Tasmanian Philatelic Society The 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 × Tasmanian Philatelic Society Mailing List Receive emails about new information from TPS You can unsubscribe at any time * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Email Format html text Close Sign up for TPS News Latest News 1/1/2015 New Rarity Ratings and guide to CDS on Tasmanian Pictorials – Reprint 9 May 2015: We have sold out of the first printing and will publish a new edition including a small number of alterations and additions. These are mostly new earl/late dates. There may be a short delay in processing orders but we expect to have the up-dated edition available before the end of May. 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. Next TPS meeting Mon 25 May 2015 A Picture Postcard Postcard Potpourri – a talk and displays of picture postcards by a noted Australian Postcard expert and judge. Meeting starts 7:30 PM, meeting rooms behind ‘Legacy” , 159 Macquarie St. Visitors welcome. 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 Program of meetings for 2015 now available Details available on our Program page De La Rue archive publication purchased by TPS TPS 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 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.