Ross Newman of the Nelson Philatelic Society is looking forward to seeing more potential members join up. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Stamp collecting expert to deliver

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Ross Newman is realistic about trying to get young people into stamp collecting.

“Most wouldn’t have even licked a stamp, let alone posted a letter,” he says. “These days there is a lot of competition for attention with social media and Xbox and Fortnite and all that.”

But that is not stopping him from having ambition. The Nelson Philatelic Society is on the lookout for young people to bolster their ranks of about 40 people and Ross thinks stamps might have more to offer than meets the eye.

“Some of us started doing this when we were kids and we have come back to it. We have tended to stop collecting things these days.”

When Ross was young, he says most people had a stamp collection. He collected through to his 20s and then gave it up. He came back to it three years ago when he was thinking about throwing out his collection.

“I really like the stories behind them so I thought I would give it another go.”

To that end he hopes that a visit by one of the world’s foremost experts to Nelson on Sunday might pique some interest. Len Jury is a long-established dealer and the author of the New Zealand Stamp Catalogue.

He is also an International Philatelist with award-winning exhibits shown in New Zealand, Australia, England, United States, Canada, Germany and South East Asia.

Len is speaking at the Nelson Philatelic Society on Sunday, August 9 at the Stoke Primary School Hall at 2pm.