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Richard Vickers with a few of the folders from his priceless collection of stamp albums.

End of an era for stamp club

FOR more than 40 years the Kalamunda Stamp Club has met on the third Wednesday of every month, but on August 15 the club shall be no more. 

After 30 years as club president, Richard Vickers is hanging up his hat, and with no-one willing to take his place the club is turning out the lights for the final time.

“I’m sorry it’s closing really,” Mr Vickers said.

“I was going to give it up last year, it’s more work than you might expect and I only missed a handful of meetings in all that time, but I thought let’s make it to 40 years.”

Their first meetings were held in the City of Kalamunda (then Shire) offices before moving to the Agricultural Centre, later the library and then to the Jack Healey Centre.

Despite having more than 40 active members, a continuous interest in the club, and even its own stamp the club will close with a celebration at its final meeting this Wednesday. 

The inaugural stamp club member said he is looking forward to dedicating time to his own collection, which contains more than 40,000 stamps from around the world. 

“I was seven when I first started,” Mr Vickers said.

“An aunty gave me a stamp album for something to do.”

His collection includes a set of One Penny Blacks from 1840.

Unsurprisingly the stamps featuring Queen Victoria are among his favourites. 

“They’re very special to me, it’s a life work,” he said.

When asked how much his collection was worth the 82-year-old said he couldn’t imagine a figure.

“I wouldn’t dare to say,” he said.

“I know I could probably have a couple of good cruises around the world on it.”

The last meeting will be held in the Jack Healey Centre, Mead St, Kalamunda on Wednesday, August 15.

By Claire Ottaviano

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