Tasmanian Philatelic Society

Established 1900

The Courier

Journal of Tasmanian stamps, postal history & postcards

Courier-banner-1100The Courier is the research journal of the Tasmanian Philatelic Society. Published twice per year in June and December since 1984, The Courier contains information on all aspects of Tasmanian philately, postal history, revenues, postcards, postmarks, rarity ratings and more. Since Edition 49 The Courier has been produced in full colour.

Contents of recent editions of The Courier

Courier No 59 June 2015

  • Tasmania – Printed to Private Order stationery – complete listing
  • Post Offices and datestamps of the West Coast – part 2
  • Postcards – Spurlings Whales
  • Postcards – 5 cards with an interestign story
  • Hobart date stamps – some rare examples

A Guide to Circular Date Stamps on the Tasmanian Pictorial Issues 1899 – 1913

A Special Edition of 48 pages – the first major revision of rarity ratings for cds on Pictorials  since 1962. $30 + postage

  • Expanded and revised Rarity Ratings
  • Circular datestamp types
  • Early and late dates of use
  • Other markings on the Tasmanian Pictorial stamps
  • Transition from the State to the Commonwealth period
  • Tasmania – Barred numeral 60 – genuine or forged?
  • Circular date stamps used at towns and sidings on the Emu Bay Railway
  • How a postcard was made – the King Island Shipwrecks card
  • Earliest Torquay manuscript date clarified
  • Obituary: William “Bill” Craig
  • Tasmanian Letter Cards
  • Tasmania 4d Pictorial – the Melbourne Printings
  • Zeehan type 3 CDS and times
  • Analysis of Tas postal stationay wrappers
  • C W Coard
  • Tas 3d pictorial: Melbourne printings
  • Obituary: Colin Salt
  • Tas Government Railway issue date correction
  • Sir Henry Somerset colletion
  • Census and provenance of 1d Courier covers
  • Tasmania – revenue rates and regulations 1863 – 1869
  • Cobb & Co in Tasmania
  • Tasmania at Auction

Special Postcard edition- 40 pages

  • A luctative market: Spurling postcards
  • International Printing, stationary and traded exhibition, London 1904
  • Ten favorite early Tasmanian postcards
  • Postcard instructional markings
  • Postcards from Waratah, Magnet & the osmiridium fields
  • Postcards in Australia: Postal rates and regulations
  • Tasmanian circular datestamps: issue of datestamps in batches, 1861 – 1913
  • St Michaels date stamp
  • An un-recorded tax mark from the DLO
  • From the bulletin Board
  • List of Free franking entitlements & exemptions form postal charges, Little Swanport PO, 1900
  • Tasmanian Railway Telegraph Offices
  • Tasmania 6d Pictorial: Melbourne Printings
  • Hobart Code “L” 1883
  • New Colombo wreck cover discovered
  • Tasmanian penny bank system 1895
  • Three Hut Point datestamp
  • Another look at the Platypus Postal fiscal & related matters
  • From the TPS bulletin board
  • Tasmanian Beer Duties update
  • Official OS perfin on an 8d sideface
  • SEcond allocation barred numerals- a study, part 3

Special 50th edition (48 pages)

  • Tasmanian relief handstamps including rarity ratings
  • Postage due markings on outgoing mail
  • Straight-line registered handstamp
  • Second allocation barred numerals – a study, part 2
  • Platypus revisited
  • Chief Office date stamp: an addendum
  • Tasmania: the Courier reprints revisited
  • Paper thickness varieties for Courier issues
  • Reissue of Tasmanian stamps in the early Commonwealth era
  • 1d pictorial variety – white dot right value tablet
  • Tasmania’s second allocation barred numerals – a study, part 1
  • The Chief Office handstamp and the money order system
  • Halfpenny on one penny surcharge of 1889
  • Blue Tier Junction – an update
  • Not known by Postman, Launceston
  • From the Archives
  • Tasmania rare inland packet
  • “Newtown” manuscript cancel on a 4d Courier
Download Courier Index no 1- 50

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  • No 58 Special Edition ( 48 pages printed on premium quality paper) $30 + postage, $25 for TPS members
  • Other colour Editions #49 – #57, #59 – $10 each plus postage ( hard copy)
  • Black and white editions No 1 – 48, PDF version, $3 each emailed
  • CD with all B & W editions, No 1 – 48, $30, or $20 for TPS members, plus postage
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