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

UPDATE: UNSOLD LOTS LISTING UPDATED DUE TO  MANY SALES IN FIRST 24 HOURS

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

Because of our current difficulties I am putting different arrangements in place with the intention of keeping us all safe, as far as I am able. This will mean the process will take longer, so please bear with me.

I am anxious to secure [in all cases where possible] a procedure where we will not have to venture to the Post Office or venture out to the Bank.
 
In the first instance I am going to allow 7 days for everyone to decide whether they want to buy any of the unsold lots. I don’t want to duplicate mailings unnecessarily and I won’t be sending anything out until this time period has elapsed.

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

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

3. I have a new card machine whereby I can take payments over the telephone. The Study Group will be charged for this and I would be looking for a small voluntary contribution of 2% to relieve our costs.
 
All these payment methods will be discussed when I email you your respective totals.
 
Above all I want to avoid the necessity of you sending cheques. I do not want to go to the bank to use counter services please!
 
It is my intention to send everything below £200 by ordinary first class post which I will achieve using the post box at the end of my road. More valuable consignments can be discussed at the time I get in touch with you but there are a number of possibilities to bear in mind including splitting the lots into smaller totals, using other providers who collect, leaving the purchases in safe keeping for another day.
 
Only as a very last resort do I want to use the counter services at the Post Office which will only be open between 7 -9 am four days a week and with a likely long queue.
 
If you have have any queries please email me as above and I will try to get back to you asap.
 
Mike

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Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 86 - April 2020

UNSOLD LOTS LISTING UPDATED 6TH APRIL
 
A very special thanks to to Mike Roberts for managing to hold the auction in difficult circumstances. What was a live auction at the Study Group weekend has turned into a successful postal auction. The results are shown below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue and in the message above. Be quick as always, since many lots will sell fast and there is a limited time for purchases of unsolds for this particular auction.

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Update from the Chairman - Friday 27th March
 
I am writing this on the Friday of the gloriously sunny day that we would have been on board SS Great Britain for our 50th anniversary lunch.Let's hope that we make it there in September
 
It is hard to consider much more than the daily challenge we face during the lockdown in many countries, but if the Study Group can be of any help during the next few weeks and months before we hopefully meet in September, we are here for you.
 
To help fill the time, here are some suggestions for activities:
 
a) Make a phone call to any of your contacts in the Study Group, to see how they are and chat about philately.
 
b) Do that writing up of those stamps or cover that you always meant to do!
 
c) Ask the experts, if you have a query contact the Chairman or Research Coordinator by email (details in Upland Goose) and we will pass it on to the right person to answer.
 
d) Write a small piece for the Upland Goose, I am sure the editor will be pleased to receive all contributions.Also we are happy to receive any items for the website here, please contact me.
 
e) Prepare some auction lots for the next auction or make up some packets for when the packet circulation resumes.
 
I am sure that the Study Group will come back even stronger after this period of uncertainty, we hopefully have the rearranged weekend and the new Heijtz catalogue to look forward to as we resume activity.
 
In the meantime, all the best to you, your friends and your family from the Committee.
 
 
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UPDATE - THURSDAY 19th MARCH

The Study Group weekend is postponed until a new date, 24th-27th September 2020. We hope this is far enough in the future that the dangers of Coronavirus have passed and also that as many of you can make it as possible.

Please do the following:

1) Cancel your travel arrangements

2) DO NOT cancel the hotel.

There is NEW information on the auction below.

Update Tuesday 17th March - the packet is suspended, see below

Update Thursday 19th March - news on meetings, see below

Thank you very much, and look after yourselves and your friends and family.

The Study Group Committee

 

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Grosvenor Auctions Falklands Section Postponed from May to September
     
The British Empire part of the May auction at Grosvenor was due to have a strong Falklands section. This has now been moved to an auction on September 29th. This gives members more time to prepare any lots that they wish to sell!
 
We wish all our friends who are staff at our auction houses and dealers all the best during this difficult time.
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An Update on Meetings Scheduled in the Upland Goose

UPDATE - Swinpex on 13th June, where we normally have an afternoon meeting. is now cancelled as well.

London 2020 has been postponed with a new date of 19th-26th February 2022 (note 2022 not 2021!). Therefore our meeting at the show on 7th May is cancelled

The Society stand at ASPS Perth is also cancelled as that stamp show is not taking place.

The Royal Philatelic Society of London has cancelled its next meeting but no news yet on future meetings. The Study Group is planned to have a 1pm - 5pm display to the Royal on 8th October, this is still currently ON.

 

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The Next Auction - Update

We propose to continue with the auction which has already seen much interest but are mindful of those who would have bid on the day.

The following alterations will be made:

1. The auction will, out of practicality, be a postal auction.
2. The date by which all bids need to be received by the auctioneer, Mike Roberts, either by e mail or on the appropriate form will be Saturday 4th April.
3. This new date is one week after the originally arranged date during the weekend.
4. If those who have already bid wish to change their bids, they may do so, either by the addition, deletions or alterations of their bids.
5. For those who were to bid live this will give adequate extra time for consideration before submitting their bids.
6. The auctioneer will do his level best to produce any further scans of material, which should be possible within the extended time constraints.

We think this will be as positive development as we can possibly make in the circumstances to fulfil the needs and wishes of both vendors and prospective purchasers.

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April 2020 Study Group Auction - an Enhanced Service for Members

For reasons of cost, it is not possible to produce a colour catalogue of Study Group auctions, so we continue with the catalogue in present form. There is also an opportunity for those attending the Study Group Weekend and Gildersome Northern regional meeting to view all the lots for the March and Autumn auctions. However, the Committee feel the time is right to include some colour illustrations of lots on the Study Group website for all Members to be able to view.

As loading an illustration of every lot would involve much effort for volunteers, we have illustrated all items with an estimate of £75 or more, or the top 10 items dependent on estimates.

It is emphasized that the auction is only open to FIPSG members and the proceeds of commission are used exclusively for publications and research relevant to the Study Group.

To view the illustrations go to the Auction Lots tab on this website.

AUCTIONEERS NOTE: There is a Lot 342 and Lots 342A, due to a duplicate lot number. There is also no Lot 348, this is an extraneous number written in the description of Lot 347.

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The Spring 2020 "Goose" has Flown!
     
February 14th - You hopefully will be receiving your Spring Upland Goose that includes the auction catalogue in the next few days. If you do not receive your copy (especially overseas) in the next two weeks, please let us know via the Membership Secretary. We are attempting to track delivery times, so it would be useful from overseas if you let her also know your date of arrival of the Goose.

 

 
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Pat Murchie 
 The Study Group send many condolences to Robin and the family for the loss of regular Study Group Weekend attendee Pat Murchie. Her funeral will be on Friday 31st January at 1pm at:

Pant Methodist church
Oposit Gyn Lane
Pant
Oswestry
SY10 9QZ
Please contact Study group President Wilf Vevers for more information.
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Falkland Islands Christmas Stamp 2020  
 
Time to get your creative inspiration working, with the competition to design a Falkland Islands Christmas 2020 stamp issue. See right for details!
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Northern Meeting Saturday 28th September     
 
There is a problem with the usual venue for the Study Group Northern area meeting at St Peters Church Gildersome Alternative arrangements have been made, so if you intended attending please contact Mike Roberts. 
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Beware spam emails and attachments

Just a general warning to our members, that we have seen an increase in spam emails purporting to come from our Committee and/or members. A recent example appeared to come from our President, Wilf Vevers. Particularly be careful about clicking on web links or opening any attachments, unless you are certain it is a legitimate example.

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September 2019 Study Group Postal Auction - an Enhanced Service for Members

NOTE: Due to other commitments, we have brought forward the closing date for bids for the auction to SEPTEMBER 29TH, rather than the usual mid-October date. Your Upland Goose is being printed, so it and the auction catalogue will be with you soon.

For reasons of cost, it is not possible to produce a colour catalogue of Study Group auctions, so we continue with the catalogue in present form. There is also an opportunity for those attending the Study Group Weekend and Gildersome Northern regional meeting to view all the lots for the March and Autumn auctions. However, the Committee feel the time is right to include some colour illustrations of lots on the Study Group website for all Members to be able to view.

As loading an illustration of every lot would involve much effort for volunteers, we have illustrated all items with an estimate of £75 or more, or the top 10 items dependent on estimates.

It is emphasized that the auction is only open to FIPSG members and the proceeds of commission are used exclusively for publications and research relevant to the Study Group.

To view the illustrations go to the Auction Lots tab on this website.

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FIPSG & PPHSGB JOINT MEETING AT STOCKHOLMIA 2019

This meeting took place on Friday 31 May 2019 between 1pm and 4pm, and 22 members and guests participated. We were able to use one of the nice meeting rooms at the exhibition venue and it had all the electronic features that one could ask for. There were three main displays, and one additional display was added at the meeting.

Stefan Heijtz opened the meeting and welcomed everybody.

After this Hugh Osborne was first out with "Censor Mail of the Falkland Islands & Dependencies, WWI & WWII" and he showed a nice array of rare censor covers to and from the Falklands together with facts about how the censors were appointed and worked in the Falklands.

This was followed by Steve Allen showing "Heroic Age of Norwegian Polar Exploration". His display was as much about history as postal history and he had a lot of interesting contemporary photographs in his presentation. Steve's knowledge in this field is quite exceptional and he would have been able to entertain us for hours, if we had allowed him!

Before the third main display we were treated to a small show of very interesting pieces of whaling mail by Erik Evensen from Norway. These were all very well researched and of highest caliber.

The final display was shown by Stefan Heijtz and it was called "30 years in the Falklands – a personal history 1989-2019". This gave an insight in Stefan's life in the Falklands over the last 30 years, from the first visit in 1989, through the years as Antarctic Postman 1991-92 and 1992-93, to the latest chapter about the Old Post Office at Fox Bay, which started in 2014 and is still going on.

Everybody seemed to enjoy the displays and nobody feel asleep!

At 7pm we all met up again for the joint dinner in the Italian restaurant Primo Ciao Ciao which is in the local area within easy walking distance from the Exhibition. 21 members and guests gathered here and we had an enjoyable and tasty evening with everything from pasta and pizza to meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. After the meal we all walked through the mild summer's night back to our hotels.

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The 2019 Summer "Goose" has Flown!
     
May 12th - You hopefully will be receiving your Spring Upland Goose that includes the Weekend Supplement in the next few days. If you do not receive your copy (especially overseas) in the next two weeks, please let us know via the Membership Secretary. We are attempting to track delivery times, so it would be useful from overseas if you let her also know your date of arrival of the Goose.

 

 
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STOCKHOLMIA 2019 joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting.

NOTE: CHANGE OF MEETING ROOM

 

We have arranged for a joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting during the Stockholmia 2019 exhibition, which takes place the 29 May to 2 June 2019 in central Stockholm. The exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of London.

 

The joint meeting takes place as follows:

 

When: Friday 31 May 2019, 1pm to 4pm

Where: Exhibition venue, room 21 on level 2 (with seats for 30 people)

What: Three main displays, electronic and/or physical + some additional smaller displays by those participating, time permitting.

Cost: None

 

Followed by a joint dinner in the evening of the same day.

When: Friday 31 May 2019, 7pm

Where: Italian restaurant Primo Ciao Ciao (address: Kungsbroplan 1) which is in the local area within easy walking distance close to the Exhibition.

Cost/Menu: Moderate / everything from pasta and pizza to meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

 

Those interested in participating in one or both activities are asked to contact Stefan Heijtz (stefan@novastamps.com) so that we can get an idea about how many we might be. Anybody interested in giving a display can also contact Stefan as soon as possible. So far around 15 members have indicated their presence.

 

All the information about the exhibition can be found on their website:

 

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Another Strong Grosvenor Auction - Falklands and Antarctica Material - June 6th
 
GROSVENOR's next specialised section of Falkland Islands & Antarctica will appear in the British Empire & Foreign Countries auction at 11am on Thursday 6th June. There is excellent classic and modern stamp varieties, postal history and a particularly strong South Georgia and Antarctic section plus the dispersal of a Gold Medal winning penguin thematic exhibit and collection . Also illustrated here is a 1976 Mare Harbour crash cover. Go to www.grosvenorauctions.com for more details.

 

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Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 84 - March 2019

The results of this live auction are given below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue. Be quick as always, since many lots will sell fast. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager and a very exciting sale with several items reaching many times estimate in the room.

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South West Meeting at Stockland 12th May
     
A reminder of the South West meeting on 12th 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.

 

SOUTH WEST MEETING SUNDAY MAY 12TH 2019

 

STOCKLAND VICTORY HALL

                                    10 am to 4 pm

 

10.00  onwards  - Coffee

10.30     -    George VI- stamps and postal history

11.15     -    Falklands Philately 2000-2019

12.00     -    Swap and shop

1.00                    -    Lunch

2.00       -    South America & the Falkland Islands

2.45       -    Something from the Dependencies

3.30       -    Tea and Depart

 

 

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The 2019 Spring "Goose" has Flown!
     
February 12th - You hopefully will be receiving your Spring Upland Goose that includes the March auction catalogue in the next few days. If you do not receive your copy (especially overseas) in the next two weeks, please let us know via the Membership Secretary.

 

 
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March 2019 Study Group Weekend Auction - an Enhanced Service for Members

For reasons of cost, it is not possible to produce a colour catalogue of Study Group auctions, so we continue with the catalogue in present form. There is also an opportunity for those attending the Study Group Weekend and Gildersome regional meeting to view all the lots for the March and October auctions. However, the Committee feel the time is right to include some colour illustrations of lots on the Study Group website for all Members to be able to view.

As loading an illustration of every lot would involve much effort for volunteers, we have illustrated all items with an estimate of £75 or more, or the top 10 items dependent on estimates.

It is emphasized that the auction is only open to FIPSG members and the proceeds of commission are used exclusively for publications and research relevant to the Study Group.

To view the illustrations go to the Auction Lots tab on this website.

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - 70th Anniversary of FIGAS

 

Technical Details:

Design: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 19 December, 2018

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The Winter "Goose" has Flown!
     
You hopefully will be receiving your Winter Upland Goose that includes the Study Group Weekend programme. If you do not receive your copy (especially overseas) in the next two weeks, please let us know via the Membership Secretary.

 

 
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Reminder of Grosvenor Auction - Falklands and Antarctica Material -
 
GROSVENOR's next specialised section of Falkland Islands & Antarctica will appear in the British Empire & Foreign Countries auction at 2pm on November 20th. This is a high quality sale, especially in postal history, with an early Whaling letter, the only Black Frank cover to Montevideo, New Island and a particularly strong South Georgia and Antarctic Expeditions section. Go to www.grosvenorauctions.com for more details.

 

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - 100th Anniversary of Old Post Office, Fox Bay

 

Technical Details:

Design: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 28 November, 2018

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Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 83 - October 2018

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

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Reminder of Grosvenor Auction - Falklands and Antarctica Material -
 
GROSVENOR's next specialised section of Falkland Islands & Antarctica will appear in the British Empire & Foreign Countries auction at 2pm on November 20th. This is a high quality sale, especially in postal history, with an early Whaling letter, the only Black Frank cover to Montevideo, New Island and a particularly strong South Georgia and Antarctic Expeditions section. Go to www.grosvenorauctions.com for more details.
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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - Landscapes

 

Technical Details:

Photography: 31p    Carli Sudder

76p    Georgina Strange

£1.01 Maria Forman

£1.22 Ben Cockwell

FDC Sn Nightingale

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 24 x 60mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 14 November, 2018

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - Migratory Species

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Photography: Alan Henry

Printer: Cartor 

Process: Stochastic lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet layout: 20 (2 x 10 Se-tenant pairs)

Release date: 18 October, 2018

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The Autumn "Goose" has Flown!
     
You hopefully will be receiving your Autumn Upland Goose that should include the October 2018 Auction catalogue and booking form on the outside for the Study Group Weekend. If you do not receive your copy (especially overseas) in the next two weeks, please let us know via the Membership Secretary.

 

 
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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - Royal Wedding

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Images supplied by: Getty Images

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2 cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 10 with pictorial border

Souvenir Sheet Size: 100 x 68mm

Release date: 14 August, 2018

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FIPSG Meeting at APS Show Friday 10th August
     
There will be a FIPSG meeting on Friday, August 10th at the annual APS StampShow 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. 
 
The Meeting time is 10AM in room B232.  Program to be announced. 
 
The show will run from August 9th to 12th. In addition to the meeting, there will be two Falkland exhibits in the Open Competition. "Postal Items of the Falkland Islands in the Queen Victoria Period" by Alan Barasch and "Falklands or Malvinas?" by Mark Butterline. 
 
The Polars (American Society for Polar Philatelists) and Penguins (Penguins on Stamps Study Unit) will also be in attendance.

 

 
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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - 125 Years of Christ Church Cathedral

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10 with pictorial gutters)

Release date: 18 December 2017

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New South Georgia Commemorative Set - Mapping

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Cook Map: © The UK National Archives

Carse Map: © Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1958 the stamp is licensed under the Open Government Licence 3.0.

Images of Carse: © Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 42 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 5 February 2018

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All Study Group Members and Website Visitors
 
The Study Group Committee wish all our members and visitors to this website a peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year. We hope to see as many of you as possible at our meetings in 2018.
 
 

 

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New Online Resource - Gold Medal Winning South Georgia Display
 
When visiting this site it is always worth visiting our Online Resources Page. Hugh Osborne has graciously allowed us to put up pdf's of his Gold Medal winning display exhibited at The Nordia 2017 exhibition held at Vejle, Denmark 27 - October 2017. For full details go to the Online Resources page.
 
 

 

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - Platinum Wedding Anniversary

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 20 November 2017

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New South Georgia Commemorative Set - Platinum Wedding Anniversary

Technical Details:

Designer: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 20 November 2017

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - 30th Anniversary of the Falkland Islands Fisheries

 

Technical Details:

Artist: Robin Carter

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 42 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

Release date: 23 October 2017

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New Falkland Islands Definitive Set - Small Birds

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 13 x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.6 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Booklet Stamp (Local Rate): 31.75 x 31.75

Release date: 14 August 2017

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Finlandia Meeting at Tampere - Report
     
Hugh Osborne started by showing a selection of South Shetlands postal history, starting with a Port Foster piece, several Deception Island postmark covers, a number of South Shetlands postmark covers, and finally a 1934 non-post office period cover with letter headed Deception Island.
 
John Godfrey followed with a selection of mainly mail into South Georgia, although it also contained mail from South Georgia. Of particular interest was a registered cover from Finland to SG, returned with an added SG provisional reg label.
 
Dave Mountfort showed us a nice selection of covers related to "famous" people within Falklands philately, including William Barlas, Nutt Cartmell, Karl Lellman and Father Monaghan. Many of the Lellman and Monaghan covers were illustrated and of very high artistic standard.
 
Stefan Heijtz showed the final display which was a "scrap book" which came from Ronnie Spafford's estate (and which would have been thrown away unless Stefan had given it a new home) containing a lot of background illustrations used for Ronnie's book on the 1933 Centenary issue. There were photographs, prints or copies of all the illustrations used for the design of the stamps, some even signed by George Roberts.
The allocated two hours passed quickly and were most enjoyable, and all were in agreement that it was a pity that not more members could attend.

In the evening the group (less Bjorn Sohrne) gathered at the Finnish restaurant Heinätori in an old hay weigh station in the old part of Tampere for a meal together. It was a sunny evening so we started with sparkling wine outside in the patio, and then continued inside for a hearty and most enjoyable three course dinner with wine and coffee, which pleased all tastes. After the dinner we all walked back to the hotels in the bright Nordic night.
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New Online Resources Material
 
Two new items have been added to the Online Resources page.

Firstly, the excellent presentation given by Hugh Osborne at the 2017 Study Group weekend on the 1960 Birds Issue sheet numbers and postal history. Secondly the known dates of the New Island N.1 and N.2 cancellers between 1909 and 1917, as presented in the Upland Goose Winter 2016 Under the Magnifying Glass article. Enjoy!

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New Stefan Falkland Heijtz web page on the Fox Bay Post Office Museum

Stefan Heijtz, writes:
 

There is a new page on my website about the  Fox Bay Post Office Museum. This page consists basically of a number of articles from Penguin News and the London Philatelist about the Museum, as well as a link to download a PDF with the full story of the renovation and creation of the Museum, through 81 slides. There is also a link to the Falklands Museum website, which has dedicated a page to the Fox Bay Post Office. 

To access the page click here

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Endemic Flora of the Falkland Islands

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Leigh-Anne Wolfaardt

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

Release date: 21 November, 2016

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South Georgia  - Zavodovski Island

 

Technical Details:

Layout: Bee Design

Photography: © Elizabeth White / BBC Natural History Unit

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13½ x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 45mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 28 November, 2016

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UPDATED! New Online Resource for early FI collectors
 
The Falkland Islands Government Archives have uploaded to their website scans of the Falkland islands Magazine from the first magazine in 1889 to 1933. This magazine contains invaluable details on shipping, visiting ships and people and places in the Islands. Also loaded are a transcription of the first two shipping registers.
 
These can be accessed via our Online Resources page or directly at:
    

 

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Superb Presentation and Reference Material on South Georgia
 
When visiting this site it is always worth visiting our Online Resources Page. Here we add interesting documents, presentations and links to Falklands research resources.
 
Our latest offering is due to Hugh Osborne giving the Standing Display in July and August 2016 at the Royal Philatelic Society of London. The link below takes you to a presentation of the display, which majors on South Georgia Postal History until 1945, but also has interesting sections on South Shetlands and Operation Tabarin. It can also be accessed via our Online Resources page.
 
 
 

 

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Falkland Islands Issue - Her Majesty The Queen - 90 Years of Style

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design . Photographs by Tim Graham, Anwar Hussein, Central Press and Max Mumby. m/s photography by Ray Bellasario (border Tim Graham).

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 April 2016

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South Georgia Issue - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth - 90 Years of Style

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design . Photographs by Alpha Photo, Fox Photos, Keystone and Chris Jackson. m/s photography by Ray Bellasario (border Miles Willis).

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 April 2016

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Falkland Islands Issue - Birds of Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers:eorgina Strange

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 13 January 2016

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Falkland Islands Issue - Clouds

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian Strange (photographs by Ian and Georgina Strange)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 December 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Biodiversity

 

Technical Details:


Designers: Bee Design (photographs by Martin Collins, Christoph Held & Alastair Wilson)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Stochastic Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 25.73 x 21 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 December 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - 20th Anniversary of Elephant Seal Research Group

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design (photographs by ESRG)

 

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 13 1/4 x 13 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 38 x 30.6 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 30 November 2015

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An interesting War Stamp Variety
     
Thanks to Roger Mazillius for showing an interesting War Stamp variety. The type has moved in the frame, leaving a gap between STA and MP on a line perf example. Any more of these spotted by our collectors?
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New FI Stamps Website    
 
With thanks to Stefan Heijtz for the information, the new Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau has been launched. FI stamps have been brought screaming into the internet age with (at last!) the ability to order items from the website. 
 
The website address is www.falklandstamps.com 
 
First impressions are that the website looks crisp and modern. Do take a look and please let the UG editor know any feedback on the site and your shopping experience!
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Falkland Islands Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magellanic Penguins, Predators and Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Tony Chater

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)

 

Release date: 21 August 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magna Carta

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Derek Miller

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

 

Release date: 15 June 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Colour In Nature IV

 

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: 12 May 2015

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South Georgia - ­Ships, Scientists and Explorers

Technical Details

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Stochastic lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 5 January, 2015

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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.

 

STOCKLAND VICTORY HALL  

 

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

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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: www.davidfeldman.com

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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 www.grosvenorauctions.com for more details.
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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!

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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.
 

 

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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 www.grosvenorauctions.com for more details.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 novastamps.com) 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: www.finlandia2017.fi which is fully in English. Check under visitor/accommodation for hotels.

Welcome to Tampere, and the first ever FIPSG meeting in Finland!
 
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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] novastamps.com
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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] talktalk.net.
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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.
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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.

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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.
 
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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.

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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.

 

STOCKLAND VILLAGE HALL

 

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

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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.

 

 

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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 www.cpa-ely.co.uk or contact Bob Carr by email at bobcarr@cpa-ely.co.uk 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.


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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 www.warwickandwarwick.com .  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 ian.hunter@warwickandwarwick.com 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

 

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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

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FIPSG Auction 78 March 2016 - Unsold Lots

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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 www.ny2016.org.  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 gmail.com, cfaulkner at taconicwilliamstown.com and alan at mophil.org (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. 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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.
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FOX BAY POST OFFICE MUSEUM OPENED ON 8 MARCH 2015 - REPORT

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
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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.
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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

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FIPSG Auction 77 October 2015 - Unsold Lots

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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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 btinternet.com - 01245 359926. Please confirm attendance and lunch requirements

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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.

 


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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! 
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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

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FIPSG Auction 76 March 2015- Unsold Lots

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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

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

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

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

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

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Falkland Islands Issue - Birds & Young
   

Technical details:

Designer/Photographer: Georgina Strange

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size:  30.56 x 38mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 11 February, 2015
















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South Georgia - Albatrosses

Technical Details

Designer: Nick Shewring

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 30 January, 2015

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

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

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

Falkland Islands Issue - Type 42s
   

Designer: John Batchelor MBE

Printer: BDT International

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2 cms

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 22 December 2014










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Southern Meeting, Camberley – Sunday 2 November 2014

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

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

Report by Stefan Heijtz

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

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

Technical details:


Designer     Robin Carter

Printer         BDT International

Process      Lithography

Perforation 14 per 2 cms

Stamp size 30.56 x 38mm

Sheet Layout  10

Release date 

8 December 2014


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












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

Technical details:

 

Layout: Bee Design

Printer: BDT International

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout: 10

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






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South Georgia - History of Reindeer Issue 
   

Technical details:

 

Layout: Bee Design

Printer: BDT International

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 14th October, 2014






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Falkland Islands Issue - Colour in Nature 3 
   

Technical details:


Designers:   Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange
 

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

Printer: BDT International Security Printing
 

Process: Lithography
 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms
 

Stamp size:  51.46 x 30mm
 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)
 

Release date: 16 September, 201


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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

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FIPSG Auction 75 October 2014 - Unsold Lots

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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". 
 
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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. 
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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. 


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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.


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FIPSG MEETING – BATTLE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS

GROSVENOR, LONDON – 8th DECEMBER 2014

 

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.

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Outsourcing of Falkland Islands Postal Services
     
The Falkland Islands Government has outsourced postal services to the private sector. The privatisation launch date is 1st August 2014.   

Falklands Post Service Ltd will take over postal operations and the company hopes to alter and improve access to mailboxes over the first six months of operations as well as make improvements to the customer experience of the Philatelic Bureau.

These improvements will require remodelling and refurbishment to be carried out, and this is best achieved whilst the area is closed. The new service-provider hopes to keep disruption to customers at a minimum. From 1st August, Falklands Post Service Ltd will have airmail available for collection from 08:00, rather than 14:30 as is the current procedure.    

Dr Andrea Clausen, Director of Falklands Post Service Ltd is enthusiastic about the company’s future: “I am very pleased to have reached the final stages of this FIG-led outsourcing project, and would like to thank all those who have supported me along the way. My new team and I are very much looking forward to delivering an improved postal and philatelic service to all of our customers from 1st August onwards.”

MLA Ian Hansen, portfolio holder for postal services, welcomed the changes: “I’m sure that Andrea and the team at Falklands Post Service Ltd will provide an excellent service for our community, and I wish them the very best in their new venture. I’d like to extend my thanks to Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, for all his hard work in moving the outsourcing project forward, and to the staff at the Post Office and Philatelic Bureau for their dedication and professionalism during this period of change.

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.

 

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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 

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South West Meeting at Stockland 10th May
     
A reminder of the South West meeting on 10th May. The programme is as follows. For more information contact Richard Griffiths.

STOCKLAND VILLAGE HALL

 

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

 

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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





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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





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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.
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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