Leslie L. R. Hausburg

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Leslie Leopold Rudolph Hausburg (May 1872 - 3 July 1917)[1] was a British philatelist who was one of the "Fathers of Philately". His name was entered on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1921. He was also a leading tennis player.

Early life[edit]

Hausburg, the son of F.L.L. Hausburg, was born at The Glebe, Penshurst, Kent on 26 May 1872.[2] He was educated at Tunbridge Wells, Clifton and then Trinity College, Cambridge where he graduated with a B.A. in the Mathematical Tripos in 1894.[3] He served an electrical engineering apprenticeship with Johnson & Phillips, but never practised. At 23 he married Beatrice Riseley, a member of a noted tennis family.[2] Hausburg played with success at various tennis tournaments including Wimbledon.[1]


Hausburg was a specialist in plating. He made plating studies of Victoria, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela, and was an expert on the perforations of the stamps of Australia.[1] He wrote the first part of The Postage and Telegraph Stamps of British India (1907) and his collection of India passed into the Royal Philatelic Collection in 1916.[4] His contributions to The London Philatelist are too numerous to list.

In New Zealand he discovered the original plates from which the first stamps of that country were printed.[4]

Organised philately[edit]

He joined the Royal Philatelic Society London in 1892; he was Honorary Secretary from 1913 to 1917[1] and a member of the Expert Committee of the Society.[5] He was also Vice-President of the Philatelic Society of India.[4] He played a key role in running the National Philatelic War Fund and the 1906 International Philatelic Exhibition, London.[1]

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