Philatelist's life to be honoured at show

New Plymouth stamp dealer John Kilpatrick holds four 1935 stamps.
New Plymouth stamp dealer John Kilpatrick holds four 1935 stamps.

Taranaki stamp collectors will celebrate the life of long-standing member Chas Lilley at the Philatelic Society's annual show on Saturday.

The avid philatelist died last year and he will be remembered through the Chas Lilley Memorial Cup which will be presented for the best collection at the event.

During more than six decades, Mr Lilley, the owner of The Stamp Shop in New Plymouth, collected several million stamps as well as postcards from all over the world.

"He was well respected in society and he had a lot of knowledge he passed on to people," said New Plymouth stamp dealer John Kilpatrick, who will be exhibiting at the show.

The shop is now being managed by Mr Lilley's three adult children.

Society president Chris Hinton said though competition for the Memorial Cup was only open to Taranaki members the presence of six dealers, five from out of town, would cater to people just wanting to buy stamps.

"We will have about 70 to 80 local members, as well as others from around the nation who will come along just to pick up one or two stamps," Mr Hinton said.

The public is also invited to bring in postcards and stamps for free evaluations.

"If people want to sell stuff the dealers are in the business of buying and selling," Mr Kilpatrick said.

"This also includes banknotes and coins as well as Pete's Post and DX Mail stamps."

He said some of the stamps on display would be worth hundreds of dollars.

The most valuable New Zealand stamps range from the year 1855 - when the first one was made - to early 1900s.

The doors open at the Beach St Hall in Fitzroy at 9.45am and the Chas Lilley Memorial Cup presentation will be made at 4pm. Justin Butler is a Witt journalism student

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