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

The PISC currently has around 300 members located around the world.


The ABPS Congress Medal for 2015 - Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones ABPS Congress Medal winner 2015Many congratualtions to Bryan Jones, PISC's Pacifica editor, on receiving the ABPS Congress Medal for 2015. From ABPS news Summer 2015:


"The ABPS Awards Committee has awarded the 2015 Congress Medal to Bryan A Jones of Solihull who was nominated by the Banbury Stamp Society. This is a thoroughly well- deserved award because Bryan is an extremely hard worker in several areas of philately. He is currently Chairman of the Midland Philatelic Federation, Chairman of the Midpex Organising Committee and has carried out several roles in the Solihull Society such as President, Chairman and Secretary Bryan has been awarded the Certificate of Recognition by the Midland Philatelic Federation for thirty years of service as packet secretary of the Solihull Philatelic Society. He has been a member of the Pacific Islands Study Circle for over forty years where he has acted as Editor of their journal and has improved the production and content. He has written much for the Society including various monographs and a book entitled “The Aviation and Airmail History of Fiji” and continues writing. Stanley Gibbons consulted Bryan when producing their catalogues covering the Pacific areas. He has contributed much information to these productions.


However the main area with which Bryan is involved is Midpex where he worked hard to form a Committee for organizing the event. The last Committee broke up some years ago, and Bryan is now responsible for the successful running of the event. He has made Midpex a thoroughly viable philatelic biennial event with good facilities, both now and for the future.


Bryan has many displays on a variety of subjects and gives presentations around the UK."

Latest Publication

Now Published.....

Collecting Easter Island - Stamps & Postal HistroyCollecting Easter Island - Stamps & Postal History


by David Maddock and Steve Pendleton


Easter Island exerts a fascination well beyond the interests of philatelists, and although this joint publication by David Maddock, based on an original document produced by Steve Pendleton, refers in its title to the collection of the stamps and postal history of this unique island, the manner in which the authors have taken great pains to include a wealth of background information in conjunction with each topic makes it far more than just a philatelic reference work.

The Chapters comprise: (1) Background, History and Geography; (2) Early Postal History (to 1953); (3) Aviation; (4) Postal History (from 1953); (5) Americans and APO 09877; (6) Visiting Ships; (7) Concorde; (8) Stamps Issues (A. Chile, B. Other Countries); (9) Postal Markings; (10) Illustrated Covers; (11) Postal Stationery (Aerogrammes, Parcel Labels etc.); (12) Postcards; (13) QSL Cards; (14) Miscellaneous & Appendices

This publication undoubtedly achieves its objective of providing a complete reference work on the philately of Easter Island. Read more...


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.