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The Newsletter of The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand, published (approximately) monthly.


The New Zealand Stamp Collector
Softcover: 34 pages
$10 ($8 to members) or 4-for-$30 ($24 to members)

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The Journal of The New Zealand Philatelic Society, published quarterly in March, June, September and December.

Most back issues since Volume 75 No 1 (1995) are available


Wartime Internment in New Zealand ~ Andrew Dove ~ 2017
Softcover: 128 pages
$30 ($20 for members)

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This publication provides an overview of internment during the World Wars in New Zealand. Using original research from the author’s collection, previously published philatelic information, extracts from New Zealand Archives The New Zealand Gazette and contemporaneous newspaper accounts, it gives an account of those interned, the conditions under which they were held, and the postal arrangements made for them.

Although New Zealand was rarely directly threatened during either World War, the security of the nation was a high priority for the Government. In both wars, a mixture of local residents judged to be a danger, German residents of the Pacific Islands and enemy combatant Prisoners of War were interned.

During the First World War, the internment system was organised under direct instructions from the Imperial Authorities in London. In contrast, during the Second World War, procedures and regulations were determined by the New Zealand Government. In both wars, the decision was made to treat those interned as Prisoners of War. This meant that they had to be afforded the privileges specified in The Hague and Geneva Conventions and, in particular, the facility to communicate with family and friends overseas. This required special arrangements to be put in place as normal mail routes were closed by the Wars. Overall, the internees seem to have been well treated compared to PoWs in other parts of the world.

The first part of the book covers the First World War and contains sections on the camps where the internees were held as well as the people caught up in the net. Some special Postal Stationery was produced for the camps and the different printings are described. There is also extensive coverage of the censorship arrangements and postal markings applied to the correspondence.

The Second World War is covered in similar detail although there were fewer internees and they were kept on Somes Island until their move to Pahiatua. Again, the postal marks and censorship arrangements are covered in detail. There is also an account of the treatment of Conscientious Objectors and of families who accompanied the internees from the Pacific Islands.

The appendices include chronological censuses of items sent by internees during their stay in the camps in both wars. They are not claimed to be complete as the information has been gathered by the author from other collectors, philatelic literature, auction catalogues etc. but the changes in postal markings show a consistent time line. Further examples will, no doubt, come to light but it seems likely that these will tighten the recorded dates on which changes occurred rather than requiring a complete review of the picture.

Little has been written on the subject of internees’ mail compared with other aspects of New Zealand philately. This is due, in part, no doubt to the scarcity of World War I material: the generally accepted view is that less than 100 items have survived. The WWI census reported includes 80 examples, and the WWII, 77. A numbering system has been adopted to allow further examples to be added in chronological sequence.

Overall, this is a significant contribution to the understanding of a part of New Zealand’s history and its local contribution to the war effort in the twentieth century. It will be of interest to collectors of postal history of the period and will, hopefully, serve as a stimulus to further discussion on the subject.


Listing of the Library of The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand ~ 2015 Edition ~ Adam Miller ~ 2015
Softcover: 111 pages
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Pigeon Posts & Messaging Services of New Zealand and Some Pacific Islands ~ Desmond Hurley ~ 2014
Softcover: 38 pages
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The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume X ~ Brian Vincent ~ 2013
Hardcover: 800 pages
$55 ($45 for members)

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The tenth volume in this series, running since 1938. Volume X covers in detail all the New Zealand Post issues from 1995 to the end of 2009.

The stamps are arranged and described in chapters including the definitive issues, commemoratives, health stamps, Christmas, scenic and heritage issues. In addition there is a special chapter outlining the development of FDC collecting in New Zealand as well as chapters on the Stamp Points issues, Prestige Booklets and Ross Dependency. CALs are recorded in detail and there is an update on the postal stationery of New Zealand. The book also includes what is certainly the most comprehensive study of the single pane booklets issued during this period. The more recent Game Bird stamps are outlined and there is a historical account of pigeon mail services in New Zealand. The last of the Frama issues are covered and there are appendices on OPSO overprints (updated since the publication of the earlier book on this topic), cleaned overprints and a short postal history update.


Treasured Letters - New Zealand Prisoner of War Air Letter Cards 1941-1945 ~ Barry Scott & Robin Startup ~ 2011
Softcover: 146 pages
$90 ($80 for members)

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The Parcel Carriage Labels of New Zealand ~ Adam Miller ~ 2011
Softcover: 100 pages
$40 ($30 for members)

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Adam Miller has collected together a comprehensive A-Z listing of New Zealand’s parcel carriage labels – over 1100 different from about 70 issuers. Covering from the earliest known from the 1890’s, the book continues through to just before the rise of the peel & stick Courier types, generally around 1980-85. All the well-known names are here, including The New Zealand Express Co., New Zealand Railways Road Services, Midland, Newmans and Mt Cook Lines. Many less well-known companies are also covered, some recorded for the first time, including bus companies such as Blue Bus, Hodgson’s Motors or Strathmore; freight carriers like E. Birch or A.B. Wright; and even launch services carrying packages on their normal mail contract runs. Major and minor varieties of format, separation, colour and font are noted, as are receipt parts, booklets, instructional labels and cancellations. All non-instructional items have been given a rarity rating, from RRR (1-2 copies known) to C (over 50 copies). Most are recorded as less than 10 copies.

There are 4 pages of introductory matter, plus a bibliography and reference section. Deliberately excluded issuers (the more recent Couriers) are listed following the Index. Each copy has affixed to the title leaf a half-pane of 4 of the 20c Johnson’s Launch label overprinted for Kamahi Launch Services.


The Vending & Affixing Machine Coils of New Zealand ~ Stanley Kundin ~ 2009
Hardcover: 148 pages
$35 ($25 for members)

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This book is subtitled “A study of the stamps, the machines and some of the personalities involved”. With colour throughout, it describes in detail the Dickie Brown machine, the trials and the Parker vending machine. There are chapters on identifying the different trial coils, the commercial development of the Dickie Brown Vending machine, early machines and vending machine coils. The postage stamps covered range from the first 1d Universals through to the last QEII design issue of 1978. Also covered are the affixing machine coils and the test, dummy and training coils, together with appendices.

Since the tragic fire at his home that claimed both his life and his collection this publication provides the only remaining reference for many irretrievably lost items.

The monograph is a comprehensive coverage of this fascinating aspect of New Zealand philately. At the 11th NZ National Philatelic Literature Exhibition held at Palmerston North, this book was awarded Gold with Felicitations.


The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume IX ~ Robert Samuel ~ 2007
Hardcover: 492 pages
$45 ($35 to members)

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This volume, the first in full colour, covers New Zealand's Postal Stationery from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth. Written by the late Robert Samuel, this publication will surely become the authoritative work in this field.
The comprehensive chapters deal with postcards, Lettercards, Registered Envelopes, Envelopes, the 1932 Adhesive Provisionals, Newspaper Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Government Department Printed Franks, the 6d King Edward VII Telegraph Form, Stamped Adhesive Labels, Impressed Honey Seal Stamps and Postal Notes.
Also covered are the various private items issued over the years, the Department of Education postcards and envelopes, non-denominated Stationery, and sections on Samoa, Cook Islands and Niue. Robert was New Zealand's expert in this area of collecting and he had brought together all his research in this one volume.
There are two Appendices and a comprehensive checklist to complete this large volume of 492+xvii pages.
GOLD medals at Sydney Stamp Show 2007, St. Petersburg (FIP) 2007 & New Zealand National Philatelic Literature Exhibition, Palmerston North, 2007, Reserve Grand and Gold at APS Stamp Show 2007


Index to The New Zealand Stamp Collector 1995-2004 & The Newsletter 1947-1973 ~ Adam Miller ~ 2005
Softcover: 50 pages
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Index to The New Zealand Stamp Collector 1919-1994 ~ Adam Miller ~ 1998
Hardcover: 172 pages
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