Our Awards

The Roake Trophy

This UK-based competition is held annually for the benefit of all members. The cup is awarded for the best contribution, either to India Post, featuring some aspect of new research, or to the objects of the society, during the year. 


The cup is awarded by the Committee on the recommendation of the Editor of India Post. Originally presented by Peter Roake, it was introduced in 1970 and was originally awarded for the best display at a London meeting on a theme set each year.

Recipients:

  • 1970 G C Horsman
  • 1971 Gerald Davis
  • 1972 Gerald Davis
  • 1973 David Padgham
  • 1974 Gerald Davis
  • 1975 Charles S Taylor
  • 1976 Ernest Oehme
  • 1977 John Trowbridge
  • 1978 Vispi Dastur
  • 1979 Dr D Owen Davies
  • 1980 Justice S D Singh
  • 1981 Derek Hammond Giles, MBE
  • 1982 Derek Hammond Giles, MBE
  • 1983 John Trowbridge
  • 1984 Peter Röver
  • 1985 T M Harchandani
  • 1986 Ernest Oehme
  • 1987 R J Benns
  • 1988 Arjun Lal Harchandani
  • 1989 Max Smith
  • 1990 Murray Graham
  • 1991 R J Benns
  • 1992 Peter Röver
  • 1993 A K Bayanwala
  • 1994 Basil Cheverton
  • 1995 Tim Eames
  • 1996 David Padgham
  • 1997 Chris Haines
  • 1998 Jeffrey Brown
  • 1999 Max Smith
  • 2000 Derek Brinkley
  • 2001 Chris Cleal and Derek Dawes
  • 2002 Adrian Kemmenoe and Ratan Chand Batia
  • 2003 Dr W F [Bill] Fincham
  • 2004 Michael Banham
  • 2005 Drs RS and KS Gandhi
  • 2006 David Padgham
  • 2007 George Harell
  • 2008 Peter Leevers
  • 2009 No award
  • 2010 W Danforth Walker
  • 2011 Max Smith
  • 2012 W Danforth Walker
  • 2013 Jeffrey Brown
  • 2014 A Kemmenoe and RC Batia
  • 2015 Col J Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta

The ISC Medal 

In order to encourage the showing of India related material, our American section has the ISC Medal which is available to the judges at all the "national level" U.S. and Canadian shows.  The criteria for award are very simple:  India- related and must get at least a Bronze show award. We usually give out 4 or 5 a year.  It’s not intended for International-level displays.

The Colonel Martin Memorial Award 

‘Was awarded annually (from 1970 until 1992) to the best literary work on the subject of Indian Philately in the year under review’.

Works considered were books, catalogues, handbooks, monographs and articles (either in series or individual) irrespective of where they had been published. ‘Indian Philately’ was defined to cover stamps, postal stationery, fiscals, postal markings, postal rates, postal administration etc. of India, pre-and post-Independence, Indian States, Convention and Feudatory, plus any area outside of India whilst under the influence of the Indian Postal Administration and, exceptionally, Pakistan; also military campaigns and forces services.

Recipients:

  • 1971 Peter Röver: ‘Postal History of Indian Native States’ - series of articles
  • 1972 Gerald Davis & Denys Martin: ‘BURMA, Postal History’
  • 1973 R J Benns: ‘Alwar’ - Section in our Handbook of Indian Philately
  • 1974 Dr N S Mooss: The Travancore Anchal’
  • 1975 Manik Jain: ‘The Encyclopaedia of Indian Postal Stationery’
  • 1976 James Spence and Peter Roake: ‘India 1854 - The Identification of the Essays, Proofs and Reprints’
  • 1977 Col C N M Blair: 'Overseas Letter Postage from India, 1854-76'
  • 1978 Colin Hepper and Dr W Hellrigl: ‘The Native Postmarks of Nepal’.
  • Special award for services as Editor 'India Post'
  • 1979 Marcus Samuel: : 'Specimen Stamps of British India' section in our Handbook
  • 1980 Derek Lang: ‘A Guide to the Postal Stationery of India’
  • 1981 David Padgham: Special award for service as Librarian for 15 years
  • 1982-3 No award
  • 1984 Dr W Hellrigl and F Vignola: 'Classic Stamps of Nepal'.
  • 1985 No award
  • 1986 Adolph Koeppel & Raymond Manners: ‘The Court Fee and Revenue Stamps of the Princely States of India’
  • 1987-8 No award
  • 1989 Derek Hammond Giles: 'Catalogue of the Handstruck Postage Stamps of India'
  • 1990 No award
  • 1991 Brigadier Virk: ‘Indian Postal History, 1973-1923’
  • 1992 Dr W Hellrigl: 'Nepal Postal History'.

The above awards were authorised by the Committee on the recommendation of the Librarian.