General Leslie Leopold Rudolph
Penshurst, Kent, England
Weybridge, Surrey, England


From The London Philatelist, July 1917:

In Memoriam

Once more fate has dealt heavily with the Royal Philatelic Society: Leslie Hausburg, that prince of philatelists and good fellows, died on the 3rd inst. in the prime of life and the full enjoyment of his remarkable philatelic powers.

Leslie Leopold Rudolph Hausburg was the son of the late Frederick Ludwig Leopold Hausburg and was born at the Glebe, Penshurst, Kent, in May, 1872. He was educated at Tunbridge Wells, Clifton, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. in the Mathematical Tripos of 1894, being classed as a Senior Optime. After leaving College he served an apprenticeship with the well-known Electrical Engineers, Messrs. Johnson and Phillips, of Charlton, but never practised.

He married, at the age of 23, Miss Beatrice Riseley, sister of the well-known tennis players and herself no mean exponent of the game. Mr Hausburg played tennis for his Varsity and greatly distinguished himself at Wimbledon in the Championship doubles with Mr Charles O. S. Hatton, with whom, in the early 1890s, he played up to the final round, and was only beaten by an ace. In conjunction with his brother, Mr Campbell B. Hausburg, he achieved considerable successes at various tournaments throughout the country.

Mr Leslie Hausburg was a great traveller and visited practically every part of the world, his more notable trips being to East Africa, Japan, the United States and Australia. He made frequent visits to Paris and to other parts of Europe, where he was an indefatigable searcher for stamps at a time when the Continent was a happy hunting-ground.

He joined our Society when he was at Cambridge in 1892, became a Member of the Council in June, 1900, and was elected Honorary Secretary in 1913. He had for many years been a member of the Expert, Publication, and Programme Committees, on all of which he had done sterling work. Since the War began, he has been mainly instrumental in supporting and maintaining the Weybridge Cottage Hospital and acting as one of the Honorary Secretaries of the National Philatelic War Fund, for the remarkable success of which he was largely responsible.

Mr Hausburg’s interest and achievements in philatelic matters are so recent as to be well known. He was probably the greatest authority on the reconstitution of sheets of stamps in the order in which they were originally printed, popularly known as “plating”, that the world has ever known. His studies in this direction on the stamps of Victoria, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela are all wonderful examples of thorough and persistent work, and stamp him as the leading exponent of that particular branch of Philately. He had done splendid work, too, on the intricate subject of the perforations of Australian stamps.

His articles published in the London Philatelist, Philatelic Record, Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal and other magazines, a summary of which we give at the end of this notice, together with the useful part he played on the Publication Committee of the Society, and his monumental work on the Postage Stamps of India, are fitting memorials for so distinguished a philatelist.

Those who knew him best can appreciate the terrible loss in our ranks his death will create; we shall never forget the amount of energy and good work put in by him during our International Exhibition in 1906 at the Horticultural Hall. The great success of that Exhibition, which probably was the finest and best organised ever held, was largely due to the labours of the Honorary Secretaries, Mr Herbert R. Oldfield and himself

As a collector he had very special gifts – time, ample means, and particularly sound judgment. His Australian collections were exceptionally fine; we believe these were all disposed of prior to his death, except his stamps of Victoria.

He has died at the early age of 45 after a long and painful illness, borne with stoic fortitude, and our sympathy goes out and is most freely tendered to his devoted wife, who has nursed him throughout his illness with unswerving care. By his death our Society is bereft of one of its most distinguished Fellows and Philately has lost one of its most devoted followers.


Archive statistics 1890 - 1909

Tournaments Riviera Championships - 1909 Monte Carlo - 1908 Riviera Championships - 1908 South of France Championships - 1908 Surrey Championships - 1908 Sheffield - 1908 Epsom - 1908 South of England Championships - 1907 Monte Carlo - 1903 South of France Championships - 1903 Surrey Championships - 1903 Wimbledon - 1902 French Covered Court Championships - 1902 Surrey Championships - 1902 German International Championships - 1900 Sussex Championships - 1900 Homburg Cup - 1900 Gloucestershire - 1899 Exmouth - 1898 Bournemouth - 1898 South of France Championships - 1897 Sussex Championships - 1897 Exmouth - 1897 Blackheath - 1897 Kent County Championships - 1897 North of England Championships - 1896 West of England Championships - 1896 Teignmouth and Shaldon - 1896 Blackheath - 1896 Kent County Championships - 1896 Scottish Championships - 1895 Championships of Wales - 1895 Northumberland Championships - 1895 Teignmouth and Shaldon - 1895 Edgbaston - 1895 Clifton - 1895 Sussex Championships - 1894 Championships of Wales - 1894 Nottingham - 1894 Northumberland Championships - 1894 South of England Championships - 1894 Warwickshire Championships - 1894 Edgbaston - 1894 Moffat - 1894 Moffat - 1893 Stanraer - 1893 North of Wales - 1892 Northumberland Championships - 1891 Moffat - 1890

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