Newcastle Philatelic Society is turning 100

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A stamp of steel being poured at BHP in Newcastle, which was released in a three-stamp set in 1947.

A stamp of Lieutenant John Shortland, who landed at the mouth of the Hunter River in 1797. Greg Laidler said the image on the John Shortland stamp was wrong. The picture was actually John Shortland’s father.

Newcastle Philatelic Society president Greg Laidler.

TweetFacebook“The error in the portrait was announced in the papers before the stamp issue in 1947, which helped ensure that lots of people purchased one or more of them,” Greg said.

Records show that large numbers of people lined up to buy the stamps.

“The police had to be called to get the people to stand in queues,” Greg said.

The fourth Newcastle stamp was issued in 1997, recognising the emergency services.

“It has a photo ofthree guys in yellow overalls carrying a stretcher. They were evacuating after the earthquake,” he said.

Newcastle Philatelic Society is celebrating its 100thanniversary this month.Its centenary meeting will be held on Thursday nightat Mayfield Senior Citizens Centre.

Greg said the society began when four stampcollectors put an advertisement in a newspaper. Nowadays, the societyhas83 members.

“There’s good camaraderie among the people,” he said.

Collectorswere mainly people who could “remember when the postman used to bring a letter every day”.

Cherish the thoughtJennifer Hawkins has shown her philanthropic side, posting an image of herself on Instagram wearing a Cherish T-shirt.

Jennifer Hawkins. Picture: Instagram

“Proudly supporting Barnardos by wearing this beautiful bespoke Cherish tee,” she wrote.

“Barnardos is a wonderful charity that protects families and children in need. You can show your support by buying a tee and100 per cent of the profits go to Barnardos.”

The T-shirts are sold by women’s fashion label, sass & bide.

“Sass & bideis committed to being a socially responsible business, and believe it is important to give back to the community,” the company says on its website.

“For many years we have been involved in philanthropy, helping to stop child abuse, and raising money to support children in need.”

Acompanygiving 100 per cent of the profits ofa product tocharity – you don’t see thatevery day.

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