by Otto Peetoom
Union of South Africa was formed on 31 May 1910 and
the First Opening of a Union Parliament was on 4 November
1910 in Cape Town - Leading up to this event a massive
celebration took place, the streets of the City were
decorated and several Arches were erected. In late
October/early November 1910 there was an elaborate
Pageant organized by a well known individual Frank
To Commemorate the Opening of Parliament a 2½d
Commemorative Stamp was issued on 4 November 1910.
Today the stamp is catalogued as SG 1 and 2. It would
take another three years before the first Definitive
issue appeared on 1 September 1913.
Many individuals have been fascinated
by this Stamp and in some instances it is the only
subject they specialise in, over the years important
holdings of the Union 2½d Commemorative have
appeared in Auction. In the South African Collectors
Society several members are fans of the issue.
Chris Board is currently researching
the subject and Rob & Lyn Lester have formed one
of the most extensive collections of SG 1 & 2.
They have on more than one occasion entertained the
Audience at Leamington Spa with a stunning display
of First Day Cancellations, Covers and Multiples.
They were commended as the first members of the Society
to contribute interesting material to the SACS website
and it is hoped that others will follow their example.
It is thanks to Lyn & Bob's Enthusiasm that a
comprehensive section on The Union 2½d Commemorative
is possible I have sub-divided the Issue into six
I recently had a conversation with Rob in which he
mentioned several highly
unusual destinations to which
covers, which include a 2½d
Union SG 1, in the franking sent to places such as
South America and the Panama Canal Zone, then by complete
co-incidence I came across an item
with an astonishing destination, non other than to
Captain Scott in the Antarctic