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.


Flash flooding in the Solomons

As reported in the news, the Solomon Isl have recently taken quite a battering. At the beginning of April the Solomons experienced some severe weather that caused flash flooding in the capital, Honiara, resulting in the loss of 23 lives and displacing a further 9,000 people from their homes. At the recent PISC AGM Canon Brian Macdonald-Milne gave an update on the situation and mentioned that the Melanesian Mission were organising a relief fund. The Solomons have also just been subjected to two earthquakes, 7.1-7.6 in magnitude; there have been no further reports of injury and the damage is currently being assessed.


The PISC has contributed to Melanesian Mission fund and if any members are interested in making their own contribution or would like to find out more about the floods, please follow the links below:


Melanesian Mission
Solomon Islands flash floods kill at least 19 people
Solomon Islands National Disaster Council issues all clear in wake of deadly Honiara floods
Deadly flash floods hit Solomon Islands' capital Honiara
Expats raise funds to help Solomons floods victims
Authorities assess earthquake damage in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

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.