Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Mr. Robin Sherman FRPSL
Friday evening (18th) the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society were taken
by the society’s guest, Robin Sherman FRPSL from Edinburgh,
to the South Atlantic Ocean – to view a wonderful display about the
Falkland Islands and Dependencies.
display concentrated particularly on the Islands’ circumstances during the
reign of King George VI and illustrated something of the difficulties
experienced in getting mail in and out of the Islands which are so isolated in
were many covers on display showing how mail had to wait for occasional ships to
take it to the mainland for further posting.
Later it became possible for aircraft to land and both take and deliver
mail – again, in the early days, this was occasional – and the mail was sent
by registered post. Later aircraft were able to make more scheduled airmail
Many interesting examples of Registered mail, Airmails and Maritime Mail
– both in and out of the Islands – were shown.
Also many examples of postmarks revealed how long a letter had to wait
before being sent on its way from and to the Falklands.
the War (WW2) Britain became alarmed at the U-boats patrolling in Antarctic
waters and instigated "Operation
Tabarin" – to
deter the Germans.
Under the guise of
a whaling expedition, bases were established at Deception Island, Port
Lockroy, South Shetlands and Graham Land. All mail to and from the Falklands was
subject to Censorship – and many examples of this was shown.
At the end of the war, the bases were handed over to civilian control and
became "Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey" – later, in 1982, this
was renamed "British Antarctic Survey".
Falkland Island stamps were overprinted with the name of each of the
display ended with some covers showing that they had been "carried by
Sledge" to the Base for posting.
McGowan remarked that this display had been beyond expectations and led members
in giving warm thanks to Robin Sherman for giving such a great display.
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 8th April, 2016, at 7:30pm when members look forward to welcoming visitors from Bearsden Philatelic Society.
with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to