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David has been collecting Australian Commonwealth from a very early age and became a serious collector in the early 60’s. At that time he was employed by P&O Orient lines and held position as 3rd Officer on board. With the position came the responsibility of the mail on board which at that time was still being sent by sea.

In 1980’s living in UK he became a member of British Society of Australian Philately (BSAP) where he found new interests and this led him to become a passionate student of the 1d Kangaroo which were plentiful and relatively easy to obtain and much under researched.

In 1990’s David made contact with Bill Bell in Canada who was well known 1d Roo research/specialist and the two explored/researched and exchanged information on this popular printing. With David’s computer skills, this eventually led to the publication of the 1d Red Kangaroo and Map Series which detailed all that was known by the authors.

Early 2000’s Greg Pope (a professional philatelist and exhibitor) contacted David to request a joint effort to update the previous publication that Bill Bell has written. With Greg’s professional computer skills and after two years of work the volume was completed and released in 2004 and the rest is history. The volume was successfully exhibited in Chicagopex in 2004 and a Vermeil Medal was awarded to the authors. In 2008 David exhibited 1d Kangaroo collection at BSAP society at Ringwood UK and was awarded a fellowship of BSAP for his contribution. He continues to research and write article which are published in UK and these articles will be available in the NPC research library. David will step in as a consultant, researcher and mentor and we are looking forward working with him.

As Chairman of the expert committee, as well as a researcher and mentor, John is very excited by the formation of NPC, which will give collectors access to new dimensions in Australian philately.

John has been collecting stamps since the age of 8. At the age of 14, he changed his direction to focus on Commonwealth philately, and it has been with him ever since.

His great passion and specialty has been the Kangaroos, KGV and KGVI issues. John has been studying the above for the last 50 years. His intricate knowledge of these issues has led to the continued research in this exciting field materialized into many new discoveries, which are continuously published in UK and Australia.

As a principal researcher and consultant to Brusden White catalogues, his discoveries were unique and at times and have changed the boundaries in Commonwealth Philately.

John has been working and continues on the Kangaroos and KGV catalogues, which combined, took through a period of app. 8 years. During that time he has made a detailed and thorough review of all denominations. Hundreds of new varieties have been added to Brusden White Roo catalogues in 2013 and 2017, and KGV in 2014 and 2018 editions. He was one of the three panel members who were responsible for the challenging task of reviewing all shades within the Kangaroo and KGV catalogues.

John’s study and strength has been the constant varieties, OS perforations and overprints, coil perforations and gums, but in particular thin paper varieties. His thin paper research for the last 30 years has led to more than two dozen new listings. His greatest find was the 2/- Kangaroo 2nd wmk thin paper that was listed for the first time in 1994. This led to many more important finds which is now part of BW listings.

John has been a member of PSC (Canberra) for the last 47 years. He is current member, Committee member and ex-Treasurer of ACCC of NSW, also a current member of the RPSV (Vic) and BSAP (London) societies.

Bill began collecting stamps at age of 12 over a wide range of philately. Later his passion expended into serious collecting of the KGV and over the last 30 years his specialization and research moved into the KGV 11/2d Die1 series on which he has been acknowledged and respected by his peers as an authority on this issue.  This led him to become a co-author with other collectors of the two volumes for the 11/2d die1 series of plates 1 to 29 which took 10 years to complete. He then researched, authored and published two volumes of Flaw Location Guides for the 11/2d Die I stamps, which took another five years to complete.  Flaw Location Guides for the KGV 11/2d Die II and the KGV 2d KGV Die III Booklet stamps have also been researched, authored and published.

Bill continues his research and publishes in philatelic journals in BSAP (UK) and ACCC in Australia. He provides advice and assistance to various organizations, individuals and more. 

Bill is a Member of the ACCC of NSW and is currently the President of the Rockingham and Kwinana Districts Philatelic Society in WA. He has also been awarded the ACCC of NSW Research Medal for 2017 for his KGV 11/2 Die I research.

Bill is currently researching the very complex area of the KGV 11/2d Die II issues, for which he has published a preliminary Flaw Location Guide.  He expects research will take several more years to complete, following which an updated version of the Guide will be released.

We welcome Bill on board and are confident that he will continue to be an asset to the philatelic community and to this web site.

Encouraged by his mother, Richard like most collectors began his early philatelic adventure aged 8. Like most kids the world was his mission and he learned a lot about the world we live in. Sent to the boarding school a new phase of philately opened up when he joined the school stamp club which was run by none other but by the famous Reverend JCW Brown (JCWB) who at that time was also the the editor of Australian Commonwealth Specialist’ Catalogue (ACSC). JCWB was the KGV specialist, his forte was his pioneering research into KGV varieties, especially the cracked electros over all the plates and values. it was JCWB who instilled the love of varieties in Richard. Years later when JCWB collection was sold through RSPV, Richard acquired some desirable pieces which are part of his collection today.

Richard’s collecting spans through all periods from Kangaroos to current QE2 decimals in varieties, missing colors. imperfs and more.

His assistance and help to the ACSC publishing catalogues over decades has been invaluable, contributing detailed information on new research, plating and more. Richard has written hundreds of research articles on previously unrecorded flaws, missing colours, perforation errors etc. mainly published in BSAP (UK) and ACCCNSW (SYDNEY).

One of his highlights was a co author and convener with other collectors on the 2 volumes of KGV 1½d DIE1 PLATE 1~29. This work took 10 years to complete.

Richard is a long standing member of the following societies RPS (London), BSAP (UK), RPSV (Melb), ACCCNSW (Syd) and Bendigo Stamp Club.

We welcome Richard on board and his knowledge and philatelic experience will be a huge learning curve to the passionate collectors.

Gordon came late to philately only starting in 1980’s and quickly became passionate in the study of Australia’s George V Penny Stamps – not just the red stamps issued during WWI, but all the issues through to the late 1930s.

One may wonder what can possibly be left to learn about Australia’s most studied and probably most important stamp but Gordon’s furtherance of the knowledge about these stamps has been invaluable. With an exhibiting pedigree that extends back to the late 1980s, Gordon has continually strived to improve and succeed in this field. Whilst the medals awarded may be considered reward enough, for Gordon it’s also been a catalyst to share his findings with the collecting community through articles in the journals of the societies specialising in Australian philately. These include the Bulletin of the British Society of Australian Philately (BSAP), “Stamp Talk” the Journal of the Philatelic Society of South Australia (PS of SA) and the Bulletin of the Australian Commonwealth Collectors Club (ACCC) of New South Wales.

In 1994 Gordon self-published “A Collectors‟ List for the Surface Printed KGV 1d Sideface Issues.” Prior to this in 1992, Gordon published the first edition of “The Surface Printed KGV 1d Sideface Issue Variety Catalogue”. Two further editions of this work have since been published each extending the knowledge of these issues and a testament to Gordon’s ongoing research. His research has been recognised by the following awards. S. A. P. C. Bruce Asheton Award 1999; B. S. A. P. Presidents Cup for KGV 1d Die 2 research with Bert Wajer 2005; A. C. C. C. N. S. W. Commonwealth Specialist Research Medal 2006; P. S. of S. A. Krichauff Award 2008; A. P. F. Research Award 2017; and B. S. A. P. Presidents Cup KGV1d Research 2018

The research work on compartment marks in 2013 together with the archival study by Geoff Kellow and David Terrington proved that the Thin G variety 2nd State was a Re-entry and not a substituted cliché.

In 2018 he published The Surface Printed KGV 1d Sideface Issue Plate Proof Variety Catalogue.

It does not stop there and in the twenty four years since 1994, the story has been continually added to – a remarkable achievement for a series that has been intensively studied for a century.


Peck has been involved with stamps for most of his life. In 1963, his direction changed and commenced collecting postage meters, which has been his passion ever since.

1968 he met Basil C Low and subsequently wrote his first book (a biography of Low) in 1975. He also became involved with organised philately in 1970 and with the national philatelic exhibitions, Sydpex 80 and 88 at Sydney town hall.

From 1982-2004 he was Curator Philately, Postal & Print Technology at The Mint and Powerhouse Museum Sydney and was a member of Australia Posts Stamp Advisory Committee 1985-90. In 2011 he exhibited his collection and won the highest gold award, which is a large gold medal. He looks forward to 2027, which will be the centenary of the licensing of the postal franking machine (now postage meter) in Australia.

Richard has been a member of the elite ACCC club (Australian Commonwealth Collectors Club of NSW) since 1970, where he regularly publishes his research articles in the ACCC bulletin.He is ACCF (Fellow member of ACCC) and MAP (Member of the Australian Philatelic Order) and many others, too many to mention.

We welcome Richard on board and are confident that he will be an asset to all the members, the philatelic community and to this web site.

David commenced collecting over 50 years ago. By late teens became very interested in varieties across the very complex and complete range of Australian Commonwealth issues but especially the Kangaroos and KGV.

Later on in life his collecting interests took a slight deviation where he added the study of the Victorian postmarks. This research and study has been ongoing until this day. His collection is the most comprehensive ever formed on this subject. The passionate students on the subject of Victorian postmarks which is one of David’s current ongoing projects may view his web site which illustrates all the date stamps of Victoria with about 30% of the images attached.

Whilst collecting and researching his hobby, his other philatelic work experiences were for a number of years as a co-owner and managing director of the Premier Philatelic Auctions, which later became Prestige Auctions and later was responsible forming the Phoenix Auction house which he currently holds the position as describer, managing director and chairman of the board.

With enormous amount of material that passes through his hands has ensured that his interest in varieties continues.

David co-authored 2 books on the datestamps of Victoria and has also published a number of specialist articles on Kangaroo and KGV.

On his personal website David maintains several reference areas which are available as a free resource, other more detailed areas are made available on an annual fee basis. These are continuously being expanded.

David maintains a significant Philatelic Library and is a member of numerous world wide societies, mentioning a few: RPSL(London), RPSV(Vic), ACCC(Sydney), BSAP(Uk), APS(Usa), MPHC(Aus)

David is well known as a consultant, advisor and a mentor and will continue in this capacity with NPC.


Notice 9/7/2023 We just uploaded the latest article and photo on the home/about us page. It is about the most expensive post KGV stamp. Read the sequence of events that made it so. For more information please email:

1936 unissued 2d scarlet Brusden White Acsc 174e(2) with the 2019 BW CV $1000,000.00


                              1936 UNISSUED 2D SCARLET BRUSDEN WHITE ACSC 174E(2) WITH THE 2019 BW CV $1000,000.00

This is one of the great rarities of the Australian Commonwealth and British Empire and the pre-eminent stamp from the very brief reign of King Edward VIII.This is the lower left unit of the original block of 6 from the Lord Vestey’s collection, which sold in July 2014 in London. The block of six was split and a single copy (illustrated) was sold at the Melbourne auction in 2015 for AUD $172,912.00.    

David, Prince of Wales ascended to the throne on the death of his father King George V on 20/1/1936 and was insistent on marrying the twice-divorced American Mrs Wallis Simpson. This was considered to be anti British tradition and declared by the Archbishop of Canterbury, that the King as the Head of the Church of England was barred from marrying a divorced woman. This brought so much pressure to bear that Edward felt compelled to abdicate so that he could marry Mrs Simpson. The abdication occurred on the 10/12/1936 before his proposed coronation and the 1936 became known as “The year of the Three Kings”. Edward’s brother Albert, Duke of York, becoming King George VI.

In Australia, preparations for the new series of stamps featuring KEVIII commenced early 1936.

In April an official portrait by Bertram Park was supplied to the Note and Stamp printing branch, which was under the umbrella of the Commonwealth bank. By December, printing of the base letter-rate 2d value was well-advanced and also other denomination in smaller quantities. The abdication caused the authorities in Australia to destroy all the KEVIII printed issues and associated artefact.

The printing of the 2d scarlet began on the 29/9/1936 in the presence of the Governor of Victoria, Lord Huntingfield. As a memento of his visit he was presented with the first sheet printed.

After abdication, the order was given to destroy all evidence of the proposed issue, the Governor was requested to return the sheet. He returned the sheet less the block of six from the bottom corner of the sheet. He advised the authorities that he would not be able to retrieve the block of six. All essays, proofs and all other printed stamps including app 71,000,000 of the 2d values were destroyed. There are no records of any other stamp beside the block of six in existence and that goes for our Postal Archives or the Royal Collection. It is therefore certain that only Lord Vestey’s block of six survived.

Current value for a single stamp is believed to be in excess of $200.000.