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Perfin Study Group of Australia Notice Board

Additions and Corrections to: David Coath

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Be sure to check out the Pre-Cancel section of the Perfin book these can be found at the bottom of the 'Other' page. If you can cross referance with your own collection you may have some varients of the recorded overprints or even some unlisted ones. If so please contact David Coath at the above email thank you.

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1-1-2017 Perfins.com.au would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. We would like to thank all of you for your kind feedback throughout the past year.

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A new Facebook Perfin group has started. all to do with Australian Perfins, why not come along and join in the fun. Here 

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For those interested in Danish perfins we have just added to the links page some excellent work by Jan Krolak. Danish Perfins

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Work is still being done on the Victoria section of the new perfin book. It is still troublesome for the authors with Happ and its menacing graphics!

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Two new exhibits have been added to the 'Perfin Exhibit's Tab. Please take time to have a good look at these.

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1-1-2016 Perfins.com.au would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. We would like to thank all of you for your kind feedback throughout the past year.

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Much behind the scenes going on in the last couple of months. Work is progressing slowly, continuing to correct the graphics in HAPP but it is slow.

Other areas addressed where HAPP reports a pattern but there is no proving pattern extant, bit of a mess really but it will eventually be corrected

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Well a jolly good time was had by all members attending the perfin club meeting  at the Sydney Stamp Expo, many stories swopped with new friends made.

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looking forward to seeing as many of you at the Perfin Club meeting held at the Sydney Stamp Expo later next month.

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As expected things are progressing slowly on the Victoria Revenue Perfin book. Thank you for your patience.

Out of all the States Victoria has been the poor relation for quality study by early students which, will probably be on going, as it is rife for new finds as per below.

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New finds are continually showing up and in this case 'J.L.a' on a 4/- Orange Victorian Revenue Here  1884 is a very early date for a perfin Unrecorded everywhere except here!

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What a great year 2014 was for perfins in Australia with many new finds. Lets hope 2015 will be the same. Happy Perfinating!

It is pleasing to note the amount of positive mail we are getting. Thank's to all of you who have been happily sharing your knowledge.

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1-1-2015 Perfins.com.au would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. We would like to thank all of you for your kind feedback throughout the past year.

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The Telegraph & Telephone Stamp page is filling nicely many thanks to those of you who have supplied scans.

Telegraph & Telephone Stamps of the Commonwealth of Australia and its States

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You may note the Victoria section of the free on line Revenue Perfin Catalogue is moving along, albeit slowly, this State needs to be tackled with precision, to correct all previous works.

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A South Australian 'I' page has been recently added to the free online Revenue Perfin book again correcting HAPP with a much needed update to the I.H. pattern. The HAPP example proporting to be I.H..a [i think] is 'HAPP IH.14' and is a mess, the 'I' appears reversed which is very confusing. Please update this patteren and delete another HAPP version.

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The excellent work on the Tattersall's 'A' perfin patterns from Bill Harley continues to rate very high with collectors of this pattern. This work now puts this 'A' pattern into chronological sensible order making the mess in HAPP well and truly defunct.

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PCNZA Auction is now closed. Club members will be informed shortly if they have been successful with their bids.

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Christmas will soon be upon us. During the festive season, will be a good time to update your wants lists and add in all the new finds and corrections to your listings.

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The excellent work on the Tattersall's 'A' perfin patterns from Bill Harley is now on show in the Perfin Research page [accessed from the home page or 'A' link above]. This work now puts this 'A' pattern into chronological order.

In other works, the 'A' pattern is simply a shambles. Congratulations again to Bill Harley of New South Wales.

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Club members of the PCNZA will by now have the 'Rules of Incorporation' as a supplement inside the latest journal. Can i encourage all members to return the ballot paper to the secretary asap.

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David Coath the Secretary of the Perfin Club of New Zealand and Australia has been working closely with the committee over several months to bring together the final draft for incorporation of the PCNZA club. This is long overdue with the previous secretary procrastinating for many years. This will protect ALL club members. Its a no brainer.

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A new report of a Queensland NZ/IC.e on a KEDVII issue is a welcome addition. This being quite a rare perfin.

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A Betta page for the Telegraph & Telephone Stamps has been added. Can you help add to it? This is on our sister site ozrevenues. Click here to view Telegraph & Telephone Stamps of the Commonwealth of Australia and its States

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I [DE] received the South Pacific Perfin Bulletin No 105 for April 2014. This excellent journal from the PCNZA is posted to all members 4 times a year.

I have already had an email enquiry for the April edition as to the pattern references I have given on pages 17 & 18 in the article on the patterns of the Adelaide Co-operative Society. Some end numerically others alphabetically and asking why is this so.

 

The short answer is that when we were formulating the "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" the editor of the "Handbook of Australian Private Perfins" (John Mathews), would not allow us to use the same numbers that were in HAPP. Rather than make a listing with a different set of numbers we chose to use letters so as to minimise confusion.

 

So unfortunately for every perfin collector of Australian material out there, thanks to John Mathews, you, me and even John Mathews alike now have to cross reference manually.

 

As explained in our Introductions to "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia", Section 7

 

http://www.perfins.com.au/OZ-Revenue-Perfins/Introduction.html

 

We give permission for to any author of future perfin publication's or study work to use the alphabetical system free of copyright.

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The State of Victoria is filling nicely in the free on line book of "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia". Please remember the Authors need your help. We are also tackling the Commercial Overprints of Victoria as well, so please check this work and see if you can add to it, thank you. In particular we are looking for proving pieces on documents.

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I [DE] have had a couple of emails claiming the perfin patterns in the ©Perfin-Finder [the supplement to] "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" do not match some of the ones shown in the "Handbook of Australian Perfins' by Mathews.

The simple answer is, many of the patterns shown in the "Handbook of Australian Private Perfins [Happ] are wrong and not 100% correct." Unfortunately this has lead many a collector into thinking he or she has a 'new find'.

The authors are working on as many of these incorrect patterns shown in the "Handbook of Australian Private Perfins" as possible. If you are struggling with a pattern in HAPP contact David Coath from the above link in the heading of this page.

The patterns in the ©Perfin-Finder are guaranteed 1-1 correct.

If you try and copy, print out or use the patterns shown in the online pages from the "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" and not the ©Perfin-Finder you will find these are not to scale, they are just used to help with your id of each pattern.

You will need to use the ©Perfin-Finder which you can see in action in the short film shown on the lower right side of the home page.

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Victoria is the last State left to complete the "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia".

For updates please keep checking the free book, which is continually being worked on. Accessed from the home page blue arrow.

Maybe you can add to it? if so please contact the authors.

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The Perfin Club meeting held at the 2014 Canberra National Stamp Show was an overwhelming success, it even spilled out into the coffee shop after the close of the meeting.

David Coath chaired the meeting and from all accounts a jolly good time was had by all.

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As mentioned below "there is so much to correct from previous published works". It now appears we have to re look at HAPP from page 1.

Recently I [Dave Elsmore] was doing some research on the early perfins of Qld and decided to check the Qld Gazette for their introduction and found in the 11 Jan 1892 edition on page 152 they were approved for use on 6 Jan 1892.

I thought i would cross check with HAPP only to find a date of 10 Jan 1892 which was a Sunday.

It now looks like ALL introductory Company perfin dates in HAPP will have to be re-checked.

This really is inexcusable research by the author of HAPP.

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There is just one Australian State left to complete the "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia". Victoria is now being worked on.

It is envisaged this may take another 2 years as there is so much to correct from previous published works.

For updates please keep checking the book as they are continually being worked on and added to. If you see any errors please let the authors know, thank you.

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As mentioned below the "Private Revenue Perfins of South Australia & The Australian Commonwealth" has now been completed.

The Perfin Finder has been posted out and you should get yours within a week of this post. This consists of 38 patterns on 1 x A4 page print out and 1 translucent A4 page of identical patterns for use on documents etc.

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The "Private Revenue Perfins of South Australia" Perfin section is now complete. Please take some time to view this, we look forward to any comments.

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The "Private Revenue Perfins of The Commonwealth of Australia" Perfin section is now complete. Please take some time to view this, we look forward to any comments.

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Perfins.com.au would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. The Perfins.com.au server stats show a complete doubling of traffic from this time last year. We would also like to thank all of you for your kind feedback throughout the past year.

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Another correction is needed for the 'Handbook of Australian Private Perfins' by Mathews.

This time it is not only the address for the Insurance Office of Australia [IOA.1 & .2] shown in HAPP as 37 Queen Street, Melbourne but IOA.2 is clearly a NSW device with IOA.1 also needing a reference to Victorian revenue use.

37 Queen Street, Melbourne was the home of the 'North British & Mercantile Insurance Co. Ltd'. This company only backed I.O.A.

The 'Insurance Office of Australia' resided at 54-56 Market Street, Melbourne. See Elsmore Coath I.O.A..a in the Victoria Revenue Perfin Book.

1924 picture of 54-56 Market Street Melbourne

Picture courtesy 'Trove'

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A few new pictures have been added to the 'How the Perfin was born' tab, found on the home page

Reproduced with the kind permission of the UK Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Joseph Sloper Inventor 1813-1890

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New Find: The above S&H pattern [Stewart & Hemmant] is new to railways and recorded here for the first time. Elsmore Coath #S&H.a

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BACK ISSUES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC PERFIN BULLETIN – (1-100) The first 100 issues of the informative ad readable South Pacific Perfin Bulletin (SPPB) are now available on a CD.

The SPPB has been issued since 1986 and this CD cover all Bulletins up until 2012. If you wish to order a copy of the CD or hard copies of any back issues then these are available from David Coath as follows:

CD with issues 1-100 Post Paid Cost: $10 (A) within Australia and New Zealand, or $15 (B) Rest of the World. Printed copies of any issues from 1-99 for 50c each, plus postage at cost.

This offer is only available to PCNZA Members but membership is inexpensive, see Notice Board post below:

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New ID Find. The below M.a pattern for James Moore & Sons. Timber Merchants & Importers.

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The above B&S pattern is from the GB company of Barr & Sons (Seedman) Covent Garden, London. This is the 1st on an Australian Customs Duty to surface. Thanks go out to Jeff Turbull [UK Perfin Society] for his GB id conformation 'B-6430.06aM'. Elsmore Coath #B&S.a

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The "Private Revenue Perfins of New South Wales" wins a Vermeil medal at the International Australian World Stamp Expo 2013.

   

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The "Private Revenue Perfins of New South Wales" is now complete.

Perfin Finders for New South Wales have been posted out, you should get yours within a week. This consists of 188 patterns on 5 x A4 pages of print outs and 5 translucent A4 pages of identical patterns for use on documents etc.

İPerfin-Finder

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Stolen Perfinned Stamps Read ALL about it HERE

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The "Private Revenue Perfins of New South Wales" Perfin section is now complete.

We are working on the Security Overprint section which should be complete within 2 weeks of this post. Then a proof read and a printout for sending to the World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne May 10-15.

This has been a great challenge for us with nothing like this being undertaken in the past. Just the NSW section should print out in excess of 300 A4 pages.

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What a great year 2012 was for perfins in Australia.

It is pleasing to note the amount of positive mail we are getting. Thank's to all of you who made contact sharing your knowledge.

The New South Wales section of 'Revenue Perfins of Australia' Book has been accepted into the World Stamp Show in Melbourne Australia later this year, so fingers crossed for a medal.

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1-1-2013 Happy Birthday 'Perfin Stamps of Australia' - 2 year's today!

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As promised the time has come to open the new Revenue Perfin book up. Those of you who have bee given a user name and password will no long need to use it as there is now a direct link HERE pop it in your favourites. Of course the Perfin Finder will continue to be posted out to buyers.

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Another perfin exhibit has been added to the Exhibits Tab sent in by Ron Young of South Australia, Ron has also supplied an article on perfins which can be read in the Archive Tab. The article was taken from issue 71 of 'Perforated Points' June 1995 and published in the Newsletter of the Salisbury Philatelic Society, South Australia. Many thanks Ron.

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A further 'New Find' has been added to the home page. SH/&Co.a [lying sideways right]. The below was until now laying unrecorded. Please check your collections to see if you have other values in this 1921 set that can be identified and added to the listing, thank you.

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Perfin Club of New Zealand & Australia or PCNZA - Some positive and not so positive observations:-

1. The latest 'South Pacific Perfin Bulletin' has just arrived and how refreshing to see the actual stamps used on the envelope were perfinned, after a long break of non perfin stamps being used the club has now appointed an new 'Perforator Person' or the original 'Perforator Person' has pulled his or her socks up and finally listened to the members. This is good news indeed. Lets hope it continues.

2. I noticed a temporary committee shuffle with Mark Saxby taking over the reins as President and David Coath taking on the Secretary & Auctioneer rolls. A great move and members can only benefit from this.

3. Club Incorporation. Finally moves are a foot to Incorporate the Club.

4. The editor of HAPP intends to charge for an update and is seeking buyers.

5. It is nice to see the journal in colour.

5. If you would like more information on the PCNZA or would like to contribute to the journal please make contact with the Secretary who's email is at the top of this page. D.E.

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You may have noticed two new graphics on the home page.

The first addition to the home page is the Victorian ultra high £50 [shown below] this is a new value find and i was very pleased to add it to my collection. The £50 being the highest face value stamp from Australia to carry a Perfin, believed to be unique. But wait, maybe you have a £100 value with a Perfin, if so show it here, it will surly knock the below £50 out of the water.

Secondly on the left of the home page and below is a 5/- bi-colour from Victoria.

This value is a new find and clearly shows how HAPP once again is incorrect, this time in its pattern layout for 'R O' The HAPP version of RO should stand for 'Ruddy Orrible'.

Very frustrating when you shell out good hard earned money to buy what you think is a researched publication only to find errors in it time after time.

As an example the 5/- RO below does not match the pattern in HAPP, so upon making enquiries [thinking i have found a new variant to the RO pattern], only to be told the HAPP pattern is wrong, one's hopes yet again dashed, just like that.

Hopefully HAPP will be updated and posted out to buyers of the book. D.E.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of New South Wales" has been opened up as a Beta edition so collectors can see the progress of this edition to the series, already over 560 graphics have been added to this what will be a monumental task. As usual corrections and additions to previous work is the catalyst to all the State issues of this series of Perfin books.

The authors would welcome scans of your holdings for this edition of the book, thank you.- D. E.

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'Perfins on Tasmanian Stamps' has won a Gold Medal in the USA. This was exhibited by well known Tasmanian Collector David McNamee. Check out David's super exhibit can be found in the 'Exhibits' tab on the home page.

It was interesting to see David chose to use the Gene Tinsley FRPSL RDP numbering system for listing the Perfins within the exhibit. Tinsley's work being the most up to date on these issues. HAPP is way behind and in much need of an update where Tasmanian perfins are concerned.

Noted several new finds not recorded in HAPP. Well done David from all of us here at perfins.com.au

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'The Revenue Perfin Stamps of Western Australia' has won a Large Silver Medal at the Western Australia Stamp Show. This is an Australia Record for a Literature Perfin entry on Western Australia. Well done Dave & David i hear you all say!

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Victoria" has been opened up as a Beta edition so collectors can see the progress of this edition to the series, already over 400 graphics have been added to this what will be a monumental task. As usual corrections and additions to previous work is the catalyst to all the State issues of this series of Perfin books.

The authors would welcome scans of your holdings for this edition of the book, thank you.- D. E.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of the Commonwealth of Australia" has been opened up as a Beta edition so collectors can see the progress of this edition to the series.

The authors would welcome scans of your holdings for this edition of the book, thank you.- D. E.

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PCNZA meeting report: I attended the meeting at the Canberra show where an enthusiastic group had gathered from around Australia and New Zealand. The President David Coath opened the meeting by welcoming all members and visitors. Much chatter was had with members passing around recent 'finds'. Jolly good fun was had by all. After the group was 'moved on' by the next study group members continued in the lounge and in front of Mark's Gold Medal exhibit drooling over the material within, earlier during the show members could be seen hovering around Marks exhibit!!!! - D. E.

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2Mark Saxby Strikes GOLD in Canberra. Mark's excellent 5 frame perfin exhibit achieved an Australian Record at the Canberra National Stamp Show last week by winning gold. The 1st Gold medal given for a perfin exhibit. Well done Mark keep it up! Check out the 'Exhibits' tab.

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'The Revenue Perfin Stamps of Queensland' has won a Large Vermeil Medal at the Canberra Stamp Show last week. This is an Australia Record for a Literature Perfin entry. Well done Dave & David i hear you all say!

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We have uploaded a brief study on the Adelaide Co-operative Society patterns (ACS) which detail a previously unreported customised pattern. Have a look at the 'Research' tab .

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Yet another fine research paper by David Coath has been added to the 'Research Tab' look for 'Goldsbrough Mort Co Ltd Adelaide'. I am sure David would like some feedback on this.

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The authors are one step closer to finalising the South Australian Revenue Perfin book. We would like to thank all of you who have supplied us with graphics from your collection, your names will appear in the book.

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Perfin meeting at the Canberra National Stamp Show at 12 noon 17th March, Hellenic Club Matilda St Woden Canberra. This meeting should be jam packed full of fun. Both David Coath and Dave Elsmore will be attending. For those interested the 'Revenue Perfin Book of Queensland' has been entered into this exhibition.

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1-1-2012 Happy Birthday 'Perfin Stamps of Australia' - 1 year today!

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The ONE YEAR anniversary of Perfins.com.au is due on 1 January 2012. To make sure you are part of the celebrations E: dave@perfins.com.au for the full jam packed programme of events. Don't miss this once in a life time opportunity.

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NEW CANADIAN REPRESENTATIVE

Perfins.com.au would like to welcome David Hopper from Canada who is now The Study Groups official Canadian representative.

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NEW FIND seen here first on perfins.com.au

Unique!

The above W.C./R.a is the very first and only perfin to be found used on an Australian Tramway parcel stamp. In fact the three halfpence being perfed and not rouletted is also a new find. This new find is now officially identified as such here on Perfins.com.au.

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TASMANIA

The Tasmania 'Perfin Finder' is now available for the "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" book.

Like other states you will note variations from HAPP images again these are again the corrected images, for the record there has been no word at all from the Author of HAPP re an update to correct the HAPP images.

For Australian buyers of "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" the Tasmania Perfin Finder has been posted.

For Overseas buyers of "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" the Tasmania Perfin Finder is now available to you. Can you please let Dave know if you wish to have a copy sent to you so postage costs can be assessed for delivery to your particular country. This is a single A4 transparent sheet so postage will be minimal. You may choose not to have the Perfin Finder sent to you if you have no interest in Tasmania and only have an interest in a different single State. If you choose not to have the Tasmania Perfin Finder sent to you at this time, you may change your mind later or if you decide to take an interest in this Australian State it will always be available to you for the current postage cost at the time.

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David Coath is looking for scans and information on the IHC pattern for an article to be published correcting some of the HAPP images, in particular HAPP IHC.3 which in no way reflects the true image of the pattern and has baffled if not annoyed many a collector.

It is good to note David Coath is slowly working his way through HAPP and publishing all the necessary corrections. It would be good if the author himself published an update to correct all the incorrect information and patterns which has bogged down research for many years.

Unfortunately it is too late to recall HAPP. Collectors will have to rely on students like David Coath and others to correct and publish the poorly done work in HAPP. - D.E.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" The authors are looking for any New South Wales revenue perfins and security overprints you may have scans of for the New South Wales section of the book, thank you.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" The authors would like to thank those of you who have supplied scans of your collections so far.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" It should be noted if collectors wish to have the printed version of this book at present it is only available within Australia. Once complete it will run past 1000 A4 pages and postage costs to overseas countries will be rather high. The authors can offer for overseas collectors at your cost to have a local printer in your country print off a copy, if you choose this option the authors will make available the necessary user name and password to access the book.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Western Australia 'Perfin Finder' is now available for the "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" book.

Like Queensland you will note variations from HAPP images again these are the corrected images.

For Australian buyers of "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" the Western Australian Perfin Finder will be posted out to you within the next 2 weeks. Please let Dave know if you have not received a copy by mid November.

For Overseas buyers of "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" the Western Australian Perfin Finder is now available to you. Can you please let Dave know if you wish to have a copy sent to you so postage costs can be assessed for delivery to your particular country. This is a single A4 transparent sheet so postage will be minimal. You may choose not to have the Perfin Finder sent to you if you have no interest in Western Australia and only have an interest in a different single State. If you choose not to have the Western Australia Perfin Finder sent to you at this time, you may change your mind later or if you decide to take an interest in this Australian State it will always be available to you for the current postage cost at the time.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" The authors are looking for any Tasmanian revenue perfins and security overprints you may have scans of for the Tasmania section of the book which should be available by Christmas.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" Official release of the Western Australia catalogue.

The Queensland book is selling well. It is good to note the authors are getting good positive feedback on the Queensland catalogue but are yet to add a single correction!

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" The Official release of the Western Australia catalogue should be available early next month.

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"Private Revenue Perfins of Australia" The authors are looking for any Western Australia revenue perfins and security overprints you may have scans of for the WA section of the book which should be available soon.

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QUEENSLAND

1-7-2011 is the official release date for the on line book: "Private Revenue Perfins of Australia". The first Australian State that has been tackled and now published is Queensland.

You will find in the Queensland book many pattern images that show variations from HAPP images. These being the corrected images. Once the authors feel there is enough 'meat' in the book the internet side of the book will be opened up to the public.

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An exciting meeting of perfin collectors at the Sydney Stamp Show last week was chaired by the President David Coath to a packed house.

Much was discussed, in fact we were booted out of the room by the next event as time passed so quickly the meeting adjourned to the cafeteria where it finally closed an hour and a half later. Good fun was had by all.

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Perfin Puzzle Page added.

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Added Philas House [Philatelic Association of New South Wales] to the links page as we have been added to theirs.

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The study group would like to thank the many collectors for their kind support emails, help and understanding in putting this web site together. As you know it is all voluntary. Please remember any help needed by you to further your collecting and studying of perfins is what we are here for. Please keep your inquiries coming.

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After a few kind emails from collectors we now have a slightly new look home page with some rewording, a change of pictures etc.

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How to Judge or Exhibit Revenue & Railway Perfins at FIP Exhibitions added.

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The Perfin Study Group of Australia intends to hold  an open meeting at the Randwick National Stamp Show at the end of March. We look forward to meeting as many perfin collectors as possible at the show. Here we will be offering free membership so don't miss out!

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World Perfin Challenge re ACo document added.

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The Gold medal award winning CofA perfin exhibit by David Hopper of Canada has been added to the Exhibits Tab We would like to thank David for allowing the Perfin Study Group of Australia to show this superb work.

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Excellent Perfin exhibits that were linked on www.ozrevenues.com have now been moved to an Exhibits Tab on the home page.

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PCNZA [Perfin Club of New Zealand & Australia] Club link from www.ozrevenues.com deleted at the request of the committee. PCNZA club will be launching it's own stand alone web site and we wish them well and look forward to working with them in the future, sharing links & information etc.

Keep reading this Notice Board for future updates on the PCNZA web site. David Coath the PCNZA President can be contacted here. E: David

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World Representatives added.

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1-1-2011 'Perfin Stamps of Australia' web site launch. This was a particularly low key affair with just a simple champagne breakfast held in both Victoria and Queensland simultaneously via a web broadcast link. We would like to thank all of you that attended.

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