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June 2024

Directional Marking Census

Bangkok Bilingual Directional Marking

Adrian Waynforth has kindly submitted a partial Bangkok directional marking.

This bilingual marking is different to previous Bangkok markings recorded and has been added to our Census Page.

May 2024

Next On-line Meeting Thursday 20 June 2024
Hong Kong Philatelic Society Logo   

Topic: Show and Tell and Ask

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. If you have something to show please inform Andrew beforehand. Joining Instructions are on Meetings Page.

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March 2024

Hong Kong Study Circle Webb Cup Webb Cup   

Webb and Wilde Cups 2024

Hong Kong Study Circle has annual competitions for the best discovery and best work published on Hong Kong philately. Winners are awarded the Wilde and Webb cups respectively.

Nominations and entries for this year's competition must be submitted to the Journal Editor by 8th June. This is so that they can be published in July's Journal.

Members should submit their votes to the Journal Editor before the Repton meeting on 31st August or vote in person at the meeting.

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December 2023 New Monograph

French Maritime Markings,
on Hong Kong Adhesives or on Mail,
Associated With Hong Kong and Its Treaty Ports

By Philippe Orsetti


Table of Contents

Correspondence Numbering
Messageries Imperiales
Messageries Maritimes
1. Indochina Lines
2. Entry & Exchange
3. Ligne N
4. Lignes Annexes
5. Far East Lines
6. Indochina Lines
Index of Ships
Appendix: Messageries Maritime Ships

Available for download in Papers section.

Many thanks to Phillipe Orsetti.

December 2023

Questions & Answers

Question #19

Unidentified Oval Ring Marking on QV Adhesives From Straits Settlements and Hong Kong

See Questions and Answers

October 2023

Journal Archives and Index - Update

 Bulletins from 1962 to 1966 have now been added to the archives.

Available online now are the contents from back issues of Bulletin/Journal numbers 89 to 395 from the years 1962 to 2020.

They can be accessed through the Journal Archives page.

This latest set of Bulletins contain much information from this period on -
  • Definitive Issues
  • Commemmorative Issues
  • Varieties
  • Branch Offices
  • Cancellation Types
  • Slogan Cancels
Some examples of articles are -
  • The Provisional Issues of Hong Kong
  • Prisoners of War and Internees in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Volunteer Company Cover
  • Hong Kong - The Use of Coloured Ink
  • Parcel Post Markings
  • P.O.W. Correspodence Routes
  • Hong Kong : The Double Surcharge of the 7 on 10 Cents Provisional Issue of 1891
  • Prisoners of War and Internee Mail
  • Amoy (Main Office and Sub-Office Cancellations)
  • Parcel Post - The Large Hong Kong P.P. Cancellations
  • The Annigoni 5c Flaw
  • The 1962 Stamp Centenary Exhibition
  • Mail Detained by the Japanese
  • Some New Light on Marine Sorters
  • History of Shanghai's Foreign P.O.'s
The Bulletin Editors were Mr. W.R.Wellsted and Col. F.W.Webb.

September 2023

2023 Wilde Cup Winner

Wilde Cup Winner 2023  

Rob Newton has won this year's award with his entry of

First Item of Mail Carried for Part of Its Journey by Air to Hong Kong

See details..

July 2023

Hong Kong Security Markings

Hong Kong Security Markings Logo  

Rod Sell's Security Markings website has now been incorporated into the Hong Kong Study Circle website.

It can be access here

Hong Kong Security Markings

May 2023

Questions & Answers

Hong Kong QV 1897 Unidentified Marking  

Question #18

Unidentified Marking on 1897 QV Postcard to France

See Questions and Answers

March 2023

Hong Kong Webb Type 12 Datestamp  

Hong Kong Small Broken-Ring Datestamp
Webb Type 12 Census - Update

by  Dr Andrew Cheung FRPSL

This latest version updates the previous articles that appeared in HKSC Journal 403 October 2022 and Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal 27 (2023). It is available for download from the Papers section. 

March 2023

Questions & Answers

Hong Kong Graca & Co Cover  

Question #17

Hong Kong & Treaty Ports
Stamp Dealers' Mail

See Questions and Answers

March 2023

Bangkok datestamp on Hong Kong stamp

Hong Kong and
The British Consulate’s Post Office
at Bangkok from 1855 to 1885

by Michel Houde

A presentation given by Michel Houde at the Toronto meeting on 12th February 2023. It is based on his book "The British Consulate's Post Office at Bangkok from 1855 to 1885" and looks at the Hong Kong stamps, covers & postal stationery cards used at Bangkok during this period. The presentation is available for download from the Papers section. 

January 2023

Questions & Answers

Hong Kong KEVII 1904 $2  

Question #16

KEVII 1904 $2 Slate and Scarlet
Used in Tientsin
(Stanley Gibbons Z1011)

See Questions and Answers

December 2022

Directional Marking Census

Hong Kong Medan Deli Directional Marking

Sarah Harvey has kindly contributed an example of a MEDAN DELI 里 日 directional marking for our census. See census page for further details.

November 2022

Study Circle Publication For Sale

A Study of Hong Kong Definitives:
King Edward VII and King George V

By Nick Halewood and David Antscherl

Members' Price £10 incl. surface postage 
Contents pages and sample pages available here
Please contact Nick Burrell
if you wish to make a purchase

August 2022

The United States Post Offices in China and Japan 1867 to 1874

The United States Post Offices
in China and Japan
1867 to 1874

Richard C. Frajola
Michael O. Perlman
Lee C. Scamp

Mr. Richard Frajola has kindly made this book available for collectors to freely download. See Papers section. This book won the Webb cup in 2006.

June 2022

Directional Marking Census

Hong Kong Directional Marking

William Lack has kindly contributed this example of a HONG KONG directional marking for our census page.

March 2022 New Monograph - Version 8 Update 09-Mar-2022

The Definitive Adhesives of Queen Elizabeth II 1954-62

By Nick Halewood and David Antscherl

Hong Kong QEII Definitive Stamps 1954 Version 8 of this literary composition now comprises 81 pages.

New sections and updates will be uploaded when available.

Version 8 available for download in Papers section.

Many thanks to Nick Halewood and David Antscherl.

January 2022 New Monograph

The "da Luz Covers"

By Philippe Orsetti

Da Luz Japanese Occupation Covers

Table of Contents

Post Office Cancels
Commemorative Cancels
Covers and Address Formats
Postage Combination
High Value Stamps
First Day Covers
Last Day Covers
Post Office Visit Associations
Cancel Dates Preceding Stamp Issue
Sunday Cancels
Public Holiday Cancels
Bibliography: da Luz Related Articles

Available for download in Papers section.

Many thanks to Phillipe Orsetti.

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.

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

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.

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

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  
Acting President Dr. Andrew M.T.Cheung
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
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