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+++ Now in March 2021 - The 50th Anniversary Study Group Weekend +++ September 2020 Auction Results and Unsolds Available +++ New Stamp Issue - 50th Anniversary of the Study Group +++

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25th - 28th March 2021 - The New Date for the 50th Anniversary Study Group Weekend
 
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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UPDATED! Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 87 - September 2020

PLEASE LOOK AT THE AUCTION INSTRUCTIONS POSTED BELOW ON THE WEBSITE
 
The unsold lots available list has been updated. Please contact, if interested, the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue and in the message above. Be quick as always, since many lots will sell fast and there is a limited time for purchases of unsolds for this particular auction.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AUCTIONEER - How we Progress to Complete the Auction

The results are now on the website together with a list of unsold lots and their availability on a first come first served basis. Please e mail mjyr@btinternet.com to secure any of these.

Because of our continued difficulies I am putting the same arrangements in place as per our April
auction with the intention of keeping us all safe, as far as I am able. This will mean the process will
take longer, so please bear with me.

I am anxious to secure a procedure where we will keep to a minimum our visits to the PO and Bank.
 
In the first instance I am going to allow 7 days for everyone to decide whether they want to buy any of the unsold lots. I don’t want to duplicate mailings unnecessarily and I won’t be sending anything out until this time period has elapsed.

You should be able to tell in most instances what you have won, although there are a handful of instances where there are tied bids, in which case the first bid will succeed. I realise you will not know this in the first instance.
 
Before I send anything out, I will email each of the successful purchasers with a total due and we can discuss the payment method.

1. The easiest for me and the Study Group is for you to send a credit by way of internet banking to our auction account:
A/c name: The Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group
Sort Code: 30-94-53
A/c No: 18796468
Many of you do this already and I am hoping numbers increase.
 
2. You can use Paypal but please remember I will add 5% for our administration costs, otherwise the study group will be penalised.

3. I have a new card machine whereby I can take payments over the telephone. The Study Group will be charged for this and I would be looking for a small voluntary contribution of 2% to relieve our costs.
 
All these payment methods will be discussed when I email you your respective totals.
 
Above all I want to avoid the necessity of you sending cheques. I do not want to go to the bank to use counter services please!
 
It is my intention to send everything below £200 by ordinary first class post which I will achieve using the post box at the end of my road. More valuable consignments will be sent by Special Delivery.
 
If you have have any queries please email me as above and I will try to get back to you asap.
 
Mike

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Results for Study Group Auction No 87 - September 2020

PLEASE LOOK AT THE AUCTION INSTRUCTIONS POSTED ABOVE ON THE WEBSITE
 
Thanks to Mike for running an absolutely bumper postal auction, thanks to all bidders and vendors that will ensure the Study Group will get much needed funds for research and publication of findings.
 
The results are shown below.

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Grosvenor Auction - REMINDER - TUESDAY September 22nd

A regular feature of the auctions at Grosvenor in recent years has been a series of important offerings of Falkland Islands, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands.  This continues in their auction on September 22.

The British Empire & Foreign Countries auction will include fine postal history from the collection of Ralph Riddell-Carre, together with the collections of the late Peter Cottis including Saint Helena and other South Atlantic Islands.

Among the items to be offered in this sale are the earliest recorded cover with inward Falkland Islands postal marking, the earliest recorded use of an adhesive stamp from the islands, the only  known stamped serviceman’s concessionary rate cover from the islands, the 1916 cover showing large “R” registration mark and the plate number marginal example of the foremost QEII variety – the HMS Glasgow error.

Other great rarities include Red and Black Franks, a 1914 cover with manuscript “Passed Censor” endorsement (four known), the earliest known insured item from the islands, covers from HMS Exeter in 1934 (seven known) and a juvenile ‘Evacuee’ from Stanley, (nine known). From New Island there is a 1909 cover with the earliest known date of the first c.d.s. with manuscript annotation and from Fox Bay in 1902 comes one of only four known covers showing the WF.2 West Falkland c.d.s.

The Antarctica section offers scarce covers and cards from the early Swedish, Scottish and British Graham Land Expeditions whilst Falkland Islands Dependencies section embraces interesting sections of whaling and Operation Tabarin mail, as well as one of just three known 1/2d. pairs cancelled by the South Shetlands “PORT FOSTER” imprint, and early mail from South Georgia with large and small “SOUTH GEORGIA” imprints and “Paid At” items. The catalogue will be available in August.

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REMINDER - CLOSES SUNDAY! SEPTEMBER STUDY GROUP AUCTION

CATALOGUE, BID FORM AND ILLUSTRATIONS ONLINE!

A reminder that the closing date for the next Study Group Auction is September 20th.

Hopefully you will have received the catalogue with your latest Upland Goose as usual, but because of time delays there have been in some members in receiving their copy we have put the auction online as well. Bidding will still have to be via an email to the auctioneer, or by filling out the bid form.
We have a bumper auction with some 581 lots and some high value items. It must be repeated as usual that the auction is for Study Group members ONLY.
 
For details of the auction go to the Auction Lots page.

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The Autumn 2020 "Goose" has Flown!
     
August 18th - Many UK members will have received your Autumn Upland Goose that includes the bumper September Study Group auction catalogue. Especially overseas, if you do not receive your copy in the next two-three weeks (thinking of extended mail times in the current lockdown), please let us know via the Membership Secretary. We are attempting to track delivery times to understand where there are mail delivery issues.
 
You can also view the auction catalogue and illustrations of every lot at £20 or over estimate on the Auction Lots page.

 

 
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Grosvenor Auction - September 22nd

A regular feature of the auctions at Grosvenor in recent years has been a series of important offerings of Falkland Islands, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands.  This continues in their auction on September 22.

The British Empire & Foreign Countries auction will include fine postal history from the collection of Ralph Riddell-Carre, together with the collections of the late Peter Cottis including Saint Helena and other South Atlantic Islands.

Among the items to be offered in this sale are the earliest recorded cover with inward Falkland Islands postal marking, the earliest recorded use of an adhesive stamp from the islands, the only  known stamped serviceman’s concessionary rate cover from the islands, the 1916 cover showing large “R” registration mark and the plate number marginal example of the foremost QEII variety – the HMS Glasgow error.

Other great rarities include Red and Black Franks, a 1914 cover with manuscript “Passed Censor” endorsement (four known), the earliest known insured item from the islands, covers from HMS Exeter in 1934 (seven known) and a juvenile ‘Evacuee’ from Stanley, (nine known). From New Island there is a 1909 cover with the earliest known date of the first c.d.s. with manuscript annotation and from Fox Bay in 1902 comes one of only four known covers showing the WF.2 West Falkland c.d.s.

The Antarctica section offers scarce covers and cards from the early Swedish, Scottish and British Graham Land Expeditions whilst Falkland Islands Dependencies section embraces interesting sections of whaling and Operation Tabarin mail, as well as one of just three known 1/2d. pairs cancelled by the South Shetlands “PORT FOSTER” imprint, and early mail from South Georgia with large and small “SOUTH GEORGIA” imprints and “Paid At” items. The catalogue will be available in August.

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AN IMPORTANT STAMP ISSUE!!!! 50th Anniversary of the Study Group
 
UPDATED WITH MOCK-UP OF 1st DAY COVER AS IT WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN ISSUED

The Falkland Islands have issued many iconic stamps, notably the Queen Victoria high values in 1898, and the Centenary set of 1933. Yet, in the old days, most collectors relied on just the Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue and the 1950's book on Falkland Islands stamps by B.S.H. Grant to help organising their collections. There was a need for a specialist society to research the stamps and postal history, and assist interested collectors.

 So, in 1970 the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group (FIPSG) was founded following a meeting of some 50 collectors gathered together by Malcolm Barton.  A one-page newsletter was produced and the first formal meeting was held in London on 26th September 1970, and its first committee was elected.

By September 1971 the newsletter had expanded and developed into a regular quarterly journal, "The Upland Goose". This is distributed to all members and to leading philatelic libraries.  The publication has been awarded medals at many international philatelic exhibitions. Membership grew rapidly, reaching more than 200 in 1975, and the Group now has more than 350 members worldwide. The Group is truly international in its membership structure. 

The object of the Study Group is to research into all aspects of philately connected with the Falkland Islands, the former Dependencies, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territory, leading to the publication of findings.  Research is carried out by individuals or groups of members, collated through a nominated leader for each subject.

The Study Group Weekend meeting takes place annually, normally in March, during which an Annual General Meeting is held.  Meetings are also held on a regular basis regionally throughout the UK, and meetings have been held in other countries as well, including the USA, Australia, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Falkland Islands. 

The group is in the forefront of specialist philatelic societies and has belonged to the national Association of British Philatelic Societies since its inception, and actively participates in its activities.  To commemorate its Silver Jubilee in 1995, the Group was honoured by the Royal Philatelic Society of London by an invitation to display material of the Falkland Islands.  The display of 52 frames took place in January 1995 and was outstandingly successful.  The Group has now received an invitation from the current President to present a Golden Jubilee display of Falkland Islands philately at the new headquarters of the “Royal” at Abchurch Lane, London, opened in November 2019 by Her Majesty the Queen.

BELOW MOCK-UP OF HOW THE 1st DAY COVER WILL LOOK WHEN ISSUED

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Stamp designs:

32p  Stanley Post Office & Philatelic Bureau - many Study Group members buy stamps from the Philatelic Bureau and have visited the Post Office while in the Falkland Islands. The Post Office also provides information on the postmarks and cachets used, and the postal rates employed. The 1898 Queen Victoria 2/6d and 5/- stamps (the 5/- is illustrated here) were once voted as the most beautiful stamp designs in the world. 

78p  Jane Cameron National Archives - many Study Group members have used the research facilities at the Archives either by visiting or using the extensive online facilities. Information is held on stamp designs and proofs, correspondence between the Falkland Islands and Crown Agents, numbers of stamps ordered and destroyed, and shipping records. These provide vital information for specialist collectors. The iconic 5/- King Penguin stamp from the 1933 Centenary set is illustrated here.

£1.04  Publications - the Study Group magazine Upland Goose is published four times a year showing the latest research and news about Falkland Islands philately. In addition, a colour supplement of the annual Weekend meeting of the Study Group in the UK is produced.  Some twenty monographs on specialist aspects of Falkland Islands collecting have also been published over the years, and these are distributed free to members. The 5/- King George VI definitive stamp was in use between 1938 and 1952.

£1.26  Collecting - there are more than 350 specialist Study Group members worldwide, and many more interested Falkland Islands stamp collectors. A catalogue of Falkland Islands, South Georgia and BAT stamps is regularly published by Stefan Falkland Heijtz FRPSL. This also includes many other aspects of Falklands philately, including varieties, postmarks, and specialist subjects such as whaling mail, air mail and the 1982 Falklands War. The stamp also depicts the precursor to Falkland Islands stamps, the 1869 Black Frank and one of the most famous stamp errors, the 1964 Battle of the Falklands 6d. with the incorrect ship in the centre, HMS Glasgow rather than HMS Kent.

FDC. The First Day Cover shows the Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley and the National Stamp Collection. This collection is on display in the Museum - it was put together mostly by members of the Study Group and donated to the Museum in 2010. The page illustrated shows the 1933 Centenary set and a picture of Nutt Cartmell and his grave in Goose Green. Nutt was probably the most well-known local stamps collector in modern times, and the National Stamp Collection was created in his honour.

 

 

Technical Details:

Design: Bee Design

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 7 September 2020

A NEW SERVICE FOR THE SEPTEMBER STUDY GROUP AUCTION

CATALOGUE, BID FORM AND ILLUSTRATIONS ONLINE!

We have the next Study Group auction finishing slightly earlier than our October date due to allowing our members to view the auction while still movement around our various countries is restricted. The closing date is September 20th.

The catalogue will be with Upland Goose as usual, but because of time delays there have been in some members in receiving their copy we have put the auction online as well. Bidding will still have to be via an email to the auctioneer, or by filling out the bid form.
We have a bumper auction with some 581 lots and some high value items. It must be repeated as usual that the auction is for Study Group members ONLY.
 
For details of the auction go to the Auction Lots page.

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New Falkland Islands Commemorative Set - Penguins

 

Technical Details:

Design: Andrew Robinson

Printer: Cartor Security Printing

Process: Stochastic Lithography

Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size: 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout: 10

Release date: 10 August 2020

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FIPSG Exchange Packet To Resume

Our Packet Manager is about to resume the packet service. We will start with two circuits and every packet will be sent Special Delivery with a higher value of packet, until we are certain that the postal service is again fast and reliable with first class mail.

We hope that our packet regulars enjoy the resumption of service and bear with us as the circuits may take a little longer to complete.

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Lockdown Entertainment! - The Heijtz Catalogue 7th Edition is AVAILABLE TO STUDY GROUP MEMBERS
     
AT THE MOMENT WE CAN ONLY TAKE ORDERS FROM MEMBERS OF THE STUDY GROUP.
 
This catalogue is offered to members of the Study Group at the reduced price of £27 plus postage and packing (see below) Retail price is £34. The catalogue is available only hardbound to members.  No CDs are available from the Study Group, they can be obtained from Stefan at http://www.novastamps.com/stefan/Sidor/specFI.html.

In the UK, we can accept a cheque, made payable to "Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group" please IN FULL. Postage & packing add (per copy): UK £4 ie total of UK £31 per copy. Send the cheque with your name and address details to the Chairman. His address is in the Upland Goose.
If you don't use cheques any more, we can accept Paypal (see below) or contact the Chairman about making a direct bank payment.

In the UK we can also accept Paypal, if paying by Paypal the cost will be UK £32.50. Please email the Chairman (details in Upland Goose) to ask for Paypal details.
 
For overseas Study Group orders we only accept Paypal. The total charge, including Postage & Packing (Ireland & Europe £10; Rest of World £15) and Paypal charges will be:
Ireland & Europe: £39  Rest of World: £44

If paying by Paypal,  contact the Chairman (email in the Upland Goose) for more information, including which Paypal account for you to make the payment.
 
THE SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS AND DEPENDENCIES INCLUDING POSTAL HISTORY AND CANCELLATIONS

1800 - 2020 - 7th edition.
By Stefan Falkland Heijtz.
 

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE SEVENTH EDITION: 32 years after the first edition of this catalogue was published in 1988, and seven years after the sixth edition, this new catalogue continues where the previous edition ended, with many references to websites and online guides for even deeper knowledge!

A large number of varieties have been added as well, and the interest in many of these varieties is growing once they are listed in the catalogue. Some sections of the catalogue have been re-written, and a lot of details have been updated. The catalogue has grown by 16 pages since the 6th edition, and this is not only due to the addition of recent issues, but also to the expansion of earlier sections. The compressed listing of stamps issued after 1985 has been critisized by some, and it is possible that a more full listing of these stamps will be available online in due course. For now, all I can offer are the full listings between 1986 and 2006 from the 5th edition of the catalogue, which will be available to download for free as PDF files from my website.

Naturally everything else in the catalogue is entirely updated as well, including prices and data. An unbelievable amount of new information throughout the entire catalogue has also been added. There is probably not one single page which hasn't been changed compared to the sixth edition, and many pages have been completely re-written!

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Update from the Chairman - Friday 5th June
 
I am sad to report that after much consideration we have cancelled the Study Group weekend in September. Although we seem here in the UK to be making some headway against the pandemic, it does not seem possible to run a weekend at a hotel with appropriate social distancing for 50 people in the restaurant and viewing displays. We also faced the challenge of a visit and lunch on board a Victorian ship, hardly an ideal venue for us in current circumstances, but one we really want to get to in the future.
 
You may have read that many other events around that date in September have been cancelled, including Autumn Stampex.
 
Both the hotel and SS Great Britain Trust have been generous in allowing us to carry our bookings forward to March 2021, when we hopefully can reconvene to celebrate our Golden Jubilee as a Study Group.I hope that as many of you that can will join us in this celebration.
 
We also are working on a new date to visit the Royal Philatelic Society of London for a 50th Anniversary display, I would like to thank the President of the Royal, Richard Stock, for his understanding and patience with us.
 

One constitutional challenge we have is that we should hold an AGM "each year". We do not physically have a meeting in 2020 to hold an AGM. At the moment we plan to publish all reports and accounts in Upland Goose and hold over any items that need AGM approval to March 2021. I hope you understand this position given the extraordinary circumstances that we find ourselves in. If you have any concerns with this please email me and I will try to address them.

 
I hope we have some good news on the availability of the new Heijtz catalogue in the near future and that you have received your Upland Goose and Ralph's monograph on the Silver Jubilee issue. I also know Mike is planning a bumper October Postal auction, details to follow.
 
As I said in March the main thing is keep safe and all the best to you, your friends and your family from the Committee.
 
 
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The Summer 2020 "Goose" has Flown!
     
May 25th - You hopefully will be receiving your Summer Upland Goose that includes a new Monograph on the 1935 Silver Jubilee Issue by Ralph Riddell-Carre in the next few days. If you do not receive your copy in the next two-three weeks (thinking of extended mail times in the current lockdown), please let us know via the Membership Secretary. We are attempting to track delivery times, so it would be useful from overseas if you let her also know your date of arrival of the Goose.

 

 
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New!  Lockdown Articles - Under the Magnifying Glass
     
For nearly seven years there has been a column in the Upland Goose called "Under the Magnifying Glass" looking at newly reported varieties, cancellations and other philatelic matters! To help our members and anyone with an interest in Falklands stamps, we have made all the articles  available in the Online Resources section. They are all in full colour and an index to the various issues etc is given below the articles. Click Here  to go to the page.
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New!  Lockdown Presentation - Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition
     
To hopefully provide some interest while we have limited meetings and shows around the world, there is a pdf of a new presentation on the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition available in the Online Resources section. Click Here  to go to the page.
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John Gray and Peter Cottis 
 We are sad to announce the death of long standing members Peter Cottis and John Gray. We saw Peter at many Stampex exhibitions and he gave a display at our meeting at London 2015. John was a regular at the Eastern Regional meeting and Study Group weekends. We send condolences to family and friends of them both.
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New - KGVI Sheet Numbers Display
     
Hugh Osborne gave a static display on view over twelve frames at the Royal Philatelic Society of London for the month of June 2017. It comprised of two sections, firstly five frames of the issued stamps of the reign followed by seven frames of postal history. The presentation of the issued stamps is now available to view in the Online Resources section.

Thanks to Hugh for allowing us to view this display, one of the finest collection of KGVI sheet numbers ever assembled.
 
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Who Were the Tabaris Highlanders? 
 It's very confusing with Operation Tabarin at the end of WWII, but the Tabaris Highlanders were involved with the Falkland Islands at the very beginning of WWII. They were a group of volunteers formed from the Anglo-Argentine community in Buenos Aires, whisked away on a secret mission to assist the Falkland Islands Defence Force construct defences in the Islands. They were only there for two months but theirs is a fascinating story.
 
Their story is told in a 50 page book written by Richard Loraine-Smith and purchased from his website at
 
The book costs £7.50 including postage. Note the postal history illustrated on the back cover!
 
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UPDATED UNSOLD LIST - Results and Unsold Lots for Study Group Auction No 85 - September 2019

The results of this postal auction held a little earlier than usual are given below. Also the unsold lots available if you contact the Auction Manager, details on the front of the catalogue. Be quick as always, since many lots will sell fast and there is a limited time for purchases for this particular auction. Thanks again to Mike Roberts for all his work as Auction Manager.

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Change in Falklands Postal Rates

With thanks to Falklands Post Service Limited, here are the air mail, surface and inland rates for The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and British Antarctic Territory from 1st July 2019.

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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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