Welcome to the South Australian Philatelic Council
On 1st March 1950, the Philatelic Society of South Australia (PSSA), Southern Districts Philatelic Society (SDPS), Philatelic Society of Port Pirie (PSPP), and The Philatelic Society of Woodville (PSW) gathered to discuss the formation of a central philatelic body for South Australia. They named it the South Australian Philatelic Advisory Council and agreed that it would comprise 3 delegates from each society who would elect a chairman. In 1980, the SA Philatelic Advisory Council changed its name to the South Australian Philatelic Association. Under the presidency of Mr Eric Hurrell, the association became known as the South Australian Philatelic Council in 1991.
The Council is the SA & NT philatelists’ representative body to the Australian Philatelic Federation (APF), which is a member of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie (FIP) and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP).
The Council membership consists of 20 metropolitan and 9 country societies, and allows delegates from all 29 affiliated South Australian and Northern Territory societies to represent their Clubs and Societies, as well as one representative from local trade and one from Australia Post.
Council members meet quarterly at SAPHIL House to represent philatelic societies, stamp clubs, stamp dealers and interested individuals, and the management committee meet bi-monthly.
For more information on the hobby of stamp collecting and other related material, please contact the Council or a Club near you.
SAPHIL House is the hub for philatelic activities in South Australia. It houses the APF Store, an office for the Circuit Book Scheme, storage facilities, the SAPC Archive, library, and a spacious meeting hall with kitchen facilities.
SAPHIL House is the home of the Philatelic Society of South Australia, The Australian Airmail Society, Postal Stationery & Postal History Society of Australia, the Australian Postcard Society, and the SA Branch of the Australian Match Cover Collectors Society. The Printed Collectables Club and Glenside Philatelic Society also meet at SAPHIL House.
The Council is committed to maximizing the potential of SAPHIL House by increasing its use for meetings, fairs, auctions, exhibitions, workshops, open days, anniversaries and celebrations.
Circuit Book Office
The Circuit Book Office (CBO) is a service provided to members by the Council. The CBO office is located in SAPHIL House, and it is managed and operated by volunteers.
Circuit books contain stamps that members of a club are seeking to sell. These stamps are collated by volunteers and circulated to participating Clubs on a regular rotation thus ensuring a fresh rotation of stamps for sale reaches those who are interested in purchasing them. Many collectors join stamp clubs primarily for access to the circuit books, which enables them to sell their duplicate stamps as well as to buy stamps at very reasonable prices.
The CBO is open by appointment only. Please contact the SAPC office if you need assistance.