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venue for meetings and to house its library. Meetings increased, and the society held its first exhibition in the Albert Hall in 1963.

The society reached its height during the late 1970s and early 1980s, with over 270 members. It won the “Stamp News” most active society competition on four occasions and commenced holding national conventions and publishing Capital Philately. Other activities included post office and school displays, as well as the school of philately and National Stamp Week.

During the 1990s the society ran junior meetings, commenced a monthly stamp fair and focus group meetings and established the postcard branch and the Machin study group. The Australian Philatelic Federation introduced the Australian philatelic order in the 1990s and several members of the Philatelic Society of Canberra became members of the order.

More recently, the society has moved many of its activities online and members have been able to use the internet to contact other philatelists to buy and sell stamps and conduct research. While stamp collecting is not as widespread as it was in the past, the society continues to be an active club, with regular meetings, a strong library and the publication of Capital Philately. The society’s current committee comprises the president, Ian McMahon, vice-president Darryl Fuller, secretary Tony Luckhurst, treasurer John Vassallo and other committee members—Tim Cowley, Bruce Parker, Paul Barsdell, Jeff Trinidad, John Davis, Marilyn Gendek, Daniel Tangri and Jenni Creagh.

To celebrate their 80th birthday, the society hosted a lunch at the Hellenic Club on 4 November, which was very well attended. As an aside, it is worth noting that the Hellenic Club is a superb venue for the Canberra Stamp Show which is an exhibition held in very high regard all around the world. At the lunch, it was wonderful to hear of the role the society has played in Canberra and in the lives of the members. I was very pleased to be given an opportunity to say a few words on behalf of my grandmother about my late grandfather, Mr Alan Salisbury ISO. He collected for many years and was the 1980 “Stamp News” collector of the year and was made a member of the Australian philatelic order in September 1995.

I was honoured to be part of the 80th birthday celebrations and I congratulate the society on their many achievements. People interested in finding out more about the Philatelic Society of Canberra should visit

Woden Community Service

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.41): I rise tonight to commend the work of the Woden Community Service and, in particular, their progress in building a reconciliation action plan. I was proud to be at the launch of the latest plan recently where Auntie Jannette Phillips gave her welcome to country. Julie Evans from Woden Community Service and Leah Armstrong, the CEO of Reconciliation Australia, both spoke of the importance of taking action to build reconciliation in our community.

Woden Community Service’s vision is about building a diverse and cohesive community—a community that welcomes all its members, acknowledges the original ownership and custodianship of the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, respects their continuing cultures and values their contributions to our lives

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