It is with sadness that the philatelic world was advised that John Bell had passed away on 26th May 2014
John had been a stamp collector since he was a young boy, first collecting the world as all young people do, then in his teens the British Commonwealth King George VI period.While living in Victoria during the 1960's he started collecting postmarks and would drive around the State posting letters to himself.
About 1964 he purchased the Robson Lowe Encyclopaedia of British Empire Stamps, Volume IV,
The Empire in Australia. This was the turning point from his being a collector to becoming a philatelist.
On returning to South Australia in 1971 he was persuaded to attend Stamp Club meetings with a person who has since become a very close friend. The introduction to organized philately subsequently led to his involvement with the South Australian Philatelic Council, to exhibiting and to judging.John was SAPC President from 1994-1997, was re-elected in 2006. He was awarded the Briskham Award for Service to South Australian Philately in 1996.The highlight of exhibiting his South Australian Postal History was being awarded the Grand Prix at Canberra, and International Gold at London and Auckland, all in 1990.
This exhibit was sold in 2001 which has enabled him to build an exhibit of Portuguese Postal History and which has been accepted for both London and Lisbon this year.John attended the first APF judging school in Canberra and served his apprenticeship at Adelaide Stampex 1986. This has led him to judging in many National Exhibitions around Australia which he enjoys, also appreciating the opportunity to look at the displays and exhibits in all disciplines.His positive approach and encouragement at all levels of philately was appreciated by all
The Australian Postcard Society Inc. began with a group of interested
people meeting on Thursday, 5th March, 2009, to discuss the formation of
a postcard club in Adelaide, the smallest of the mainland capital cities
of Australia, population approx. 1,300,000.
Since then an interim committee followed by an elected committee have achieved
the following milestones:-
Decided on a club name and become registered as an incorporated body.
2. Become affiliated with the South Australian Philatelic Council with
the benefits of
• insurance cover
• come under the umbrella of the Australian Philatelic Federation via
3. Held an Inaugural Meeting where over 40 people attended and had
32 financial members by the end of the night. A Souvenir Postcard
was available on the night
with a special set of Counter Printed Stamps and cancelled with a special
Club Postmarker believed to be the first of its type issued.
4. Have had our Inaugural Annual General Meeting and election of
5. Have a website set up courtesy of two of our members with general
information, a member’s area, and links to other Australian clubs.
6. Four quarterly club magazines have been issued.
7. Organised our first postal bid auction which is listed on the website.
8. Our membership has steadily increased to a total of 73 members with
our first junior member joining this month.
Club meetings are held monthly with items
of interest from a nominated topic each meeting along with a display from
a member. Members can bring postcards for sale, an auction is held, and
tea/coffee is available.
Any questions or matters
of interest please contact