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Ron Edwards
Conference Speaker


Title of talk:  “Pitcairn’s Coinage:  A Difficult & Varied Program of Limited Success”
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Pitcairn Islands Study Group Director-at-Large Ron Edwards' interest in Pitcairn began in 1957 when, as a stamp collector returning home with the latest new issues, he was drawn to a set of Pitcairn stamps depicting island scenes.  Having decided to learn what he could about this remote community, over time his interest developed into an obsession; and Mr. Edwards sought anything and everything he could read and collect.  Today his collection includes books, magazines, newspaper articles, photos, postcards, videos, DVDs, stamps, postal history, first day covers and artifacts, all of which are kept in two former bedrooms of his Melbourne, Australia home.  In 1998 a dream was realized when Mr. Edwards was able to spend an all-too-short 15 days on Pitcairn, where he'd like to return again someday for a longer stay.

A retired carpenter and builder, Mr. Edwards and his wife Maureen built a new home on Norfolk Island recently.  Married for 47 years, the couple have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Mr. Edwards' latest interest is the coins which the Pitcairn administration began issuing in 1988.  He now has about 60 Pitcairn coins in total and says there are some stories to be told about the various design and circulation difficulties.





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