After stamp enthusiast Fred Edwards floated the idea of the first sale west of Toowoomba, Anglicare is now organising the event for Roma. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
After stamp enthusiast Fred Edwards floated the idea of the first sale west of Toowoomba, Anglicare is now organising the event for Roma. PIC: Lachlan Berlin

How one man’s love of stamps gave Roma its first ever mega-sale

The first collectable stamp sale in living memory, west of Toowoomba, is taking place in Roma after one passionate local floated the idea with the Anglican Church.

Fred Edwards has collected stamps on and off since he was seven years old, but after suffering an unfortunate accident in a four-wheel drive 15 years ago, he developed a deep passion for stamp collecting.

“When I broke my back about 15 years ago, my mate got me back into it so I have something to do,” Mr Edwards said.

“I was always interested in it, but when I broke my back, I got back into it properly.”

The now 68-year-old keeps heaps of collectables in a small nook in his Roma house, including collectable dice, steel artwork, marbles, painted rocks, and of course, his stamps.

He keeps them in albums on the bookshelf, in the drawers under his desk, and plastic tubs in the room.

For collectors, they can keep so many that it’s easier to measure them by kilograms rather than individual stamps.

Many people have gone in to see Mr Edwards’ home collection and it’s estimated he has well over 500,000 stamps in total, as a very conservative estimate.

Just part of Mr Edwards’ stash of collectable stamps. No, they’re not for sale though. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Just part of Mr Edwards’ stash of collectable stamps. No, they’re not for sale though. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Just part of Mr Edwards’ stash of collectable stamps. No, they’re not for sale though. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Just part of Mr Edwards’ stash of collectable stamps. No, they’re not for sale though. PIC: Lachlan Berlin

A little light bulb went off in his head recently - what if Roma was able to have its very own sale and get-together for collectors?

Mr Edwards approached Anglican Diocese of Brisbane co-ordinator Margaret Warren about holding one of their stamp sales in Roma, and they’re excited to be able to head to the southwest to put on the Stamp Bonanza.

“Nothing like this has ever been west of Toowoomba that I know of,” Mr Edwards said.

“There’s a lot of people finding it hard to get stamps, because you can’t get them from overseas at the moment.”

Mrs Warren said all proceeds will go towards the Anglican Mission to raise money for developing nations.

She said there will be two days of workshops where people can ask questions and gain insights on where particular stamps come from and their history.

“If people have got stamps that they don’t know what to do, they can always donate it to us,” Mrs Warren said.

She and her husband are stamp enthusiasts too and like to run events like this out of their goodwill and dedication to the mission.

Many of the stamps on display will be from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia, with 200-250 lots to come along to Roma, each holding many kilos of stamps each.

“We have got a lot of King George V stamps,” Mrs Warren said.

“Not that there’s none about, but they’re fairly hard to get.

“One stamp I know, I think it’s the penny one, has things like 34 different shades.”

She said the event is running all because Mr Edwards was so keen to visit her in Stanthorpe to look at her collection.

UPDATE, March 26:

Here are some of the stamps on display out the front of Golders Roma.

Some of the stamps on display in Roma in the leadup to the Stamp Bonanza. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Some of the stamps on display in Roma in the leadup to the Stamp Bonanza. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Some of the stamps on display in Roma in the leadup to the Stamp Bonanza. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Some of the stamps on display in Roma in the leadup to the Stamp Bonanza. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Some of the stamps on display in Roma in the leadup to the Stamp Bonanza. PIC: Lachlan Berlin
Some of the stamps on display in Roma in the leadup to the Stamp Bonanza. PIC: Lachlan Berlin

The Stamp Bonanza will be held at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Roma on July 8, 9, and 10.

The first two days will be workshops where enthusiasts can get together, and the final day will be sale by tender.

For inquiries, please phone 0437 338 987


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