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The National Number Plate Collectors Club Convention was held in Deniliquin from Friday to Sunday.

TYLA HARRINGTON June 10, 2014 3:47am

Trevor Thomas, Elle Albrecht, Alan Destry, Alex ‘AJ’ Gerrard and Bob Bagnall were some of the award winners as part of the number plate convention on the weekend.


More than 100 people attended the National Number Plate Collectors Club Convention held in Deniliquin from Friday to Sunday.

The Deniliquin Sports Stadium was filled with hundreds of number plates when it hosted the three-day convention for the fifth time.

Organiser Bernard Clancy, from Conargo, said collectors travelled from across Australia and as far as New Zealand.

 

Mildura’s Elle Albrecht, who also organised the event, said she was impressed with the turn-out.

‘‘It was nice to see junior members involved and everyone has given really good feedback. On a whole it was awesome,’’ she said.

Travelling from Canberra, Alex ‘AJ’ Gerrard was the youngest member of the National Number Plate Collectors Club at the convention.

The 10 year-old brought with him his ACT number plate display, which is in addition to about 80 plates he has at home. He was given an encouragement award for his efforts.

AJ has been collecting for a year and was given about 200 free number plates by older members at the convention to encourage him to continue.

He travelled with his mother Sue, who said AJ remembers the number plates of every car they see and can recall the number plate six months later.

Brian Costello also attended the convention and said he found his first number plate at the tip when he was just 15. The 1954 Tasmanian number plate started a collection which would grow to thousands.

The 73 year-old says he can’t be sure how many plates he has, but guesses ‘‘a couple of thousand’’.

 

The national conference included a dinner, awards ceremony and several number plate auctions.

Plates on display included themed plates, foreign plates and Australian plates, as well as themes chosen by the collectors themselves.

The last time the conference was held in Deniliquin was in 2005.

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