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+++ Next Meeting is the Finlandia Meeting at Tampere, Finland - 26th May 2017 +++ Auction 80 Results and Unsolds Available +++

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Finlandia Meeting at Tampere, Finland - 26th May 2017
 
A meeting is a great way to meet fellow members of the Study Group, ask questions about your collection and view other displays of Falkland Islands material. You don't have to show anything yourself! There is also normally an opportunity to buy and sell. Why not take the plunge and attend a meeting? Details on the events page

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South West Meeting at Stockland 14th May
     
A reminder of the popular South West meeting on 14th May. The inventive programme from our host is as follows. For more information contact Richard Griffiths. thorne49 [at] btinternet.com. As usual you can attend without displaying anything - your company will be most welcome!

 

STOCKLAND VILLAGE HALL

 

10.00 am to 4 pm – Programme

 

10.00 –    onwards    - Coffee

10.30 -     George V stamps and mail from 1911 to 1935

11.15 -    People and Places - time to be inventive!                                       

12.00 -     Swap and shop !!

1.00  -      Lunch

2.00 -      Something Modern!

2.45 -      Something from the Dependencies!!  - an opportunity for members to surprise us

3.30  -      Tea and depart

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New Venue for the 2018 Study Group Weekend
 
Unfortunately a proposed large increase in costs have meant that we have had to leave Sudbury House Hotel at Faringdon after 19 years of Study Group weekends there.


However, we have found a new venue for 2018, the Cricklade House Hotel in Wiltshire. It is about 10 miles from the current venue and we hope we are just as successful there.

Full details on the 2018 Study Group Weekend March 16th-18th 2018, will be found on the Events page.

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Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 80 - March 2017

The results  are given below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue. Be quick as many lots will sell fast. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager and another successful auction.

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New Online Resources Material
 
Two new items have been added to the Online Resources page.

Firstly, the excellent presentation given by Hugh Osborne at the 2017 Study Group weekend on the 1960 Birds Issue sheet numbers and postal history. Secondly the known dates of the New Island N.1 and N.2 cancellers between 1909 and 1917, as presented in the Upland Goose Winter 2016 Under the Magnifying Glass article. Enjoy!

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FIPSG AGM - Chairman's Report - 2017
 
We extend a warm welcome to a member attending his first Study Group weekend, Mike Brown from the USA.

We also have the sad news of saying goodbye to Study Group members John Forshaw, Alan Brown, Dr R McRitchie, P J Renshaw, Bryant Rose and Walter Sondhelm.

Membership today is 346, a decline from the 360 last year, but still holding up well for a specialist society. As last year, joining through the website rather than new members at events seems to be the way of attracting new members.

New York 2016 was the latest in a series of international shows for philately, and where the Study Group won several international awards. Mike Roberts yet again led the way with another International gold with his Falkland Islands Postal History exhibit. Hugh Osborne achieved a large vermeil for his South Georgia exhibit. Mark Butterline won vermeil with his exhibit Falkland or Malvinas. Finally both the Upland Goose magazine and the monograph on the 1982 Conflict by Messrs Stuckey, Vevers and Marriner were awarded large silver. Thanks also to our US colleagues for arranging a successful stand and Study Group meeting at the show.

Last year we mentioned Mike Roberts presentation to a meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society of London in November 2015. This display won the RPSL Lee Medal for the best display to the Royal in that season. There was also a thump through the letterbox as Mike’s bumper 100 page monograph on the Postal History of the Falkland Islands 1800-1945 landed with the Winter Goose. It is a stupendous publication that reflects well on the Study Group and I would like to thank Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions for their generous sponsorship.

A slightly more modest (I might say!) update on Departmental Cachets by Stuckey and Vevers was also produced. We have another monograph at draft stage for publication this year, Part II of the Falklands War 1982 covering British Forces Mail, sponsored by Stanley Gibbons.

Congratulations to Bill Featherstone on reaching 50 not out in his editorship of the Upland Goose. The reality is that we have not seen something like 60-70% of our membership at a meeting (see below) and therefore we know the Upland Goose and our other publications is your main link to the Study Group. So it is important that we have a well informed and well like society journal and we believe that the “Goose” under Bill’s stewardship does this.

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Much of what I said last year about the strength of collecting Falkland Islands and Dependencies continues in terms of membership, research, publications and auctions. However, I mentioned a concern about attendance at Regional meetings last year. Many meetings rely on a core group of members travelling to boost numbers and this will not continue for ever, as witnessed by our latest Scottish meeting. We want Regional meetings to continue and to be vibrant.

Thanks to the Committee for all their hard work during 2016 and into 2017, and in particular to Graham Bound who has just decided to step down from the Committee after setting up our social media presence on the internet. We are not co-opting a committee member at present but there is a vacancy for the next AGM, if you have a particular skill you would be interested in helping us with.

Finally a word about 2020, our 50th anniversary as a Study Group, which may sound a long time away, but sometimes the philatelic world has a long lead time for ideas! The committee are going to look at how we can mark this occasion, but we welcome any ideas from you, our members, on how you would like the anniversary celebrated.

New Stefan Falkland Heijtz web page on the Fox Bay Post Office Museum

Stefan Heijtz, writes:
 

There is a new page on my website about the  Fox Bay Post Office Museum. This page consists basically of a number of articles from Penguin News and the London Philatelist about the Museum, as well as a link to download a PDF with the full story of the renovation and creation of the Museum, through 81 slides. There is also a link to the Falklands Museum website, which has dedicated a page to the Fox Bay Post Office. 

To access the page click here

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FIPSG meeting at Finlandia 2017 (Tampere, Finland) on Friday 26 May 2017

Our Scandinavian Representative, Stefan Heijtz, writes:
 
In connection with the international FEPA stamp exhibition Finlandia 2017 in Tampere, Finland, on the 24-28 May 2017, FIPSG will hold an official meeting open for members as well as visitors. The meeting will be held in one of the function rooms at the official Exhibition Hotel Scandic Tampere City, Hämeenkatu 1, Tampere, Finland (8 minutes walking distance from the exhibition hall), between 12 noon and 2pm, and is part of the programme of the exhibition. Exact details of which room the meeting will take place in will be published in the official Exhibition Catalogue.

Members wishing to participate at the meeting are asked to contact Stefan Heijtz ( stefan at novastamps.com) and especially those who are prepared to show a few (or many) pages from their collections, are encouraged to contact Stefan as soon as possible, so that a detailed programme can be produced. At this stage the idea is that the displays will have a similar arrangement as the "Members Evening" at the FIPSG weekend, where as many members as possible show a few sheets.

We are also planning to have a dinner together the same day as the meeting. Those who wish to participate at the dinner are also asked to let Stefan know, so that we can plan. Venue to be announced.

For details about the Finlandia 2017 Exhibition, as well as travel information and hotels in the area (which can be booked at special rates through the website), please check the official website: www.finlandia2017.fi which is fully in English. Check under visitor/accommodation for hotels.

Welcome to Tampere, and the first ever FIPSG meeting in Finland!
 
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Endemic Flora of the Falkland Islands

 

Technical Details:

Designer: Leigh-Anne Wolfaardt

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

Process: Lithography

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

Release date: 21 November, 2016

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South Georgia  - Zavodovski Island

 

Technical Details:

Layout: Bee Design

Photography: © Elizabeth White / BBC Natural History Unit

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13½ x 13¼ per 2cms

Stamp size: 28 x 45mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 28 November, 2016

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UPDATED! New Online Resource for early FI collectors
 
The Falkland Islands Government Archives have uploaded to their website scans of the Falkland islands Magazine from the first magazine in 1889 to 1933. This magazine contains invaluable details on shipping, visiting ships and people and places in the Islands. Also loaded are a transcription of the first two shipping registers.
 
These can be accessed via our Online Resources page or directly at:
    

 

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Superb Presentation and Reference Material on South Georgia
 
When visiting this site it is always worth visiting our Online Resources Page. Here we add interesting documents, presentations and links to Falklands research resources.
 
Our latest offering is due to Hugh Osborne giving the Standing Display in July and August 2016 at the Royal Philatelic Society of London. The link below takes you to a presentation of the display, which majors on South Georgia Postal History until 1945, but also has interesting sections on South Shetlands and Operation Tabarin. It can also be accessed via our Online Resources page.
 
 
 

 

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Falkland Islands Issue - Her Majesty The Queen - 90 Years of Style

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design . Photographs by Tim Graham, Anwar Hussein, Central Press and Max Mumby. m/s photography by Ray Bellasario (border Tim Graham).

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 April 2016

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South Georgia Issue - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth - 90 Years of Style

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design . Photographs by Alpha Photo, Fox Photos, Keystone and Chris Jackson. m/s photography by Ray Bellasario (border Miles Willis).

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 April 2016

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Two Potential Scandinavian Meetings - from Stefan Heijtz
 
Our Scandanavian Represenative, Stefan Heijtz, is considering one or two potential Scandanavian meetings in 2017 and 2019. At this stage he would like to hear from you if you would show an interest in either.
 
The first would possibly be at theInternational Stamp Exhibition in Tampere, Finland, in May 2017 (Finlandia 2017, 24-28/5),  The idea at this stage would be to have the FIPSG meeting at a hotel in central Helsinki over one or two days including at least one dinner before the Tampere exhibition. Tampere is only about 1 1/2 hours by train from Helsinki so it is not far to go.

Many of you will also know that there will be an International Stamp Exhibition in Stockholm in 2019, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the RPSL (Stockholmia 2019, 29/5 – 2/6). This will be held at a conference centre in central Stockholm and since I am based in central Stockholm, we could easily arrange a FIPSG meeting and dinner (one or two days, depending on the number of participants) in connection with this exhibition. 
 
If you are interested in one or both possible meetings, please contact Stefan by email - stefan [at] novastamps.com
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New Antarctica and Falklands List From Geoffrey Barber
 
 
Many of us have covers in our collection addressed to Geoffrey Barber from the late 1950s/early 1960s onwards, firstly around Manchester and more recently based in Scotland.
 
Geoffrey is still selling Antarctica material, and his latest 2016 price list includes Falkland Islands stamps and covers as well. He also provides a Standing Order New Issue service for all Antarctic Territories new issues and FDC's.
 
If you don't receive a list, they are free to buyers on part payment of postage and are published 4 times a year. For more details contact Geoffrey at geoffrey.barber [at] talktalk.net.
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New Upland Goose - Another Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group Monograph
 
For Study Group members the first Upland Goose journal of 2016 should be arriving in early February. This will also include (for those who take it) the auction catalogue for the Study Group weekend. The weekend meeting is a week earlier than usual, so you will have to turn postal bids around fairly quickly to ensure they are with the auctioneer for the auction day.
 
In addition, a new monograph, written by Nigel Kaye,  will be delivered with the Upland Goose. The subject is censorship of mail to and from the Islands and Dependencies in World War II, and is packed with 64 pages of colour illustrations and important new information of how civilian censorship was carried out in the islands. The monograph also looks at how the military arrived in the Islands and developed their camps and military censorship. 
 
We hope that Study Group members enjoy this latest addition to our series of monographs. Members can look forward to another new monograph later in 2016, which will be another high quality offering.
 
We would like to thank Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions for their generous sponsorship of this monograph, which allows us to produce it in full colour free within the membership subscription.
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Falkland Islands Issue - Birds of Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers:eorgina Strange

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 13 January 2016

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Falkland Islands Issue - Clouds

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian Strange (photographs by Ian and Georgina Strange)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 December 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Biodiversity

 

Technical Details:


Designers: Bee Design (photographs by Martin Collins, Christoph Held & Alastair Wilson)

 

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Stochastic Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 25.73 x 21 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 21 December 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - 20th Anniversary of Elephant Seal Research Group

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Bee Design (photographs by ESRG)

 

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 13 1/4 x 13 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 38 x 30.6 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 30 November 2015

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New Postal rates for Falkland Islands, BAT and South Georgia from 1st January 2016
     
Attached are details of the new postal rates effective 1st January 2016. Some interesting rates will be possible! Geoffrey Barber notes: Most unusually, not only did the three territories latest postage rate  increases not increase by the same amount, but also DID NOT INCREASE ON THE SAME DAY.  South Georgia increased on 5th January 2015, coinciding with issue date of the new SG definitive, whilst FI & BAT increased nearly a year later on 1st Jan 2016.
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An interesting War Stamp Variety
     
Thanks to Roger Mazillius for showing an interesting War Stamp variety. The type has moved in the frame, leaving a gap between STA and MP on a line perf example. Any more of these spotted by our collectors?
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New FI Stamps Website    
 
With thanks to Stefan Heijtz for the information, the new Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau has been launched. FI stamps have been brought screaming into the internet age with (at last!) the ability to order items from the website. 
 
The website address is www.falklandstamps.com 
 
First impressions are that the website looks crisp and modern. Do take a look and please let the UG editor know any feedback on the site and your shopping experience!
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Falkland Islands Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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South Georgia Issue - Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Andrew Robinson

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 9 September 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magellanic Penguins, Predators and Prey

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Tony Chater

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 30.56 x 38 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 50 (2 x 25)

 

Release date: 21 August 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Magna Carta

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Derek Miller

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

 

Sheet Layout: 20 (2 x 10)

 

Release date: 15 June 2015

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Falkland Islands Issue - Colour In Nature IV

 

Technical Details:

 

Designers: Ian J. Strange & Georgina Strange

 

Photographs:  Georgina Strange & Ian J. Strange of Design In Nature

 

Printer: BDT International Security Printing

 

Process: Lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 51.46 x 30mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10 (5 se-tenant pairs)

 

Release date: 12 May 2015

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South Georgia - ­Ships, Scientists and Explorers

Technical Details

Designer: Andrew Robinson

Printer: BDT International

 

Process: Stochastic lithography

 

Perforation: 14 per 2cms

 

Stamp size: 28.45 x 42.58mm

 

Sheet Layout: 10

 

Release date: 5 January, 2015

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