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November - Malcolm Groom, Tasmanian pictorial stamp issues 1899-1912

Published: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The study of the Tasmanian pictorial stamps provides an interesting journey through all aspects of philately. They are one of the early series portraying scenic beauty spots having been designed and produced by De La Rue in London in 1899. The printing was transferred to Melbourne in 1902 and continued until 1912 when the Australian Commonwealth Kangaroo and Map series was introduced. The study of these issues covers several printing methods, watermarks, papers and perforations. The genesis of the designs and the images of Tasmania portrayed on each denomination is an interesting story in itself. Our lecturer, Malcolm Groom, has been collecting since a boy and studying Tasmanian philately and particularly the Pictorial issues for about 30 years. He is a qualified International Judge and currently chairman of the FIP Postal History Commission. He has judged at many world Stamp Exhibitions including London 2000 and 2010 and New York 2016. Malcolm is the Patron and a Life Member of the Tasmanian Philatelic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London and of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria. He was the President of the Australia 2013 World Stamp Exhibition in Melbourne and was appointed as a Fellow of Australian Philately in 2015 by the Australian Philatelic Federation.