I have a lengthy association with Australasian philately and continue to research to further knowledge of this subject.
I started collecting stamps at the age of 5. Encouraged by my grandfather, who collected stamps from the mail of the company he worked for in the 1920s and 1930s, I specialised in Australasia from the age of ten.
I joined the Leeds Philatelic Society Juniors as a boy of 13, and was mentored by Bob Wright, a member of the British Society of Australian Philately (BSAP). I obtained the British Philatelic Association Diploma in Philatelic Knowledge at age 16, this being presented at London 1960, the first international I attended.
After joining the BSAP at 15, I became the editor of its Bulletin from 1966-70 and again from 1982-89. I am a Fellow of the BSAP and was awarded the Thomas E. Field Trophy for services to the Society and Australian Philately in 1970 and was President from 1997 to 1999.
I also joined the Australian States Study Group of The Royal Philatelic Society London in 1970 and made contributions to its Newsletter concerning Australian colonial postal history. I am a member of the Australian States Study Circle of The Royal Sydney Philatelic Club and have made similar input to their journal.
My book, Australasian Wreck Mail (1997), has been awarded a National Gold Medal at Canberra (1998) and an FIP Vermeil Medal at Milan (1998). It is the only comprehensive work of its type in book form. A second edition of this work, completely revised, was published in April 2013.
The second book, Mail Robberies by Bushrangers in Australia 1833-1908, was published in November 2011.
My New South Wales Pre-adhesive Postal History exhibit was awarded two FIP Gold Medals at New Zealand 1990 and London 2000.
I have been a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London since 1971 and have attained fellowship. In 1989 I presented a paper entitled Australasian Disaster Mail to the Royal Philatelic Society London.
My research is ongoing and another monograph dealing with interrupted air mail to, from and within Australasia is in preparation. I have spent over forty years researching and writing on this subject.
In 2013 I was awarded both the BSAP Research Medal and the Australian Philatelic Federation Philatelic Research Medal.
Over fifty years I have formed the largest private library of Australasian philatelic literature.
You may also like to read a short philatelic biography about me in the June 2015 edition of The Bulletin, BSAP pp xxv-xxvi.