Tasmanian Philatelic Society

Established 1900



Tasmanian Philatelic Society

1d-Courier-150x159The Tasmanian Philatelic Society ( TPS) was founded in 1900 and is based in Hobart, Tasmania. The TPS caters for collectors of stamps, postcards, postal history postmarks and related material. TPS caters for collectors of Tasmania, worldwide and local collectors of all interests.


The Tasmanian Philatelic Society  meets monthly at 7:30 pm last Monday of the month  except for December and offers a program of displays on a wide range of philatelic topics.  A  “Sale by Tender” and exchange sheets provide the opportunity to buy and sell philatelic items.


TPS Members within Tasmania have access to a large philatelic library, watermark detectors and UV lights. Exchange books circulate within Tasmania providing a means of buying and selling philatelic material.

Tasmanian Philatelic Society Overseas Members

Overseas members are also well catered for by means of the Tasmanian Philatelic Society Journal, “The Courier” and access to a Members’ web site which contains specialised articles on Tasmanian topics. The TPS web site offers a wide range of articles on Tasmanian Philately. http://tps.org.au

TPS On-line discussion forum

An active on-line discussion forum has been established which contains an archive of material covering the whole field of Tasmanian Philately and Pictorial Postcards http://tps.org.au/bb

 Latest News

1/1/2015 New Rarity Ratings and guide to CDS on Tasmanian Pictorials


The TPS is proud to announce  the publication of a new guide and rarity ratings for the cds on Tasmanian Pictorials. This 48-page booklet includes new, expanded and revised rarity ratings, cds types, early and late dates, other markings on the Pictorial stamps and much more information.

Now available for $30 plus postage.  For more information and to order, see the  cds on pictorials publications page.

Tasmania – Postal History timeline 1803 – 1853

A brief summary of Tasmanian Postal History from first settlement to 1853 has been added to our site .

This includes important dates and details of Acts, introduction of handstamps, rate changes and a summary of the development of the postal system to the introduction of adhesive stamps and the Postal Act of 1853

Next TPS meeting Mon 30/3/2015

Postal stationary of the Third Reich.

Meeting starts 7:30 PM, meeting rooms behind ‘Legacy” , 159 Macquarie St.

Visitors welcome.


Program of meetings for 2015 now available

Details available on our Program page

 Sydney Stamp Show 2015

Sydney-Stamp-Show-logoThe website for the Sydney Stamp show, April 2015 is now on-line

De La Rue archive publication purchased by TPS

10-shilling-unissuesTPS  recently purchased the De La Rue collection in 6 volumes, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of London earlier in 2014. These 6 volumes contain a huge amount of information about stamp printings  by De La Rue for over 160 Countries. This is an important source of information for any specialist collector and we would like to share this publication with our members.

For further information see the Library page.

New Chapters of Basset Hull, “Stamps of Tasmania” added to Members section of this website.

Chapters 3 and 4 have now been added to the archive of chapters for Basset Hull for access by members of the TPS. Any members not knowing their access password should contact the web master

New page about Basset Hull -26 Apr 2014

Basset-Hull-120px A. F. Basset Hull was the author of “Stamps of Tasmania”, 1890. This book is still the best reference for anyone who collects Tasmanian stamps.  A biography of Basset Hull, the Table of Contents and Chapter 2, “The first Stamps”  can be viewed on the Basset Hull Bio page.



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