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+++ NEW! Venue for 2023 Study Group Weekend announced +++ South West Meeting Announced +++

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be:

FRIDAY 26th AUGUST at 11AM - GREAT AMERICAN STAMP SHOW
 
 
A meeting is a great way to meet fellow members of the Study Group, ask questions about your collection and view other displays of Falkland Islands material. You don't have to show anything yourself! There is also normally an opportunity to buy and sell. Why not take the plunge and attend a meeting? Details on the events page

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FIPSG Membership
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Membership of the Study Group is just £20 per year for UK, £25 for Europe, £37.50 or $55 for rest of the world.

To see the benefits of membership click here:
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Join Online and Pay with Paypal!

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FIPSG will have a seminar at the Great American Stamp Show  at 11:00 AM on Friday, 26 August. GASS is in Sacramento, California 25-28 August 2022 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. Our speaker will be Michael Kerschbaum on Falklands Postcards (different from what it says in the program now).

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SOUTH WEST MEETING - 23rd OCTOBER 2022Thanks to Roger Mazillius for taking up the reins of the South West meeting from the superb work of Richard and Jane Griffiths over the past few years. We have a new venue, used by the "Royal" in the past for their regional meetings.The venue is The Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Blundells Road, Tiverton EX16 4DB tel 01736 50519. The day will cost £25 including tea and coffee and a carvery lunch.The day will run from 10am - 4pm. Please get in touch with Roger, details in Upland Goose.

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH WEST MEETING - 23rd OCTOBER 2022Thanks to Roger Mazillius for taking up the reins of the South West meeting from the superb work of Richard and Jane Griffiths over the past few years. We have a new venue, used by the "Royal" in the past for their regional meetings.The venue is The Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Blundells Road, Tiverton EX16 4DB tel 01736 50519. The day will cost £25 including tea and coffee and a carvery lunch.The day will run from 10am - 4pm. Please get in touch with Roger, details in Upland Goose.

 

 

 

 

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GIBBONS STAMP MONTHLY ARTICLES ON FALKLANDS WAR

The July issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly has the first of a two part article on the Falklands War, by Study group member Gerald Marriner FRPSL. Look out for it at all good newsagents!

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STUDY GROUP WEEKEND 2023 VENUE CONFIRMED

The Study Group weekend is confirmed for 10th-12th March a2023 at Leigh Park Hotel, Bradford-on_Avon, Wiltshire. Please contact Morva if you would like to attend.

 www.leighparkhotel.co.uk

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AUCTIONEER - How we Progress to Complete the Auction

The results are now on the website together with a list of unsold lots and their availability on a first come first served basis. Please e mail mjyr@btinternet.com to secure any of these.

I am anxious to secure a procedure where we will keep to a minimum our visits to the PO and Bank.
 
In the first instance I am going to allow 7 days for everyone to decide whether they want to buy any of the unsold lots. I don’t want to duplicate mailings unnecessarily and I won’t be sending anything out until this time period has elapsed.

You should be able to tell in most instances what you have won, although there are a handful of instances where there are tied bids, in which case the first bid will succeed. I realise you will not know this in the first instance.
 
Before I send anything out, I will email each of the successful purchasers with a total due and we can discuss the payment method.

1. The easiest for me and the Study Group is for you to send a credit by way of internet banking to our auction account:
A/c name: The Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group
Sort Code: 30-94-53
A/c No: 18796468
Many of you do this already and I am hoping numbers increase.
 
2. You can use Paypal but please remember I will add 5% for our administration costs, otherwise the study group will be penalised.

3. I have a new card machine whereby I can take payments over the telephone. The Study Group will be charged for this and I would be looking for a small voluntary contribution of 2% to relieve our costs.
 
All these payment methods will be discussed when I email you your respective totals.
 
Above all I want to avoid the necessity of you sending cheques. I do not want to go to the bank to use counter services please!
 
It is my intention to send everything below £200 by ordinary first class post which I will achieve using the post box at the end of my road. More valuable consignments will be sent by Special Delivery.
 
If you have have any queries please email me as above and I will try to get back to you asap.
 
Mike

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Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 90 - April 2022

PLEASE LOOK AT THE AUCTION INSTRUCTIONS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE
 

The unsold lots available list has been updated. Please contact, if interested, the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue and in the message above. Be quick as always, since many lots will sell fast and there is a limited time for purchases of unsolds for this particular auction.

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Results for Study Group Auction No 90 - April 2022

PLEASE LOOK AT THE AUCTION INSTRUCTIONS POSTED ABOVE ON THE WEBSITE
 
Thanks to Mike for running an absolutely bumper postal auction, thanks to all bidders and vendors that will ensure the Study Group will get much needed funds for research and publication of findings.
 
The results are shown below.

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REMINDER - STUDY GROUP WEEKEND - REFERENCE COLLECTION SESSION

 
A reminder to attendees of the Study Group weekend. Stefan Heijtz will be showing his reference collection of stamps through and including George VI.
 
This gives you an amazing opportunity to bring those shades of stamps that are causing you trouble to identify, or to check work that you have done.
 
It might be that a check of a stamp or block may pay for the weekend if it is a scarce printing!

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APRIL 2022 STUDY GROUP AUCTION

CATALOGUE, BID FORM AND ILLUSTRATIONS ONLINE!

The Study Group Auction is postal, and will complete on 8th April 2022.
 
UPDATE - ILLUSTRATIONS FOR MOST LOTS OVER £20, INCLUDING ALL SINGLE LOTS NOW AVAILABLE!

The catalogue will be with Upland Goose as usual, but because of time delays there have been in some members in receiving their copy we have put the auction online as well. Bidding will still have to be via an email to the auctioneer, or by filling out the bid form.
 
We have another super auction with some high value items. It must be repeated as usual that the auction is for Study Group members ONLY.
 
For details of the auction go to the Auction Lots page.

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New Issues - Details on Our Facebook Site
 
The Facebook site run by volunteers from the Study Group and the Polar Postal Society provide a wealth of information, queries and discussion on Falkland Islands stamps.
 
Details are provided on new issues of Falkland Islands stamps as well, making it a valuable resource. Please take time to have a look by clicking on the Facebook logo at the top of the page, or by clicking here.
 
Also take some time to have a look at the presentations on our YouTube site.

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Siegel Auction - December 1-2

Siegel Auction Galleries will be holding an auction in New York with a large and outstanding highly specialised collection of Falkland Islands War Tax material – with numerous varieties, complete sheets, etc. It is formed from the collection of Carlos Garcia-Moral.

You can see the sale here:

 

Click here to go to sale

 

Falkland Lots are 3158-3238 and the War Tax specifically are Lots 3171-3238. 

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A NEW YouTube CHANNEL FOR THE STUDY GROUP

We have a new FIPSG YouTube channel for the recordings of Zoom presentations and other items.

The presentation of Friday March 5th by Stefan Heijtz on "30 years in the Falklands - A Personal History" is the first video loaded here. Click on the YouTube icon above (together with our Facebook page), or on the YouTube icon to the right here.

A reminder that we have three other sessions in March and early April. To register for any or all of these sessions, which are free of course, please send an email to Kim Stuckey at his email address in the Upland Goose and he will send you joining instructions. We hope you will find these Zoom sessions of interest and fun. It is open to all Study Group members around the world.

 

 

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Supplements Available for the Newly Published Monograph No. 22
     
Available online in our Online Resources section are ten companion supplements to the Study Group Monograph No.22, South Georgia Registration Labels type SG1 to SG5A 1910-1945. Each is available for you to download as a pdf. as your require.
 
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Listing of Issued Stamps 1986-2006
     
The Detailed Listing of Falklands Islands, South Georgia and British Antarctic Territory stamps 1986-2006 from the 2006 edition of the "Specialised Stamp Catalogue of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies" by Stefan Heijtz, is now available to download as a PDF file from Stefan's website through the following link: 
 
 
This file consist of 66 pages with details of numbers printed and destroyed, as well as two colour illustrations from each set.
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AN IMPORTANT STAMP ISSUE!!!! 50th Anniversary of the Study Group
 
UPDATED WITH MOCK-UP OF 1st DAY COVER AS IT WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN ISSUED

The Falkland Islands have issued many iconic stamps, notably the Queen Victoria high values in 1898, and the Centenary set of 1933. Yet, in the old days, most collectors relied on just the Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue and the 1950's book on Falkland Islands stamps by B.S.H. Grant to help organising their collections. There was a need for a specialist society to research the stamps and postal history, and assist interested collectors.

 So, in 1970 the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group (FIPSG) was founded following a meeting of some 50 collectors gathered together by Malcolm Barton.  A one-page newsletter was produced and the first formal meeting was held in London on 26th September 1970, and its first committee was elected.

By September 1971 the newsletter had expanded and developed into a regular quarterly journal, "The Upland Goose". This is distributed to all members and to leading philatelic libraries.  The publication has been awarded medals at many international philatelic exhibitions. Membership grew rapidly, reaching more than 200 in 1975, and the Group now has more than 350 members worldwide. The Group is truly international in its membership structure. 

The object of the Study Group is to research into all aspects of philately connected with the Falkland Islands, the former Dependencies, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territory, leading to the publication of findings.  Research is carried out by individuals or groups of members, collated through a nominated leader for each subject.

The Study Group Weekend meeting takes place annually, normally in March, during which an Annual General Meeting is held.  Meetings are also held on a regular basis regionally throughout the UK, and meetings have been held in other countries as well, including the USA, Australia, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Falkland Islands. 

The group is in the forefront of specialist philatelic societies and has belonged to the national Association of British Philatelic Societies since its inception, and actively participates in its activities.  To commemorate its Silver Jubilee in 1995, the Group was honoured by the Royal Philatelic Society of London by an invitation to display material of the Falkland Islands.  The display of 52 frames took place in January 1995 and was outstandingly successful.  The Group has now received an invitation from the current President to present a Golden Jubilee display of Falkland Islands philately at the new headquarters of the “Royal” at Abchurch Lane, London, opened in November 2019 by Her Majesty the Queen.

BELOW MOCK-UP OF HOW THE 1st DAY COVER WILL LOOK WHEN ISSUED

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Stamp designs:

32p  Stanley Post Office & Philatelic Bureau - many Study Group members buy stamps from the Philatelic Bureau and have visited the Post Office while in the Falkland Islands. The Post Office also provides information on the postmarks and cachets used, and the postal rates employed. The 1898 Queen Victoria 2/6d and 5/- stamps (the 5/- is illustrated here) were once voted as the most beautiful stamp designs in the world. 

78p  Jane Cameron National Archives - many Study Group members have used the research facilities at the Archives either by visiting or using the extensive online facilities. Information is held on stamp designs and proofs, correspondence between the Falkland Islands and Crown Agents, numbers of stamps ordered and destroyed, and shipping records. These provide vital information for specialist collectors. The iconic 5/- King Penguin stamp from the 1933 Centenary set is illustrated here.

£1.04  Publications - the Study Group magazine Upland Goose is published four times a year showing the latest research and news about Falkland Islands philately. In addition, a colour supplement of the annual Weekend meeting of the Study Group in the UK is produced.  Some twenty monographs on specialist aspects of Falkland Islands collecting have also been published over the years, and these are distributed free to members. The 5/- King George VI definitive stamp was in use between 1938 and 1952.

£1.26  Collecting - there are more than 350 specialist Study Group members worldwide, and many more interested Falkland Islands stamp collectors. A catalogue of Falkland Islands, South Georgia and BAT stamps is regularly published by Stefan Falkland Heijtz FRPSL. This also includes many other aspects of Falklands philately, including varieties, postmarks, and specialist subjects such as whaling mail, air mail and the 1982 Falklands War. The stamp also depicts the precursor to Falkland Islands stamps, the 1869 Black Frank and one of the most famous stamp errors, the 1964 Battle of the Falklands 6d. with the incorrect ship in the centre, HMS Glasgow rather than HMS Kent.

FDC. The First Day Cover shows the Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley and the National Stamp Collection. This collection is on display in the Museum - it was put together mostly by members of the Study Group and donated to the Museum in 2010. The page illustrated shows the 1933 Centenary set and a picture of Nutt Cartmell and his grave in Goose Green. Nutt was probably the most well-known local stamps collector in modern times, and the National Stamp Collection was created in his honour.

 

 

Technical Details:

Design: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 7 September 2020

A NEW SERVICE FOR THE SEPTEMBER STUDY GROUP AUCTION

CATALOGUE, BID FORM AND ILLUSTRATIONS ONLINE!

We have the next Study Group auction finishing slightly earlier than our October date due to allowing our members to view the auction while still movement around our various countries is restricted. The closing date is September 20th.

The catalogue will be with Upland Goose as usual, but because of time delays there have been in some members in receiving their copy we have put the auction online as well. Bidding will still have to be via an email to the auctioneer, or by filling out the bid form.
We have a bumper auction with some 581 lots and some high value items. It must be repeated as usual that the auction is for Study Group members ONLY.
 
For details of the auction go to the Auction Lots page.

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Lockdown Entertainment! - The Heijtz Catalogue 7th Edition is AVAILABLE TO STUDY GROUP MEMBERS
     
AT THE MOMENT WE CAN ONLY TAKE ORDERS FROM MEMBERS OF THE STUDY GROUP.
 
This catalogue is offered to members of the Study Group at the reduced price of £27 plus postage and packing (see below) Retail price is £34. The catalogue is available only hardbound to members.  No CDs are available from the Study Group, they can be obtained from Stefan at http://www.novastamps.com/stefan/Sidor/specFI.html.

In the UK, we can accept a cheque, made payable to "Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group" please IN FULL. Postage & packing add (per copy): UK £4 ie total of UK £31 per copy. Send the cheque with your name and address details to the Chairman. His address is in the Upland Goose.
If you don't use cheques any more, we can accept Paypal (see below) or contact the Chairman about making a direct bank payment.

In the UK we can also accept Paypal, if paying by Paypal the cost will be UK £32.50. Please email the Chairman (details in Upland Goose) to ask for Paypal details.
 
For overseas Study Group orders we only accept Paypal. The total charge, including Postage & Packing (Ireland & Europe £10; Rest of World £15) and Paypal charges will be:
Ireland & Europe: £39  Rest of World: £44

If paying by Paypal,  contact the Chairman (email in the Upland Goose) for more information, including which Paypal account for you to make the payment.
 
THE SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS AND DEPENDENCIES INCLUDING POSTAL HISTORY AND CANCELLATIONS

1800 - 2020 - 7th edition.
By Stefan Falkland Heijtz.
 

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE SEVENTH EDITION: 32 years after the first edition of this catalogue was published in 1988, and seven years after the sixth edition, this new catalogue continues where the previous edition ended, with many references to websites and online guides for even deeper knowledge!

A large number of varieties have been added as well, and the interest in many of these varieties is growing once they are listed in the catalogue. Some sections of the catalogue have been re-written, and a lot of details have been updated. The catalogue has grown by 16 pages since the 6th edition, and this is not only due to the addition of recent issues, but also to the expansion of earlier sections. The compressed listing of stamps issued after 1985 has been critisized by some, and it is possible that a more full listing of these stamps will be available online in due course. For now, all I can offer are the full listings between 1986 and 2006 from the 5th edition of the catalogue, which will be available to download for free as PDF files from my website.

Naturally everything else in the catalogue is entirely updated as well, including prices and data. An unbelievable amount of new information throughout the entire catalogue has also been added. There is probably not one single page which hasn't been changed compared to the sixth edition, and many pages have been completely re-written!

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New!  Lockdown Articles - Under the Magnifying Glass
     
For nearly seven years there has been a column in the Upland Goose called "Under the Magnifying Glass" looking at newly reported varieties, cancellations and other philatelic matters! To help our members and anyone with an interest in Falklands stamps, we have made all the articles  available in the Online Resources section. They are all in full colour and an index to the various issues etc is given below the articles. Click Here  to go to the page.
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New!  Lockdown Presentation - Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition
     
To hopefully provide some interest while we have limited meetings and shows around the world, there is a pdf of a new presentation on the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition available in the Online Resources section. Click Here  to go to the page.
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New - KGVI Sheet Numbers Display
     
Hugh Osborne gave a static display on view over twelve frames at the Royal Philatelic Society of London for the month of June 2017. It comprised of two sections, firstly five frames of the issued stamps of the reign followed by seven frames of postal history. The presentation of the issued stamps is now available to view in the Online Resources section.

Thanks to Hugh for allowing us to view this display, one of the finest collection of KGVI sheet numbers ever assembled.
 
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Who Were the Tabaris Highlanders? 
 It's very confusing with Operation Tabarin at the end of WWII, but the Tabaris Highlanders were involved with the Falkland Islands at the very beginning of WWII. They were a group of volunteers formed from the Anglo-Argentine community in Buenos Aires, whisked away on a secret mission to assist the Falkland Islands Defence Force construct defences in the Islands. They were only there for two months but theirs is a fascinating story.
 
Their story is told in a 50 page book written by Richard Loraine-Smith and purchased from his website at
 
The book costs £7.50 including postage. Note the postal history illustrated on the back cover!
 
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Change in Falklands Postal Rates

With thanks to Falklands Post Service Limited, here are the air mail, surface and inland rates for The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and British Antarctic Territory from 1st July 2019.

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New Postal rates for Falkland Islands, BAT and South Georgia from 1st January 2016
     
Attached are details of the new postal rates effective 1st January 2016. Some interesting rates will be possible! Geoffrey Barber notes: Most unusually, not only did the three territories latest postage rate  increases not increase by the same amount, but also DID NOT INCREASE ON THE SAME DAY.  South Georgia increased on 5th January 2015, coinciding with issue date of the new SG definitive, whilst FI & BAT increased nearly a year later on 1st Jan 2016.
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