The Western Australia Study Group (WASG) was founded in 1974 to promote the collection and study of all aspects of the philately of Western Australia. Postal history started in 1826 with the settlement at King George Sound as an outpost of New South Wales. The Swan River Colony was founded in 1829 and its first adhesive postage stamps appeared in 1854 followed by postal stationery in 1879. Western Australia’s Sesquicentenary in 1979 was marked by the publication of an authoritative handbook on Western Australia, now out of print. Since then, the WASG has pursued an active publication programme in many areas of research.
Members are kept in touch with the latest research findings and general activities of the Group through Black Swan, published quarterly (12xA4 pages) since March 1975 and distributed free to members, and other philatelic organisations on an exchange basis.
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month with the exception of December. The venue is Philatelic House in Wellington Fair on the NE corner of Wellington and Lord Streets, Perth. If you are travelling by car, park in Moore Street, walk up the hill (Lord Street) towards Wellington Street, entry on your left. We start about 7-45pm. Visitors are welcome. The emphasis is on philately and meeting business is kept to a minimum. Of the eleven meetings held each year, five or six are presently devoted to Western Australia and the balance to non-Western Australia.
Two small (around 35 lots) sales by tender are usually held each year and larger sales by tender are held from time to time.
The Western Australia Study Group has within its membership, specialists in all areas of Western Australian philately and whilst we do not maintain an expertisation service, we are happy to provide advice and we endeavour to answer all queries relating to Western Australia no matter how esoteric.