Australian Philatelic Federation conducts a formal system of
Awards which aim to recognise and honour philatelists and others
who have made a significant contribution to the development and
promotion of philately in Australia. The APF's Award system comprises two main components - the Australian Philatelic
Order Awards and the APF Services to Philately Award (at the National Level) or SPAN.
History of the Australian Philatelic Order
Australian Philatelic Order was established by the APF in 1994
to recognize and honour philatelists who have given distinguished
service to Australian Philately.
Awards are now an established highlight of the Australian philatelic
calendar with a formal presentation ceremony held in conjunction
with the Annual General Meeting of the APF. Nominees are considered on the basis of their services to organized philately,
which includes distinguished philatelic study and research. This
includes judging, and promotion of philatelic and public dissemination
medal design and the collarette ribbons have special significance
to Australian philately. The design of the medal is that of the World's first stamp, the New South Wales
embossed Lettersheet of 1838. It is the Coat of Arms of William IV, engraved by Mr W Wilson and was struck
in blind embossing on a sheet of writing paper approximately
330m x 210mm, to be folded and sealed to envelope size. They were initially sold at 1/3 per dozen and intended to be used for the 1d
local Sydney District, postal rate. They were not popular, only small quantities were used and even today, unused
examples are not common. It is generally conceded that the introduction of this embossed Lettersheet
established New South Wales, as the first Country in the world
to accept prepayment of the postage by means of an impressed
stamp. The Ribbons each in thee color, also have philatelic significance. The major Award, Fellow, is in the three colors red, blue and green representing
the 1d, 2d and 3d "Sydney Views", the first issue of postage stamps in the Colony of New South Wales 1850, while
the Ribbon for the lesser Award, member, is in orange, lilac
and blue representing the 1d, 2d and 3d "Half Lengths", the first stamps issued in the Colony of Victoria, also 1850.
addition, an APF Research Award was introduced in 1997 to ensure
recognition of those who have made significant contributions
in the field of research, who do not qualify for the award of
Member or Fellow.
Research, the medal design is symbolic of Australian philatelic
research, while the Collarette Ribbon color is of philatelic
significance in that it represents, in limited form, the complex
shades and colors of Australia's most written about and extensively
researched stamp - the 1914 KGV One Penny Red.
Philatelic Order Recipients
a full list of APO recipients and to read their citations,