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How did the GOMC start - The newspaper story
From the Marroondah Leader Newspaper:
THEY call themselves the "Grumpy Old Men" club.
They are several members from the Ringwood and District Philatelic Society who gather at Ron Collumbine's Hewish Arcade toy
and games shop in Croydon after meetings.
The men sit and discuss anything from stamps to the state of the economy, often with a keen sense of humour. Mr Collumbine, who
arrived in Australia from Scotland in 1959, has been a member of the philatelic society since 1972.
He said the club began at Ringwood's Holeproof factory in 1952 and now had about 90 members. "We don't necessarily collect just
stamps," Mr Collumbine says. "We are born collectors. I often say that if the government banned collecting stamps tomorrow people
would go and collect twigs." Mr Collumbine said he collected anything related to postal history.
He showed me one of his favourite items, a 1696 letter from a British debt collector to his boss. "As you can see, he was reclaiming
a debt but was told what he could do with the debt," Mr Collumbine said.
"From looking at shipping and post marks you can learn about general history; this one shows little has changed."
Croydon's Bill Willis, 60, told me he is one of the younger members of the club, a claim the others are quick to dispute.
He said he would have about one million stamps in his collection. "Don't ask me what they are worth because a lot of them are worth
nothing," Mr Willis said. "It is not hard when you buy them in 5kg boxes."
Mr Collumbine said the society was largely made up of older men but there were several young children and women members. He
said meetings consisted of sales, exchanges, displays and guest speakers.
"In the 1980s almost every suburb in Melbourne had a stamp shop," he said. "There are now very few but stamps are still the biggest
form of collecting in the world." The society meets at the elderly citizen's clubroom at Ringwood's Federation Estate on the first
Thursday and third Monday of each month.
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