About the Philatelic Association of NSW inc. (Philas) 

Philas was established in 1971, and is a non-profit, multicultural association representing over 50 affiliated stamp clubs and societies in New South Wales (NSW).

The Association headquarters, Philas House, occupies three floors at 17 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills (Sydney). Philas House incorporates a large air-conditioned meeting room, philatelic library, workshop, printery and offices. 

The primary aims of Philas are  

  • To generally promote the hobby;

  • To encourage prospective and new stamp collectors;

  • To support and encourage Youth philately;

  • To create opportunities for existing stamp collectors to advance their skills; and

  • To provide support for the affiliated clubs and societies.

Philas has three operating sub-groups:

The Philas House Committee, which is responsible for: 

  • the upkeep and maintenance of its three floors;

  • the tri-annual Philas stamp auctions;

  • meeting and catering facilities;

  • publishing the quarterly journal Philas News;

  • and administrative functions

  • more information about Philas House Services

The Philatelic Development Council (PDC), which is responsible for:

  • promoting philately in NSW;

  • organising State and NSW National exhibitions;

  • maintaining a panel of State level judges through regular training and refresher courses;

  • liaison with Trade Associations; and

  • in conjunction with the Philas House Committee, provision of a wide range of services and facilities to the affiliated clubs and societies.

  • more information visit the PDC website

The Philas Library Inc.

  • maintenance of a well stocked & regularly updated philatelic library; which is

  • available to all members of affiliated clubs and societies and is

  • open to members of the public, who may use the library for reference purposes but cannot borrow books from it.

  • more information visit the Philas Library page.

Philas Open Day

Next Philas Open Day: October Sat 20

The Open Days are held three times each year, on the third Saturday of February, June and October each year. Running from 10am to about 4pm.


Collectors can bring lots for sale-by-tender (minimum reserve $5.00). Bring lots before 11.00am and use only the Philas lotting form.

Entry is free.


  • Stamp dealers

  • Stamp club circuit books

  • Sale-by-tender

  • Mini Auction at 2:30pm (viewing ceases at 2:00pm), no buyers commission.

  • Stamp Collecting and Exhibiting Advice

  • Philas Library Open

  • Free sample bag for Children

  • Light refreshments can be purchased - Sandwiches, Tea, Coffee & Soft Drinks