to the Editor
I found the April
1998 issue of Australasian Stamps to be
as fascinating as ever. I particularly
enjoyed the article by Richard Breckon entitled
‘Modern Australian Stamp Printers’. Richard
made a confusing subject understandable,
for I have long needed to better comprehend
the position regarding what printer did
what and who each company is/was owned by.
detail below what I have recorded in my
files regarding the reason why Norman J
Field got involved in stamp printing, for
it differs from Richard’s reason (given
as machine breakdown).
understand that there had been enormous
problems at the Government Printers, Canberra
when trying to print the Silver Jubilee
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II issue.
Laying down the silver ink proved impossible
and an extensive proofing exercise was undertaken
at the premises of Seligson and Clare, Australian
agents for the SORDZ press that Government
Printers had been trying to use. In
the end, the job was mainly printed by Field’s
and perforated at the Note Printing Branch
of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
is believed that Field’s never again printed
stamps and reverted to their more normal
commercial printing operation. My files
indicate that the source for this information
was the Australian Post Office and I would
welcome clarification of the information
that I have supplied.
has missed-out one modern-day Australian
stamp printer, possibly because they did
not print for Australia Post. This firm
is Scott Printers Pty. Limited trading as
Scott Four-Colour Print, based in Perth.
Their first stamp was printed in 1990 for
Cocos (Keeling) Islands, but, in a letter,
the company sales manager recently stated
to me: “…we have little demand for this
form of production”. Clearly, this
is not a printer name that we shall see
much of in our stamp albums. The source
for this information was ‘Scott's Printing
and Pre-Press’ company brochure from the
mid-1990s and private correspondence, 1997.
Unfortunately, I do not have ready access
to my specialised catalogue to indicate
the issue(s) that Scott produced. I
hope that this may be of interest to your
published in 'Australasian Stamps', Australia
Version: 1.1, 2012. All material Copyright ©
2000-Date Glenn H Morgan FRPSL.