Welcome to AusPostalHistory.com

Please Note: The AusPostalHistory.com website will be SHUTTING DOWN PERMANENTLY at the start of November 2018.

Not to worry, the entire contents of this website (approximately 1000 papers and about 10,000 images) have been archived by Pandora (The National Library of Australia) so you will still be able to find them there.

To ease the transition to Pandora, we will maintain a list of the philatelic papers on one of our other servers under AusPostalHistory.com until January 24th, 2019. That index site will contain information about accessing the papers on Pandora.

I am sorry to announce the passing of Maurice Mishkel, the author of the philatelic papers which make up the AusPostalHistory website.

As many of you may have noticed, Maurice had been unable to update the website for the last few years but had been trying to continue research on new topics and to answer the many questions which were sent to him.

He was always very grateful for the many people who looked for information in old archives and provided the extra background pictures which went into his papers

He will be missed by his family and friends.

For anyone interested in purchasing any of Dr. Mishkel's extensive stamp collection, it is being placed on Ebay in a number of packages.

You will be able to find them by followiing this link... http://www.ebay.com/sch/trilliumstamps/m.html


About Auspostal History

I have written more than 1,000 philatelic papers, at least a hundred of which have been published in Australian, USA, Canadian and Philippines philatelic journals. All papers have an Australian connection, a few of them have only a tenuous connection with Australia, for the covers were sent from Australia to interesting people &/or places, in other countries. I have increased the number of categories for the papers that appear at the left hand side of the home page, and the papers have been entered in one, two or at most three of the relevant categories. The vast majority of the covers are not owned by me, and the scans that appear are only as clear as those seen at the various auction sites. This website remains a work in progress.

A number of these papers give information about another country which may be of interest to specific readers.  In 2007 I had started to mention the other countries  included in square brackets, such as [CANADA],  at the end of the paper's heading, but I have not persisted with this addiional feature.

I would appreciate feedback from readers, for I recognise that the addition of so many papers in the past 10 years, may have allowed typo inaccuracies and imperfections to creep in.  Occasionally a Figure may not show immediately or require that the reader should close the paper and re-enter it.
Maurice, Canada, November 2011

Dr. Maurice Alan Mishkel

Dec. 20 1929 - October 2, 2016

Maurice Alan Mishkel, born Dec 20 1929 in Sydney, Australia, died on October 2nd, 2016, in Dundas, Ontario, Canada after a lengthy illness.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma Mishkel, his sons Gregory, Ian and David, his daughters-in-law Denise, Barbara and Judy, and grandchildren Chloe, Cole, Jonah, Aviva and Ezra and his sister Claire.

He was a beloved father and spouse, and was a physician revered by his colleagues and patients. He touched the lives of hundreds afflicted by vascular disease.  He served on the faculty of McMaster Medical School since its inception, and was deeply involved in research, education and patient care.

An ardent philatelist, he maintained a website on Australian first day covers and researched social history based on postage records with a discipline and rigor worthy of emulation.

He devoted much of his career to the study of lipids and helped to lay the foundation cementing elevated cholesterol as the harbinger of coronary artery disease.

He leaves behind a legacy of steadfast ethics, hard work, and devotion to a cause.

The family recognizes and appreciates with deep gratitude the excellent medical care received thru Hamilton General Hospital and the St Josephs Healthcare system. Donations in his honor can be made to the charity of ones choice.

He will be sorely missed and he will stay in our memories forever.

The Mishkel Family

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