Tasmanian Philatelic Society

Established 1900

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Tasmanian Philatelic Society (TPS)

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.

Meetings

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.

Services

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

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 Latest News

Next TPS meeting Mon 29 February 2016

A display on the theme “Leap Year” being a fascinating collection of stamp-related items dated 29th February

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

Visitors welcome.


 

TPS Post Office Wiki now working

22/01/2016 – After a period of downtime due to technical problems the Tasmanian Post Office wiki is now on line. This is an excellent resource showing details of  many Tasmanian Post Offices,their barred numerals and datestamps. Maps and other details may also be included. Visit the Post Office wiki at http://www.tps.org.au/wiki


 

Programme for 2016 now available

Our programme of meetings, activities and displays for 2016 is now available. See the Programme page for details .


 

Courier No 59, June 2015 Published

The latest Courier features a complete listing of Printed to Private Order Postal Stationery, West Coat Post Offices part ii, two articles on Tas postcards and some rare Hobart date stamps. Available for $10 plus postage. Order here.

28 pages full colour.


21 Jul 2015 Tasmanian Postal History 1880 to 1890 Timeline added to References Section

Continuing the summary of Tasmanian Postal History, a new page listing the main changes from 1880 has been added to our website


Hobart Stamp Show 2016 website

The Hobart Stamp Show 2016 National stamp and postcard exhibition entry form and prospectus is now available. Applications close 1 August 2016

This is a National one-frame Exhibition presented by the Tasmanian Philatelic Society under the auspices of the Australian Philatelic Federation

Visit the Hobart Stamp Show 2016 website


7 July 2015

Postal History timeline from 1868 to 1880 added to References section

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

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5 June 2015: The revised Edition has now been re-printed and all backorders are in the mail. Purchasers of the first edition will receive a list of up-dates by email shortly.

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


 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.