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Eastern Meeting - Sunday 7th September 11am at
Galleywood - contact Terry Wiffen for details.
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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Outsourcing of Falkland Islands Postal Services
The Falkland Islands
Government has outsourced postal services to the private sector. The privatisation launch date is 1st August 2014.
Falklands Post Service Ltd will take over postal operations and the company hopes to alter and improve access to mailboxes
over the first six months of operations as well as make improvements to the customer experience of the Philatelic Bureau.
These improvements will require remodelling and refurbishment to be carried out, and this is best achieved whilst
the area is closed. The new service-provider hopes to keep disruption to customers at a minimum. From 1st August, Falklands
Post Service Ltd will have airmail available for collection from 08:00, rather than 14:30 as is the current procedure.
Dr Andrea Clausen, Director of Falklands Post Service Ltd is enthusiastic about the company’s future: “I
am very pleased to have reached the final stages of this FIG-led outsourcing project, and would like to thank all those who
have supported me along the way. My new team and I are very much looking forward to delivering an improved postal and philatelic
service to all of our customers from 1st August onwards.”
MLA Ian Hansen, portfolio holder for postal services,
welcomed the changes: “I’m sure that Andrea and the team at Falklands Post Service Ltd will provide an excellent
service for our community, and I wish them the very best in their new venture. I’d like to extend my thanks to Director
of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, for all his hard work in moving the outsourcing project forward, and to the staff at
the Post Office and Philatelic Bureau for their dedication and professionalism during this period of change.
Study Group viewpoint, the Chairman has met with both Andrea and Simon Fletcher and we have been given assurances about items
such as services through the Philatelic Bureau and stamp issuing policy. We look forward to working with Falkland Post
Service Ltd in the future.
Swinpex Meeting at St Joseph's College - Swindon
There will be a joint meeting with the Polar Postal History Society, starting at 1:30pm in a meeting room (left hand
side of the atrium). Meeting Room details will be available from the FIPSG stand in the large display room to the left as
you enter the building.
The Swinpex show starts at 10am and there are many dealer stands and displays
We look forward to seeing members and guests at the stand and the meeting.
For satnavs, St Joseph's
College is at Ocotal Way, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3LR
South West Meeting at Stockland 10th May
A reminder of the South
West meeting on 10th May. The programme is as follows. For more information contact Richard Griffiths.
STOCKLAND VILLAGE HALL
am to 4 pm – Programme
10.00 – onwards - Coffee
10.30 - Something Victorian led by Kim Stuckey
War and the Falklands - with displays including The 1914 Battle ( Trevor Shaw ) and HMS Exeter and
World War 2 ( Wilf Vevers )
12.00 - Swap and shop !!
1.00 - Lunch
2.00 - Something Modern ( since 2000 ) led by Roger Mazillius
and s display on the 2011 Oravia issue
2.45 - Something from the Dependencies!! -
an opportunity for members to surprise us, BUT definitely including the 1956 Transantarctic Expedition ( Wilf Vevers)
3.30 - Tea and depart
South Georgia Issue - Prince George
Designer: Andrew Robinson
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Perforation: 13 x 13
¼ per 2cms
Stamp size: 30.6 x 38mm
Release date: 23 June 2014
Falkland Islands Issue - Prince George
Designer: Andrew Robinson
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Perforation: 13 x 13
¼ per 2cms
Stamp size: 30.6
Sheet Layout: 10
Release date: 21 May 2014
Violet South Georgia 2½d on 2d Provisional at Grosvenor Auction in May
The Grosvenor auction in May includes this interesting lot, exciting for South Georgia collectors
South Georgia: 1928 21/2D PROVISIONAL SURCHARGE PROOF IN VIOLET on 2d. purple-brown The unique example in this colour impressed from the original die from an inking pad employed for rubber handstamps.
Upper marginal and hinged in selvedge only, trivial imperfection at lower right. B.P.A. certificate (1987) confirms
surcharge “from the original type is genuine” although unable to confirm exact status “from the information
currently available.” Accompanied by interesting four page letter dated “24th III ‘32” written from
South Georgia to Dr. Dudley Stone by Sub-magistrate A.G. Nelson-Jones in which he confirms that “This copy would be
the first to be surcharged & is undoubtedly the only one in existence with an indelible surcharge.” Ex Stone, Prappas
and Sir Gawaine Baillie.
Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 74 - March 2014
The results and unsold lots listing is given below. Please contact the Auction Manager as soon as possible if you are interested
in any unsold lot. It was an exciting and productive auction at the Study Group Weekend.
FIPSG Auction Realisations - March 2014
|LOT NO.||SOLD||LOT NO.||SOLD||LOT NO.||SOLD||LOT NO.||SOLD|
FIPSG Auction 74 March 2014 - Unsold Lots
|LOT NO.||Estimate||Available at||LOT NO.||Estimate||Available at|
Southern Meeting Returns!
With a huge thanks
to Hugh and Mary Osborne, the Southern Meeting will return in 2014, the meeting taking place on Sunday 2nd November at the
regular venue of Camberley Cricket Club. This has always been a popular meeting (and guaranteed cricket weather in November!),
please add the date to your diary. Further details will follow in Upland Goose.
New President and Two Vice Presidents for the Study Group
At the Study Group
AGM the following offices were voted on by the attendees and carried unanimously:
Tony Belfield, our President from 2009 until 2014 is stepping down and becomes Past President. The committee and
members would like to thank Tony for his support of the Study Group during his term of office.
Wilf Vevers becomes the new Study Group President. Wilf is active across many societies in the Philatelic world,
and will actively promote the Study Group as well as guiding the committee in its thinking and decision making.
Malcolm Barton is elected as a Vice President. Malcolm is of course the founder of the Study Group, served as Secretary
and President for many years and is still actively encouraging and informing collectors with his immense knowledge of Falkland
Also elected as a Vice President is Carl Faulkner. Carl
has made an immense contribution in building and maintaining our North American Study Group membership. He has promoted collecting
Falkland Islands stamps and postal history as a worldwide hobby and being a key part of the reputation the Study Group has
built across the philatelic community.
New Agents for British Antarctic Territory Issues
Pobjoy Mint Ltd and
Creative Direction (Worldwide) Limited successful in tender for British Antarctic Territory philatelic contract
The Commissioner of The British Antarctic Territory would like to thank all agencies that submitted their tenders for the
recently advertised BAT philatelic contract.
After careful consideration we are
pleased to announce that Pobjoy Mint and Creative Direction have been selected to act as BAT’s
new agents from 24th March 2014.
Pobjoy Mint and Creative Direction are already producing the stamps for the
Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
Pobjoy Mint has been associated with the production and international marketing
of BAT commemorative coins since 2008, whilst Tim Underwood of Creative Direction first became
involved in the production of BAT stamps in the 1980s.
Philatelic receipts account
for more than half the Territory’s annual revenue, funds which are re-invested in the Territory to support environmental,
science and heritage projects.
You can find more about Pobjoy on their website: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/
Visiting Speakers Diary
Here we will give regular
updates of any Study Group members giving Falkland Islands displays to local societies. I am sure any of the societies would
welcome guests for the event, if you are interested please contact the speaker.
Saturday 10th May - Royal Philatelic Scottish Regional Meeting, Perth - Geoffrey
Barber - Falkland Islands 1869-1982
28th October - Stirling Philatelic Society - Geoffrey Barber - Falkland Islands 1869-1982
Falkland Islands Issue - Fungi
J. Strange: Design In Nature
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
¼ x 13 per 2cms
size: 30.6 x 38mm
Layout: 50 (2 x 25)
Release date: 15th April
Falkland Islands Issue - Predators
¼ x 13 per 2cms
Stamp size: 30.6
50 (2 x 25)
Release date: 25th March 2014
More Good News
Congratulations to Hugh Osborne on receiving a vermeil award for his 5 frame display on South
Georgia until 1953, which many of us enjoyed seeing at Stampex Spring 2014 show.
Also congratulations to Robin Sherman for his election as a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society.
Stanley Meeting Report - 21st January 2014
On the 21st January 2014, at the Christ Church
Cathedral Church Hall, a 40th Anniversary meeting of the very first Study Group meeting in Stanley was held.
The original meeting report
stated “The first meeting of the Study Group to be held in Stanley was held on Monday 21st January 1974.
It was attended by local members Mr. H.M. Milne, Mr. T. Spruce, Miss M. Biggs and Monseingneur Spraggon, and by Mr. W.P.Vevers
meeting commenced with a general discussion regarding Falkland Islands stamps, their issuing by the Post Office and the general
hope that there would be more meetings of the local members of the Study Group.
“Mr. Spruce then showed part of his collection
of covers and in particular a number coming to the Islands from England. Miss Biggs also showed a number of covers and Mr.
Milne a selection of variations and flaws in modern issues.”
We ensured the
anniversary meeting was held 40 years to the day of the first anniversary and 12 members and guests were present, including
Stephen Palmer, Mike Roberts and Kim Stuckey from the UK to follow in Wilf Vevers footsteps. It
was also wonderful that one of the original attendees, Terry Spruce, was present for the 40th anniversary meeting.
Also present was local historian John Smith, Legislative Assembly Speaker Keith Biles, Brian Aldridge, Natalie Smith, Mike
& Sue Morrison, Sonia Felton and meeting organiser and well known Study Group member Phil Middleton.
The meeting was based around
the display of Mike Roberts gold medal winning Falkland Islands
Postal History until 1945 collection and there was much comment and discussion around some of the wonderful items.
a souvenir of the meeting each attendee received a cover containing the poster for the 2014 meeting. The cover design
was based on a drawing of a pair of Upland Geese by local
artist Sonia Felton; an example is shown above.
It was an evening that everyone enjoyed and we look forward
to the 50th anniversary in 2024.
Upland Goose: An Apology
On page 48 of the Spring 2014 issue of Upland Goose, we inadvertently referred to the Grosvenor
Auction of lots from the "late Dr Carlos Garcia-Moral". We are pleased to inform the Study Group that he is in fact
alive and well and we apologise for the error and any inconvenience caused.
A Spink Cracker to start off 2014
Spink are holding an auction with some 85 quality Falkland and Dependencies lots
in Switzerland on 25th January 2014.
The lots will be available for viewing in London until about mid January - please contact Spink London for details
before travelling to view. Telephone 020 7563 4000. Some lots are shown here.
Happy Christmas and New Year from the Study Group
A very Happy Christmas and New
Year to all our Study Group members, from the President and Committee. We are also thinking of our members who are not
well at this time and wish them a speedy recovery.
For all our members, hopefully you will all get the philatelic presents that you put on your list for Santa!
Gold Medal Winner
Many congratulations to Mike Roberts for his Gold Medal at Brasiliana 2013, held in the city of Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil, from 19 to 25 November, 2013. Mike's entry was "Falkland Islands - a Postal History until 1945".
Congratulations also to Mark Butterline for his 5 frame Large Vermeil on "Falklands or Malvinas".
London Meeting Report
Thanks to the generosity of Grosvenor Auctions the Study Group met after the
auction on the 18th November. A nice supply of drinks and nibbles were provided by Grosvenor as the attendees viewed
Hugh Osborne - a wonderful collection of Birds sheet numbers and FI Dependencies postal history
Kim Stuckey - Mail Ships issue postal history
Tony Lovelock - the definitive display of 1982 Conflict postal history
Ralph Riddell-Carre - an outstanding display of early postal history, stamps and especially War Stamps.
attendees commented that this was an excellent way to finish off the afternoon, post the auction. The die-hards then adjourned
to Stanley Gibbons downstairs for more food and drink at their "Philatelic Terms Illustrated" open evening! Thanks
are also due to Stanley Gibbons for hosting the committee meeting earlier in the day.
British Antarctic Territory Definitive Issue
The new definitive
set of 16 for BAT evokes the wonderful Michael Goaman set of 1963. The new issue features the original set of 15 BAT
stamps issued 1st February 1963 plus the 2nd £1 value issued 1st December 1969.
Lost in The Mail
We have been informed by a UK dealer that the incoming Falkland Islands cover shown right has been
lost in the mail on an overseas posting. If it does emerge again, and you are offered it, please let us know via the comments
form below or contact details in the Upland Goose.
South Georgia Issue - Habitat Restoration
size 30.56 x 38mm
Sheet Layout 10
Release date 15
Grosvenor Auction on November 28th -
Some more lots
(First photo) Lot 2072
1960-66 Birds, die proof of 2d. Gentoo Penguins vignette on wove paper (113
x 147mm., folded to 71 x 147mm.) without engraved die number. Heijtz cat. £1,200.
(Lower photo) Lot 2101 Outlying
Residents Postage Due: Tom Hennah, Port Stephens: 1891-1902 1d. pale red, scarce vertical strip of three,
each with fancy “T H” handstamp in violet, part original gum. Ex Styles and Heyburn.
FIPSG at Saint Louis Stamp Expo 2014
will be one of the convening societies at the Saint Louis Stamp Expo being held March 21 to 23, 2014 at the Renaissance St.
Louis Airport Hotel, right next to Lambert–St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The Saint Louis Stamp Expo is an APS World Series of Philately show, with 200+ frames available for exhibits.
Visit the show website, www.stlouisstampexpo.org, for the exhibit prospectus and
other show information. Note that the show organizers have arranged for a special show rate of $87 per
night at the Renaissance.
FIPSG’s presence at the show will be part of a larger convention of British-area societies.
These include: Great Britain Collectors Club (GBCC); British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group (BCPSG); Society of Australasian
Specialists/Oceania (SAS/O); Pitcairn Islands Study Group (PISG); and the St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic
attendees can look forward to viewing many British-area exhibits (including some Falkland exhibits), shopping the 50-dealer
bourse, and much philatelic camaraderie with fellow collectors. There will also be a FIPSG meeting at the show (date/time/program
TBA). For additional information as we get closer to the show or contact Mark Butterline (mbutterli at gmail.com).
Grosvenor Auction on November 28th -
Two interesting lots
(First two photos) 1891-1902 1/2d. deep blue-green and 21/2d. very
pale chalky ultramarine from the First printing of May 1891in matching upper right corner marginal blocks of four, without
gum, from the single Bradbury Wilkinson archive sheets of sixty, fine. The archive sheets of each value were the only survivors
from the first printing, the supply of stamps to the islands having been lost when the “Neko” sank on July 21
(Lower photo) 1891-1902 6d. orange-yellow, May 1895 printing, WATERMARK NOT REVERSED, a rare complete
mint sheet of sixty, hinged in margins, showing flaws incl. re-entry traces in stamps of column 7, [R. 5/3] with break at
lower left corner etc., perforations previously folded between columns 5 and 6, one stamp [R. 6/6] and selvedge below thinned
on reverse, [R. 1/8-9] with horizontal crease, the others chiefly fine unmounted.
South Georgia Issue - Centenary of the
Whaler's Church, Grytviken
14 per 2cms
size 36 x 36mm
Sheet Layout 10
Release date 24 December, 2013
Falkland Islands Issue - Airmail Postcard
Rate - Penguins
Process: Stochastic Lithography
size: 25.73 x 21mm
Sheet Layout: 10 (no gutter)
Souvenir sheet: 104 x 93mm
Release date: 21
Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 73 - October 2013
results and unsold lots listing is given below. Please contact the Auction Manager as soon as possible if you are interested
in any unsold lot. Once again, thanks to Mike for an excellent auction.
|FIPSG AUCTION OCTOBER 2013 |
|LOT NO. ||sold ||LOT NO. ||sold ||LOT NO. ||sold ||LOT NO. ||sold |
|1 ||£14 ||63 ||£15 ||134 ||£50
||197 ||£10 |
||64 ||£18 ||136 ||£50 ||198 ||£12 |
|4 ||£16 ||68 ||£50 ||137
||£50 ||200 ||£12 |
||69 ||£42 ||138 ||£50 ||201 ||£32 |
|8 ||£11 ||71 ||£40 ||140
||£50 ||203 ||£20 |
||72 ||£22 ||142 ||£100 ||204 ||£10 |
|11 ||£16 ||74 ||£40 ||143
||£16 ||205 ||£60 |
||76 ||£30 ||144 ||£16 ||207 ||£20 |
|13 ||£5 ||77 ||£20 ||145
||£16 ||208 ||£16 |
||78 ||£20 ||146 ||£46 ||209 ||£15 |
|15 ||£5 ||81 ||£15 ||147
||£42 ||210 ||£28 |
||82 ||£20 ||148 ||£14 ||211 ||£15 |
|17 ||£14 ||84 ||£15 ||149
||£10 ||216 ||£8 |
||85 ||£34 ||150 ||£120 ||217 ||£20 |
|19 ||£15 ||86 ||£50 ||152
||£20 ||218 ||£26 |
||87 ||£48 ||153 ||£220 ||219 ||£10 |
|21 ||£32 ||88 ||£70 ||155
||£220 ||220 ||£12 |
||89 ||£46 ||156 ||£120 ||223 ||£9 |
|23 ||£20 ||90 ||£44
||157 ||£160 ||224 ||£20 |
|24 ||£26 ||91 ||£11 ||158 ||£44
||225 ||£13 |
||92 ||£26 ||159 ||£100 ||226 ||£12 |
|26 ||£22 ||93 ||£60 ||160
||£26 ||229 ||£15 |
||94 ||£34 ||161 ||£24 ||231 ||£15 |
|30 ||£10 ||95 ||£26 ||163
||£14 ||232 ||£10 |
||96 ||£32 ||164 ||£10 ||233 ||£10 |
|36 ||£18 ||99 ||£44 ||165
||£40 ||235 ||£44 |
||100 ||£20 ||166 ||£16 ||236 ||£20 |
|38 ||£11 ||101 ||£15 ||168
||£16 ||238 ||£12 |
||102 ||£14 ||169 ||£15 ||239 ||£10 |
|40 ||£20 ||104 ||£22 ||170
||£26 ||241 ||£10 |
||105 ||£26 ||171 ||£10 ||243 ||£22 |
|42 ||£5 ||106 ||£30 ||172
||£38 ||244 ||£20 |
||107a ||£28 ||173 ||£10 ||245 ||£10
|45 ||£26 ||107pc
||£28 ||174 ||£17 ||246 ||£240 |
|46 ||£17 ||112 ||£20
||175 ||£36 ||248 ||£10 |
|47 ||£16 ||113 ||£7
||178 ||£10 ||249 ||£20 |
|48 ||£20 ||114 ||£28
||179 ||£44 ||250 ||£10 |
|49 ||£48 ||115 ||£4
||181 ||£30 ||252 ||£65 |
|50 ||£38 ||117 ||£12
||182 ||£580 ||253 ||£16 |
|51 ||£42 ||118 ||£10
||183 ||£520 ||254 ||£55 |
|52 ||£55 ||120 ||£5
||187 ||£24 ||255 ||£48 |
|53 ||£28 ||121 ||£60
||188 ||£48 ||256 ||£12 |
|54 ||£55 ||123 ||£36
||189 ||£18 ||258 ||£26 |
|55 ||£18 ||125 ||£34
||191 ||£24 ||260 ||£10 |
|56 ||£12 ||126 ||£10
||192 ||£70 ||262 ||£28 |
|57 ||£12 ||128 ||£16
||193 ||£26 ||263 ||£20 |
|58 ||£46 ||129 ||£48
||194 ||£34 ||264 ||£19 |
|59 ||£44 ||130 ||£10
||195 ||£36 ||265 ||£10 |
|61 ||£15 ||132 ||£12 ||196 ||£20
|| || |
OCTOBER 2013 - AVAILABLE UNSOLD LOTS |
|LOT NO. ||ESTIMATE ||available at || ||LOT NO. ||ESTIMATE ||available at |
|3 ||£10 ||£8
|| ||135 ||£50 ||£40
|5 ||£12 ||£10 || ||139 ||£50 ||£40
|9 ||£3 ||£3 || ||141 ||£24 ||£19
||£8 || ||151 ||£20 ||£16
||£8 || ||154 ||£36 ||£28
||£5 || ||162 ||£15 ||£12
||£5 || ||167 ||£8 ||£7
||£4 || ||176 ||£85 ||£70
||£5 || ||177 ||£90 ||£75
||£20 || ||180 ||£20 ||£16
||£12 || ||184 ||£60 ||£48
||£20 || ||185 ||£18 ||£15
||£20 || ||186 ||£20 ||£16
||£16 || ||190 ||£70 ||£55
||£16 || ||199 ||£40 ||£32
||£16 || ||202 ||£10 ||£8
||£48 || ||206 ||£10 ||£8
||£12 || ||212 ||£10 ||£8
||£24 || ||213 ||£10 ||£8
||£12 || ||214 ||£10 ||£8
||£20 || ||215 ||£8 ||£7
||£16 || ||221 ||£10 ||£8
||£20 || ||222 ||£10 ||£8
||£28 || ||227 ||£15 ||£12
||£80 || ||228 ||£15 ||£12
||£10 ||£8 || ||230
||£15 ||£12 |
|110 ||£30 ||£24 || ||234
||£10 ||£8 |
|111 ||£40 ||£32 || ||237
||£20 ||£16 |
|116 ||£5 ||£5 || ||240
||£14 ||£12 |
|119 ||£5 ||£5 || ||242
||£12 ||£10 |
|122 ||£18 ||£15 || ||247
||£20 ||£16 |
|124 ||£10 ||£8 || ||251
||£10 ||£8 |
|127 ||£10 ||£8 || ||257
||£12 ||£10 |
|131 ||£10 ||£8 || ||259
||£10 ||£8 |
|133 ||£11 ||£9 || ||261
||£10 ||£8 ||
Northern Meeting Report
The Study Groups northern area meeting took place this
year at the usual venue St Peters Church Gildersome with 17 members congregating at 1.30 for 2.
The first display was from Kim Stuckey our chairman who showed the 1968 Flowers
set, sterling, decimal overprints and decimalisation issues, here we saw the Crown Agents bulletin for the set and various
stages of design and heard something of the designers. We saw the two different £1 values and sheet numbers from Stanley
post office different rate covers, 3/-, 4/- and 8/- rate commercial covers on correspondence from Speedwell Stores, Stanley
and 19 grammes airmail at 18/- and 105 grammes at 21/-.As always an altogether most impressive opening display.
Next up was Paul Thackray with a display of what he called mystery
covers. We saw 1948 Silver Wedding covers for example cancelled with two different dates on the same cover and Centenary first
day covers cancelled several days after the first date of issue, possibly because the post office did not mange to get all
the first day cover requests dealt with on the first day of issue Paul surmised. There was another cover addressed to the
United States House of Representatives with two 3/- KGV stamps on and a cover with the Grahamland 1944 overprints cancelled
in the South Orkneys and again in Stanley.
Vevers, who was for a very long time the Study Group's chairman, then came up with a very erudite and immaculately researched
display of items from South Georgia. We saw a stamped cover postmarked on the last day before the introduction of the "paid
at South Georgia" hand stamp and a 1d rate cover from the whaling station at Grytviken showing oxidisation on the stamp.
This is unusual and Wilf explained that it was from the doctor who had his surgery immediately behind the processing plant
and this proximity was almost certainly the reason for oxidisation on the stamp. There was a cover from Larsen Harbour a remote
bay in the south of South Georgia which the ship from which the cover had been sent had put into for shelter in bad storm.
There were covers showing the 3d rate and a cover from the dentist on South Georgia to Germany at the correct rate and Wilf
related how the same dentist had also worked in Stanley previously. We saw a cover franked with the Falkland Island Dependencies
1954 ships stamps but cancelled after the issue of the 1963 South Georgia set which replaced them. Wilf explained that this
was because the whaling station had been mothballed including the office with the stamps, this was a totally commercial cover
at the 4/- rate. It was this meticulous research and attention to detail that made the display so very, very interesting.
Next up was Ernest Pursehouse who showed postage
due on internal, incoming and outgoing mail. Ernest was followed by Mike Roberts with a fantastic selection of pre stamp covers
. There was a letter from a surgeon on a ship in Port Louis. The earliest known packet cover to a cottage in Knaresbrough
- we were told that the cottage is still there, a 1862 unpaid ship letter to Aberdeen and another to USA in 1870. We saw the
earliest known incoming cover of 1869, an 1857 unpaid consignees letter and the earliest known letter from the Falklands of
1827. There was early private letters from Stanley and an 1849 whaling letter.
Hugh Osborne then showed two auction items in a catalogue - "trophy" Falkland bank notes , a 5/- note of
1901 and a pound note of 1899 , trophy bank notes were not circulated but kept by those privileged to obtain them. Hugh also
showed us a 1960 cover from Adelaide Island with an interesting history and a couple of postcards from the German South Polar
Expedition and described and invited us to support the work of the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum.
Next was Martin Joce with items from Deception Island. A whaling
cover, an incoming Norwegian cover, Hubert Wilkins and later expedition and survey covers were shown. We also saw a Chilean
base cover that had additionally been cancelled at the British and Argentine bases in the South Shetlands.
We then adjourned for our usual excellent afternoon tea prepared
by Mrs Alison Roberts.
First up after tea was Nigel
Kaye who showed, principally recent purchases from ebay and elsewhere. There was a 1946 censor cover with American type censor
marking and an incoming censor cover to Karl Lellman. Internal registered KGVI covers and two high value airmail covers. We
saw Christmas cards and radio cards. ICY commemoratives on a commercial cover, Wireless Station postcards and an OHMS airletter
from South Georgia.
John Shaw was next . John had
an initial problem in finding part of his allocated frame space taken by someone else but once the interloper ( who will remain
nameless) had been evicted John was able to put on his usual excellent display. This year it was an interesting collection
of Queen Victoria postcards, showing the evolution of the postcard from the postal stationary cards to the picture postcards
and included one taxed postcard.
Mark Burton was
next, who having now found his own frame space showed Lellman pen and ink sketch cards and parcel pieces. There was also a
1972 pen and ink sketch cover by Una Maddocks. Dave Mountfort showed more Lellman pen and ink cards and various airmail covers.
We then had a viewing break following which Robin Stenhouse
showed a competitive display prepared for his local society relating to communications between Argentine and the Falkland
Islands. Robert McMillan then showed some commemorative booklets for South Georgia whaling stations
Finally Hugh Osborne showed a number of frames relating to South Georgia including
covers with the "paid at South Georgia" hand stamp up to KGVI with a consignee cover and censored covers. Hugh had
saved the best till last.
Our chairman Kim Stuckey
then gave a vote of thanks to Mike and Alison Roberts for organising the afternoon and we closed the afternoon.
Another excellent northern meeting, as Kim said in his vote
of thanks these things do not just happen, an awful lot of hard work goes into them. Thank you, once again Mike and Alison
for all your hard work.
More News on ebay Forgeries
A stunning (not in a good way!) collection of forgeries
have been seen on ebay offered by seller sandraa4073
They are of mixed quality, but all can deceive the inexperienced
The stamps are offered on the ebay listing as "fantasy/curios" - not a mention of forgery
or bogus and there is NO indication whether the stamps are indelibly marked FORGERY on the reverse - a minimum requirement
for these to be sold on ebay.
The seller is based on Merseyside; the same location as a seller postagechew who
was also selling Port Foster forged overprints recently.
Finally, a seller has also popped up on Delcampe, also
selling Port Foster overprints; they are called Fantasystamps and are also based on Merseyside!
Please be very
careful that you understand what you are buying, either directly from these sellers, or, perhaps more worryingly, if you are
offered these stamps as genuine in a few months or years time. Use the resources of the Study Group and the Heijtz catalogue
to help you.
Stamp collecting has certainly been transformed
in the past decade with the growth in ebay as an online auction site, enabling collectors to get cheap and scarce material
through the internet.
However, we are also seeing a growth in different types of ebay fraud. Here we are trying to warn
Falkland Islands Study Group members of different types of fraud you could encounter and give some advice on how to recognise
1 FORGERY - we are now seeing scarce Falkland Islands material being offered on ebay. Last year the
website carried details of "Charles Williams" perfins being offered without any warning to their status, this week
we have seen "Port Foster" overprints being offered, again as genuine. Although they are poor examples, to an unsuspecting
collector they could be seen to be the real thing. For example, here is an example on a 1921-28 2½d Script, whereas
the overprint was only used in 1913!
2 "SHILL" BIDDING - beware very expensive items with a very
low start price. An ebay fraudster can use several ebay ids they control to bid up an item from the low start price and get
you involved in a bidding war. Even if they miscalculate and one of their ids ends as the highest bidder, they may well offer
you the item as a "Second Chance Offer".
3 OUTRIGHT FRAUD - again often with a very low start
price and maybe coupled with shill bidding, you win an item and pay for it by Paypal. You can then get a refund of your Paypal
payment and an invitation to pay by cheque or bank transfer. You then do not receive the item, or even get a registered letter
that you open with nothing in it. Sometimes the ebay images are even copied from an auction catalogue, so the vendor never
even owns the item! Several of our members have been involved in auctions using these tactics.
- always check your sellers feedback, even if it is 100%. Have they been selling similar items (especially high priced items)
and received positive feedback? Always use Paypal within ebay to pay for your items, as this gives you maximum ebay and Paypal
buyer protection. Use stamp message boards - a great example is the Online Auction section of Stampboards, which gives details
of rogue ebay ids. And finally do use your Study Group for advice and guidance. ebay is a great resource, but because of this
it also becomes a chance for fraudsters to try and con collectors out of their money.
FIPSG Auction 73 - Lots 224-232
Hopefully most members will have received their Upland Goose by now, including
the Auction 73 catalogue. There are 9 lots of mail bag labels, that are not easy to describe in the catalogue, so these have
been put up to show here.
The full listing of lots is on our Published Information page.
Grosvenor Auction on November 28th
Another interesting lot from the forthcoming Grosvenor sale, a pity
it is only a cut out !
As Stefan Heijtz comments "I have never seen or heard of anything like this
- looks like some form or trial printing/printers waste"
Falkland Islands Issue - Colour in Nature
Designers: Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange
Georgina Strange & Ian J. Strange of Design In Nature
BDT International Security Printing
Perforation: 13 per 2cms
Stamp size: 51.46
Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)
3rd October, 2013
Grosvenor Auction on November 28th
There should be another
good sale of Falkland Islands material on November 28th, including the Trevor Barnes collection of South Georgia. James Grist
reports on the background to this Black Frank cover in the auction.
1874 (May 15) envelope at double rate
from Edward Packe to his sister at the address of the private bank, Sir Samuel Scott, Bart & Co., with fine strike of
the Black Frank at right, indistinct apparent despatch datestamp below (date presumed) and central ms. mark "1(-)",
backstamped by red and black London arrival datestamps of June 30. The envelope from family stationery with crest and Packe
family motto "Libertas sub rege pio" on flap. Vertical fold and some slight soiling. Carried on the Black Hawk to
Montevideo and from there to Liverpool on the Galicia. Barnes 4/74.
Frances Catherine "Fanny" Packe,
third daughter of Colonel Henry Packe of Twyford Hall, Norfolk, was born in
1832 and died a spinster in London in 1919.
Little is known about her life except that a school in Guist, a neighbouring parish to Twyford, was erected and endowed in
1871 for the education of poor children in the two
parishes with money donated by her brother-in-law Sir Edward Scott,
and named "Miss Packe‘s School" in her
honour, although the family itself had moved away on her father‘s
death in 1859.
Her elder brother, Captain Robert Christopher Packe (1824-1894), a former soldier, arrived on the
islands in 1851 and later lived at Sulivan House in Port Stanley. Joined in 1866 by his brother Edward (1839-1909), the Packe
brothers played an important role in the social life and economic development of the islands at the time
and land was
held in their name right up until 1983. Two other brothers, Arthur and Vere, had been involved in sheep farming in Uruguay
but both had died in the 1850s. Robert was briefly acting Governor of the Falkland Islands in 1880 whereas Edward has been
credited, perhaps unjustly, with shooting the last warrah (also known as the Falkland Islands Wolf, etc.), the only native
land mammal, at Fox Bay in 1876.
More from the Bradbury Wilkinson Archives
Thanks to Hugh Osborne again
for some more pictures from the Bradbury Wilkinson printer’s day book that Spink is in possession of.
Stefan Heijtz comments that the Whale & Penguin essays have
not been seen previously. The QV high values have been seen in day books and printer's samples, but there are several
here that are newly discovered.
Do You Collect China as well as Falkland
of the Study Group writes "While visiting a small antique shop in Kenmare, Co Kerry, Ireland I noticed a part tea set
from the Falklands for sale. It consisted of 3 tea cups and saucers, 5 coffee cups and saucers, a plate, cream jug and sugar
"The tea set was made by WH Goss. I know nothing
about these things, but my wife persuaded me to buy the lot. Following a bit of internet research, the GOSS logo indicates
an age of 1887-1916.
As you know this colony crest was extant
from 1846-1925. This tea set may have been made to celebrate the Coronation of George V in 1910 (GEORGIUS
V D BRITT ET TERRARUM TRAN MAR OVAE IN DIT SUNT BRIT REX F. D. IND IMP) translates as "George the Fifth, by the Grace
of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Lands across the sea which are in the British Dominion, King, Defender of the Faith,
Emperor of India."
A quick bit of research by your webmaster has shown that other Falklands Goss items have
been sold on ebay and other auction sites, although they are scarce offerings. Well worth looking out for.
An Interesting Find
Thanks to Hugh Osborne who has passed on interesting news from David Parsons
at Spink. They have come into possession of a Bradbury Wilkinson printer’s day book and included stamps as well as
bank notes, all relating to what Bradbury Wilkinson was eventually in most cases to produce for their client
There are a dozen plus pages, some of which had
had to be separated professionally as the historic items had been stuck on both sides of pages within a large ledger.
We hope to have more details and further illustrations in the future, but the illustration to the right gives
some indication of the importance of the material.
Falkland Islands and South Georgia Issues - Coronation
Technical Details - Both Issues
Perforation: 13¼ x 13½ per 2cms
Stamp size : 28 x 42 mm
Sheet Layout: 10
Release date: 22nd July 2013
Falkland Islands Stamps
30p Queen Elizabeth II wearing a gown designed by Norman Hartnell for her Coronation ceremony.
75p Queen Elizabeth II wearing the State Crown and carrying the State Orb
in a Royal carriage after her Coronation ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II waves at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
£1.20 Queen Elizabeth II wearing
the Imperial State Crown and wearing her Coronation dress as she poses with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh after
her Coronation at Westminster Abbey.
South Georgia Stamps
Queen Elizabeth II leaving Buckingham Palace for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey, London.
75p Queen Elizabeth II is seen through the window of the royal carriage after being crowned at Westminster Abbey
£1 Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony
of Buckingham Palace.
£1.20 Queen Elizabeth II poses with the Royal Sceptre after
being crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
Falkland Islands and South Georgia Issues - Sir Rex Hunt
Technical Details - Both
Stamp size : 28.45
Sheet Layout: 10
Release date: 11th June 2013
30p Rex Hunt Civil Commissioner for the Falkland Islands photographed in his office circa 1982.
Sir Rex Hunt (Governor) in full uniform prior to the Battle Day ceremony taken with the official Governor’s car
(a London Taxi) outside Government House.
£1 Sir Rex Hunt - Governor of the Falkland Islands - March 1992 with
£1.20 Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Sir Rex Hunt at Pangbourne College 9 March 2000. The Queen was at Pangbourne College
for the official opening of the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel.
Sir Rex and Lady Hunt on Carcass Island 1981.
This image is a relaxing photo of Rex and Mavis, whilst they watched Cindy Buxton filming the huge variety of wildlife
around the island. Rex was a keen photographer and often had a camera around his neck.
South Georgia Stamps
65p Sir Rex in front
of a crashed Wasp helicopter at St. Andrews Bay South Georgia. The helicopter had airlifted Rex and Mavis
from the flight deck of HMS Endurance during a visit to South Georgia and then was due to take them both down to the Antarctic
to visit the British stations. However, due to an error, the helicopter on approach to flat ground near
the hut that served as Annie Price and Cindy Buxton’s accommodation tipped nose down and did a somersault.
Cindy and Annie looked on in horror and then rushed over with fire extinguishers in case they were needed, but luckily
no fire broke out and Rex and Mavis climbed out unharmed albeit somewhat shaken.
Rex in front of Government House, Falkland Islands – December 1982.
£1 Sir Rex visits Pobjoy Mint with Baroness Thatcher
in May 2007 to launch the first coins in the series produced to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Falkland
Islands and South Georgia.
£1.20 A recent family portrait of Sir Rex Hunt.
FDC Sir Rex and Lady Hunt outside Annie and Cindy’s hut at St.
Andrews Bay, along with Captain Nick Barker, Captain of HMS. Endurance, the lst Lt and Ships Doctor with Cindy Buxton. Annie
recalls that “It was always such excitement for Cindy and I to have a visit from HMS Endurance along with Rex and Mavis,
and we spent many a happy night on board. Happy memories".
Falkland Islands Issue - Lady Thatcher
Stamp size : 30.56
Sheet Layout: 10
Release date: 16th May
The 30p stamp depicts Prime Minister Thatcher
and her late husband Sir Denis arriving at 10 Downing Street after becoming Britain’s first woman Prime Minister, 4
The 75p stamp shows her inspecting a minefield in the Falkland Islands
which she visited in 1983.
The £1 stamp shows an image taken during her second visit to
the Falkland Islands in 1992, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Liberation.
£1.20p shows Lady Thatcher holding a Falkland Islands commemorative coin in honour of the 25th Anniversary
of Liberation which she struck in 2007 at a special ceremony at Pobjoy Mint.
South Georgia Issue - Star Trails
13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms
size : 42 x 28mm
Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)
Release date: 4th June, 2013
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