I started collecting stamps in the mid 1980s with Australian first day covers and the usual school boy collection of worldwide stamps. Having relatives in the UK I soon settled on used Britain, and then moved onto mint Australia and Britain.
Over the years my collecting interests have expanded to include Australian territories, a number of Pacific and Atlantic islands, a number of European countries (including the Netherlands) and Canada. However, my main passon is modern stamps and their production, with the majority of my time spent on four main areas:
Many comment about the number of new issues, and while I generally agree that too many stamps are being produced, to me the variety of production techniques and the possibility of discovering something new is part of their fascination. This was the reason for writing in Stamp News - to publish accurate and timely information about new Australian stamps, hence allowing collectors the chance to get these stamps while they are still available at reasonable cost.
Apart from my own studies I use a wide range of specialised and general catalogues, including the Australian Commonwealth Specialist Catalogue, Stanley Gibbons, Scott, Michel, Yvert & Tellier, Maury, Deegam, Connoisseur and many others. Links to these catalogue producers will be added to my Links page soon. I am also grateful to the staff of Australia Post for passing on information, and answering my many varied questions.
Over the years, I have held various positions on both local and state philatelic bodies (including youth coordinator), and part of the organising committee for state and national stamp shows. I am also a member of a large number of philatelic societies.
Of course stamps are not my only interest. My fascination for mathematics, lead to a mathematics degree and a job teaching high school mathematics. I also have a interest in family history, and as I write this my two beagles (Jasper and Bertie) are busy inspecting their home!