QCCS Inc. is an incorporated club of people who collect
based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Our contact address for correspondence is:
The Secretary, QCCSI, P.O. Box 699, Indooroopilly, QLD, 4068,
Australia or email: Alan McNaughton Ph: 07-3371 8844.
Membership applications with payment should be forwarded to:
The Treasurer, QCCSI, P.O. Box 184 Banyo, QLD, 4014, Australia.
about this site can be sent to the webmaster
Marcel Safier or Ph: 0411 238612.
Articles and ads for inclusion in the Bulletin can be sent direct to the
editor David Johnson.
Our group meets on the last Tuesday
of each month (December excluded) in the meeting room in the church hall behind St. Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church at 59 Dornoch Terrace, West End which is centrally located in Brisbane just
south west of
the city centre. Meetings start at 7:30pm. The format of each
meeting usually involves a discussion of official business, followed by
new business and announcements, then a presentation on a card related topic
usually as a digital presentation followed by refreshments and
informal mingling. Cards are often brought along for trade, sale
or just to be shown off and the lots from our bi-monthly postal auction
of 200-250+ lots are available for inspection. Unsold lots are available
for direct purchase at the reserve price at the meeting following the auction. Members
have access to a large library of reference books and journals. Visitors who wish
to attend, see how we operate or bring some cards for assessment or sale are welcome.
(from July-June) fees are AU$30.00
within Australia; Pacific and New Zealand AU$35.00 and AU$40.00 for rest
of world which provides the member with 6 issues of our club Bulletin (each
is 8-10 pages long) and five postal auction catalogues as well as entitlement
to attend meetings and borrow from our extensive library of card related
reference books and journals. A membership form for printing out and
posting can be accessed
At the society's AGM in August 2014
the following club executive personnel were elected:
Secretary: Nell Stevens
Treasurer: Tony Lawler
Editor of Bulletin:
Johnson; Compiler of Bulletin: Roy Pugh
Auctioneers: Roy Pugh
Safier 0411 238612
Our membership is mainly from within the state of Queensland but also includes
people in most of the other states of Australia and several overseas countries.
Our sister club is in Washington Crossing, PA, USA.
is one of the six states in Australia, and the northernmost on the eastern
coastline. The main population base is in Brisbane, the state's capital city,
which is situated in the state's south east corner. Brisbane is a popular
tourist destination and the city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1982, Expo in
1988 and the Goodwill Games in September 2001. It has been voted as Australia's
most liveable city.
forms of card collecting are popular hobbies throughout Australia. There
are independent card collecting groups in New South Wales
(New South Wales Postcard Collectors
the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia (Western Australian Card Collectors Society)
Australian Postcard Society in
Adelaide, South Australia.
There are some full time and a number of part time dealers in cards in most
states of Australia but not many have retail premises. They often attend
dedicated card fairs which are held regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and/or
more general collectibles fairs and swap meets throughout the country.
Postcards and sometimes cigarette and trade cards can usually be found at
philatelic and coin fairs and are often featured in philatelic and antique
|The Q150 grant received by the club
was used to
produce a fantastic 96pp book
on the Coloured Shell Series of Queensland postcards that is pictured at
Copies are available at a cost of $22 plus postage:
. within Australia add $4.50
. Asia and Pacific area add $10.00
. rest of World add $14.00
2009 marked the sesqui-centenary of both the separation of Queensland
from New South Wales. Having received a generous grant from the Q150 committee our group
produced a bumper full colour edition of our Bulletin that is pictured below
left and a souvenir postcard featuring state emblems pictured below right.
This 32 page book is still available for $10 plus postage
of $1.40 within Australia and
the postcard for 50c plus $0.70 postage in an envelope.
International orders can be paid via PayPal in Australian Dollars. Please add
5% to the total cost to cover fees and make the payment to email address
Ron Blum has produced a wonderful
book covering the extensive postcard
output of George Rose
the Postcard Era”,
As Australia's foremost collector of stereo views also
produced a book on the stereoviews of George Rose that has now sold out. Ron's
postcard book is available
direct from his website:
Members of the QCCSI have helped supply information and
images for this.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for members
to obtain new material.
Anyone who has postcards, cigarette cards or
old trade cards they
wish to sell or even to donate is welcome to contact the club. We do hope however
that potential sellers don't merely wish to pick our brains for a free appraisal and/or
to then sell items on eBay or elsewhere as has happened previously!
Historical, philatelic and other groups are welcome to
enquire about guest speakers from amongst our membership on a wide variety of
card, collecting and historical themes. Alan McNaughton and Reg Stonard have
spoken to the New
Farm Historical Society, Toowong History Group, the Nundah Historical Society
and the Queensland Antique Collector's Society on a history of postcards that included rare early
Brisbane examples. Webmaster Marcel Safier has
spoken to the Toowong History Group and the Toowong & District Historical Society about
early postcards of Toowong and to the New Farm Historical Society on early
photographers of Fortitude Valley and to the Redcliffe Historical Society,
Family History Society of Queensland, Nundah Historical Society, Queensland
Antique Collector's Society, Coorparoo Historical Society, Photographic Society
of Queensland, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Maryborough
Historical Society on early
photography in Queensland.
Club Research Interests
Our membership's interests cover the many varied areas of card collecting.
Some members of course have a leaning towards items of regional interest
especially the postcards of Brisbane and wider Queensland. Lists of publishers
of Queensland views and their postcard output are being collated as an
ongoing project. A few of these cards appear below.
Some of the postcards and series currently being researched include:
Early Postcard Publishers
. Coloured Shell Series
(note the book above on this series that the QCCSI have produced)
. E.D. & Co and EDCO (Edward's Dunlop
. Intelligence and Tourism Bureau
(David Johnson is currently researching these)
. White Series
. Retrac (Carter spelt backwards!)
. McDonnell Series
. postcards published by Barton of Warwick
. Comet Series
. Murray's Studios of Brisbane and Gympie
. postcards published by and based on photographs
by Brisbane photographers eg. P.C. Poulsen & Thomas Mathewson
. postcards published by Warwick photographer
. postcards of Brisbane suburbs (Toowong has been
covered in detail with Wooloowin to follow)
. Taylor series (produced by Ipswich based photographers Benjamin & Laura Taylor)
. postcards of the Gold Coast including those by photographers E. Murray, Fred Lang, T.
A. Ninness, Simbell (Simpson and Bell) and motel advertising
about these above subjects)
. Murray Views of Gympie
. Sidues Series (Sydney Hughes) of Brisbane
. Samuel Lee (ICP) of Stanthorpe
. Avant Cards (free advertising cards)
Information about postcards, cigarette and trade cards relating to Queensland
If you are compiling lists of cards,
whether you a member of our group or not we would be pleased to hear from you.
If you, a relation or ancestor were involved in
the postcard industry as a
publisher, photographer or otherwise we would be delighted if
you could make contact with us
of Brisbane and Fortitude Valley Postcards
Corner Queen & George Streets, Brisbane
Edco Series no. 1255 printed postcard
View of the South Side from the Executive Buildings (1911)
Comet Series no. 782 real photo postcard
Victoria Bridge from Treasury
Murray Studios Q.96 real photo postcard
Corner Wickham and Brunswick Streets, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Edco Series no. 1246 printed postcard
Wickham St c.1935
Franklin Series Q. 61 real photo postcard
Adelaide St Looking South 1940s
Sidues Series no. 755 real photo postcard