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

It is with a very sad heart that we have decided to cancel the RSC Annual Conference in April. We know many people put a lot of effort into making this event happen and the decision to cancel was not taken lightly.

  • Adrian de Bourbon, our Conference Organiser, will be in contact with members who have notified us of their attendance.
  • For those who have created presentations or displays, our website will be able to host these displays on your behalf in .jpeg or PDF formats.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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 outside the conference room. Six dealers have confirmed that they will be attending.

Conference Auction

Our auctioneer, Huw Williams, will be conducting the auction at the Conference. Material for the auction has now been finalised.

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.

Friday and Saturday presentations are now FULL.

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.

Friday and Saturday events times have now been finalised. 

Friday 24 April
  • 10:00 – 15:00 Dealers tables open.
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Council meeting (Board Room)
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch available in Lant Bar.
  • 14:30 – 14:40 Official Opening – Chairman and Conference Organiser
  • 14:40 – 15:10 Annual General Meeting (Lant Suite)
  • 15:10 – 15:40 Social Media and the Website – James Gavin
  • 15:40 – 16:15 Revenue Double Heads – Gunnar Strehmel
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Tea/Coffee break
  • 16:30 – 17:10 Hidden Meaning in Rhodesian Stamps – Brian Eyre
  • 17:10 – 17:45 Annual RSC Auction – Huw Williams
  • 17:45 – 18:30 Wine and group photograph
  • 19:30 – Buffet Dinner in Lant Suite
Saturday 25 April
  • 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast (Terrace Room)
  • 09:00 – 17:30 Dealers tables open
  • 09:00 – 09:40 Rhodesia Propaganda Letters – Dave Trathen
  • 09:40 – 10:10 Paris Missionary Society – Sean Burke
  • 10:10 – 10:40 British Central Africa – Ian Cubbin
  • 10:40 – 11:00 Coffee/tea break
  • 11:00 – 11:45 From Limpopo to the Zambesi : History, Politics, and Ideology in 101 Stamps and Covers – Narendhra Morar
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Livermore Trophy (One Frame Competition) and Postcard (One Frame) Competition to be put up and competitors will have 5 minutes to talk to their entry (entries)
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Judging of competition entries
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch available at Lant Bar
  • 14:00 – 14:40 An introduction to the Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Security Forces (1972 to 1982) – Richard Berry
  • 14:40 – 15:20 BSAC – A Different Perspective – Ian Shapiro
  • 15:20 – 16:00 Presentation by Peter Hickman
  • 16:00 – 16:15 Tea/coffee break
  • 16:15 – 16:45 Jim McNeil’s Giraffes – Anita McCullough
  • 16:45 – 17:00 A Couple of Revenue Items – Jefferson Ritson
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Chairman’s drinks reception
  • 19:30 – Conference Dinner (Lant Suite)
Sunday 26 April
  • 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Dealer’s tables open
  • 09:00 – 09:30 Discussion – Conference Format (moderated by Patrick Flanagan)
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Short presentation 1 (Brian Trotter)
  • 09:45 – 10:00 Short presentation 2 (John Shawley – BCA & Nyasaland)
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Short presentation 3 (Geoff Brakspear Encyclopaedia)
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Short presentation 4 (Patrick Flanagan revenues)
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Tea/coffee break
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Short presentation 5 (Ian Shapiro – Forthcoming Auctions at Spinks)
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Short presentation 6 (Christopher Cooksey)
  • 11:15 – 11:35 Short presentation 7 (Ronnie Winchester 4d Double Heads)
  • 11:35 – 11:55 Short presentation 8 (Derek Lambert – My Time in the Study Circle)
  • 11:55 – 12:10 Short presentation 9 (Adrian de Bourbon Aerogrammes)
  • 12:10 – 12:30 Short presentation 10
  • 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 over 5,500 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, please Contact Us.

February/March 2021

Encyclopaedia of Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Postage Stamps since  1964

Geoff Brakspear, with the help of other members, has considerably added to, and updated, the contents in this post.

Southern Rhodesia

RSC Virtual Competitions 2021

The RSC will hold a number of virtual competitions in 2021 concurrently with the first RSC Virtual Annual Conference. 


RSC 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

Full details of the developing programme


A new section being built on the website.

An updated version of Machine Cancellations of Rhodesia 1911-1980

Recent Publications

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

Members Workshop: Tom Lee

Tom Lee

Little is known of Tom Lee and the only potential photo of him is above. The photo shows a T. D. Lee standing in from of the Administrator’s Office in Kalomo, 1906.


Ow ya baas, miningi sterrig mangi, inrona umfaans.

Just changing it to see if it is the correct address. I could not distinctly remember it & thought in case your letter was delayed in transit after redirection it would be as well to my old you have some token of remembrance. So here is the old old sincere wish Nance honest xx given this Xmas to you, served with a brandy cola on a hot plate of ice from your ever loving brother Tom.


← Behind here where I hang out.

Dearest Sis. Did you remember I had another birthday. I’m all well etc. but miningi mange. Best love from Tom.


You bet! I remember Bank Holiday 1901. “Are we nearly there… What price the haystacks. Tom.



Dear Vi, Don’t think because I am sending you 5 p.p.c’s this mail that I’m getting reckless in my old age because I am but as our salary falls due tomorrow I can stand the strain the expenditure will ****. Don’t be astonished tho’ if you get no more for a week.


akee bona inkoosikaas. Another for your collection. Tom.


Dearest Sister, Just a note this week but its better than none. Got your card safe. I’m wee fit and lively as a cricket. You’ll get all the news from Tib (?) as I’ve sent her the usual. Best love from Tom.

PO Box 195 Salisbury belonged to the De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd.


My dear Vie, I’m starting a series of pictorials for you of the Victoria Falls etc. and will send them over in instalments of not less than one each mail. This view shows the Boiling Pot and Rainbow but as it was my first attempt on cards I’m afraid it was kept too long in the coater. The others however are not so bad. Hope you are having good health and lots of fun. I expect a letter from you this week. Best regards, Tom.



Dear Vida, Is this anything like Ashington. Its the Wankie Coalfields – the only coalfields in Rhodesia. Runs about £3 10/- per ton landed at Salisbury. Anything like Ashington!!!!!! Its very unhealthy in the wet season. Miningi fever. Yours Tom.

The railway from Bulawayo to Wankie Coalfields was completed September 21st, 1903. On April 25, 1904 it was extended to Victoria Falls.


Have sent off letter by same mail. This is taken out at a small mine. The boys are all Shangaanis, miningi intombis, picannins fools.


Just arrived here on way up. Having ripping ****. Leave tonight for Kalomo. Yrs Loales.


Arrived here safely. This is the sort of transport I came thro’ from the falls with. Had ripping time. Will write next mail. Took six days to trek about 100 miles. Lively eh!! Don’t be afraid to let me have along “sooner than soonest” soon. Tom.


Averages about the same as the alnwick-Cornhill branch.

Dear Vida, This is the way you will travel when you come across to spend that weeks holiday at the Falls etc. What do you think of the idea. Yrs Tom.


To let you see what the Falls are like in full water at the end of the rainy season.


Try and get that hepple address I asked you about early. “Keerimeke mange

kachema” Newtonards Derry or Mount Stewart!!!!!!!

Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and gardens a few miles outside the town of Newtonards in Northern Ireland. The owner of the house was the Marquesses of Londonderry.

Dearest Sister, How are we. I’m keeping well and still keeping in touch with Tib and one or two others. Have you had this view for your collection before. The Cape-Cairo Railway is only three miles off now. Best of love and greetings. Yours afftnly, Tom.

The railway arrived in Northern Rhodesia in June 1905, when the 150 km long Livingstone–Kalomo line was built in advance of completion in September of that year of the Victoria Falls Bridge from the then Southern Rhodesia to Livingstone. The first wagons on the line were hauled by oxen, then a single locomotive was conveyed in pieces by cableway across the gorge where the bridge was being built to start up operations to Kalomo in advance of the main line connection.


Zambesi Regatta June 05.








K/O Yours ever, Tom




I am down at Livingstone. What do you think of this view! Yrs Tom.


Back to Kalomo once more. Fil. Got your card safely. Yours Tom.


Dear Johnnie, This will show you one of the crews who took part in a boat race on the Zambezi, one of the largest rivers in the world. Uncle Tom.

The first Zambezi Regatta was held on 13th June 1905 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary year of Livingstone’s first arrival at the Falls and the construction of the Bridge. The regatta was the highlight to three days of sporting events and celebrations aimed at promoting the accessibility of the Falls to the wider world.


Dearest Nance,  Only got back to Kalomo so can’t get time to write you by this mail. All books etc. arrived safely and I’m nearly through already with them. The name I mean was “Howey” not “Oliver”. Regards to all. How is Johnnie. Best love. Tom.


Zambezi Express. 40 miles in 20 Hours. Tom.

By June 1905 three passenger trains a week were running to and from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls. Also on the Rhodesia Railways timetable was the “Zambezi Express” – a through train from Kimberley to Victoria Falls which completed the 450 km trip in under 18 hours, fully equipped with bedding services and dining car.


Wonder if the falls will be kind enough to let me be home with you all in 1907. What a (vital *****) time to look forward to though. I am going back.


Bright and happy new. With lots of love and wishes.



Yours Lee Grabrielles ? Tom. P.S. Expensive form of letter writing!! Eh!!!




My dear Nance, Just a line to let you know that I keep fit and well and hope you do likewise. I had a very quiet time at New Year. I sent you off a letter last week in which I thanked you for Xmas present. Best of love. You aff. Brother Tom.


This is about 4 miles above the falls.

DEAR DAN. Are you still alive?  Have never had an answer to my last letter. Tom.


Si si signora. Buena naghcte. T

25.11.1903SalisburyNance Lee
29.04.1904SalisburyNance Lee (?)
19.07.1904SalisburyVida Rosser
27.07.1904SalisburyVida Rosser
29.07.1904SalisburyVida Rosser
18.08.1904SalisburyNance Lee
26.08.1904Salisbury Nance Lee
20.10.1904SalisburyVida Rosser
22.11.1904SalisburyVida Rosser
03.04.1905Victoria FallsVida Rosser
11.04.1905KalomoVida Rosser
18.05.1905KalomoVida Rosser
23.05.1905KalomoVida Rosser
13.06.1905KalomoNance Lee
26.08.1905KalomoNance Lee
18.09.1905KalomoNance Lee
24.09.1905*UnknownJohnnie Lee
03.10.1905KalomoNance Lee
31.10.1905LivingstoneVida Rosser
05.12.1905KalomoNance Lee
02.01.1906KalomoNance Lee
20.06.1906KalomoAndrew Lee
22.06.1906KalomoVida Rosser
10.12.1906KalomoVida Rosser
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