Stamp of approval at annual philatelic gathering

TOM Carter can’t remember a time when he was not a stamp collector.

SPECIAL PRINT: Tom Carter with the commemorative Samuel Pearse stamp and, above, Daniel Cadmore and Casey Gadsden, Mildura, check out a One Penny Black stamp example. Pictures: Louise Donges

SPECIAL PRINT: Tom Carter with the commemorative Samuel Pearse stamp and, above, Daniel Cadmore and Casey Gadsden, Mildura, check out a One Penny Black stamp example. Pictures: Louise Donges

The vice-president of the Mildura Philatelic Society was in his element gazing through historic and rare stamps at the group’s annual stamp and coin collection fair on the weekend.

He recalled growing up in Melbourne and taking his hard-earned to well-known stamp dealer William Ackland’s Collins Street office, where his lifelong collection was born.

Moving to Mildura about tens years ago, he joined the philatelic society within a week where he combined his passion for stamps with Sunraysia’s history.

Collectors from as far as Melbourne and Tasmania came to the weekend’s fair, which saw historic stamps displayed, traded and collected.

Commemorative stamps honouring Mildura’s most decorated war hero, Samuel George Pearse, were produced with Australia Post issuing its own dedicated postmark especially for the fair.

“The descendants, between all of them, bought a few,” Mr Carter said.

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