Society was formed in May 1948 by Eric Sherwood from Sale
in Manchester with a membership of about 12.
Edward Lauder from Glasgow was a staunch supporter of the
fledgling society and became the first President in January
Lauder died suddenly in March 1965 and Sherwood took over
the position of President.
Eric was a specialist dealer of South Africa and a well
known figure in the stamp trade. He passed away at a ripe
old age in January 1987.
At first the members circulated
a ‘News folder’ but
that became impractical as the membership progressed to
In January 1953 the first society journal was published
called The Springbok
and is still going strong after 60+ years.
For almost 40 years it was a bi-monthly publication and
from 1993 it became a quarterly journal. Issue No 339 was
published in August 2017.
Eric Sherwood promoted and
advertised the Society in The South African Philatelist
starting in October 1949 and this ‘PR’
exercise continued to the end of December 1972.
In January 2014 a Society website came ‘online’
and has been developed into a valuable source of information,
especially our section Collect
The website includes an Index
to all its journals The
Springbok and there is an extensive
list of the Society’s comprehensive Library.
Regular meetings are held in the North and the South plus
a Philatelic weekend in May/June in the Midlands.
Each year in November it hosts an Annual
Southern Africa Philatelic Conference and
is already in its 19th year - See link
above & go to that page
This important annual event is open to all the various Societies
with an interest in Southern Africa Philately.
On the Saturday there are invited displays and on Sunday
morning it is open to anyone wishing to present a short
The Conference is concluded on Sunday afternoon with a ‘live’
The 70th Anniversary is being
celebrated by a customised webpage that may be accessed
via the link above, also a sixteen page Special Edition
of The Springbok
has been published and may be downloaded free in PDF format
from this website.
By 1954 the Society boasted
229 members and nowadays it is in the region of 130. There
is no pomp and ceremony and the society is run in a casual
and friendly manner...thus if anyone has an interest in
this area of collecting they ought to consider joining.