Philas House Philatelic Reference Centre

Resource Centre for Philatelic Societies and Members

Welcome to Philas House Philatelic Reference Centre. My name is Richard Abbott and I am the Archivist for the Philatelic Association of NSW. 

I have been working for some years cataloguing and digitising collections held by the Association in Philas House. Now with the new Philas web site this information is linked and the catalogues and various collections that have been scanned are accessible to Clubs and Members to enjoy

There are further details on the Catalogue page regarding the status of the various collections and steps Clubs need to take if they wish to borrow material for their meetings.

Philas House Display Collections

Over the years Philas House has been the fortunate recipient of a number of collections donated by members or their families and  Philas has also purchased some significant collections itself from Auction offerings,
In the display catalogue I have tried to identify the quality of the various collections. Some of the collection are in a suitable state for Philatelic Clubs to borrow for display at the club meetings, those noted as 4 Star or 3 Star would currently be suitable. Those in the catalogue which are noted as 2 or 1 star would not be in a suitable state yet for clubs to borrow or may be too valuable and may only be viewed under supervision at Philas House.

Resetting or mounting of collection material is an ongoing task and whilst some stirling work has been carried out by Frank B Whitfield, Richard Peck, Milton Hook, Cyril McColough and Finn Kristiansen there is still much work to be done as new material is being constantly received and in some cases requires additional work before it may be available for Clubs to borrow.


Borrowing Collection From Philas House

If Clubs wish to borrow a collection for one of their meetings they should ensure they lodge their requestt to borrow the material three months prior as collections may already have been booked out for their desired date.
Requests for collections should, in the first instance, be emailed to Philas House noting their meeting date and preferred date for collecting the material . It is also suggested that Clubs also include an alternative collection should their first choice not be available. An email confirmation will be sent confirming the collection that will be available and the date for collection.
There is a register kept in Cupboard 25 at Philas and is important that in every case material where material is being collected and returned to Philas House that it is signed out and back in by a club representative.
Where material is to be posted to a Club then the request must be emailed by an officer of that Club and that nominated person will be responsible for the safe return of that material to Philas House. Philas House will endeavour to ensure that material is posted in good time to be available for the designated meeting and if there could be a problem because of prior bookings then Philas will contact the Club to resolve any possible problems

Philas House Display Collections

Whilst I have been careful to scan the various collections at the highest resolution available.  The requirements for uploading material to the website has meant in some cases that the images may not be as clear as I would want. In other cases the collection has had to be split into smaller segments,  to meet the strictures of this web design package.  Various scanners have been used on the different collections  and the quality of the digitised material does vary, in the future it is hoped to standardise the quality.
All the material that has been digitised is covered by copyright and whilst you are more than welcome to view the material (before possibly borrowing for Club Meetings), but if you wish to include any of the digitised material in any publications that you wish to publish or display you should first seek permission from Dr Geoff Kellow on of the Philas Libarary Inc
There are also an additional source of information in the form of "Bulletins" that can be found under the Penrith Philatelic Society link under Clubs. These were produced by Uwe Kruger a former president of the Club  and which contain a wealth of information on Australian Issues as well as information covering a wide range of special interest topics and images.

Australia Post Booklets Ian Laney Collection Philas Restricted Collections Fred Lloyd German Collection AUSPEX '84 Collections Dr Helen Cockburn World of Women 1980 Moscow Olympics Nita Wilson Collection of Australian Privately Ordered Aerogrammes Korean Consulate General and Garrard Collection Cyril McCullough Collection New Zealand Issue Stamps - Private Collection Small New Zealand Back of the Book Collections - Private Collection Revenue Stamps of the Austro-Hunarian Empire & the Austrian and Hungarian Republics - Private Collection Collection of German Seals (Siegelvignetten) - Private Collection Australian Benham Silk Collection 1981 - 1988 - Private Collection Stan Davison Collection Australian Maxi Cards 1979 - 1989 Single Album Collections Norm Sheppard Russian Collection Don Cox Eiffel Tower Collection Richard Bates Stamp Designer HD Bruce Collection of NSW Postmarks