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As you all ought to be aware, each year in November
a Southern African Philatelic Conference is staged
on a weekend. Those attending arrive on Friday afternoon,
on Saturday there are invited displays and on Sunday
it is bring whatever you like. If you can’t
make it for the weekend, why not come for a day, Saturday
is probably the best. Each year there is a nucleus
of members who not only belong to the Bechuanalands
and Botswana Society, but to several others.
Regular faces are Don Jefferies, Colin Hoffman,
Otto Peetoom, Brian Trotter, Alan MacGregor and
Paul van Zeyl. Peter Thy may attend and Brian Hurst
is expected as well. I am hoping to persuade a few
others to come along.
Over the years, Bechuanaland
displays have been rather thin on the ground and I
intend to remedy that this year.
I have spoken to the organiser of the event, my son
Simon Peetoom and suggested we take a Saturday slot
and present a collective display, perhaps with a title
A Journey into Bechuanaland and onto
The idea being that all those with an interest in
Bechuanaland will bring something along to ‘fuel’
I suggest starting with Stellaland,
then the Warren Expedition. A selection of British
Bechuanaland Stamps plus covers...
covers from Rhodesia and/or Pioneer mail...Tati Excised
used at Francistown...Boer War...WWI...more stamps/covers...
Postage dues plus covers...Some Revenues...a selection
of modern Botswana. The object is to entertain the audience
and to make it interesting.
I will bring some spare copies of The
Runner Post (free of charge) and who
knows we may pick up a new member or two and/or sell
a few Postal Stationery books.
This is an initial appeal for anyone who may wish
to attend this year’s conference and for those
attending to decide what they wish to bring along
starting from 5 pages or more...there is plenty of
time to put some form of programme together and it
will be encouraging to see Bechuanaland flying its
flag at the conference...I have read and seen far
too much doom and gloom
that occurred in the past...we can brighten up the
day with a general display and entertain those present.
Please respond and make a few suggestions.
Otto Peetoom - 5 August
As a result of the foregoing suggestion...so far,
Gordon Jefferies will show an array of Bechuanaland
Specimens, Brian Trotter will show early covers including
the Boer War Period. Otto Peetoom will provide a selection
of Stamps including Modern Botswana, Postage Dues,
Die Proofs and Postal History. Alan MacGregor
hopes to attend and if he does will bring some interesting
items along. Paul van Zeyl will also participate.