South African Collectors Society
About the Society

About Us - The Committee

Meetings - Society Auctions

The Springbok

The Springbok

The Library

2019 Meetings Schedule (scroll down)

What is New The Springbok Archive - A Philatelic Forum - Birds on Stamps

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The Society was formed in May 1948 by Eric Sherwood from Sale in Manchester with a membership of about 12.
Edward Lauder from Glasgow was a staunch supporter of the fledgling society and became the first President in January 1962.
Lauder died suddenly in March 1965 and Sherwood took over the position of President.
Eric was a specialist dealer of South Africa and a well known figure in the stamp trade. He passed away at a ripe old age in January 1987.

At first the members circulated a ‘News folder’ but that became impractical as the membership progressed to three figures.
In January 1953 the first society journal was published called The Springbok and is still going strong after 60+ years.
For almost 40 years it was a bi-monthly publication and from 1993 it became a quarterly journal. Issue No 339 was published in August 2017.

Eric Sherwood promoted and advertised the Society in The South African Philatelist starting in October 1949 and this ‘PR’ exercise continued to the end of December 1972.
In January 2014 a Society website came ‘online’ and has been developed into a valuable source of information, especially our section Collect Southern Africa

The website includes an Index to all its journals The Springbok and there is an extensive list of the Society’s comprehensive Library.
Regular meetings are held in the North and the South plus a Philatelic weekend in May/June in the Midlands.
Each year in November it hosts an Annual Southern Africa Philatelic Conference and is already in its 16th year - See link above & go to that page
This important annual event is open to all the various Societies with an interest in Southern Africa Philately.
On the Saturday there are invited displays and on Sunday morning it is open to anyone wishing to present a short display.
The Conference is concluded on Sunday afternoon with a ‘live’ auction.

The 70th Anniversary is being celebrated by a customised webpage that may be accessed via the link above, also a sixteen page Special Edition of The Springbok has been published and may be downloaded free in PDF format from this website.

By 1954 the Society boasted 229 members and nowadays it is in the region of 130. There is no pomp and ceremony and the society is run in a casual and friendly manner...thus if anyone has an interest in this area of collecting they ought to consider joining.

From the Chairman Tony Howgrave-Graham
Welcome to the South African Collectors Society

The Society was formed in 1948 to promote interest in, and study of the stamps and postal history of South and South West Africa

It produces the award winning magazine The Springbok and has many excellent publications to its name, notably the Handbooks,
which remain the standard reference works for Union collectors

You will find we are still active with friendly meetings on a regular basis and we cater for all levels of collecting. Whether you are a stay at home collector who needs information, or a more gregarious type, you will be sure of a warm welcome if you should wish to join us

From the Secretary Chris Oliver - Society Aims and Objectives

From its foundation in 1948, the South African Collectors’ Society has aimed to promote the collecting and study of the stamps, postal stationery and all other aspects of the philately of South Africa
This area includes the Union and Republic, the former Homelands South West Africa / Namibia and The Cape of Good Hope

Chris Oliver
Regular meetings are held in London, Carlisle and elsewhere in the U.K.
Information is published through the Society’s journal, The Springbok

Membership is world-wide and is open to all collectors from beginners to advanced specialists

The annual subscription includes:

• Receipt of the quarterly journal The Springbok

• Access to the Society’s extensive Library

• Participation as buyers and sellers in the frequent postal auctions of the Society

• Participation as buyers and sellers in the Society’s exchange packets - U.K. members only, due to insurance requirements

• Membership benefits of The Association of British Philatelic Societies and the Philatelic Federation of Southern Africa

Join our Society - Subscription Rates - Application on Next Page

If you wish to become a member of the South African Collectors’ Society the Subscriptions are

Payable on the 1st January in each year

Payment in Sterling at the following rates

U.K. £18 and European £22 addresses

Other The Springbok sent by air mail £25

If The Springbok is received electronically a subscription of £10 per annum will apply

Payment in Rand can be made to our Agent in
South Africa Cedric Roche

By Airmail R400

Electronically R160

From the Packet Superintendant Tony Johnson
Exchange packets
For more information email the Packet Superintendant Tony Johnson at
  The society provides this service - whereby a package of books of South African stamps, provided by members, are circulated by post to a number of other members for sale to all UK members who want to participate. The material provided varies considerably and can range from pre-Union to modern Republic stamps, and can include revenues, postage dues, Cinderella’s, etc. Prices are set by the vendor but are invariably considerably less than catalogue.

Obviously the exact content of any package depends on what material members who wish to sell have available but the packet superintendant tries to ensure that any packet contains a reasonable range if he can.
The Packet Superintendant is always looking for books of material to enable him to provide packets with a range of material and prices so if you have some unwanted material please take a little time to make up some books for sale so that you can receive some cash, maybe to spend on new material, and the packets can continue for the benefit of our members and also
to provide a small, but useful, financial contribution to the society.

The Committee


Sqn. Ldr. John L. Shaw MBE FRSPL
email -

Chris Oliver


Tony Howgrave-Graham

Simon Peetoom

Committee Members
Nick Arrow -

Journal Editor
Roy Ross -

Conference Organiser

Simon Peetoom -

Other Society Officials

Librarian - Malcolm Ridsdale -

Auditor - John Richardson -

Packets Exchange - Tony Johnson -

Webmaster - Otto Peetoom -

Northern Meetings
- David Haig -

Overseas Representatives

South Africa - Cedric Roche - - USA - Morgan Farrell -

2019 Society Meetings

to Follow
Calthorpe Arms, London
Carlisle County Hotel

Annual Southern Africa Philatelic Conference

London Meeting 20 September 2014 (Photo by Chris Oliver)
Left to Right - Tony Johnson, Tony Howgrave-Graham, Bob Hill, Simon Peetoom, John Shaw and David Page

 Reports of Society Meetings
These are published in The Springbok
Society Auctions

Two (Live) Society Auctions are held each year at the Philatelic weekends in June & November

The next Auction (No 49) will be in June 2019 at
Strawberry Bank Hotel, Main Rd, Meriden, Coventry CV7 7NF


The Auctioneer Details
All enquiries concerning the Auction must be directed to Nick Arrow
The Beeches, Axminster Road, Musbury, EX13 8AZ
Telephone 01297552482 or (Mobile) 07973 253951


South African
Collections Booklets

After being out of circulation for several years,
Rob & Lyn Lester have taken the initiative to
re-activate this valuable source of information

A total of 33 booklets are available and
details may be viewed here!

Please Register your Interest for any of these Publications

Email -

Our Terms are Cash with Order

The Springbok - Society Journal
For more details - Follow the Link
The Springbok Archive (New Page January 2019)

January 2019
The Springbok No 344 has been posted

A sample copy of the Society Journal No 340 may be downloaded here

Hopefully Individuals who are considering joining this Society

November 2018 - No 344
August 2018 - No 343
April 2018 - No 342
October 2017 - Special Edition

The Library
For more details - Follow the Link

Malcolm Ridsdale
41 Woodlands Drive

Non Philatelic Library Books
Philatelic Library Books
Stamp Catalogues &
Philatelic Journals

The Springbok 1953 - 2017

Updated MAY 2017

The borrowing facility is available to members only

Several years ago Bob Allison disposed of his set of 12 Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa
to Otto Peetoom and after consideration, Otto has in turn donated them to the SACS Library

The Library Rules
Rules regarding borrowing
1. All books are the property of the South African Collectors' Society and may be borrowed for a time limit of two months.
During that time they are under the full responsibility of the borrower.

2. The borrower is responsible for postage both ways, the onward postage being paid to the Honorary Librarian on return of the book(s).
3. The library books are for the use of members only and should not be lent to others.
4. It is emphasised that if an attempt is made to photocopy books loaned from the Society, the member is fully responsible for a replacement book if damage is caused to the borrowed book.
5. Books being returned must be packed properly to prevent damage. A receipt of posting must be obtained for all returns, including heavy books being returned by Parcel Force.
6. The library list shall be published separately and any additions to the library will be published form time to time in the Springbok.

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