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November 2021

Hong Kong Philatelic Society Logo    Next On-line Meeting 25 November 2021

The topic of the meeting will be
Battle of Hong Kong and Japanese Occupation - Part 2

This is a joint Hong Kong Study Circle and Hong Kong Philatelic Society meeting, sponsored by Federation of Inter-Asian Philately and hosted by Dr Andrew Cheung FRPSL. Please inform Andrew if you have something you wish to show. Joining Instructions are on Meetings Page.

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July 2021 - Updated with competition results.

Hong Kong Study Circle Wilde Cup    2021 Wilde and Webb Cups Entries and Nominations

These trophies are awarded annually for the the best find and the best piece of research/literature from the past year.

This year there are 3 entries for the Wilde Cup and two nominations for the Webb Cup.

Please can all members review them, available here, and submit their votes. Voting will close on 30th August and the winners announced at the Repton meeting on 4th September.

The 2021 Winners of the awards are -
Webb Cup - Richard Whittington for his articles on 1950's Hong Kong.
Wilde Cup - Sam Chiu - Hong Kong University Branch Post Office usage after 16 March 1912.


June 2021

Hong Kong Study Circle Journal 396 Cover     

Delay to Receipt of July Issue of Journal

Airmail postal services from Hong Kong to some countries are still suspended.Therefore this issue of the journal and newsletter are now on the Papers section of the website for members to download.

April 2021

Journal Archives - Update

Another 4 years of Journals have now been indexed and their contents put online. They are Journal nos. 344 to 359 from 2008 to 2011.

In total, 167 issues of Bulletins and Journals from 1975 to 2011 are now available online. They can be accessed through the Journal Archives page.

March 2021

Update - 2021 UK Meetings, Webb and Wilde Cup

The London meeting on 27th March has been cancelled. The next London meeting will be on Saturday 19 June at 1pm, venue Spink auction room.

The Repton meeting on 4th September is still going ahead and the Webb and Wilde Cups will be awarded then.

Nominations for this years Webb and Wilde Cups should be submitted to Nick Halewood by Saturday 19th June.

February 2021

Directional Marking Census
Rangoon Direction Marking on Hong Kong Stamps Sourabaya Directional Marking on Hong Kong Cover 
Saigon Directional Marking on Hong Kong Cover
(Left) 光 仰 RANGOON  

William Lack has kindly contributed three further examples of directional marking for our census page.

October 2020

Directional Marking Census

William Lack has kindly contributed an example of a CHOLON 堤 岸 directional marking for our census page.

October 2020

Journal Archives - Update

A further 18 issues of the Bulletin has now been added to the Archives and Index, they are numbers 193 to 210 from the years 1975 to 1977.

151 issues of Bulletins and Journals covering the period from 1975 to 2007 are now available online. They can be accessed through the Journal Archives page.

October 2020


Delay to Receipt of October Issue of Journal

Airmail postal services from Hong Kong to many countries are still suspended.Therefore this issue of the journal and newsletter are now on the Papers section of the website for members to download. Please note that the subscriptions form for 2020/21 is also included.

September 2020

Questions & Answers - Item Updated

Hong Kong 1933 10 Cents Stamp Duty

Question #15

KGV 1933 12c Purple on Yellow Overprinted 10 Cents Stamp Duty

Update - Further examples have been included.

See Questions and Answers

April 2020


Delay to Receipt of April Issue of Journal

Hong Kong Post has suspended airmail service to many countries, including UK, USA and Canada. It has been necessary to send out the journal by surface mail. We have therefore added this issue of the journal and newsletter to the Papers section of the website for members to download.

Please note the deadline for nominations for the Webb and Wilde Cups in the newsletter.

April 2020

Messageries Martimes  
A new monograph is now available

Messageries Maritimes Ships
Having Served on Far East Lines (1867 to 1932)

by Philippe Orsetti

See members' Papers section

March 2020

Hong Kong Branch Post Offices

Ingo Nessel has kindly provided us with a list of the branch offices. It is in Excel spreadsheet format and can be downloaded from the Papers section.

October 2019

Study Circle Publications For Sale

Last few remaining, first come first served.

A Study of
Hong Kong Definitives:
King Edward VII
King George V
Hong Kong Airmails
Hong Kong Airmails
By Nick Halewood
David Antscherl
by Duncan Crewe by Nick Halewood
Members' Price £10
incl. surface postage
Price £9 for the Airmails 1924-1941 incl. UK postage
overseas postage extra
Contents pages and sample pages available here
Please contact our member Nick Burrell if you wish to make a purchase

April 2019

Questions & Answers - New Item


Question #14

KEVII Adhesive with Security Marking of Greek Letters

See Questions and Answers

March 2019 (Q.12 Updated with Answer, April 2019)

Questions & Answers - Two New Items


Question #12

Unidentified marking
on 1900 QV 2c issue


Question #13

C30 Valparaiso, Chile obliterator
on QV 1c. Postal Stationery Card

See Questions and Answers

August 2018

Hong Kong Treaty Ports Tientsin B.P.O. Type 2i  
A new paper is now available

Tientsin British Post Office Datestamps
by Chris Norton

This paper updates the available information and classification of the Tientsin B.P.O. date stamps. Varieties and forgery are shown and a scarcity guide is also provided.

See members' Papers section

May 2018

New Publication

Hong Kong Franked Covers of the Queen Victoria Period
by Air Commodore Richard Gurevitch

Hong Kong Franked Covers of the Queen Victoria Period   Hong Kong Study Circle's esteemed member Air Commodore Richard Gurevitch has published his new book titled 'Hong Kong Franked Covers of the Queen Victoria Period'.

This excellent 400-page hardback book, in A4 format, is a major extension of the annex in Volume 2 of Richard's book 'Hong Kong Queen Victoria Postal Adhesives' published in 2001, which was updated in various annual journals of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society. Almost 4,800 covers are listed, with detailed information, in chronological order and there are more than 225 pages of selected illustrations, with further information on applicable postal rates, included in this comprehensive study of the covers of the Queen Victoria era. The annexes to the book contain summaries of the earliest recorded dates of usage of individual QV adhesives and the number of covers bearing a particular value (thus giving an idea of rarity) as well as a bibliography.
The book is available directly from Richard; the costs are AU$ 80 or HK$ 500 + postage (approximately £45 + postage) payable in either AU$ or HK$. Postage from Australia is quite high as it is a heavy book, weighing 1.65kg, but it may be possible for members to club together thus reducing this cost.

Please contact Richard by email at if you would like to purchase a copy of this major addition to the references for Hong Kong and Treaty Port philately and postal history.

Many thanks and congratulations to Richard for his tremendous effort and his kind donation of a copy of his book to the Hong Kong Study Circle library.

January 2018 - Updated April 2018

Questions & Answers - New Item

Large rubber Hong Kong handstamp  

Question #11

Large rubber Hong Kong handstamp

See Questions and Answers

December 2017

Fake / Forgery of Hiogo D30 Obliterator

Hiogo D30 Cancel   Hong Kong Philatelic Society has recently reported a number of high quality forgeries of the Hiogo D30 obliterator fetching high prices in internet auctions. Dr. Andrew Cheung has recorded 5 instances of these fakes in 2017.

To help collectors spot these forgeries, Neill Granger and Dr. Andrew Cheung have kindly given their permission for us to make available their article on the D30 Obliterator. It is available in the Papers section and is NOT restricted to members only. This article was originally published in the Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal No. 18 in 2014.

June 2017

New Monograph

Philippe Orsetti's

United States Naval Hong Kong Markings

US Naval Markings in Hong Kong

See Papers.   Thank you Philippe.

June 2017

New Member's Exhibit

Air Cdre Richard Gurevitch's

Hong Kong: Postal Issues of the Queen Victoria Period

Hong Kong Queen Victoria Issues

See Exhibits.   Many thanks to Richard.

Note - For an experiment, we have added a zoom facility to this exhibit so that varieties can be viewed in greater detail. Feedback on this most welcomed as are any suggestions on how the system can be improved.

June 2017

Questions & Answers - Two New Items

Hong Kong Parcel Post Cancel Hong Kong Parcel Post Cancel

Question #9 - Why are there different parcel post frankings?

Hong Kong Paid Cancel

Question #10 - Hong Kong Paid (type 14a) used as arrival marking?

See Questions and Answers


April 2017

At the AGM in November 2016 it was agreed that we should trial hosting back issues of journals alongside a computerised journal index on the website. For this trial we have used an index covering Jns. 256 to 311 (Dec. 1985 to 1999) and currently 9½ years of journals from this period has been put online.

The first prototype from the trial is available here Journal Index and Archives .

It was also agreed that access to contents contained in the Journal Archives, Exhibits and Papers sections of the website should be restricted to members only.

To achieve this a member’s login has been introduced. Members need to email to obtain their login username and initial password.

A new monograph is now available

Red Cross Envelopes during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong
by Philippe Orsetti

see the members' Papers section

Members' Exhibits

Seven more exhibits have been added, they are -

Nick Halewood's

Hong Kong KGVI 1938-52 Definitive Issues

Hong Kong QEII 1954-62 Definitive Issues

Dr Andrew Cheung's

British Treaty Port Post Offices in China

British Treaty Port Post Offices in Japan

Carol Cheung's

The Hong Kong Circular Datestamps 1893 - 1941

The Hong Kong 1953 Coronation Issue

Ingo Nessel's

Hong Kong King George VI 8 cents
A stamp Interrupted by War

They are available for viewing here.   Many thanks to Nick, Andrew, Carol and Ingo

If you have an exhibit, display or presentation that you wish to share with other members then please contact

Hong Kong Officially Sealed Labels Catalog
by Philippe Orsetti

Updated November 2016

see the members' Papers section

Members' Exhibits

Philippe Orsetti has suggested the inclusion of a new section on this website for
members to share displays of their exhibits. A working prototype has now been prepared
using Philippe's award winning exhibit on 'Hong Kong Under Japanese Occupation (1941-1945)'.
It can be viewed here

More displays or presentations are required to help with the evaluation of the prototype. If you can help with this or wish to provide feedback then please contact

HKSC Meeting at the World Stamp Show, New York, 2016

A report and photographs from the event is available here

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports Forwarding Agents Markings
During the XIX Century

by Philippe Orsetti
Updated June 2016

see the members' Papers section

Our History
The Hong Kong Study Circle was founded in 1951 to record and circulate information on the philatelic and postal history of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports. It is UK-based and regular meetings are held in London. Provincial meetings are also held from time to time. Overseas meetings are a feature as well and are arranged as opportunities arise.

Membership is world-wide and is linked by the Journal plus the Newsletter, which are the medium for reporting, exchanging and recording information, normally submitted by members. The Journal has been published continuously since 1951 and is issued quarterly free to members.

From time to time specialized handbooks are published by the HKSC, the most recent being two volumes, Hong Kong Airmails 1924-41 (by Duncan Crewe), and Hong Kong Airmails 1945-95 (by Nick Halewood). Click here for more information.
Officers of Hong Kong Study Circle and contact details
Chairman Position Vacant  
President Position Vacant
Vice-president (North America) Ingo Nessel
Vice-president (Hong Kong) Dr. Andrew M.T.Cheung
Membership Secretary Robert Newton
Treasurer Robert Newton
Journal & Newsletter Editor Nick Halewood
Librarian William Lack
Webmaster Frank Young


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