The Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa  

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Affiliated with the American Philatelic Society and
the Philatelic Federation of Southern Africa

About the Society

Northern Rhodesia KGVI Cape Town Post Office

It all began in the early spring of 1987. Two members of a local southern California stamp club - the late Charles Lupo and Bill Brooks - were discussing how "lonely" it was being the only two members who collected the pre-Union states of South Africa (Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal). Therefore, Chuck and Bill decided that they wanted to locate others in the U.S. who had the same collecting interests and form a specialty group. They placed notices about the formation of a pre-Union study group in Linn's, Stamp Collector, and The American Philatelist. Shortly after the appearance of these notices, the Pre-Union South Africa Study Group came into being with 16 founding members and the subsequent publication of the first issue of a 4-page newsletter in the Fall.

Over the next 3-4 years, growth was very rapid. The newsletter evolved into the award-winning journal, Forerunners. Membership expanded to include over 100 collecting enthusiasts on every continent, eventually reaching a peak of 172 in 1995. With this growth in membership and collecting interests, the group's scope naturally expanded which resulted in the group's name being changed to The Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa (PSGSA). Why has the Society become the success it is? Simply put, the Society's area of collecting focus is as fascinating and challenging as one may find anywhere in the philatelic universe, containing as yet "uncharted waters", as well as some of philately's significant rarities.

Society Scope

PSGSA focuses upon all philatelic areas related to the following past and present stamp-issuing entities and areas: Anglo-Boer War, the Bechuanalands, Botswana, British Central Africa, Cape of Good Hope, Griqualand East/West, the Homelands, the Interprovisional Period, Lesotho, Local Posts, Malawi, Namibia, Natal, New Republic, the Nyasalands, Orange Free State/Colony, the Pre-Adhesive Period, the Rhodesias, South West Africa (German & British Periods), Stellaland, Swaziland, Transvaal, Union/Republic of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Zululand.

Society Purpose

To promote appreciation, understanding, increased knowledge and camaraderie through the mutual sharing of information and materials on the philately of greater southern Africa.

World-Wide Society Membership

PSGSA has members located in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.


The elected Society Board consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director/Marketing, Director/Programs, Director/Library & Archives, and Director/Publications.

International Representatives

Ex-officio members on the Board are the Society's International Representatives (IR's). The present compliment of IR's reside in Canada, Germany, Belgium, and South Africa. IR's are responsible for responding to inquiries about the Society, setting-up regional meetings and acting as a point of contact for members visiting their areas. A list occasionally appears in the Society Affairs section of the journal.

Society Journal

The Society journal appears three time a year with a total of over 100 pages of research, information and discussion. All members (and nonmembers) can submit articles and material for publication.

Translation Service

Membership in the Society provides access to volunteers who are willing to translate materials. A list of volunteers and languages presently covered occasionally appears in the Society Affairs section of the journal. Contact the Editor for current information.

Question and Answer Panel of Experts

Among the Society membership are well-respected scholars in a number of collecting areas. The panel members are ready, willing, and able to respond to questions covering a wide range of topics such as forgeries, postal history, rates and routes, country-specific issues, back-of-the book, and so on. Contact the Editor with questions for the panel.

Library and Archives Services

Society members have access to a continually growing selection of books, multi-volume works, generalist and specialized monographs, occasional papers, significant articles and publications of a number of other British Africa specialty groups. In addition, the library archives contain photocopies of significant, award-winning exhibits of greater southern Africa material. Library acquisitions are ocassionally reviewed in the journal. Further information is available from the Director/Library & Archives.

Publications Program

The Society has a publication committee that supports and promotes publication of books and monographs either involving the society or by outside publishers. The committee members offer advice and support for prospective authors. Contact the committee chair for information.

Call for dues

Dues for the year 2019/2020 are due by Sept 1.
Please refer to the Membership page for payment details.

New Society

The Barred Oval Numeral Cancellers of the Cape of Good Hope from 1863 – 1963
See the Publications page.


Forerunners received a Vermeil award at JOBURG 2010


Forerunners received a Vermeil award at CHICAGOPEX 2009

Washington 2006

Forerunners received a Large Silver Medal at Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.

New Society

Postal Office Names of Southern Africa According to Ralph Putzel
See the Publications page.

Forerunners on CD

Forerunners #1 to the current issue is available on CD-ROM in PDF format. Order from the Treasurer, $30 plus $5 p&p.