Tasmanian Philatelic Society

Established 1900

A Guide to Circular Date Stamps (Tasmanian postmarks)  on Tasmanian Pictorial Issues 1899 – 1913

New Publication – completely revised and expanded Rarity Ratings.

The TPS has published a guide to the popular cds  on Tasmanian Pictorials by Tasmanian postal historian John Hardinge.  These popular Tasmanian postmarks are widely collected but the current rarity rating by Lancaster is now some 30 years out of date.

Many previously un-rated or un-listed date stamps are listed, some of which are rare or scarce. Many Tasmanian postmarks are illustrated with colour images. There are 48 pages in colour on high-quality paper.

The Guide features a greatly expanded rarity rating by John Hardinge, author of “Tasmanian Hand Cancellations 1913 – 88” and “The Post Offices of Tasmania” whihc are key references for collectors of Tasmanian Postmarks .


  • rarity ratings expanded and revised
  • circular date stamp types
  • early & late dates of use
  • other markings on the Tasmanian pictorial stamps
  • transition from the State to the commonwealth period
  • many illustrations

Now available at  $30 plus postage

POSTAGE AUSTRALIA  $3.50 1 copy, 2 copies $5.50

POSTAGE ASIA PACIFIC:, $6 1 copy, 2 copies $12.50

POSTAGE REST OF WORLD: $8  1 copy  2 copies $16.50.

Please contact us for postage on 2+ copies

IMPORTANT: Note regarding non-delivery :

We post at letter rate. There is no tracking number or any compensation available from Australia Post . This is to keep postage costs to a minimum. While we take every care, we cannot be held responsible in the event that orders go astray in the post. This is very rare but does may  happen. We are unable to offer a replacement in the event of lost-in-the-mail items but you can request Registration – see below.

Registered Post :to add tracking and compensation up to $100 on application to Australia Post, please ask for Registered mail and add $6.20 in addition to the postage quoted above ( Australia) or $22.90 (international)


TPS Financial Members please note – Members price is $25 for additional copies.

To Order

Please complete the following Order Form and make  payment – see below:

"CDS ON PICTORIALS" Guide Order Form
3 + 4 =



Within Australia

Please make payment to the TPS Bank Account:

Name: Tasmanian Philatelic Society

BSB: 067 000

Account: 00801 352


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NOTE: for bank transfers and Paypal please ensure you include a note of your name and reference “Special Courier  – CDS ”


The new rarity rating scale is available on the rarity rating scale page