The Philatelic Association of NSW (Inc) was established in 1971. It is one of the largest organisations of its kind in Australia. Known by most as PHILAS, the Association represents over 50 affiliated stamp clubs in New South Wales. These clubs are located from the Twin Towns Stamp Club, right on the NSW – Queensland border, right the way down to Wagga Stamp Club, just a short journey from the Victorian Border.
PHILAS is located at 17 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills – a short walk from the Sydney CBD. Moving into 2 floors in 1977, PHILAS purchased another floor in 2003.
Today, visitors to PHILAS House arrive at the ground floor where our reception and office areas are located. Moving to the first floor we have our meeting rooms and a kitchen. The first floor is often the busiest place to be. At any one time there can be different meetings going on or volunteers and visitors enjoying morning tea or lunch. It is on this floor that our very popular stamp auctions are held.
Since the early 1970’s PHILAS has conducted auctions of stamps and other philatelic items. Indeed, PHILAS is the longest running auction group in Australia dedicated to Philately and stamps. Today, PHILAS has partnered with invaluable.com to bring our auctions to our traditional clients as well as a new audience including international bidders.
Also on the first floor, many of our city-based clubs meet on a regular basis. Visitors are always welcome to Club meetings and to view the displays of many interesting and often rare collections of all things philatelic. To see when these Clubs meet and what events are going on at PHILAS House – go to the PHILAS NEWS section.
Finally on the second floor we have the PHILAS LIBRARY. The PHILAS Library is renowned for its substantial collection of over 6000 books, journals and publications related to stamp collecting and all areas of philately. In addition the Library has available almost every known catalogue of stamps from around the world. In many cases these catalogues comprise complete sets stretching from the late 1800’s though to the most recent editions. The Library collection is available for public viewing. Many of the works can be borrowed by members of affiliated Clubs. For more information go to the PHILAS LIBRARY section.