About Us
The QCCS Inc. is a club for people who collect postcards (as well as trade cards and cigarette cards) based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Our contact address for written correspondence is:
The Secretary, QCCSI, P.O. Box 699, Indooroopilly, QLD, 4068, Australia

Membership applications with payment should be forwarded to:
The Treasurer, QCCSI, PO Box 70, Rochedale South, QLD 4023, Australia.

orrespondence about this site can be sent to the webmaster
Marcel Safier or Ph: 0411 238612.

Our group meets on the last Wednesday (this has changed and was previously Tuesday) of each month except December in the meeting room at the western end of 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 business, then a presentation on a card related topic usually as a digital slideshow 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 100-200+ 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 to see how we operate are welcome.

**After cancellation of society meetings over past months due to the pandemic, we have resumed our monthly meetings as on 29 July 2020, with COVID 19 precautions in place**


Yearly membership (from July-June) fees are AU$20.00 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 multi-page 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 here.  


President: Alan McNaughton 07-3371 8844
Secretary: Michael Quinn

Treasurer: Barry Peters
Editor of Bulletin: David Johnson
Auction: Alan McNaughton/Roy Pugh
Librarian: Reg Stonard
Webmaster: Marcel 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.

Queensland 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.

All forms of card collecting are popular hobbies throughout 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 may be included in philatelic and antique auctions. 

Past Publications (no longer available)

The ANZACS in World War 1. 

The Society received funds from the Queensland Government via its Anzac Centenary grant program. We used these funds to publish a book about the Anzacs in World War 1 as illustrated in picture postcards and cigarette cards.

 The book runs to 54 pages and has many illustrations of postcards featuring World War 1 events from Society members’ collections with related stories . The publication would not have been possible without the funds received from the Queensland Government via its Anzac Centenary Grants program.  The Anzac Centenary website can be visited by clicking on this link.  http://anzac100.initiatives.qld.gov.au/

All copies of the limited edition run of 200 were provided to numerous military and historical groups and societies.  

This project was proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Publications available for purchase  
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 right.

Copies are available at a cost of $22 now $15 plus postage
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.

Contact Alan McNaughton for any orders

Ron Blum has produced a wonderful book covering the extensive postcard output of George Rose George Rose, the Postcard Era, As Australia's foremost collector of stereo photography also produced a book on the stereoviews of George Rose that has sold out. Ron's postcard book is available direct from his website: www.ronblum.com.au. Members of the QCCSI have helped supply information and images for this.


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
. all postcards of the Brisbane region
. Coloured Shell Series
(note the book above on this series that the QCCSI have produced)
. E.D. & Co and EDCO (Edward's Dunlop & Co)
. Intelligence and Tourism Bureau (David Johnson is currently researching these for publication)
. 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 M.H. Poulsen
. postcards of Brisbane suburbs (Toowong has been covered in detail)
. Taylor series (produced by Ipswich based photographers Benjamin & Laura Taylor)

. all postcards of the Gold Coast including those by photographers E. Murray, Fred Lang, T. A. Ninness, Simbell (Simpson and Bell) and motel advertising

Modern Publishers

. Murray Views of Gympie
. Sidues Series (Sydney Hughes)
of Brisbane
. Samuel Lee (ICP) of Stanthorpe
. Nucolorvue of Melbourne
. John Engelander of Melbourne
. Murfett Distributing of Brisbane
. Kibble Pty. Ltd. of Brisbane
. Sunbird Souvenirs of Brisbane

. Bellebird of Palm Beach
. Avant Cards (free advertising cards)

Information about postcards relating to Queensland is particularly welcome.

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


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. Society members have spoken to the New Farm Historical Society, Toowong History Group, Nundah Historical Society, Queensland Antique Collector's Society, Toowong History Group, Toowong & District Historical Society, New Farm Historical Society, Redcliffe Historical Society, Family History Society of Queensland, Nundah Historical Society, Coorparoo Historical Society, Photographic Society of Queensland, Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Maryborough Historical Society as well as appeared on ABC 612 radio.
Gallery 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



Harrison Fisher. I am always interested in corresponding with other specialist collectors of Harrison Fisher postcards. Cleve Whitworth libris@australis.net

Postcard collections and accumulations including deceased estates purchased! Postcards of Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads and the rest of the Gold Coast region as well as Brisbane and suburbs, World War 1 and early entertainers are keenly sought. Marcel Safier, PO Box 239, Holland Park QLD 4121. Mobile: 0411 238612, msafier@ozemail.com.au.

This site is maintained for the QCCS Inc. by Marcel Safier, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
and was created 11 May 1997. It was last updated 20 September 2020