The Pacific Islands Study Circle
Welcome to the website of the Pacific Islands Study Circle
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:
The PISC currently has around 300 members, of whom more than 50% live overseas.
The Clive Harvey & Ruth Tyler Collections
The PISC is pleased to offer for auction two collections:
- The Clive Harvey Postal History Collection of Tokelau; and
- The Ruth Tyler Postal History Collection of Cook Islands and associated subjects.
Clive Harvey, who died in late 2012, was a long-time member of PISC and a dedicated collector of Tokelau material. This collection is strong in early material, particularly around the time that Tokelau achieved postal independence in the late 1940’s, with a fine range of early survey flights into and out of the islands by RNZAF flying boats. There are numerous other items from the period immediately after they achieved postal independence through to the turn of the century. This Auction includes many difficult to find items from this small territory.
Ruth Tyler’s collection consists of Pacific Islands postal history, the majority of which comprises island postmarks through to late 1970’s, and as such includes many postmarks from small islands, (Palmerston, Suwarrow, Pukapuka to name but a few), which could not be obtained today. Also included are a fine range of maritime covers from a wide variety of vessels, mostly associated with the Methodist Church in the South Pacifica.
Auction details ans items for all lots can be viewed online on the auction page where the auction catalogue can also be dowloaded.
PLEASE NOTE: Although viewable by anyone this is a PISC Members ONLY auction and bids will only be accepted from current PISC Members.
As is our practice we have kept lot sizes small, often single covers, or covers from a specific island, so that members can choose those items that really interest them without having the problem of disposing of surplus material from larger batches of items.
As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Size A5, 113 pages of “Gems” plus editorial matter and advertisements, illustrated in colour.
Large Vermeil at Autumn Stampex 2012
Norfolk 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...