2021 – 39th F.I.A.P. International Stamp and Coin Exhibition

Melbourne 2021 Stamp and Coin Exhibition is an International exhibition with the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) recognition. They expect to show 1,100 frames at the Caulfield Racecourse venue and host a large number of Australian and International dealers.


Rhodesian Study Circle

More information about meet-ups will be available closer to the event date.

Rhodesian Study Circle: Members Auction – November 2019

Rhodesian Study Circle

Members Auction – November 2019

The Rhodesian Study Circle November, 2019 auction is now available. This auction is only available to members of the Rhodesian Study Circle. Not a member? Join now!


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STAMPEX International 2020

Stampex International is proudly brought to you by The Philatelic Traders’ Society Limited which represents philatelic traders with integrity. Look for the shield. The show is sponsored by  Stanley Gibbons and is free to attend.

Based in Great Britain’s capital city, London Stampex plays host to dealers from all over the world, twice a year. All exhibitors are PTS Members which ensures the integrity of every dealer, meaning you can put your complete trust in all those attending the show. The show itself has been running for over 60 years and continues to prove very popular with stamp enthusiasts of all ages. Stampex includes a broad range of dealers from auction houses through to cover dealers alike meaning there is something for everyone at the show and a great free family day out.


  • Date: 30th September – 3rd October, 2020
  • Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.
  • Website: STAMPEX International

Rhodesian Study Circle: 2020 Annual Conference

Our 32nd Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire once again. This will be the weekend before London 2020.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.



A number of limited rooms have been made available for Thursday (20 rooms) and Friday & Saturday (45 rooms). These will be available at a discounted rated and MUST be booked through the RSC and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bed and breakfast rates are as follows:

  • £99 per night for single occupancy.
  • £109 per night for double occupancy.

The Rhodesian Study Circle can assist in setting up the reservation.


The Dealer’s bourse will be based at Nailcote Hall. We hold the view that to have dealers attend conference, enhances the get-together. To optimise the opportunity for all, we are reviewing the location of the dealers and the allocation of tables (maximum of two).

Should dealers, or members who may wish to dispose of excess material, wish to have a table, please contact us by no later than 31 December 2019. The principle will be to allocate a single table per dealer, with the objective of both having a level playing field and hopefully expand the number of dealers.

Dealers will be asked to contribute £50 towards the cost of the venue hire.

Conference Auction

Our auctioneer, Huw Williams, will be conducting the auction at the Conference.

He is seeking material from members; they are to be with him or advised to him by 20 February, 2020. A list of the items will be circulated beforehand to those members attending the Conference.

Presentation and Displays

Presentations and displays are the heart-beat of the Conference. We again encourage electronic media (PowerPoint) be used for presentations where possible and where the subject is appropriate. Of course frames will be available for those who choose to display material.

A number of displays and presentations have already been offered. These include:

  • The RSC Website
  • History through the prism of stamps, postal history and postal services
  • The propaganda air letters of Rhodesia 1964 to 1978
  • A new approach to exhibiting
  • The Encyclopaedia of Zimbabwe stamps
  • Air letters of Central Africa (RSC website)
  • Double Head revenue usage

If you are interested in delivering a presentation or a display, please contact us.

Competitive Exhibits

These have been a feature of our Conferences for a number of years. Members are not limited as to how many entries they have in each section. Members not attending, may submit scanned entries for these competitions.

All intending to enter (except for the Single Sheet Competition) should advise us of their entries so that we can prepare frames and allow appropriate Jurors to be selected and we shall advise attendees of the exhibits and exhibitors ahead of Conference.

Thus we will have:

Please check the links above for the changes to rules. Instead of making up our own rules, we shall use the well tested exhibiting guidelines used by the ABPS (Association of British Philatelic Societies) for our competitions.

We shall maintain the appropriate informality at the same time, hopefully broadening the scope and interest in the competitions. The competitive exhibits will still be shown and judged on the Saturday, probably in a different time slot. The results of the competition will be announced at the Saturday evening dinner.


In recent years, some members have arrived on the Thursday prior to the official start and some on the Friday morning. In the last two years, a few informal workshops have taken place during this time.  We will advise members if such gatherings are happening. The opportunity to dine locally with a block booking will be provided. For, 2020, already 20 members have indicated an arrival on Thursday.

The programme below will be updated as more details are confirmed.

Friday 24 April
  • In the Morning – Setting up of the Venue. Dealers may start trading.
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Council meeting (Board Room)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Annual General Meeting (Lant Suite)
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Official opening
  • 15:15 – 17:00 PowerPoint presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 17:00 – 19:15 Wine tasting and group photograph
  • 19:30 – Dinner
Saturday 25 April
  • 09:00 – 11:00 Presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea break
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Competitions put up and spoken to (Lant Suite)
  • 12:30 – 13:45 Lunch and judging of entries
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Drinks
  • 19:30 – Conference Dinner (Lant Suite)
Sunday 26 April
  • 09:00 – 12:30 Short presentations (Lant Suite)
  • 1230 – End of Conference

(Some members will stay for an informal lunch. It would be greatly appreciated if members assisted in the dismantling of frames etc.)

Postmarks: 1905 – Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Two special postmarks were used as part of the Visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1905.

Type I – Tour Cancellation

The Tour Cancellation was used in both South Africa and Rhodesia on the 9th, 11th and 14th of September. The cancels are found in violet up until the 13 Sept, and black for the 14 Sept.

Type II – Opening of the Victoria Falls Bridge

September 12th was the opening day for the Victoria Falls road/rail bridge as well as being public holiday. Therefore, the Victoria Falls Post Office was only open for two hours to commemorate the visit of the Association (for whose benefit the special cancel was used).

  • Adrian de Bourbon

1975 – Doctor Schweitzer Exhibition

Doctor Schweitzer Exhibition

14 January 1975

Albert Schweitzer(1875–1965) was an Alsatian polymath. He was a theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. A Lutheran, Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of Jesus as depicted by the historical-critical method current at this time, as well as the traditional Christian view. His contributions to the interpretation of Pauline Christianity concern the role of Paul’s mysticism of “being in Christ” as primary and the doctrine of Justification by Faith as secondary.

He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, becoming the eighth Frenchman to be awarded that prize. His philosophy was expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, in the part of French Equatorial Africa which is now Gabon. As a music scholar and organist, he studied the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and influenced the Organ Reform Movement (Orgelbewegung).

In 1975, RHOBank hosted an exhibition celebrating his birth in both Salisbury and Bulawayo.

Post Cards

  • James Gavin


Members Workshop: B.S.A.C. 1898 Small Arms Specimen Perforations Census

Members Workshop

B.S.A.C. 1898 Small Arms Specimen Perforations Census

An examination of the Small Arms stamps with the ‘SPECIMEN’ perforation reveals an extraordinary variety of types: inverted perforations, reversed perforations, vertical perforations, and combinations such as vertical and reversed. In addition, the numbers of each type produced do not seem to be constant: they range from common to extremely rare.

A guide has been published in the Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.274 for collectors to take census of their collections and abbreviations used in the download.

Julian Schamroth


Recent Updates

Since December, 2015, the Rhodesian Study Circle has transitioned itself from an established philatelic society to one catered for the 21st Century collector. With thousands of images and nearly 4,500 pages of philatelic items, we are combining philately with the colourful history of Central Africa to help support you in building your collections.

If you have any questions, comments, feedback or information, leave a comment below or Contact Us.



STAMPEX Autumn 2019

Autumn Stampex International is delighted to host The Postal Museum’s display of the associated philately, focusing on four major Airmail anniversaries.

They are delighted to announce that they have some new traders & some old favourites signed up for September Stampex including Art Stamped, Royal Mail, Mark Bloxham, The Royal Philatelic Society and The Postal Museum.


  • Date: 11th – 14th September, 2019
  • Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.
  • Website: STAMPEX International


The Philatelic Traders’ Society is delighted to announce the launch of the Stampex Talks; a series of informal talks hosted by some of philately’s leading experts.

With two talks per day, at 11am and 2pm, the full schedule will be announced in due course with current speakers including Stamp Collector Magazine, The Royal Philatelic Society, Stanley Gibbons & The Philatelic Traders Society.

For more information: STAMPEX Talks

Mayflower 400

From November 2019, an ambitious year-long commemoration will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage.

The Mayflower 400 events programme will share the values of migration, tolerance, freedom and democracy and tell the story of a ship and its passengers – a group of people that a remarkable 30 million+ US citizens have descended from.

Stamp Exhibition & Collectors Fair

A one-day event, combining displays of collectable items, with winning Wessex Philatelic Federation competition entries, and information related to the Mayflower story.

There will also be over 20 dealers selling collectables, and representatives from Cavendish (a philatelic auction House) available to provide valuations.


For more information, please Contact Us.

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