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South West Meeting at Stockland 13th May
A reminder of the South West meeting on 13th May.  There will be the usual mixture of West Country hospitality and Falkland Islands philatelic gems! Tea, coffee and a light lunch are included just for £5! The programme is as follows. For more information contact Richard Griffiths.




10.00 am to 4 pm – Programme


10.00 –    onwards    - Coffee

10.30 -     Something Victorian - stamps or postal history 

11.15 -    People & Places 2 – back by popular demand!                                          

12.00 -     Swap and shop !!

1.00  -      Lunch

2.00 -      Shipping and the Falkland Islands

2.45 -      Something from the Dependencies!!  - an opportunity for members to surprise us

3.30  -      Tea and depart


David Feldman June Empire Auction - Falklands Material
It will be a busy period for Falklands material in auctions in June.
Shown here are three images from the Falkland Section of David Feldman's British Empire specialised Auction, which will held on June 12th - 13th in Geneva.
Their auction will feature a section of Falkland Islands including postal history from Queen Victoria to King George V, as well as mint sets with the Centenary issue incl. a superb used £1 on piece, as well as groups and collections.
The pdf catalogue and the lots will be available online on the website by Mid-May:


Grosvenor Auctions June Programme - Falklands Material
GROSVENOR's next specialised section of Falkland Islands & Antarctica will appear in the British Empire & Foreign Countries auction on June 13 (previously scheduled in May). The main strength of the Falklands section lies in stamps and proofs, whilst the Antarctica section will include postcards sent be Ernest Shackleton to his fiancée, Emily Dorman, whilst returning from the British 1901-04 Expedition.  Go to for more details.

Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 82 - March 2018

The results  are given below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue. Be quick as many lots will sell fast. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager and a very fast auction, with all lots paid for and distributed by 4:30pm!


Warwick & Warwick Specialised Falklands sale
Warwick & Warwick are holding a sale on March 7th 2018 in which they will have a specialised section of Falkland Is and Dependencies including die proofs, covers, varieties and Postal Stationery. Many of the items have not been seen on the open market since the Robson Lowe sale of 1978. Seen here are a few images of items that will be in the sale.



Grosvenor Auctions Autumn Programme - Falklands Material
There will be a major Falklands sale at Grosvenor on November 29th at 3:30pm. This auction will include a large Falkland Islands & Antarctica section and will feature the 'Braemar' collection of Falkland Islands and the Fred Goldberg collection of Antarctica. 
Some items are illustrated a few news items below, but some more are shown here. These include am 1871 unpaid envelope with letter to George Bulkley in Southport, Connecticut. Also an 1897 commercial use of a GB 1d + 1d postal stationery card (the return portion shown here). The stamp lots include a KEVII 2d reddish-purple block of six used and the Early Settlements 25p Port Louis left hand margin imperforate.
There are over 450 lots in total of Falklands and Antarctic material. Go to for more details.

Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 81 - October 2017

The results  are given below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue. Be quick as many lots will sell fast. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager and a very successful auction, especially for the items from the Pebble Island archive.


Grosvenor Auctions Autumn Programme - Falklands Material
There will be a major Falklands sale at Grosvenor this autumn. The November 29/30 auction will include the main Falkland Islands & Antarctica section and will feature the 'Braemar' collection of Falkland Islands and the Fred Goldberg collection of Antarctica.

New Venue for the 2018 Study Group Weekend
Unfortunately a proposed large increase in costs have meant that we have had to leave Sudbury House Hotel at Faringdon after 19 years of Study Group weekends there.

However, we have found a new venue for 2018, the Cricklade House Hotel in Wiltshire. It is about 10 miles from the current venue and we hope we are just as successful there.

Full details on the 2018 Study Group Weekend March 16th-18th 2018, will be found on the Events page.


Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 80 - March 2017

The results  are given below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue. Be quick as many lots will sell fast. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager and another successful auction.


FIPSG AGM - Chairman's Report - 2017
We extend a warm welcome to a member attending his first Study Group weekend, Mike Brown from the USA.

We also have the sad news of saying goodbye to Study Group members John Forshaw, Alan Brown, Dr R McRitchie, P J Renshaw, Bryant Rose and Walter Sondhelm.

Membership today is 346, a decline from the 360 last year, but still holding up well for a specialist society. As last year, joining through the website rather than new members at events seems to be the way of attracting new members.

New York 2016 was the latest in a series of international shows for philately, and where the Study Group won several international awards. Mike Roberts yet again led the way with another International gold with his Falkland Islands Postal History exhibit. Hugh Osborne achieved a large vermeil for his South Georgia exhibit. Mark Butterline won vermeil with his exhibit Falkland or Malvinas. Finally both the Upland Goose magazine and the monograph on the 1982 Conflict by Messrs Stuckey, Vevers and Marriner were awarded large silver. Thanks also to our US colleagues for arranging a successful stand and Study Group meeting at the show.

Last year we mentioned Mike Roberts presentation to a meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society of London in November 2015. This display won the RPSL Lee Medal for the best display to the Royal in that season. There was also a thump through the letterbox as Mike’s bumper 100 page monograph on the Postal History of the Falkland Islands 1800-1945 landed with the Winter Goose. It is a stupendous publication that reflects well on the Study Group and I would like to thank Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions for their generous sponsorship.

A slightly more modest (I might say!) update on Departmental Cachets by Stuckey and Vevers was also produced. We have another monograph at draft stage for publication this year, Part II of the Falklands War 1982 covering British Forces Mail, sponsored by Stanley Gibbons.

Congratulations to Bill Featherstone on reaching 50 not out in his editorship of the Upland Goose. The reality is that we have not seen something like 60-70% of our membership at a meeting (see below) and therefore we know the Upland Goose and our other publications is your main link to the Study Group. So it is important that we have a well informed and well like society journal and we believe that the “Goose” under Bill’s stewardship does this.


Much of what I said last year about the strength of collecting Falkland Islands and Dependencies continues in terms of membership, research, publications and auctions. However, I mentioned a concern about attendance at Regional meetings last year. Many meetings rely on a core group of members travelling to boost numbers and this will not continue for ever, as witnessed by our latest Scottish meeting. We want Regional meetings to continue and to be vibrant.

Thanks to the Committee for all their hard work during 2016 and into 2017, and in particular to Graham Bound who has just decided to step down from the Committee after setting up our social media presence on the internet. We are not co-opting a committee member at present but there is a vacancy for the next AGM, if you have a particular skill you would be interested in helping us with.

Finally a word about 2020, our 50th anniversary as a Study Group, which may sound a long time away, but sometimes the philatelic world has a long lead time for ideas! The committee are going to look at how we can mark this occasion, but we welcome any ideas from you, our members, on how you would like the anniversary celebrated.

FIPSG meeting at Finlandia 2017 (Tampere, Finland) on Friday 26 May 2017

Our Scandinavian Representative, Stefan Heijtz, writes:
In connection with the international FEPA stamp exhibition Finlandia 2017 in Tampere, Finland, on the 24-28 May 2017, FIPSG will hold an official meeting open for members as well as visitors. The meeting will be held in one of the function rooms at the official Exhibition Hotel Scandic Tampere City, Hämeenkatu 1, Tampere, Finland (8 minutes walking distance from the exhibition hall), between 12 noon and 2pm, and is part of the programme of the exhibition. Exact details of which room the meeting will take place in will be published in the official Exhibition Catalogue.

Members wishing to participate at the meeting are asked to contact Stefan Heijtz ( stefan at and especially those who are prepared to show a few (or many) pages from their collections, are encouraged to contact Stefan as soon as possible, so that a detailed programme can be produced. At this stage the idea is that the displays will have a similar arrangement as the "Members Evening" at the FIPSG weekend, where as many members as possible show a few sheets.

We are also planning to have a dinner together the same day as the meeting. Those who wish to participate at the dinner are also asked to let Stefan know, so that we can plan. Venue to be announced.

For details about the Finlandia 2017 Exhibition, as well as travel information and hotels in the area (which can be booked at special rates through the website), please check the official website: which is fully in English. Check under visitor/accommodation for hotels.

Welcome to Tampere, and the first ever FIPSG meeting in Finland!

Two Potential Scandinavian Meetings - from Stefan Heijtz
Our Scandanavian Represenative, Stefan Heijtz, is considering one or two potential Scandanavian meetings in 2017 and 2019. At this stage he would like to hear from you if you would show an interest in either.
The first would possibly be at theInternational Stamp Exhibition in Tampere, Finland, in May 2017 (Finlandia 2017, 24-28/5),  The idea at this stage would be to have the FIPSG meeting at a hotel in central Helsinki over one or two days including at least one dinner before the Tampere exhibition. Tampere is only about 1 1/2 hours by train from Helsinki so it is not far to go.

Many of you will also know that there will be an International Stamp Exhibition in Stockholm in 2019, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the RPSL (Stockholmia 2019, 29/5 – 2/6). This will be held at a conference centre in central Stockholm and since I am based in central Stockholm, we could easily arrange a FIPSG meeting and dinner (one or two days, depending on the number of participants) in connection with this exhibition. 
If you are interested in one or both possible meetings, please contact Stefan by email - stefan [at]

New Antarctica and Falklands List From Geoffrey Barber
Many of us have covers in our collection addressed to Geoffrey Barber from the late 1950s/early 1960s onwards, firstly around Manchester and more recently based in Scotland.
Geoffrey is still selling Antarctica material, and his latest 2016 price list includes Falkland Islands stamps and covers as well. He also provides a Standing Order New Issue service for all Antarctic Territories new issues and FDC's.
If you don't receive a list, they are free to buyers on part payment of postage and are published 4 times a year. For more details contact Geoffrey at geoffrey.barber [at]

New Upland Goose - Another Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group Monograph
For Study Group members the first Upland Goose journal of 2016 should be arriving in early February. This will also include (for those who take it) the auction catalogue for the Study Group weekend. The weekend meeting is a week earlier than usual, so you will have to turn postal bids around fairly quickly to ensure they are with the auctioneer for the auction day.
In addition, a new monograph, written by Nigel Kaye,  will be delivered with the Upland Goose. The subject is censorship of mail to and from the Islands and Dependencies in World War II, and is packed with 64 pages of colour illustrations and important new information of how civilian censorship was carried out in the islands. The monograph also looks at how the military arrived in the Islands and developed their camps and military censorship. 
We hope that Study Group members enjoy this latest addition to our series of monographs. Members can look forward to another new monograph later in 2016, which will be another high quality offering.
We would like to thank Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions for their generous sponsorship of this monograph, which allows us to produce it in full colour free within the membership subscription.

Results for Study Group Auction No 79 - October 2016

The results  are given below. The webmaster is sorry for his absence, which meant most unsold lots were gone before his arrival back from holiday! So therefore these are not posted. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager and another successful auction.


Two Regional Meetings in Four Days!
Thanks to Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions, there will be a London Regional Meeting immediately after the Falklands section of their Auction on WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER. This will be at approximately 4pm in the Auction Room. 
If you are a Study group member in the London area, please come along to what will be an informal meeting.
A reminder, there is also the Southern Regional Meeting on SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER at 10am, at a new venue, St Michael's Church Hall, Camberley.

The "Bouganville" Collection for Auction at Grosvenor - September 2016


Another Grosvenor auction with a strong Falklands section takes place in London in September, from a collection not known to the Study Group. It is strong in essays and proofs, with excellent stamps and some high value postal history. Some examples are shown to the right.





South West Meeting at Stockland 15th May
A reminder of the South West meeting on 15th May. The programme is as follows. For more information contact Richard Griffiths.




10.00 am to 4 pm – Programme


10.00 –    onwards    - Coffee

10.30 -     The Falklands £1 value – any period stamps or covers !

 11.15 -    Collectors Mail – dig out those philatelic covers sent to or by Falklands collectors over the years – no time limits here!                                          

12.00 -     Swap and shop !!

1.00  -      Lunch

2.00 -      Birds and Wings – something for the thematic collector or whatever you fancy!

 2.45 -      Something from the Dependencies!!  - an opportunity for members to surprise us

3.30  -      Tea and depart


Grosvenor Auction with Falklands Section - May 24th 2016


Another Grosvenor auction with a strong Falklands section takes place in London on May 24th including the Dr P G Cronk FRPSL collection of King George V issues and a newly discovered early letter from 1832.

Shown here are:

Harrison progressive die proof of frame for Whale & Penguin issue in blue on wove paper

4d brownish-black January 1894 printing block of six, believed to be the largest surviving multiple from this printing

Social Security 7/6d on 5/- rose unmounted mint vertical pair

KGV 1d pale scarlet on thin white paper - it was believed that all this printing received "WAR STAMP" overprints but this is the only recorded example used in South Georgia.







Falklands Strong at Cambridgeshire Philatelic Auctions - May 8th 2016


There are over 200 Falklands lots at Cambridgeshire Philatelic Auctions sale on 8th May 2016. Their website is or contact Bob Carr by email at or 01353 663919 for further details.

As well as many individual stamps, there are some good postal history and postcard lots.

Shown here are:

Lot 3503 - KEVII 1d vermilion reversed watermark marginal block 4.

Lot 3585 1933 5/- black and yellow-orange mint with Brandon certificate.

Lot 3625 1886 envelope franked QV 4d.

Lot 3627 1896 registered envelope to Hamburg franked strip and blocks of six QV 1/2d.

Lot 3683 FID used in Trsitan Da Cunha.






Warwick and Warwick Auction with Nice Falklands Section - 4th May


A Warwick and Warwick auction with a strong Falklands section takes place on May 4th in Warwick. There is strength in watermark varieties. There will be public viewing on Friday, April 29th and Tuesday May 3rd (both from 9am to 4.30pm), and on the morning of the auction from 8.30am.

The entire catalogue (with scans of every lot) can be seen on their web site .  They will happily post complimentary copies of a hardcopy catalogue to any Study Group members that requests one.Contact Ian Hunter on 01926 499031 or and mention you have seen this article on the website.

Shown right are a few lots:

  • 1933 Centenary 5/- black and yellow-orange on cover
  • 1928 South Georgia Provisional  2½ d on 2d fine used pair
  • 1964 Battle 1/- watermark inverted, unmounted mint
  • 1878-9 4d on watermarked paper, mint
  • 1921-8 2d watermark inverted, fine used







Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 78 - March 2016

The results and unsold lots listings are given below. Please contact the Auction Manager as soon as possible if you are interested in any unsold lot. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager.

 FIPSG Auction 78 Realisations - March 2016


FIPSG Auction 78 March 2016 - Unsold Lots


FIPSG AGM - Chairman's Report
We extend a warm welcome to members attending their first weekend, Alan Baker, John & Gunhild Godfrey, Ian Hart, Richard Hewitt, David & Jackie Holroyd and Alan Squires. This is an impressive list of first timers and I trust you enjoy the weekend activities.

We also have the sad news of saying goodbye to Study Group members Donald Scregg, Roger Keys and Ivor Parr. I also have to mention the passing of Derek Harwood, who has attended this weekend and numerous regional meetings.

Collecting Falkland Islands and Dependencies seems as strong as ever; our membership in times of declining numbers in philatelic societies remains strong. Research continues to uncover new discoveries and wider knowledge of all aspects of Falklands philately. And certainly prices realised for Falklands material in auctions and on ebay sometimes continues to amaze!

Last year we announced that Malcolm Barton had been awarded the ABPS 2015 Award of Merit. He was nominated jointly by the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group and Bath Philatelic Society. Wilf Vevers, our president, came to the Bath PS Annual Dinner to award Malcolm his honour that was richly deserved.

Membership increased in the year ending August 2015, with numbers around the 360 mark again. Joining through the website and paying subscriptions via Paypal is still popular, but we also have attracted new members at London 2015 and shows such as Swinpex.

London 2015 was an important international show for philately and the Study Group had a stand there for all 4 days of the show. Mike Roberts won an International gold with his fantastic display of early Falkland Islands. Hugh Osborne has now joined in at International level with his superb exhibit of South Georgia and both Mike and Hugh will be representing the Study Group at NY2016. We jointly held a meeting with the Polar Post Society on the first afternoon of London 2015, which was well attended. Peter Cottis covered the Study Group section of the meeting with an excellent display of King George VI.

Mike Roberts also presented and displayed to a meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society of London in November. He produced an excellent 64 page guide to his display on Falkland Islands 1800-1945; so good that with some modifications we hope to publish it as a monograph in September 2016.

Also on publications, following on from the monograph on the 1982 Conflict published last February, we had an excellent shorter monograph on Evacuee Mail by Mike Roberts. This was generously sponsored by the Stefan Heijtz Research Fund. We have a 64 page bumper monograph on World War II Censored mail by Nigel Kaye together with the Spring Upland Goose. This was kindly sponsored by Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions. With our continued production of a Weekend Supplement, we hope we are providing varied and interesting publications for our members. We have two more monographs in the pipeline, as mentioned before Mike Roberts guide to postal history from 1800 to 1945, and Part II of the Falklands War 1982 on British Forces Mail.


On our Regional meetings, numbers remain about the same, attending the South West, Southern, Northern, Eastern and Scottish meetings. It would be great to see some more new faces join us at these Regional meetings to maintain them as a way for new and existing members to see the research and displays of other Study Group members. In addition we had a joint meeting with the Polar Post at Swinpex, plus a stand at the Midpex 2015 show on a steaming hot June day.

Thanks to the Committee for all their hard work during the past year. For our members, you see the timely delivery of Upland Goose, an interesting auction, several packets delivered a year and the opportunity to attend Regional meetings. But that hides an immense amount of work from our committee, to all those who take these tasks, plus our secretary Morva who keeps us in line and our Treasurer and membership secretary Mark. Finally in terms of our officers, thanks to our independent examiner Chris Boyd and to our President Wilf Vevers, who does so much to promote the Study Group around the philatelic world. Thanks also to all the wives and partners who help at the regional meetings, Stefan Heijtz as our research coordinator (and DIY Expert!), Nigel Kaye for organising the weekend programme and to all of you who make this such a thriving Study Group.

Royal Visit to the Fox Bay Post Office Museum
On 21 January 2016 HRH the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence visited the Fox Bay Post Office Museum. The Princess Royal inaugurated the recently erected old Pillar Box (with the Royal Cypher of her great great grandfather King Edward VII) by posting the first piece of mail into it.
Both the Princess Royal and her husband signed the visitors book of the Museum and they were very interested in the displays in the Museum and all the work that has been put into the renovation of the entire building, which is the oldest remaining Post Office building in the Falkland Islands. The whole visit was framed by beautiful sunny and warm weather, and was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody.
A cachet had been made for the event and special covers have been produced to commemorate the visit. These covers will be for sale through the FIPSG (Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group) and all proceeds will go to the FIPSG Stefan Heijtz Research Fund, which offers financial support for research and publication within Falkland Islands philately.

(photos © Government House F I)





The Study Group at New York 2016 Stamp Show

By Mark A. Butterline, Carl Faulkner and Alan Barasch  

The next international stamp show to be held in the United States will be the New York 2016 World Stamp Show.  It is scheduled for May 28 to June 4, 2016 at the Jacob K.  Javits Convention Center (a.k.a. Javits Center) in New York City.  Plans for FIPSG’s activities at the show are now well advanced.  We will share a large society booth with our sister societies, the St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society (SHATPS) and the Pitcairn Islands Study Group (PISG).  This arrangement is similar to what we had at the Washington 2006 show.    By the time you read this a call for volunteers to help staff the booth will be issued.  Contact Mark Butterline to volunteer (email below).  The joint booth will provide an almost unique opportunity for FIPSG members to meet and talk with other members (outside of the UK anyway), as well as a place to rest and relax during the show. 


In addition to the booth, FIPSG will be staging The Falkland Lectures at the show.  At present our speaker list includes: Malcolm Barton, Stefan Heijtz, Hugh Osborne, Kim Stuckey, and Mike Roberts (a lineup that is rarely duplicated outside the UK).  The session will be held Monday, May 30th (American Memorial Day) at 1PM in Room 1E15.  It will be followed at 6:30PM by a group dinner held at a nearby location, yet to be determined. Check the FIPSG website for the latest information.

The hotel blocks for the New York 2016 are still open.  This means you can make hotel reservations for the show at special show rates. Just go to  The show organizers have arranged deals at 27 hotels at show rates range from $99/night (at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark) to $359/night (at the Waldorf Astoria).  Additional lodging and travel advice for the show can be found in the previous issue (Winter issue) of the Upland Goose.

So if you haven’t done so yet, please do make your plans to attend ASAP.  The show will be unlike any other stamp show held in the USA since Washington 2006.  The number of dealers, postal administrations, exhibits, and meetings will be many times that of any other annual stamp show held in the United States, including the large annual APS StampShow that is staged every August.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore Manhattan during Memorial Day week.  This will more than occupy the interests of accompanying stampless/Falkland-indifferent family members.     

Let us know if you have any questions or if we can provide any assistance.  Our emails are mbutterli at, cfaulkner at and alan at (email addresses replace "at" with "@"  - changed here to avoid spamming!).We look forward to meeting all FIPSG members at the show.

Falklands Display at Royal Philatelic Society London
Congratulations to Mike Roberts who promoted Falkland Islands postal history with a 12 frame display plus 45 minute presentation of Falkland Islands Postal History 1827-1945 to 105 fellows, members and guests at the Royal Philatelic Society in London on 26th November.
Mike produced a 64 page writeup of his display and has generously allowed the Study Group to publish an edited version as a monograph in the near future. 

Anther Taster for the Grosvenor - John Murdock Sale 11th November
Thanks to Grosvenor, they have given us another early preview of some lots:
Lot 5003 The Joseph Beale or "tempest in a Teapot" entire 1854 headed USSS Germantown/Falkland Islads to his wife with a Mystic River receiver
Lot 5025 - Registered Bisect cover official envelope addressed by W.A. Harding to Yorkshire. Barton J11.
Lot 5175 - 1977 Airmail envelope from Fox Bay with blacked out first flight special cachet, only commercial mail treated thus.
Lot 5231 - South Georgia cover carrying marginal 2/6d and 5/- both second printing, the 5/- being the black and yellow-orange

Grosvenor Auctions - John Murdock Sale 11th November
The Grosvenor November 11th (2pm) sale follows on from the recent Bryant  Rose sale with some exceptional stamps and postal history.
Here are some examples of the lots:
Lot 5001 The Earliest Known Letter from the Falkland Islands. Entire headed "Falkland islands / the 15th February 1800 and addressed to Major Thomas Millen / Hopkinton / Massachussetts / North America by one of his sons.
Lot 5004 - Black Frank dated October 1st 1873, on an official envelope to William M. Dawson. Barnes 6/73.
Lot 5026 - The largest known multiple of the Surcharged 1d Claret - the mint block of sixteen, one (R 2/2) with lower surcharge missing
Lot 5072 - War Stamp Third overprinting with variety overprint double.

Grosvenor Auctions - Bryant Rose Sale
The Grosvenor September 24th sale majors on the exceptional collection formed by Bryant  Rose, stamps and covers from the reigns of Queen Victoria to King George VI with many rarities including  Black and Red Frank covers. With lots from other vendors, there will be 600+ lots of Falklands and Antarctica material
Here are some examples of the lots:
Lot 1628 - 1901 Government House envelope to USA. One of three known covers showing the rare Government House Recd marking.
Lot 1790 - 1921 wrapper to Percy Creaghe, donor of the Tristan da Cunha Type II cachet
Lot 1905 - Outlying Residents Postage Due block of 4 from G A Cobb, Bleaker Island
Lot 1909 - Previously unrecorded block of 4 3/- green overprinted 4/6 Social Security Stamps

Dates for Your Diary - Grosvenor Auctions with Falklands Material
The Grosvenor June 3rd British Empire & Foreign Countries sale will contain a small offering of Falkland Islands including some Q.E.II varieties and a Dependencies Thin Map 2d. ‘double map’.
However, the next specialised Falkland Islands &  Antarctica section will be presented in the auction on September 24th and will include the exceptional collection formed by Bryant  Rose, stamps and covers from the reigns of Queen Victoria to King George VI with many rarities including  Black and Red Frank covers.


Some 40-50 people, including many children, as well as Falklands Radio, attended the official opening of the Fox Bay Post Office Museum on 8 March. At one stage the Museum was so full that there was hardly any space to move, but we all went into the house for refreshments and it was possible for everybody to enjoy the display of old maps and prints of the Falklands as well.

The Museum is primarily, but not exclusively, showing the history of the Post Office at Fox Bay, and the displays include a counter with postal artefacts, the old wooden rack of mail boxes, mail bags, the old Post Office safe, as well as information about and pictures of old postmarks and letters sent from Fox Bay from 1899 onwards.

One of the more remarkable discoveries was a part impression of one of the old Fox Bay postmarks (FB.2 or FB.3) on one of the floor boards in the Old Post Office!

We want to thank everybody who came along and made this a special day for us all, and it showed that our efforts in restoring the house and the Old Post Office was appreciated.

Stefan Falkland Heijtz & Hugh Osborne

REMINDER - CONTACT HUGH for the Southern Meeting Sunday 1st November 
The Southern meeting takes place again, with thanks to Hugh and Mary Osborne, on Sunday 1st November (10am) at the regular venue of Camberley Cricket Club. A reminder as numbers are looking quiet, could you contact Hugh as soon as possible to confirm your attendance.

Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 77 - October 2015

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. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager.

 FIPSG Auction Realisations - October 2015


FIPSG Auction 77 October 2015 - Unsold Lots


Southern Meeting Sunday 1st November
The Southern meeting takes place again, with thanks to Hugh and Mary Osborne, on Sunday 1st November (10am) at the regular venue of Camberley Cricket Club. This has always been a popular meeting (and if as with previous years guaranteed cricket weather in November!), please add the date to your diary. For further details contact Hugh.

Scottish Meeting Saturday 31st October
A reminder that the Study Group Scottish area meeting will be taking place this Saturday 31st October at the usual venue Murrayfield Parish Church Hall, Ormindale Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6EQ with members congregating at 1.30. The main display of the day is Wilf Vevers with "South Georgia" and we look forward to seeing both old and new attendees there. For new members, you don't have to bring a display, simply enjoy the afternoon!
For more details contact Geoffrey Barber. 

Northern Meeting Saturday 26th September     
A reminder that the Study Group Northern area meeting will be taking place this Saturday 26th September at the usual venue St Peters Church Gildersome with members congregating at 1.30 for 2. This is always an interesting meeting and we look forward to seeing both old and new attendees there. For new members, you don't have to bring a display, simply enjoy the afternoon!
For more details contact Mike Roberts. 

Eastern Meeting Reminder
Date: 13th September 2015. Time: 10.45 for 11.00 until 16.30

Location: Keene Hall ( Lodge Room), Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford
Essex CM2 8PT.


Refreshments: A ploughman's lunch will be available at 12.30 on prior request - afternoon tea around 14.45.

Contact: Terry Wiffen - altel24 at - 01245 359926. Please confirm attendance and lunch requirements


AGM - Chairman's Report

Firstly, let me thank our hard working committee, our secretary Morva White, our Auction Manager Mike Roberts, our Treasurer Mark Burton, our Packet Secretary Ralph Riddell-Carre, the Upland Goose Editor Bill Featherstone and other committee members Geoffrey Barber, Richard Griffiths, Graham Bound and Terry Wiffen. Also our Independent Examiner of Accounts, Chris Boyd.


We extend a warm welcome to members attending their first weekend, Alistair Burrow, John Spencer and Mike Wilzynski. As inevitable with our hobby, we also have the sad news of saying goodbye to long standing members Prof. Andrew Burroughs, C Richardson, David Torrie, J Sorby and Alan Brown. Many of us had also spent many hours with three stalwarts of the Study Group who passed away since the last AGM: Harry Evans who of course founded the Polar Postal History Society, Clive Perkins for many years Packet Secretary and organiser of the Eastern Meeting and of course Ronnie Spafford – who promoted Falklands philately in many ways and could be termed the founder of regular air based tourism to the Falklands.


It has been a more quiet year on appointments for the Study Group with no new Vice Presidents or a new President and the committee has decided not to award Life Membership this year either.


We have had a busy year with two retirements; Carl Faulkner has given up running his hotel and is devoting more time to his family and of course collecting and it was bad news for purchasers that Robin and Pat Murchie have stopped their regular auctions that we looked forward to seeing – but probably very good news for them! Also many congratulations to Albert and Marion Gruene on their recent wedding.




Finally what does a man who has collected every Falkland stamp do, well it is quite simple – buy a Post Office! We will see later today the transformation of the old Fox Bay Post Office by Stefan Heijtz and his painter and decorator Hugh Osborne, who have completed a logistical operation of restoration with military precision.


Congratulations also to Hugh who took time off from his priming and glossing to win Gold for his “South Georgia until 1954” display at Stampex. Marc Hammond also won vermeil at Paris for his Falkland Islands and Dependencies display. Also many of our members including Wilf Vevers, Geoffrey Barber, Malcolm Barton and the Chairman were giving displays to local societies to promote collecting Falkland Islands and Dependencies.


There was a welcome addition to the list of Fellows, congratulations to Stefan Heijtz for his election as a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society.


Membership increased in the year ending August 2014, but we have had a number of non paying members and deaths that have contributed to our present membership of just around 350. We are still actively recruiting members through the website.


We had a return of the Southern meeting, with a last minute change of venue which ended with a recreation fo the Italian Job car chase through the streets of Camberley, but it was great to be back. The South West meeting takes a break this year as it clashes with London 2015.


Members were privileged to be at the meeting on 8th December commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands, members Graham Booth and Andrew Norris (Camelia plc) showed a wonderful display of Battle material.


On publications, we published a monograph on the 1982 Conflict recently, with a generous contribution from Stanley Gibbons which enabled us to produce a high quality colour publication. We have monographs in the pipeline on QEII commemoratives and Privilege Mail, plus plenty of other ideas!

Many congratulations to our Study Group Founder
Many congratulations to the Founder of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, Malcolm Barton, on his award of the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) Award of Merit 2015.
This was awarded both for his work with the Study Group and his local Bath Philatelic Society, where he has been both Chairman and President.
It seems appropriate that Malcolm is pictured with his namesake "Malcolm the Penguin" at the recent Study Group residential weekend. The attendees were treated to a wonderful display from Malcolm on the 1978 Mailships issue, where the gestation of the issue was explained in a most amusing and informative manner! 

Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 76 - March 2015
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. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager.

 FIPSG Auction Realisations - March 2015


FIPSG Auction 76 March 2015- Unsold Lots


If you happen to be in the area! Official Opening of Fox Bay Post Office Museum - Sunday 8th March
The restoration of the Old Post Office House at Fox Bay is now almost complete, including the reconstruction of the room used as a Post Office between 1918 and 1988, which is the lean-to on the right of the house. This room has now been turned into a museum with postal artifacts, documents, notices, articles, stamps, postmarks and pictures on display. One of the more interesting articles shown is that written by H M S Turner about his life as the Fox Bay Postmaster between 1909 and 1912, including contemporary pictures. Among artifacts on display is the old Post Office safe, a counter with scales, a rack of pigeon holes for mail, old mail bags etc. 

The official opening of the Museum will take place on Sunday 8 March from 4 pm onwards. Refreshments will be served and there will be free valuations: Bring any old stamps or envelopes with stamps that you have and we will let you know what they are worth. Any documents with stamps will be of special interest (conveyances, mortgages, receipts etc).

If anybody has items/artifacts with postal connections, or if you have anything that was once in the Old Post Office, we would be most interested in seeing or hearing about them. This could be anything from fixtures and fittings, furniture, notices or any other items.

Stefan Falkland Heijtz & Hugh Osborne

The Old Post Office, Fox Bay

Phone: 42015


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,

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    

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 


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


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


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.

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.

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.


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


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. 

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.

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



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).


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


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


Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 75 - October 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. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager.

 FIPSG Auction Realisations - March 2014


FIPSG Auction 75 October 2014 - Unsold Lots


Ronnie Spafford
A short notice to inform members of the death of Ronnie Spafford, 86,  a Vice President of the Study Group. Ronnie made a massive contribution to the knowledge around Falklands philately, many of us will have a copy of the 1972 book on the 1933 Centenary Issue, while Ronnie vigorously edited the Upland Goose magazine for several years, taking up the cudgels against increasing numbers of issues and irrelevant miniature sheets around the Falklands stamp issuing policies. He always entertained at Study group meetings.
He will also be remembered for pioneering organised land and air based travel around the Islands with Falkland Excursions, which many Study Group members used as their route to get to the Islands for the first time.
It was thought appropriate to use the photograph of Ronnie from the endpiece on the 1933 Centenary book here.
David Beech writes an excellent summary on Ronnie:
"He was an active philatelist being a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and a founding member and Vice President of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group. He is the author of The 1933 Centenary Issue of the Falkland Islands published in 1972. His collection of Falkland Islands received International Gold medals. Ronnie was former Chairman of the Philatelic Writers Society and a life member of the American Philatelic Society. He was president of Weston-Super-Mare Philatelic Society and was involved as one time Editor of the newsletter of the Somerset and Dorset Philatelic Federation.
Ronnie was an active supporter of the Falkland Islands and was a former Chairman of the Falkland islands Association, Editor of its Falkland Islands Newsletter, as well as a Vice President. He served a term as Chairman of Falklands Conservation and found time to run visits to the Islands which were enjoyed by many philatelists. He will be much missed". 

Northern Meeting Saturday 27th September     
A reminder that the Study Group Northern area meeting will be taking place this Saturday 27th September at the usual venue St Peters Church Gildersome with members congregating at 1.30 for 2. This is always an interesting meeting and we look forward to seeing both old and new attendees there. For new members, you don't have to bring a display, simply enjoy the afternoon!
For more details contact Mike Roberts. 

Harry Evans - The Founding Father of the Polar Postal History Society 


Harry Evans, the President of the Polar Postal History Society died on 5th August after a brief illness.


Many of us knew Harry as an active member of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, but of course his real love was the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain, which he founded in 1952. He was a driving force in the development of Polar Philately and many of us have covers addressed to him in Hampshire as he was a prolific receiver of polar post.


The Study Group extends our condolences to Harry's family. 


Grosvenor Auction Sale November 20th 


Grosvenor Auctions announce that their next Falkland Islands and Antarctica sale will be on Thursday November 20th.


The section will feature the collection of the late H.E.J. 'Harry' Evans (see news elsewhere) and so will be particularly strong in Antarctica but there will also be notable groups of 1918-20 "WAR STAMP" overprints, 1982 Conflict, South Georgia and Whaling Mail.





To commemorate the Battle of the Falkland Islands, a meeting is being held at Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions, 3rd Floor, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LT.


The meeting is on:


Monday 8th December 2014 (the 100th Anniversary Day) starting 11am


There will be three organised displays of Battle related material and a final display where all attendees will be invited to display their own material (it is NOT necessary to bring something to display if you are attending the meeting).


The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Forces Postal History Society.


Tea and coffee will be provided, but we ask you to bring your own lunch. There are several sandwich shops, restaurants and pubs close to the venue.


The provisional format of the day will be:


10:30AM for 11AM Arrival

11AM Display 1

12 Noon Display 2


1PM – 2PM Lunch


2PM  Display 3

3PM Members and Guests Displays

4PM Close


If you wish to attend, to give us some idea of numbers, please email Kim Stuckey. More details will be in the September Upland Goose.


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.

From a 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 to view. 


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.



10.00 am to 4 pm – Programme


10.00 –    onwards    - Coffee


10.30 -     Something Victorian led by Kim Stuckey


11.15 -    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 Christening 

Technical details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 23 June 2014


Falkland Islands Issue - Prince George Christening 

Technical details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38mm

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


FIPSG Auction 74 March 2014 - Unsold Lots

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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 Islands philately.
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:

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
Tuesday 28th October - Stirling Philatelic Society - Geoffrey Barber - Falkland Islands 1869-1982

Falkland Islands Issue - Fungi    

Technical details:

Artist: Ian J. Strange:  Design In Nature

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38mm

Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)

Release date: 15th April 2014


Falkland Islands Issue - Predators & Prey

Technical details:

Artist:                   Tony Chater


Printer:                Cartor            Security Printing


Process:              Lithography


Perforation:         13 ¼ x 13 per 2cms


Stamp size:         30.6 x 38mm


Sheet Layout:      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 from England.

“The 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.

As 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! 


Another Superb Grosvenor Auction heading our way in May 2014
Grosvenor have given us early warning of their May 21st/22nd 2014 auction,  which will feature the superb exhibition collection of the Falkland Islands 1938-50 Issue formed by Tony Belfield, FRPSL, handsomely presented on 144 display pages.
It includes a comprehensive study of the printings, plate
no. and sheet no. singles and multiples, varieties including the unique 1938 2d. vertical column of ten imperforate at top and showing the sheet number "1944" in margin, and a range of covers including commercial use of all values with some rare postal rates.

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 displays by:

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.

Many 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
Technical details:

Layout            Bee Design

Printer    BDT International

Process           Lithography

Perforation    14 per 2cms

Stamp size     30.56 x 38mm

Sheet Layout  10

Release date   15 December, 2013


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


FIPSG 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,, 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 Society (SHATPS). 


Show 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 


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      
Technical Details

Layout             Bee Design

Printer             BDT International

Process            Lithography

Perforation    14 per 2cms

Stamp size     36 x 36mm

Sheet Layout 10

Release date  24 December, 2013


Falkland Islands Issue - Airmail Postcard Rate - Penguins
Technical details:

Artist:               Robin Carter

Printer:             BDT International

Process:      Stochastic Lithography

Perforation:     14 per 2cms

Stamp size:      25.73 x 21mm

Sheet Layout:   10 (no gutter)

Souvenir sheet: 104 x 93mm

Release date:     21 November, 2013


Results and Unsolds for Study Group Auction No 73 - October 2013

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. Once again, thanks to Mike for an excellent auction.

LOT NO. sold LOT NO. sold LOT NO. sold LOT NO. sold
1 £14 63 £15 134 £50 197 £10
2 £18 64 £18 136 £50 198 £12
4 £16 68 £50 137 £50 200 £12
6 £14 69 £42 138 £50 201 £32
8 £11 71 £40 140 £50 203 £20
10 £16 72 £22 142 £100 204 £10
11 £16 74 £40 143 £16 205 £60
12 £22 76 £30 144 £16 207 £20
13 £5 77 £20 145 £16 208 £16
14 £5 78 £20 146 £46 209 £15
15 £5 81 £15 147 £42 210 £28
16 £18 82 £20 148 £14 211 £15
17 £14 84 £15 149 £10 216 £8
18 £14 85 £34 150 £120 217 £20
19 £15 86 £50 152 £20 218 £26
20 £10 87 £48 153 £220 219 £10
21 £32 88 £70 155 £220 220 £12
22 £26 89 £46 156 £120 223 £9
23 £20 90 £44 157 £160 224 £20
24 £26 91 £11 158 £44 225 £13
25 £24 92 £26 159 £100 226 £12
26 £22 93 £60 160 £26 229 £15
29 £6 94 £34 161 £24 231 £15
30 £10 95 £26 163 £14 232 £10
35 £100 96 £32 164 £10 233 £10
36 £18 99 £44 165 £40 235 £44
37 £6 100 £20 166 £16 236 £20
38 £11 101 £15 168 £16 238 £12
39 £9 102 £14 169 £15 239 £10
40 £20 104 £22 170 £26 241 £10
41 £26 105 £26 171 £10 243 £22
42 £5 106 £30 172 £38 244 £20
43 £24 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    

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
27 £10 £8   151 £20 £16
28 £10 £8   154 £36 £28
31 £5 £5   162 £15 £12
32 £5 £5   167 £8 £7
33 £4 £4   176 £85 £70
34 £5 £5   177 £90 £75
44 £25 £20   180 £20 £16
60 £15 £12   184 £60 £48
62 £25 £20   185 £18 £15
65 £25 £20   186 £20 £16
66 £20 £16   190 £70 £55
67 £20 £16   199 £40 £32
70 £20 £16   202 £10 £8
73 £60 £48   206 £10 £8
75 £15 £12   212 £10 £8
79 £30 £24   213 £10 £8
80 £15 £12   214 £10 £8
83 £25 £20   215 £8 £7
97 £20 £16   221 £10 £8
98 £25 £20   222 £10 £8
103 £35 £28   227 £15 £12
108 £95 £80   228 £15 £12
109 £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.
Wilf 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.
ohn 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 collector. 

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.

Caveat ebayer!     

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 them.
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.
SUMMARY - 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 Online Resources 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 II
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: 13 per 2cms
Stamp size: 51.46 x 30mm
Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)
Release date: 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 Islands?
A friend 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 bowl.
"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. T
his 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 postal administrations.


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


Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

Process: Stochastic lithography

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.  


£1   Queen Elizabeth II waves at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace. 

  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


65p Queen Elizabeth II leaving Buckingham Palace for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey, London. 

Queen Elizabeth II is seen through the window of the royal carriage after being crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. 

  Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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 Issues

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: 11th June 2013


Falkland Islands Stamps
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.

Sir Rex Hunt - Governor of the Falkland Islands - March 1992 with Falkland’s flag.

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

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.  

 Sir Rex in front of Government House, Falkland Islands – December 1982.

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.

A recent family portrait of Sir Rex Hunt.

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
Technical Details

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

Process: Stochastic lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size :  30.56 x 38mm

Sheet Layout: 10



Release date: 16th May 2013
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 May 1979.


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.

The £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
Technical Details

Photography:           Samantha Crimmin

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size :  42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)

Release date: 4th June, 2013


London Meeting after Grosvenor Auction - 28th November
Thanks to the generosity of Grosvenor Auctions we have a chance for a short London meeting in their auction room after the auction on November 28th. The auction will be an afternoon session, so the meeting will start at about 4:30pm . There will be an opportunity for members to display items, or you can just attend the meeting. Guests will also be very welcome, if you let us know beforehand.

Date:  28th November 2013. Time: 4:30pm start time (dependent on auction length)

Location:  399 Strand, London 4th Floor Grovesnor Auctions (above Stanley Gibbons)

Contact:   Kim Stuckey - details in front of Upland Goose

NEW! It is late night opening at Stanley Gibbons, plus Hugh Jefferies will be giving a talk on "Philatelic Terms Illustrated" starting at 6pm. There will be food and drink available. We should be able to move from Grosvenor downstairs to Gibbons!

(Note: for Committee members, thanks to Stanley Gibbons, there will be a short committee meeting at Stanley Gibbons 1st Floor, at 11am on the 28th November).


Eastern Meeting Reminder
Date: 1st September 2013. Time: 10.45 for 11.00 to 16.30

Location: Keene Hall ( Lodge Room), Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford
Essex CM2 8PT.


Refreshments: A ploughman's lunch will be available at 12.30 on prior request - afternoon tea around 14.45.

Contact: Terry Wiffen - altel24 at - 01245 359926. Please confirm attendance and lunch requirements


New Chairman for the Study Group
After seven years excellent service to the Study Group, Hugh Osborne stepped down as Chairman at the AGM at the Study Group weekend. He was also a well deserved recipient of the Roberts Trophy for his research on the Paid At handstamps of South Georgia, which marked his third monograph for the Study Group. His wife, Mary, also won the Dudley Styles Trophy for her contribution to the Study group as auditor and auction assistant over many years.

The new Chairman was voted from the committee at a meeting last Sunday and Kim Stuckey has taken over the role. He said "I am honoured to follow a long line of distinguished Falkland philatelists as Chairman of the Study Group and hope we maintain the balance of serious research and fun in collecting for our members over the next years".

Richard Griffiths was elected to the committee to replace Hugh, Richard runs the South West Meeting in May.



This catalogue is offered to members of the Study Group at the
reduced price of £27 plus postage and packing (see BOOKS Page). It will be available for collection
at Stampex, du Pont Meeting and Faringdon

1800 - 2013
by Stefan Falkland HEIJTZ


This is the most comprehensive stamp catalogue of Falkland Islands stamps ever produced. In the catalogue you will find information about and prices (based on market values and auction realisations) for:

All issued stamps of the Falkland Islands, the Dependencies, South Georgia and British Antarctic Territory, including prices for mint, used and on cover, with illustrations of most stamps.
All major varieties including watermark varieties, printing errors, flaws etc with many illustrations, essays, proofs, printer's samples etc.
Postal Stationery from Queen Victoria to the latest issues including essays, proofs and varieties, with illustrations of every item.
All postmarks and cancellations used in the Falkland Islands, the Dependencies, South Georgia and British Antarctic Territory, with prices for single stamps and covers and full size illustrations.
The Miscellaneous chapter contains every other possible aspect of Falkland Islands philately in 50 sections.
Non-philatelic collectables: Paper Money, Coins, Telephone Cards and Tokens.
You will also find general information about the Falkland Islands and the Dependencies, full listings of Postal Rates, Printing Dates and Numbers Printed of every stamp up to 1985, Numbers Destroyed, General Philatelic Information about Papers, Perforations and Watermarks of Falkland Islands stamps.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE SIXTH EDITION: 25 years after the first edition of this catalogue was published in 1988, and seven years after the fifth edition, this new catalogue brings in a new dimension, since we are now into the first inter-active edition, where readers are referred to websites and online guides for even deeper knowledge!

The obvious difference between this edition and the previous one is the major work that has been done by not only adding virtually every recorded variety, but also by illustrating them all with enlarged details! Many sections have been entirely re-written including the FID 1946 and 1948 Maps issues, which are covered in full detail.
The other major change is in the Miscellaneous chapter, which deals with every aspect of Falkland Islands philately not covered elsewhere in the catalogue. This chapter has grown from 50 to 90 pages and virtually every section in this chapter has been re-written and expanded, and there are 10 entirely new sections as well including: Avis de Réception (Return Receipts), Consular Handstamps, Crash & Damaged-in-Transit Mail, OHMS Mail, Operation Tabarin 1944-45, Post Office Notices, Gazettes & Shipping Time Tables, Postage Due Mail, Postal Forms & Receipts, and QSL-Cards.

The number of pages in the catalogue is unchanged, and this has been possible by compressing the listing of stamps issued after 1985, but this listing is still complete and every issue has one stamp illustrated.
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 fifth edition, and many pages have been completely re-written!

Virtually every recorded variety has been added, and illustrated with enlarged details.
The FID 1946 and 1948 Maps issues section has been rewritten with all flaws listed.
The Miscellaneous chapter has had a major re-organization with virtually every section rewritten and added to, and with almost 20 new sections added:
Airmail - expanded from 2 to 4 pages
Argentine Occupation 1982 - expanded from 2 to 4 pages, including a full list of postal rates used
Avis de Reception - new section
Censor Mail - expanded from 1.5 to 4 pages
Consular Handstamps - new section
Crash Mail - new section
Departmental Cachets- expanded from 0.5 to 2 pages
Farm Mail & Cachets- expanded and extended
Illustrated Covers - new section
Insured mail - expanded with all insurance fees listed
International Reply Coupons - expanded
Mail Bag Labels - expanded
Money Orders - expanded
OHMS Mail - new section
Operation Tabarin - new section
Parcel Post - expanded from 0.5 to 2 pages, with a full list of parcel rates used, and a listing of parcel post labels
Perfins - expanded and extended
Post Office Notices etc - new section
Postage Due - expanded and extended from 0.5 to 2 pages
Postal Forms & Receipts - new section
QSL-Cards - new section
Registration Markings and labels - expanded from 2 to 8 pages, including a full listing of all registration labels
Revenue Stamps - expanded
Sheet Numbers - expanded and extended from 0.5 to 3 pages, with a listing of all FI issues to 1980 with sheet numbers


The catalogue, which is hardbound and contains 272 pages full of information, has a recommended retail price (in Great Britain) of £34.


South West Meeting - May 12th - Programme

10.00 am to 4 pm - Programme

10.00 - onwards - Coffee

10.30 - May 12th Celebration - 1937 Coronation stamps
led by Hugh Osborne

11.15 - Views of the Islands 1 - Postcards - led by Trevor Shaw

12.00 - Swap and shop !!

1.00 - Lunch

2.00 - Views of the Falkland Islands - stamps - members display any material displaying aspects of the Islands

2.45 - Something from the Dependencies!! -
an opportunity for members to surprise us!!

3.30 - Tea and depart

Please contact Richard Griffiths (01404831207 ) for any further information . See events page for directions.


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