of stealing misprinted stamps, worth DKK 23 million (EUR 3.1 million), while on their way to an incinerator to have them destroyed. The decision to burn the stamps was made by Post Danmark. However, they were never cast into the fiery pits of the incinerator in Copenhagen. Police believe the men planned to sell their goods on the black market where they could have fetched half their face value, and a spokesman has warned the public against buying stolen stamps.

Israel Postal Company in the red

US

Reported at http://www.jpost.com

Reported at http://communitypress.cincinnati.com

Israel Postal Company is set to announce huge losses for 2011. Postal Company Chairman Sasi Shilo says, “The future of the company is shrouded in fog. The financial basis on which the company relies is undermined and each day brings us closer to collapse.” The Finance Ministry opposes helping the Postal Company, and has conditioned any aid on floating 30% of the company.

Cincinnati man, Leonard Clark, used fraudulent checks to buy more than $50,000 in U.S. postage stamps. He visited Post Office branches across Ohio from 2009-2011, purchasing thousands of stamps at a time. What he did with them all remains a mystery, but Clark signed a plea deal this week that requires him to repay the cost of the stamps and to plead guilty to theft of government property. “I’m not sure how you’d unload a bunch of stamps like that, but a lot of things do have value on the black market,” said a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Putting one’s stamp on India Reported at http://news.oneindia.in

USPS not the biggest loser? Reported at http://www.goerie.com

The U.S. Postal Service, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and the American Heart Association have joined to promote healthy lifestyles with the creation of the 2012 Social Awareness Heart Health Forever 60 - Stamp News

New Zealand

Reported at http://www.stuff.co.nz A postman who stole the mail rather than deliver it has been convicted of theft.


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Now an ex-postie, Ben Lea appeared in the Auckland District Court last week over the nondelivery of 3700 pieces of mail found years later in his basement. Court documents showed he had stolen the letters and packages between July and October, 2007.

Africa courts collectors

Reported at http://leadership.ng Letter writing and the use of postage stamps is declining. Postal administrators in Africa are therefore considering effective ways of generating more revenues from the stamp. Secretary General of Pan African Postal Union (PAPU)said “There are two major ways in which the stamp earns revenue. First, it is the medium of payment. You produce stamp and they are used with letters then we have the collectors. They value the old stamps. Collecting is highly developed in the western countries, but still coming up in the Africa.” A spokeman said Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) was repositioning the service for profitability especially through philately. “Philately is a global hobby. You can put postage stamp in a pocket travel abroad and make money for yourself. There are stamp collectors and dealers’ clubs, societies, that one can link up to,” he said. Posta Uganda is looking to raise revenue from international collectors who sign up with them for all new issues and pay in foreign currencies. Spokesman for Potraz, Zimbabwe, said that although inadequate funding was stalling postal operation, the company is making a lot of inquiries from overseas collectors. Illegal issues of stamps have been a huge concern to PAPU and the Universal Postal Union. Scammers usually target countries that have been involved in civil strife and use the internet to produce stamps in the name of the country. “Many African countries are affected and it is costing them a lot in terms of loss of revenue and also dented national image. It is estimated that Africa is losing up to $500 million per year through their activities,” a PAPU spokesman said. PAPU has therefore advised its member countries to be wary of the reputation of postal agencies

they deal with and to also control the entire value chain from planning to production, issuance and distribution of stamps.

Here be dragons Reported at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn The dragon soars above its peers in the Chinese zodiac as the only mythical beast of fire-breathing aristocracy . However, China’s official dragon stamp released in January was criticized for its ferocious demeanour. Many criticised the image as “overbearing” and asked if it should not have been more benign. The stamp’s creator, designer Chen Shaohua defended his design. The dragon’s role in mythology was to ward off evil, he says. As a deified image passed down through generations, it should not be subjected to arbitrary changes. The selection committee this year had requested a younger, more modern dragon but Chen justified his design saying his dragon image was inspired by the patterns on the imperial Qing robes. However, collectors are unfazed by the controversy. All over China, people lined up in the chill to snap up the dragon stamps. When the stamps sold out at the post offices, the private market starting getting active and prices soared. By early January, a set of 20 dragon stamps was selling for as much as 350 yuan ($55) compared with the original price of 24 yuan from the post office. Experts say many collectors are already prepared to pay more.

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Beavers for your albums TV quiz shows frequently provide titbits of unusual information. Swedish TV currently runs a show where the participants get questions about three different cities. A recent show featured the city of Härnösand located on the Baltic coast of northern Sweden. One of the questions dealt with the city’s coat of arms which depicts a beaver and a pike. It was king Johan III who ordered that the beaver and the pike should be the symbols of Härnösand. I have a number of local municipal revenue stamps from Härnösand and I have always wondered what they depicted. The quiz show solved this problem. The beaver is the biggest rodent in Europe and it is well known for building dams, canals and homes known as “lodges”. The dams often flood large areas which apparently are of ecological value but the land owners are seldom pleased with the beavers’ building activities. In Sweden beavers were hunted to such an extent that the species became extinct in the early 1870s. In the 1920s, beavers from Norway were reintroduced in Sweden. Today there is a healthy population of beavers in central and northern Sweden.

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Personally I associate beavers and beaver hunting with North America. Beaver furs are valuable and we have probably all read books about trappers in the USA and Canada. Many of them made a living hunting beavers. Canada’s very first stamp issued in 1851 depicted a beaver which serves as a testimony to its importance in the country’s early economy. In 1996, Sweden finally depicted a beaver on a postage stamp. Post Sweden issued an attractive SEK 3.20 stamp featuring a busy beaver. There are numerous other beaver stamps but in this story I will concentrate on non-philatelic issues. We of course start with the revenues used in Härnösand from about 1952 until at least 1964. There were denominations ranging from 50 öre to 20 kronor. The stamps were used to indicate that a local fee on various legal documents had been duly paid. The income from the sale of these revenues went to the treasury of the City of Härnösand. Many Swedish cities have used local municipal revenues and most of them depict the city’s coat of arms. It is an exciting collecting area as it is still possible to make important finds. The municipal revenues were neglected by collectors for many years and it is only now that many documents


Christer BrunstrÜm bearing these stamps surface from various archives. Certain editions of the annual FACIT catalogue list both the national and municipal revenues of Sweden. As far as I know beavers get most of their nourishment from the bark of trees and bushes. Whether they also catch the occasional pike is unknown to me but King Johan apparently believed it was the case. For those who take an interest in revenues Canada has a lot to offer. There is a wide variety of national revenues in addition to all kinds of revenues from the Canadian provinces. Some of the world’s handsomest engraved revenue stamps were issued by Canada and provinces. My all-time favourites are the registration stamps issued in 1870 by the Province of QuÊbec to be used on deeds. There are 13 different stamps with denominations from 2 cents to $5. They all depict a beaver. In used condition the stamps are quite common but the 2c value is scarce both mint and used. This is probably due to the fact that there was a very limited need for this particular denomination. Much was done to prevent the reuse of the stamps. There were different kinds of cancels, writing in ink and, very often, punched holes.

This is a set that lends itself to specialization as it was in use for a great many years. There are different perforations and most stamps exist on either very thin or somewhat thicker paper. The beaver revenues were replaced in 1912 by new stamps in a new and far less interesting design. But there is more for those collectors who are looking for oddball items for their beaver collection. In the 1920s, radio broadcasting became increasingly popular. Quite early on enthusiastic listeners and radio hobbyist began mailing reports of reception to distant stations asking them to confirm their reception. The EKKO Company realized that some money could be made from this interest. In 1924, they printed a long series of Verified Reception Stamps featuring the call letters of most radio stations in the United States and Canada. Those who reported a station received such a stamp which could then be mounted in an album offered by the EKKO Company at a modest cost. The US Verified Reception Stamps featured an eagle. Those from Canada of course had a beaver. They are very attractive stamps which exist from a large number of radio stations scattered throughout Canada. The EKKO stamps were printed by the American Bank Note Company. Radio stations in Canada have call letters consisting of three or four letters. The first letter is always a C (the only exception is Newfoundland where call letters start with the letter V). A Canadian EKKO stamp would fit very nicely into a collection devoted to beavers. The tricky part is to locate a stamp but they are sometimes offered on eBay. The value depends on the call letters. Some stations were harder to log than others and less EKKO stamps were sent out to collectors. The beaver reminds me of the Australian platypus but they are entirely different species. Like the beaver the platypus has been featured on revenue stamps. Tasmania has a set of postal fiscals released in 1880 and depicting a platypus. Those postal fiscals are far more philatelic in character than the items discussed in this article. However, all the stamps mentioned here would fit very nicely into a collection of Beavers on Stamps. Stamp News - 65


Join the Gold Rush! As you will no doubt know, the price of precious metals has leapt enormously since the advent of the Global Financial Crisis, and there seems to be no stopping it! Beware of gold buying centres etc, as more than likely you will be paid MUCH LESS than the current value of your holdings! The majority of Gold buyers don’t reveal what they pay per ounce or gram for Gold. In many cases, sellers could be receiving LESS than 50% of the true market value. With the recession biting and Gold prices near to an all-time high, there is a new Gold rush with more and more people selling their unwanted items, and many buyers claim they offer the best deals for sellers, using impressive full page ads and slick advertising, but the actual price they will pay is missing. If you are a buyer or seller, or are interested in Gold and Silver coins either as an investor, collector or purely as a safe haven for your money we are now able to offer a premium service to our customers for the buying and selling of bullion coins. Each day you will be able to phone us for current prices, whether buying or selling, and we will quote you on a range of items such as Sovereigns, Krugerrands, Australian $200 coins etc. The price we quote will be based on the up to date bullion price and you will be able to buy or sell, with no hidden charges etc. Just a simple 2.5% commission whether buying or selling. For instance 13th December 2011 the Gold value of a Sovereign was approx $390, a Krugerrand $1659 and an Australian 22 carat $200 Gold coin $488. So we would have paid those prices for stock in our possession on that day, or sold at those prices subject to stock availability and requirements. We also buy and sell Silver coins of any period and any country. Our selling prices will generally be approx 12.75% higher than the Gold price which is our 2.5% commission and 10% GST. Postage and insurance are extra on all transactions, all credit cards are accepted, however for Bullion Coin transactions there is an administration charge of 1% for Visa and Mastercard, and 3% for Amex or Diners. For all enquiries please contact me, Kevin Morgan at Kevin Morgan Stamps and Coins directly on 03 9729 0082, mobile 0425 795 693 or email kevinmorgan2@live.com The current Gold and Silver prices can be found online at www.kitco.com


MAJOR ERROR ON NEW ZEALAND ROYAL WEDDING PACKS

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

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

GLEN STEPHENS

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


Internet & Email Directory The following is an extensive listing of Stamp Dealer and Internet Website contact addresses worldwide. Millions of dollars of stock is priced up ready to sell on these sites. All Dealers may list their contact details here for a very affordable $175 per year fee, prepaid annually or only $17.50 a month. Contact the Advertising Manager on Ph: 03 9729 0082, Fax: 03 9758 7506, or email: kevinmorgan2@live.co www.brusden-white.com Publishers of Australia’s Gold Medal catalogue series - The Australian Commonwealth Specialists’ Catalogue. Order all volumes on line. Special offers also available. info@brusden-white.com

www.bexleystamps.com.au Our web site gives all our current stock and specials so keep looking. sales@bexleystamps.com.au

www.dunedinstamps.co.nz Check out our website for selected New Zealand items, NZ mint sets, and “Lord of the Rings” stamps and covers dnstamp@es.co.nz

www.millenniumauctions.com Regular public auctions of fine and rare stamps and postal history. View our auction catalogues online and bid with confidence on our secure server. info@millenniumauctions.com

www.ozemail.com.au/~pittwaterstamps Comprehensive price lists for more than forty lists using ASC, SG & Scott numbering. By far the largest such lists in the southern hemisphere.” pittwaterstamps@ozemail.com.au

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

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

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www.manfredjunge.com.au Try us for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Antarctica. Specialising in “Booklets” from Australia, New Zealand, The Pacifics, Great Britain & Channel Island & much more. mjstamps@manfredjunge.com.au

www.sutherlandphilatelics.com.au Long-established mail order dealer comprehensively covering British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Australasia and Japan. Prompt courteous service and an extensive user-friendly website. sutherlandphil@bigpond.com

www.stampsaustralia.com.au

Sydney Philatelics - Largest On-Line Shop in Australia ! – User-Friendly – 10,000 and more Philatelic Items – Just a mouse click away ! Over 100 Pages of Australasia, British Commonwealth, Booklets, Accessories.etc. Always Buying ! Est 27 Years. info@stampsaustralia.com.au

www.zirinskystamps.com Browse our stock of stamps, revenues , postal history and articles on Australasia, British Commonwealth and more at www.zirinskystamps.com. Or email szirinsky@cs.com

www.sevenseas.com.au Search our website for full listing of stamps and Seven Seas albums and pages and other accessories. We look forward to serving you. stamps@sevenseas.com.au

www.glenstephens.com Largest and most visited Stamp Dealer website in the Southern Hemisphere. 250 different pages of stamp bargains and archives! $4,000 prize always on offer. glen@glenstephens.com

www.varisell.com Worldwide stamps, covers, errors, proofs, specimens, postal stationery, philatelic literature, postcards, paper money, signed FDC-s and more in our easy to use online store. Prompt, courteous service from America. Varisell@aol.com


www.gabrieles.com.au Hundreds of new items added to our site each month. Add your email address to our “early bird” notice list, so when new material is added to the site, you get first choice! We also post out a printed copy of our monthly offers, for those who do not use the internet, this service is also free. Our printed, 36 paged price list is also available, just phone write or email today for a free copy today. gabriele@gabrieles.com.au

www.richardjuzwin.com The leading specialist dealers in Australasian stamps and the largest private dealer (non Auction) company in Australia. info@richardjuzwin.com.au

www.ballaratgoldstamps.com We stock a wide range of items from Great Britain, (Stamps, First Day Covers and Booklets), United States of America, (Stamps and First day Covers), Pacific Islands, Scandinavia, Central and South America, British Commonwealth countries pre-1953, Queen Victoria, Flight Covers and Postal Stationery.

www.stampsale.com New Zealand and worldwide in our Ashford Stamps postal auctions. Ask for a catalogue, or view the website. Also ask for direct sales list of NZ Chalons. ashford@stampsale.com

www.sidneyfenemore.com World wide Postal History Bid Sales Every 2 months. Inc. Aerophilatelic, Maritime, Paquebots, Military all aspects, Polar and Commercial Mail. Interesting listings on offer. APS Member 52833-1 sfenemore@clara.co.uk

www.acestampauctions.com WA Auction selling classic material from the Commonwealth countries including Great Britain through to modern Australian errors that have only just been discovered. Attractive early Australian Kangaroos & KGV along with States material is also available. stampdealer@iinet.net.au

21st CENtURY AUCtIONs ___________________ www.21stcenturyauctions.com.au kevinmorgan2@live.com BIlBY stAMPs & COvERs _______www.bilbystamps.com.au; ann@bilbystamps.com.au KENNEDY stAMPs P/l www.kennedystamps.com.au; stamps@kennedystamps.com.au KEvIN MORGAN stAMPs AND COINs ___________________www.kevinmorgan.com.au kevinmorgan2@live.com MOWBRAYs AUstRAlIA ___________ Melbourne: mowbraysaustralia@ozemail.com.au sydney: mowbraysaustralia@bigpond.com NORFOlK IslAND PHIlAtElIC BUREAU _______________________ info@stamps.gov.nf PACIFIC stAMPs ___________ www.pacificstamps.com.au; info@pacificstamps.com.au stAMP NEWs AUstRAlAsIA ________________________ www.stampnews.com.au info@stampnews.com.au stANlEY GIBBONs UK _______www.stanleygibbons.com; sales@stanleygibbons.co.uk stAtUs INtERNAtIONAl _______________ www.statusint.com; auction@statusint.com stEWARt’s stAMP sHOP _____________________ stewartsstampshop@senet.com.au www.philatelyunlimited.com.au Stamp News - 69


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: 2012 meetings: 2nd Wednesday of February, March, May, July, Sept and November held at Ryde Ex-Services Club 724-730 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW Tel: 9807 3344 (in Mackinnon room) starting at 8pm.Enq 0407 277 223 or email penviews@hotmail.com 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 Sat 7.00pm, 3rd Mon 1pm (ex Jan) Sat - Diversitat Community Centre, 9-15 Clarence St, Geelong West. Mon - Belmont Library, High St, Belmont Ph: 0438578591 (Sec); PO Box 342, Belmont 3216 Hamilton PS: Mtg 2nd Monday Hungarian PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Italian PS: Mtg 2nd Mon (ex Jan), 7.30pm, Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Rd Bullen. (PO Box 166, Niddrie, 3042)

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

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Phillumeny SC: U3/26-28 Crozier Av, Modbury 5092. Ph: 08 8337 6533 Email: www.users.or.net/ figg/amccs Port Pirie PS: Mtg 4th Mon; PO Box532, Pt Pirie 5540; Ph: 08 8632 1105 Printed Collectables Club (SAPC): Mtg last Tues, Julia Farr Cent. Canteen, Ground Floor, Fisher St. Ph: 08 8265 7395; PO Box 657, Enfield Plaza 5085 PS of South Australia:1st & 3rdTues; 22 Gray Ct. GPO Box 1937, Adelaide 5001; Ph: 08 8555 3311 PS of South Aust. (Aus. Com. Spect.Grp.): Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm;22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8373 3756 PS of South Australia (Daytime SC):Mtg 1st & 3rd Thurs; 22 Gray Ct.Ph: 08 8373 3756 PS of South Australia (Study Group):Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm; 22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8522 4345 Postal Stat & Postal Hist Soc: Mtg 2nd Tues; SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Ct, Adelaide. email: psandph@arcom.com.au; Ph: 08 8260 3352 Riverland PS: Mtg 3rd Fri, 10am ;Whitmore Hall, Barmera Village; Ph: 08 8595 3023 SA Junior Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Sun 1pm - 3pm;Anyone over 5years, parents welcome. 22 Grey St, Adelaide. 08 8250 0484 Salisbury PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon;StJohns Church Hall. PO Box 336 Salisbury 5108; Ph: 08 8252 2392 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Fri 7.45pm, Old Railway Station (now Community Services Bldng.); Ph: 08 8370 2680 Strathalbyn PS: Mtg 2nd Mon; Reg Sissons Day Car Centre, 41 High St, Strathalbyn; C/- Post Office, Strathalbyn 5255; Ph: 08 8536 2770 Ukrainian Collectibles Club: Mtg Wed as per syllabus; PO Box 466, Woodville 5011; Ph: 08 8345 4033 Yorke Peninsula Collectors Club: Senior Citizens Club. Taylor St, Kardina. Mtg 3rd Wed ex. Jan; PO Box 178, Bute 5560; Ph: 08 8821 2906 Club Information: Victorian Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Melbourne, Vic, 3001 Latrobe Valley PS: Mtg Last Wed ex Dec 7.30pm, St Lukes Uniting Church Hall, Princes Way, Morwell; Chris Zarb, Sec. ph. 03 5174 3394 Maryborough Stamp Club:Mtg mthly ex Jan 2nd Tues of month 8pm, St Augustine’s Hall, Maryborough. PO Box 295, Maryborough, 3465; Ph: 03 5464 2400. maryboroughsc@eudoramail.com. maryboroughsc.web1000.com Mildura PS: Mtg Last Thurs (ex Dec)Carnegie Building 74 Deakin Ave Ph: 03 5023 8789 Mooroolbark PS: Mtg 1st Tues; Ph: 03 9723 3304 Noble Park SC: Mtg 4th Mon (Ex. Dec 2nd Mon), Senior Citizens Rooms, 352 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough, 3173; 03 97117085 Oakleigh PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan) Oakleigh Public Library, Drummond St, Oakleigh Ocean Grove SC: Mtg 4th Wed. 10am. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Clubrooms Melways: 234 A. Ph. 03 5255 1372 Peninsula SC: Mtg 3rd Wed, 7.30pm Uniting Church Hall, Murray Anderson Rd, Rosebud. Ph: 03 5974 1950 Polish PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Prahran PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) Ringwood PS: Gen Mtg 1st Thurs; Daytime 3rd Mon Ph: 03 9551 2235 Royal PS of Victoria:Mtg 3rd & 5th Thurs; Daytime 1st Tues Sale SC: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan) Shepparton PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Mechanics Institute, Shepparton. Ph. 0419 560 813 Sherbrooke PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs ex Jan Upwey Fire Brigade Hall, 8pm; Bob Cook Ph: 03 9758 3465 Upper Yarra SC: Mtg 3rd Tues Warragul PS: Mtg 2nd Fri Warrnambool PS: Mtg 3rd Wed 7.45pm St Joseph’s Primary School, Botanic Road;Ph: 03 5561 1470 Waverley PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs 7.30pm, Mt Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres, Mt Waverley; Daytime mtg the following Friday, 9.30am, Uniting Church Hall, 482 High St, Mt Waverley. Ph. 03 9898 4102 Obtain Tasmanian clubs information from: Tasmanian Stamp Council, GPO Box 9800, Hobart, TAS, 7001. Ph: 03 6278 7084 Kingston Junior Group: Mtg 2nd Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Launceston PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan) & 3rd Sat (ex. Dec), Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn 7.30pm; Ph: 6344 3676 Mersey-Leven PS: Contact: 03 6425 3603 Rosny Junior Group: Mtg Last Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Tasmanian PS: Mtg Last Monday (ex. Dec); www.tps.org.au, Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart


stamp & coin fairs & events new south wales Mar 3 - (1st Sat) 9am to 4pm Orange Stamp Fair, Quinn’s Arcade, Summer St, Orange. Ph: Norm 02 63623754. Mar 3 - (1st Sat) Northside Stamp Fair. 1st Floor, Car park Building, Manly-Warringah Leagues Club, cnr Federal Parade/Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW. Mar 3 - (1st Sat) Katoomba Stamp & Coin Fair, 9am 4pm, Masonic Hall, Cnr Station & Civic Sts, Katoomba. Ph. 0417 802 754 Mar 3 - (1st Sat) Sutherland Shire Stamp & Coin Collectors Fair, Gymea Anglican Church Hall, 131 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea. Mar 4 - (1st Sun) Bankstown Stamp & Coin Fair, Bankstown Masonic Hall, Cnr Greenfields & Restwell Sts, Bankstown. 9am - 3pm. 7 Dealers. Mar 18 - (3rd Sun) Stamp & Coin Fair, 10am - 3pm, Pioneers Hall, Cowper St, Wallsend. 8 Dealers. 4971 3483 Mar 25 - (4th Sun) Epping Stamp & Coin Fair, Community Hall, 9 Oxford St, Epping. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry, 6 Dealers, Buy/Sell April 8 - Ulladulla Annual Stamp Fair, Ulladulla Civic Centre, off the Harbour. 10am-4pm. Admission free, Dealers, Auction, Children’s showbags. Enq: 02 4454 5411 April 21 - Richmond Stamp & Coin Show. 9am-3pm, St Monica’s Church Hall, Cnr Windsor & Bourke Sts, Richmond, NSW. Dealer & Club tables, Souvenirs, Auction, Exhibit. Enq: 02 4576 5071

victoria Mar 4 - (1st Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phone Card Fair, Ukrainian Hall, Russell St, Essendon. Mar 12 - Ballarat Eureka Stamp Fair, Ballarat Specialist School, Gillies St, Wendouree. 9.30-3.30.Free Entry. 36 Dealers, Special Souvenir Cover available. Enq: 03 5332 3275 Mar 18 - (3rd Sun) Stamp, Card - Phone Card Fair, Bentleigh-McKinnon Youth Centre, Higgins Rd, Bentleigh. Dealers plus huge range activities. Ph: John Thomas 0418 322 315. Mar 25 - (last Sun ex Dec) Stamp, Coin & Phonecard Fair, Jaycees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading. 9am3.30pm.

queensland Mar 11 - QStamp Fair, Southside, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Memorial Hall, Logan Rd. Free Entry 8.30am - 2pm Mar 12 - (2nd Mon) - Gold Coast PS Sale, Rm 1, Southport Comm. Centre, Lawson St, Southport. 11.30am - 2.30pm Mar 25 - Twin Towns Stamp Club Stamp Day, Waterways Hall, Sunshine Boulevarde, Broadbeach. 9am-3pm. Auction, Dealers, Prizes, Refreshments. Enq: 07 5598 7629

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

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