The Philatelic Association of New South Wales Inc.

Executive Committee meeting, Saturday 22 June

Philas President, Lionel Savins, advises:

  It is our intention to hold an Executive meeting at Philas House on Saturday 22nd June to remove the current block on activities so that normal operations can resume on and from 1st July 2020.  All Executive members are hereby advised and invited to attend.

Alf Campe in his office

at PHILAS House.

Alf Campe

30 May 1939 – 20 May 2020


  Well-known stamp dealer and PHILAS House volunteer Alf Campe has passed away.  He was enjoying the sunshine in his backyard in Melbourne when he started to walk back towards the house, collapsed with a heart attack and died immediately. He was ten days short of his 81st birthday.

   Alf was the son of Belgian-born Alfred Charles (A. C.) Campe who established a souvenir shop at Manly Beach in 1919 after returning from service with the Australian forces. In 1924 the shop was moved to the Australia Hotel Arcade in Rowe Street, central Sydney and became a stamp dealer’s shop. In 1928 it moved to the Bank of Australasia building on the corner of Liverpool and George Streets then in the 1930s to the Sydney Arcade between King and Pitt Streets.  From 1941 to 1969 the shop was in the Royal Arcade (now displaced by the Hilton Hotel) and from 1969 to 2007 it was in Castlereagh Street.  After A. C. Campe’s death in 1952 the shop was run by his wife and sons Alf and Graeme (Graeme passed away in 2003).

  Following the closure of the shop in 2007, Alf occupied an office in PHILAS House where he worked at disposing of his unsold stock, advising visitors on their collections and lotting material brought in for the PHILAS auctions. Alf had helped to set up the auctions in the 1970s.

  Alf was a pillar of Sydney’s stamp collecting community. He was well - liked and highly respected.  He will be sorely missed.  Everyone at PHILAS sends condolences to Mrs Terri Campe and their family.

Philas House

News  headlines:

  • PHILAS House has a new security system - see details below.

  •  On 30 March 2020, restrictions imposed by the NSW government to combat the Covid-19 epidemic effectively closed PHILAS House until further notice.

  • June Open Day and July Auction are both cancelled

  • PHILAS administration is being managed by the three senior elected officials - President Lionel Savins, Secretary Barbara Hancock and Treasurer Peter Myers.

  • Monthly Executive Committee meetings and the April club delegates' Council meetings cancelled.

  • The latest report on Stamp Exhibitions, including results, cancellations and rescheduling can be read here.  This report was updated on 1 June 2020.

  • Rules for the experimental Topical Class of stamp exhibiting have now been published and can be read here and the rules for the Aerophilately Class are here.

  • Local clubs have advised PHILAS of the cancellation of meetings. Check the individual club pages (use tab above) for information once restrictions are lifted.

  • The PHILAS News newsletter will not be published during this period. Please check this website for news and advise local club news etc to the link at the bottom of this page.

  • Send your members the link to our Quiz page (see below).

  • The Newcastle Stamp Exhibition has been postponed to October 2021, see details below.

  • The Melbourne 2021 International Stamp Exhibition has been postponed to a date to be decided. Details will be updated as known here.

  • Photos from the Canberra Stampshow 2020, the last exhibition held before the restrictions, have been posted here.

  • How is your club keeping in touch during the close down?  Check the Manly - Warringah and Sutherland Shire club pages to see Manly's members' forum and Sutherland's Newsletter.  The Wagga Wagga club sadly reports the passing of a long-time member. Check your local club's page.


  PHILAS House now has a state-of-the-art security system with multiple cameras on every floor and covering the entrance areas.  The views from the cameras can be monitored in real time and can be viewed as recordings for at least a month afterwards.  It is also possible to get close-ups of anything recorded by the cameras.

  This increased security will be a great help during the auctions and on auction viewing days.

PHILAS Auction 135 was

held on Saturday 14th March.

The auction catalogue and images of auction lots can be seen on the 'Auction' page - click the 'Auction' button at the top of this page.

 The prices realised for this auction are also on the 'Auction' page.

Date for the next Auction in 2020:

14 November


now  postponed  to

Friday 21 October 2021  to  Sunday 23 October 2021

Details will be updated as known here . 

Have a bit of fun while you're stuck at home.  Circulate the link to the Quiz page to your members.

See the Association's Objectives and learn more about the Association's history here.

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Website last updated 1 June 2020