The Pacific Islands Study Circle

Welcome to the website of the Pacific Islands Study Circle

Member of the Association of British Philatelic Societies
American Philatelic Society Affiliate #226

The Study Circle was founded in Great Britain in 1962 for collectors of the stamps and postal history of the smaller Pacific islands and the Indian Ocean islands of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling). The list of territories covered include:

  • Christmas Is.
  • Easter Is.
  • Cocos Is.(Indian Ocean)
  • Cook Is.
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Gilbert & Ellice Is.
  • Hawaii
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • New Hebrides
  • Norfolk & Lord Howe Is.
  • Pitcairn
  • Samoa & Western Samoa
  • Solomon Is.
  • South American Is. & Galapagos
  • Tokelau & Union Is.
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu & Kiribati
  • US Territories
  • Vanuatu

The PISC currently has around 300 members, of whom more than 50% live overseas.


Information required - Fiji Meter Marks Book

As has been mentioned in Pacifica, John Dear is producing a new book on the above. It's nearly ready, but there are a few pictures/information of some marks missing that John would like to include. Here's a list of the references that are found in the mark.

 RN 61, RN 81, RN 107, H014, H015, P.B. 059, P.B. 072, P.B. 073, AH050, AH054, AH073, AH077, AH080, AH108

If anyone has any of the missing ones please send details (not the item!) to John at

- a colour jpg scanned at 300dpi would be best.

Latest Publication

Now Published.....

Star Large Vermeil at Autumn Stampex 2012

Fijis Times Express StampsNorfolk Island Cancellations and Postal Markings (3rd edition)


compiled by D.A.R. Murray Brown FRPSL


This latest publication is a description and classification of cancellations and postal markings used on mail from Norfolk Island from 1841 to the present day. Read more...


"This is a magnificent production.... Most hightly recommended." - Michael Round, Stamp Lover Vol. 105 December 2013.

Philatelic Gems

Philatelic GemsAs part of the Australasia 2012 celebrations “Philatelic Gems” was published. Members of the three societies, the PISC, BSAP and NZPS, have contributed illustrations and descriptions of items from their collections which are remarkable in some way and can justifiably be regarded as “gems”.


The contents are arranged in chronological order and range from 1805 to 2011. Among the Pacific Islands items are covers and stamps from Caroline Islands, Christmas Island, Clipperton Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Niue, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Island, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Wake Island.


Copies of this an attractive publication, illustrated in colour, are still available (while stocks last) at £10 + p&p. To order or other enquiries (e.g. cost to Europe, airmail to rest of world. Paypal payments etc) please contact to Size A5, 113 pages of “Gems” plus editorial matter and advertisements, illustrated in colour.