The historic heart of Stanley

Pictured are Sukey Cameron and Stefan Heijtz

The collection was handed over to Sukey Cameron, Falkland Islands Government Representative, at a ceremony in London on the 4th November 2010.  The reception was attended by ex- Governor Mr David Tatham, Mr David Beech (head of philatelic collections, British Library) Mr Tim Underwood (Creative Direction [Worldwide] Ltd, involved in the production of new F I stamps), Mr  Graham Bound and a selection of members of the FIPSG, as well as Philip Kinns and Pauline MacBroom from Stanley Gibbons


Stefan Heijtz, Stockholm, Sweden, Project Leader and Initiator: Bought the album; filled up most of the Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI and early Queen Elizabeth II issues including the 1878-79 set, the 1891 Bisect, middle values of all the KEVII and KGV sets, 1929 £1, 1938 middle values, 1952 high values up to £1, 1960 high values up to £1.

John Henshall, Herefordshire: 1898 2/6 and 5/-; 1904 3/- and 5/-; 1912 5/- maroon, 10/-, £1; 1929 2/6, 5/-, 10/-; 1933 6d., 1/-, 2/6, 5/-, 10/-; 1938 5/- and £1; 13 sets between 1993 and 1998.

Stanley Gibbons Ltd, London: 1928 2 1/2D on 2d. Provisional; 1933 £1. These are the two individually most valuable stamps in the collection. Also 30 replacement pages in the album.

Malcolm Barton, Bath: 1923 3/-; some of the missing King George VI issues and

many of the pre 1980 missing Queen Elizabeth II issues.

Robin Murchie, Oswestry, UK: Sold the album containing a basic collection of

stamps for a symbolic price.

John Youle, Munich, Germany: The majority of issues between 1989 and 1999,

in total 58 sets or mini-sheets.

Jack Child, Washington, USA: 13 sets between 1985 and 1995; $100 in cash which

was spent to buy some of the missing stamps.

Kim Stuckey, Wiltshire: 1938 2/6 and 10/-; 1948 £1

Ben de Deugd, Nieuwerkerk, Holland: Seven sets between 1985 and 1988

Harper Wright, Cheshire: Six sets between 1986 and 1992

Chris Boyd, Worcestershire: 1933 3d. and 4d.

Neil Rowlands, Stanley, Falkland Islands: 1990 Albatross set

In 2010 the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust were the recipients of a complete 1878-1999 National Stamp Collection.  The list of contributors is long but special mention must go to Stefan Heijtz whose idea it was for putting it together. 

Stefan picks up the story.

During my stay in the Falklands in 2009-2010, I found out that Nutt Cartmell’s stamp collection, which was bought by the Museum and National Trust in Stanley in 1995, did not contain a basic Falklands stamp collection.   As a matter of fact, all that was bought was a large number of duplicates and complete sheets from the 1960’s and 70’s, most of which have been sold since they were of no interest to the Museum.

When I learnt about this, I was of course very disappointed, since I had believed that there was a good basic stamp collection in the Museum, which could be used for illustration purposes in connection with temporary displays, and for educational reasons. I therefore asked if the Museum would be interested in buying a relatively complete collection, if one could be found for them. The answer to this was that there were no funds available for purchasing a collection like that.

Because of this situation, I offered to put together a collection, which would be donated to the Museum. A nice album with a good selection of stamps was bought, and after I had added most of the issues between 1878 and 1960, a number of FIPSG (Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group) members got involved and filled most of the remaining gaps. Finally Stanley Gibbons Ltd stepped in and added the last two stamps missing to make the collection 100% complete. Every individual contributor is included in the list of contributors.

The Falkland Islands National Stamp Collection was created in the spirit and honour of Nutt Cartmell, probably the most well-known local Falklands stamp collector in modern times.  I knew Nutt very well personally and I am convinced that he would have approved of this project, and if he had still been alive, he would have contributed generously.

It was my honour and pleasure to hand over the collection to the Falkland Islands Museum and to the people of the Falkland Islands. I am sure it will be treasured and admired by generations to come, both locals and visitors, since the stamps show so much of the history, culture, nature, everyday life and development of the islands.

A big thank you to all contributors; without you this would not have been possible

The National Stamp Collection

Special thanks must also go to the Philatelic Bureau who have kindly offered to keep the collection updated.