The British Society of Australian Philately

If you are a collector of Australian stamps or postal history then whatever your level of collecting
we can offer you help and advice and a range of facilities together with friendship and social events
that includes a wonderful Annual Convention to be held this year at the Abbey Hotel, Redditch,
Worcestershire, B98 9BE from 13 to 15 May.
The Society runs a packet, has its own extensive library, runs two or three auctions a year one of
which is always held at the annual Convention.   A Bulletin is published six times a year and a range
of specialist handbooks are available. At the Annual Convention competitions are held and cover
Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery and Open Classes.   Regular meetings are held at
the Royal Philatelic Society offices in London generally on the second Wednesday of most months.
The South West Section holds three meetings a year at Ringwood in Hampshire during November,
February and April on a Saturday afternoon, many remarkable collections of Australian philately have
been displayed at these meetings and guests and new members are made most welcome.
If you would like further details about any aspect of our society please contact Colin Mount on
01425 474310 who will be pleased to help.

The National BSAP Website can be accessed by clicking this link:-

Saturday 30th September 2017
Members displays at HAMPEX, the Hampshire Philatelic Federation Convention to be held at Wickham Community Centre, Wickham, Hants.    All members and guests are very welcome.


The British Society of Australian Philately : South West Section

All meetings start at 2.30pm at the Greyfriars Community Centre
at Ringwood. If you would like to see some of the finest collections
of Australian philately please  speak to Colin Mount on 01425 474310
or email

Meet at the "Fish Inn" Ringwood for lunch from 12.30pm
Details from Colin Mount - Tel 01425 474310, Email:


Below is the programme for 2017-2018

Saturday 11th November 2017 Steve Paice FBSAP Australian King George V Heads and other Interesting Items
Saturday 10th February 2018 Ken Killeen FBSAP The Last Hurrah or 65 Years of Collecting
Saturday 7th April 2018 Dr Andrew Mortlock FBSAP A Further look at Aussie States


Reports on Meetings of the BSAP South West Section at Ringwood

Saturday 10th February 2018
The Last Hurrah or 65 Years of Collecting
Ken Killeen FBSAP

On the 10th February 2018, sixteen members and one guest were invited to "The Last Hurrah" or "65 years of Philatelic Displaying" when Ken Killeen, at 95  one of our oldest members came over from the Isle of Wight to present what we all believe will be Ken's last big display, but having seen the enthusiasm with which Ken guided us around his material, very few of us can believe this.  Ken broke with South West's tradition of have only Australian material on show when he started by presenting his other love, the Postal History of Isle of Wight.  And so the Ken started with a selection of ship letters from Cowes, Ryde, and Yarmouth from 1760 to 1850 which was followed by two Isle of Wight shipwrecks one from the "SS Eider" of 1892 and a second from the "PS Portsdown" of 1941. Prisoner of War Ship Mail followed from 1914-15. Next up was a number of the Official and Private Air Mail services both to and from the island during the 1930s. Then followed many stamps and covers relating to the Gerhardt Zuckers failed attempt to send Rocket Mail to the Island. Royalty featured with mail from Osborne House signed by "The Queen" 1876 and "AE" 1862 being the Prince of Wales. Several covers were also shown associated with Royal Yachts.   Ken then displayed an extensive array of Post Office services which included various licences ranging from "Man Servants", Armorial Bearings, Dogs, Guns, wireless, TV and motor vehicles.  Ken finished his first half with some artistic illustrated covers from the 19th and early 20th century.

Following a cup of tea everyone settled back to see Ken's second half entitled the Postal History and Stamps from Australia.and Ken opened up with some very early and unusual postal history items from Brisbane, followed by an extensive range of 1900-1910 Queensland covers from R.O.'s with Manuscript or Local handstamps.  Next up was a small selection of the rarely seen documents outlining the closure of certain Post Offices or their transfer to new premises.  Letter bills featured next, these were used in vast quantities but are rarely seen being used for the transfer of mail from Post Office to Post Office, interestingly this contained a small batch of 1898 receipts from a small Victoria Railway Station (Beech Worth) issued when accepting mailbags, wallets, pouches or mail for a carriage which has never been seen before.  Ken then said he was going to deviate a little by displaying a selection of 1d red "Roos" plus a small array of plate flaws on the Queensland 1897 1d and 2d "Void Head 2" including some interesting
cracked plates.  And to finish up Ken returned to his old favourite, TPO markings and this featured rare NSW "Posted at Railway Sidings" and also rare South Australia "Posted at Railway Stations".  Ken ended his display with a number of postmarks in the category "Only One Known" or "Not Yet Recorded".

Chairman Colin Mount, on presenting Ken's certificate said how wonderful the display had been and with so much enthusiasm he felt it would be most unlikely that we would not see Ken displaying again.  As many may know, Ken flew in Lancasters during the war and one of our members Alan Whittaker was able to obtain a wonderful framed picture of the Lancaster bomber which was presented to Ken and this prompted several wonderful short stories about Ken's exploits. A truly memorable occasion.

POW Ship SS Canada in the Solent POW Postcard from Ship at Southend Postcard with Ship Handstamp Certificate of Posting in Welsh Rocket Mail from Lymington

Mourning Cover from Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, Osborne House

Worn date stamp used as an obliterator Post Office Closure transfer Certificate Registered letter with rare handstamps Only known example of this TPO stamp
Ken receiving his Certificate Ken receiving his Gift Kenn studying his Gift Ken showing his Gift The Gift Inscription Plate

(colin mount)


Saturday 11th November 2017

Steve Paice FBSAP - "Australian King George V Heads and other Interesting Items"

Twelve members and one guest were entertained at the Greyfriars Community Centre when Steve Paice FBSAP. travelled over from Ashstead in Surrey to present  Australian King George V Heads and other "Interesting" items. Steve started with a selection of the KGV 1d with a comprehensive study of the "Wattle Line" (7/31) and the "Flaw under Neck" (7/37) which included the retouch to the first re-entry and second (accidental re-entry these were in green with a smattering of reds.  He then moved onto the 1½d Die I varieties including substituted and transferred cliches,also a fine example of a very thin paper variety with an RPSL certificate. A number of Primary and Secondary plate flaws were displayed before moving onto a selection of the 1½d Die II varieties.

The 2d Die I was next up showing an imprint block with the "Cut 2 in the right value" variety, we then moved to the 3d Die Ia with the Mullet Typo A & B using the marker plate technique. Varieties of the 4d Cooke plates were shown with varieties including the "Weeping 4" and the "Line through Fourpence". A number of varieties of the 5d and ¼d included an offset on a block of four and three pre-printing paper creases. The first half closed with examples of shades and a double perforation.

The second half started with a few KGV covers with flaws. Steve then went on to display a whole range of postmarks with Aboriginal town names, he mentioned the help he had got from the book written by Past President the late Derek Ray on this subject. We were then shown various George VI stamps including covers showing definitive issues between 1950/52 including booklet panes.The afternoon finished up with a series of covers which included the 1919/1969 Ross Smith 50th Commemorative flight GB/Aust with a Vignette replica.

The South West Chairman Colin Mount congratulated Steve for a most varied and interesting afternoon which was presented with a great sense of humour and fun.


(colin mount)


Saturday 8th April 2017

Colin Tabeart - "Australia and New Zealand 19th Century Overseas Mail"

Sixteen members and one guest gathered at the Greyfriars Community Centre at Ringwood to welcome Cmdr. Colin Tabeart with a display entitled "Australia and New Zealand 19th Century Overseas Mail". Colin recently awarded an RDP went on to show us a remarkable display using a power-point presentation together with several frames of some incredible material.   He explained that there was no regular mail service in Australia prior to 1788, but by the 19th century routes were established to the east via Atlantic, Mediterranean and overland to North India, followed by routes south via Malaya,
Singapore and then on to Sydney, but by the 1830's a mail service had been established between Liverpool and Sydney, with onward transmission from Sydney to the Swan River, Western Australia in 1933.  The first letter sent from Australia to Liverpool that is known was in 1823.   A route was established to New Zealand in 1840 and in 1843 a missionary sent a letter to another missionary which was displayed in Colin's presentation.

By 1845 Steam Packet boats were in use going via the Mediterranean, then overland and onto other ships for the journey south-eastward and it was around this time that duplicate letters were beginning to be written, with one letter being carried on the first ship and the duplicate on the next, these duplicates are very hard to find but Colin displayed a pair from 1846.  As the volume of mail increased, virtually all mail was shipped to either Melbourne or Sydney, and then onward transmission was by coastal packet steamers. During this time the Australian States remained as separate entities.      With increasing amounts of mail there was great competition to carry letters and more effort was made to speed up the mail, with the Royal Navy having ships in European and Australian waters obtaining a contract but its other duties often interfered with its Royal Mail contract so this was withdrawn and passed onto commercial ships. With the introduction of steamships this resulted in the faster movement of mail but a great amount of coal was used so ships turned to using some sail.

By the early 1860's shipping companies were looking for faster routes and turned to the Pacific Ocean routes with overland transhipments across the Americas. The first mail carried on this route was via Panama, but problems with yellow fever led to northerly routes via San Francisco and New York.. Following the introduction of the Empire Rate, much mail went via Canada, through Vancouver and Newfoundland. Towards the end of the 19th century saw the formation of many shipping lines, and it was in 1888 that the Post Office introduced a weekly service to Australia and New  Zealand.   Foreign ships entered the competition for carrying mail and in 1886 French ships started to carry mail via the Mediterranean, transhipped at Suez, and south east to Singapore, Malaya and on to Australia and New Zealand. In 1901 the German Nordeutsche Lloyd Line commissioned a very large steamship which at full steam consumed some 500 tonnes of coal per day. The wonderful selection  of very rare covers were displayed and included a cover with an additional 1d "Ships Bag" a and A "Sailors Rate" 1d Postcard'. With the opening of the Goldfields in Western Australia, this increased sailings between Sydney and Melbourne and South Australia and Western Australia.

Following WW1 Australian airmen returning from the war often brought their planes home with them and started using them to carry supplies and mail between Australian towns and cities which obviously speeded up mail once it had reached Australia.   Imperial Airways established a route between London and Karachi, and Australian postal servioces by which mail that was collected at Sydney was flown to Freemantle, transferred to ship to Karachi and then by air to London.
Three experimental flights were made between London and Sydney in 1931 and in December of that year a regular air service was started between the UK and Australia

South West Chairman Colin Mount said that this had been a quite remarkable display and everyone agreed that the "Roll of Distinguished Philatalists" that Colin had just been invited to sign was well justified in recognition of the wonderful research that he had undertaken over the past few years..

(colin mount)


Saturday 4th February 2017

Malcolm Price - "Australian Forces in Northern Territory during World War II"


Tony Finlayson - "Australian Civil Internees during World War II"

Fifteen members gathered at Ringwood to see a display by Malcolm Price entitled the "Australian Forces in Northern Territory during WWII.  Malcolm started the first half by showing the postmarks associated with the Darwin Overland Maintenance Force and continued with the Post Master General’s civilian operated Post Offices.   With the bombing of Darwin in February 1942, the civilian authorities were moved from Darwin to Alice Springs and the whole area north of Birdum came under military control.  The presentation continued with a selection of the military cancellations from points on the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Darwin. Examples were shown of the many styles of steel and rubber cancellations together with examples of mixed censorship, both civilian and military.  Malcolm concluded  with examples of RAAF cancellations, including those from the Netherlands East Indies Air Force together with the Darwin marks of the RAN.

The second half followed with Tony Finlayson showing "Australian Civil Internees during WWI. Tony started by saying that his subject had very little to do with philately as the items he was displaying did not require stamps on outgoing mail which was limited to one letter of one sheet of paper, written only on one side and one postcard each week, all had to be written in English with no more that 120 words. 
Needless to say these regulations were soon flouted and one's interest then turns to the various censor marks and their signatures, the various superscription's on the plain envelopes and the varieties of postal stationery.   This was not a very memorable time for the Australian local government and the tide of anti-German feeling unleashed saw several Aussies dish the dirt on their neighbour's and trading rivals.    Tony explained that this sort of material is very sort after, and therefore prices very much reflect this fact and so he decided to concentrate on just two camps one at Bourke which was situated in New South Wales and the other Molonglo which was just outside Canberra.   Tony then went on to tell us how he had a chance link up with a lady in Australia who used to be a librarian at Bourke and was now the chief librarian at Dubbo,  she was most interested  when Tony told her he had covers from a Matilda Crafft, Capt. Moellermann Freudenberg, Margaret Rohrmann, Leon Lopinot and Mrs Freudenberg and she was able to provide Tony with chapter and verse.   Tony then went on to explain the problems of trying to form a collection based on the story of the writer of a philatelic item.   He said you can work up a story and find you can't find a philatelic item to hang the story on.    This is the problem that he has had for over a year which concerns a young society lady from Western Australia who fell in love and married, against her family's wishes, a young German who owned a coffee plantation in Fiji.  At the beginning of WW1 she found herself and her children under armed guard and in very primitive conditions on a banana boat bound for Bourke internment camp in the remote top left hand corner of NSW.   She was very lucky not to be deported to Germany when the war ended.  Tony went on to say there must be a letter or two either from or to her somewhere out there if only I can find it.   In closing Tony said that the subject matter created so many frustrations, when you find a superb philatelic item with no information at all which will lead you anywhere on the writer.  A most interesting subject that was put over with much humour and South West Chairman Colin Mount congratulated both speakers on giving us a most interesting and entertaining afternoon.

Malcolm Price Tony Finlayson

(colin mount)


To see reports for the 2012-2013, to 2015-2016 meetings, please click here


The BSAP meets three times a year at Ringwood and also has a
meeting at Hampex, the Hampshire Federation's Convention when members and guests entertain
with mini displays.  If you would like further details about the Australian Specialists meetings please
contact us. You will be made very welcome:- telephone 01425 474310 or email

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