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+++ Next Meeting is the Study Group Weekend at Faringdon - 20th - 22nd March +++ Falkland Islands Birds & Young released 11th February 2015 +++

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Study Group Weekend - Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd March 2015 at Sudbury House Hotel Faringdon - contact Morva White for details.
 
 
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A Tailpiece to Our Stories on The Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands
 
Thanks to Pat Laycock and Andrew Norris for passing on a superb piece from the "Weather Eye" section of The Times from 8th December 1914, which forms a fitting tailpiece to our articles on the Battles some 100 years ago. Thanks to The Times for the reproduction,
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Another Film to look out for - The Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands
 
News of yet another film worth purchasing. As well as usual outlets such as Amazon, the film can be purchased direct from the BFI at http://shop.bfi.org.uk/battles-of-coronel-and-falkland-islands-the.html    

A stunning new restoration of a British World War One epic, this is one of the greatest British films from the silent era.

Originally released in 1927 to great acclaim and popularity, The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands is an exciting recreation of two key battles faced by the Royal Navy in the early days of World War One. The first major engagement between German and British ships at Coronel was a terrible defeat for Britain with the loss of two warships. Later the British responded in a desperate bid to save the morale of a nation at war.

The stunning restoration has a stirring new score by award-winning composer Simon Dobson, commissioned by the BFI and performed, appropriately, by 24 members of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines in honour of the 24 members of the band who lost their lives with the sinking of HMS Monmouth at the battle of Coronel 

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Falkland Islands Issue - Birds & Young
   

Technical details:

Designer/Photographer: Georgina Strange

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size:  30.56 x 38mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 11 February, 2015
















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South Georgia - Albatrosses

Technical Details

Designer: Nick Shewring

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 30 January, 2015

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South Georgia - ­Ships, Scientists and Explorers

Technical Details

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Stochastic lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 5 January, 2015

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An Interesting New Film Release
     
It is not often that we recommend that readers look out for a new film release, but this week in the UK there is the release of the new film "Foxcatcher". For those of you who looked at, attended, bid or even purchased an item in the Grosvenor John du Pont sale of Falkland Islands in 2014, this film tells the story of John du Pont.
 
Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between this eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers, based at his family's estate, Foxcatcher.
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Clive Perkins
     
The Study Group has lost another ex-committee member and major contributor in Clive Perkins, who passed away on Saturday 13th December.
 
Clive is remembered fondly by all attendees of his Eastern Meeting held at Sudbury. He was of course Packet Manager for many years and he is remembered for his superb collections of PSNC, the Queen Victoria issues and Formula Registered envelopes. Our condolences go to Kate and the rest of the family.
 
Pictured is Clive (left centre) speaking to Malcolm Barton (right centre) at the last Eastern Meeting, he attended at Galleywood in 2010.
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Battle of the Falkland Islands Centenary Meeting - Grosvenor Auctions – Monday 8 December 2014

What a day and what a great meeting at Grosvenor on 8th December! A wonderful array of material relating not just to the Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands, but a comprehensive study of events leading up to the Battles and their aftermath. Also it was great to have a joint meeting with the Forces Postal History Society.
 
The meeting was opened by Chairman Kim Stuckey and President Wilf Vevers, who asked for a moment of silence to honour the fallen of both sides in the Battles. The numbers of loss of life on both British and German ships were horrendous in these first major sea battles of WW I.
 
The first display was from Study Group member Graham Booth. This was a tour de force of a history lesson of the German territories in China, their Asiatic squadron departing China under occupation from Japan, their passage across the Pacific which culminated almost accidentally in Coronel being the site of the first major engagement of the War. There was a glittering display of postal history supporting the talk. The display carried on through the battles, with a focus on the Emden and Dresden ships. Graham is to be thanked for educating and entertaining the audience.
 
The second display was from Forces Postal History Society member Tony Walker. His award winning display is subject of a recent publication on the Battle and all the key items from that publication were on display here. Again Tony showed excellent knowledge of his subject, informing the audience about the Battles and there was a wide variety of ephemera to support the displays.
 

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Top Picture - Presenters Tony Walker and Graham Booth
 
Bottom Picture - Presenter Andrew Norris 
 
After lunch, the third major display was by kind permission of Camellia plc, presented by curator and adviser Andrew Norris. Camellia had allowed originals to be presented and other items such as the Emden medals and tokens, which are very scarce. POW mail and postcards of the damage caused to HMS Kent formed other highlights of this collection. The display had been originally written up by Frank Laycock and Andrew paid a moving tribute to Frank and his contribution to the display.
 
The meeting finished with a display of other items brought by the 38 attendees, including more postcards, a prize ship (Bangor) cover, and the 1964 commemorative issue. The last sheet displayed, with thanks to Pobjoy Mint, showed the stamps issued on the day to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle. 
 
Once again thanks to Pobjoy Mint, Camellia plc and our hosts, Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions, for their support of an excellent meeting. 

Falkland Islands Issue - Type 42s
   

Designer: John Batchelor MBE

Printer: BDT International

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2 cms

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 22 December 2014










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Southern Meeting, Camberley – Sunday 2 November 2014

The FIPSG Southern Meeting was held on 1st November at the Camberley Golf Club this time (because the Camberley Cricket Club had double booked their meeting room!). 20 members attended and first assembled at Hugh & Mary Osborne's house for teas and coffees before transferring to the Golf Club a short distance away.
 
We enjoyed two sessions of displays before returning to Hugh & Mary's house for an excellent lunch prepared by Mary (thank you ever so much for your hard work). After lunch we went back to the Golf Club for two further sessions of displays. Wilf invited us all to have a moment's silence in memory of Ronnie Spafford, of whom we all have wonderful memories. In all it was a most pleasant meeting and everybody seemed to enjoy the company and the displays. Hugh & Mary are to be congratulated for another wonderful meeting.

The displays included the following (in no particular order):
Morva White, 1982 Conflict and FIGAS. Graham Minchinton, 1933 Centenary Flaws. Chris Boyd, 1933 Centenary postmarks including forged postmarks. Malcolm Barton, Airletters including Specimen overprints. Wilf Vevers, Early inward airmail and TAE & IGY Expedition mail. Kim Stuckey, Reina del Pacifico. Ralph Riddell-Carre, South Shetlands and South Georgia. 
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Terry Wiffen, Operation Tabarin and Inward Mail. Dave Walker, Antarctic Expeditions. Stefan Heijtz, postal and other items from his recent visit to the Falklands, and details & photos of the Old Post Office House at Fox Bay. Trevor Cornford, postcards and items for sale. Robert Hurst, postcards. Roger Mazillius, 1938 set as awarded to George Roberts and Air Mail Penguin Postcard stamps. John Spencer, FID Maps. Hugh Osborne, recent purchases.

Report by Stefan Heijtz

Old Fox Bay Post Office bought by Someone You Might Know 
 
The Old Post Office House at Fox Bay has recently been bought by Stefan Heijtz. This is, as far as we know, the oldest remaining Post Office building in the Falklands, and it is about 100 years old. A small wireless station was opened at Fox Bay in November 1918 and it would appear that from then onwards, the wireless operator on duty there also combined the work of the Post Office. 
 
This house was probably built in about 1918 for the wireless operator, who then also took over the duties as Postmaster. William Myles was in charge of the Post Office between January 1929 and February 1951, and Charlie Maddocks took over in January 1956 and stayed there until 1980. The Post Office remained in this house until sometime in the mid 1980's when Ken Halliday (who had taken over as Postmaster after Charlie Maddocks in 1980) moved it into the store. It is one of the historically most important houses on West Falkland, and many of the older folks in the islands have memories of it being the "official" house on the West, not only for postal matters, but also for registrations of marriages, births and deaths, and many other official duties. 
 
The plan is to remove the most hideous modern extensions that have been made, primarily the half of a porta-cabin added to the left, and the extension to the porch towards the right, so that the house can return to a more attractive and more original state.
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It will also be renovated completely inside and out, and the old Post Office part on the far right may be turned into some form of Post Office museum.
 
The entire property also consists of a number of out-buildings, including a Nissen-hut, and about half an acre of land. Stefan together with Hugh Osborne are planning to go to the islands in early 2015, staying for some two months to start the renovation of the house.
 
The pictures are showing the house today, and as it was in c. the 1920's.

Falkland Islands Issue - Centenary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands 
   

Technical details:


Designer     Robin Carter

Printer         BDT International

Process      Lithography

Perforation 14 per 2 cms

Stamp size 30.56 x 38mm

Sheet Layout  10

Release date 

8 December 2014


A REMINDER OF THE STUDY GROUP MEETING ON 8TH DECEMBER AT GROSVENOR WITH DISPLAYS OF THE BATTLES OF CORONEL AND THE FALKLAND ISLANDS












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South Georgia - Heroes of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Issue 
   

Technical details:

 

Layout: Bee Design

Printer: BDT International

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 5th November 2014 (the Centenary of the arrival of the Expedition at Grytviken).






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South Georgia - History of Reindeer Issue 
   

Technical details:

 

Layout: Bee Design

Printer: BDT International

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 14th October, 2014






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Falkland Islands Issue - Colour in Nature 3 
   

Technical details:


Designers:   Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange
 

Photographs: Georgina Strange & Ian J. Strange of Design In Nature
 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing
 

Process: Lithography
 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms
 

Stamp size:  51.46 x 30mm
 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)
 

Release date: 16 September, 201


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