South Australia History Festival

This year South Australia’s History Festival is on from 1 to the 31 May, and there will be some 700 activities including; exhibitions, seminars, and walks. So it will be great time for those who are thinking about going to Adelaide.

If you would like to know more about the festival go to its website:

A relatively new private house museum, the David Roche Foundation Museum in North Adelaide, is a must see but you need to book –

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Registration for NAAC2017 Now Open

Registration for NAAC2017 in Melbourne over the weekend of 20th – 22nd October is now open. Starting with a behind the scenes tour of the National Sports Museum at the MCG on the afternoon of Friday 20th October, this will be followed by a reception at the RACV Club in the evening.

Our hosts for the main event over the weekend are the Royal Society of Victoria in their historic building conveniently located in the city. There is also an optional evening meal on the Saturday evening at the Kelvin Club. More details can be found under the Events tab on our website.

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Frank Robinson wins 2016 Paul Simon Memorial Award

Congratulations to Frank Robinson on his Paul Simon Memorial Award. Frank has been an active member of organised numismatics in Victoria since 1968, when he became a member of the Numismatic Association of Victoria. He was President of the NAV for the years 2000-2002 and 2007-2011, Vice-President in 1976, 1997-1999, 2003-2006, 2012-, and Secretary in 1973. Frank is also the Editor of the NAV journal, a position that he has held since 2001.

In addition, Frank is an active member of IBNS (Melbourne Chapter). He joined IBNS in 1990 and the Melbourne Chapter in 1991. Frank was the IBNS National Convention Manager from 2002 to 2004, and again from 2006, a position that he continues to hold.

Frank Robinson has contributed many articles to the NAV Journal, and various articles in CAB Magazine, Queensland Numismatic Journal and JNAA. There is no doubt that Frank is thoroughly deserving of this award, which was presented at the NAV meeting on Friday 17 January 2017.

2016 Paul Simon Memorial Award

Frank Robinson (left) being presented with his Paul Simon Memorial Award medal (centre) by NAV President Darren Burgess (right).

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Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand 2017 conference

The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand will be holding a numismatic conference in Auckland during the period of 14 – 17 July to celebrate 50 years of decimal currency in New Zealand. The conference will be held at the Quality Hotel, Parnell, an inner suburb of Auckland, with the actual conference held on 16 and 17 July, a commercial bourse on 15 July and some tours/closed conference bourse (as at NAAC2015 in Adelaide) on Friday 14 July.

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Numismatic collections in Australian institutions

Ken Sheedy has written a report on the numismatic collections in Australian institutions, which has appeared in International Numismatic Council Comptes Rendu, Volume 62, 2015.

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Two important milestones

This year sees two significant anniversaries. Noble Numismatics, NAA Gold Sponsor, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a celebratory dinner on Saturday 2 April, and MR Roberts celebrated its 50th anniversary on 12 February with the issue of a special medallion.

MR Roberts 40th anniversary.

Congratulations to both companies on their achievements.

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2016 AGM

This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Friday 8 April 2016 at Status International, Meeting Room, Level 3, 262 Castlereagh St, Sydney, commencing 1pm. All members of the Association are welcome to attend.

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The seventh biennial conference of the Numismatic Association of Australia will be held Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October 2017 in Melbourne, at the Royal Society of Victoria.

Royal Society of Victoria

The talks will be mostly on the weekend, there will be a numismatic tour of the National Sports Museum at the MCG on the Friday afternoon, a reception on the Friday evening and an optional dinner on the Saturday evening. With Downies sale 325 being held 17-19 October this all makes for a numismatically-packed week in Melbourne!

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Death of Dr William (Bill) Mira

It is with sadness that I advise the death of one of Australia’s numismatics greats, Dr William Mira, on the morning of 2 February 2016. Bill was a long time Member of the ANS, the authority on Holey Dollars, and wrote many books and articles on a range of Australian numismatic topics. His funeral was held on Monday 8 February at Forrest Lawn North Chapel, Leppington NSW.

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Death of our Auditor

It is with sadness that I advise the sudden death of our Auditor, George Cassim, on the morning of 15 December 2015. The funeral took place on Thursday 17 December 2015 at 12pm, Kogarah Greek Orthodox Church, followed by the burial at Botany Bay.

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