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The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.



The MSG Leicester Meeting March 7th 2009

Meeting notes and photographs from Susan McEwen

The Leicester Meeting, which also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Malaya Study Group was a resounding success. The display from Gordon Peters was excellent and will be covered fully in the Newsletter. The culinary highlight was the cake baked by Jane Ludlow, featuring the leaping tiger.

The Standing display in the morning was by Simon Martin-Redman, his subject "Sarawak - the Straits and Singapore connection." This included more combination covers than I for one have ever seen in one time and place; more unique items, earliest recorded items and stonking rarities than the philatelic imagination can countenance. For more details you'll just have to wait for the Newsletter as we are promised a full report.

A round of members' displays, then lunch followed by Gordon Peters' display. This by the way is the first time Gordon has been to Leicester, and it was a treat. He showed the 1935 Malaya issue, Government survey department essays and issued stamps in the 'Peters' style - which is mint, used , Specimen and correct rate usage on cover, for each value. ( Just try it on any issue and you'll find how difficult it is ). Followed by an eclectic range of the rare, the wonderful and the interestingly odd. Again more details in the Newsletter.

Following Gordon is a tough job, so we put the Chairman on next with his Revenues as seen at Stampex, followed by a much needed tea break where the surprise birthday cake appeared. It was made by Jane Ludlow, and was simply delicious. Thank you Jane.

Then more rounds of Members' displays. Some attendees departed for home at that point, sated with philatelic delights. 20 stayed for dinner, and sociable chat, and the toast at dinner was 'The Malaya Study Group'.

The 50th Anniversary Cake, baked by Jane Ludlow

Jane Ludlow cutting the cake

Peter Cockburn opening the meeting

Gordon Peters giving his display

A view of the viewing


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