The Canterbury Junior Stamp club has a proud history going back to the 1960's when it was formed by the late Ran Dacre and named the Canterbury Museum Junior Stamp Club because it originally met in the Canterbury Museum Class Room on Saturday afternoons.

About 1980 with the opening of the new Philatelic Centre at nearby 27 Worcester Boulevard the Junior Club moved into these clubrooms and changed its name by dropping the "Museum" name from its title. 

In 1998 along with all the other Christchurch based stamp organisations, The Junior Club moved into its present base at the Philatelic centre, 67 Mandeville Street where it continues to hold meetings for any school age collectors on Saturday afternoons. Membership ranges from 5 years of age up to one or two University age seniors.


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The Canterbury Junior Stamp Club meets at 67 Mandeville St, Christchurch on 2nd Saturday of each month.  Doors open at 1pm with actual meeting from 2 to 3.30pm.

Annual membership subscription is $5.

Club Activities include;

  • a continuing education workshop scheme

  • a Dip Tin (free stamps for all members)

  • a Birthday Dip tin

  • Bring and tell session

  • Points scheme for end of year prizes with all members gaining 5 points for attending.

  • Special discounts for club members from local stamp dealers

For details contact;  Geoff Tyson  ph 354 1064

All school age stamp collectors welcome


One important Junior Stamp club event held each year is the annual stamp camp held during school holidays. The week long camps are held near a major city in holiday camp buildings with campers having a week of fun, philately and friendship.

In 2000 the stamp camp was held at the Blue Skies Boy Scout Camp at Kaiapoi some 15 minutes driving north of Christchurch.

Joel Spain with his stamp collection at the 2000 Stamp Camp. JoelSpain.jpg (53684 bytes)


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Girls from the 2000 Stamp Camp in "Period Costume" while on a day-trip visit to Ferrymead Historic Park with the parks historic Post Office building in the background. This is NOT normal stamp camp wear!

JoRaggKarenJeffreys.jpg (58352 bytes) Jo Ragg and Karen Jeffrey - camp cook volunteers at the 2000  stamp camp.
CampComp.jpg (31268 bytes) At each stamp camp all campers prepare a special display of their stamp collection which is then judged by leading philatelic judges. Bruce Alexandre is shown at left giving advice to a young camper while club organiser Geoff Tyson looks on.


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This cover was issued for an earlier stamp camp held  in 1989 at Rangi Ruru Girls College boarding house in Christchurch.

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