Old China Town KL The Malaya Study Group Selangor SG 87

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. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. 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.

Members displays of Overprints

Meeting held on April 25th 2009


Report and photographs kindly supplied by Susan McEwen

The Overprints meeting was well attended, we had 2 and a half rounds of displays - but given the detail of the Overprints which were being shown that was enough.

Mac McClaren gave the first round, and will be publicising his new Study Project very soon. Mac's detailed description of his display is included below. Anthony Winner displayed Perak, Joe Robertson Postage due covers which also featured Overprints ( not on the postage due stamps which were of other countries, Malaya's first postage due stamps weren't issued till 1924 )

Martin Roper and Bill Pain displayed States overprints, Peter Cockburn Revenues and Gaden Robinson showed his study of the Two Cents on 24c across the States.

Mac McClaren


Tony Winner

Martin Roper


Joe Robertson

Display of Provisional Surcharges of the Straits Settlements,
1891 – 1917.

By Mac McClaren

Mac McClaren displayed a full round of Straits Settlements provisional surcharges, both mint, used and on cover/postal stationery. Only stamps that could reasonably be found used on cover were represented in the first section.

The display commenced with the 10 cents on 24 cents including inverted watermark block of four and positional pieces with the narrow ‘0’ in ‘10’. These were followed by a selection of the 30 cents on 32 cents orange, including a part pane of 50. A card was displayed showing the varieties on each stamp which may be constant, including antique letters which do not appear to have been studied up to now.

This is to form part of a study project for this and other values soon to be posted on the Forum. The postal requirement for this value is still unknown.
Various surcharges were then displayed, including specimens where relevant, with a number of the 1892 ‘ONE CENT’ values being present in panes, multiples and as single varieties. Three blocks of four of the surcharged 4 cents value were shown with the ‘Broken Frame’ variety, one mint and two used, the used blocks showing early and late states of the flaw. This issue is to form the major part of the proposed study mentioned above.

The first airing of the newly discovered ‘Slug’ flaw on the ‘ONE CENT’ on six cents lilac was given, being a positional example on a block of 15, 3 x 5, being stamp 10 (type ‘c’) on the pane, later also displayed used on cover. This stamp is to be featured in the ‘Catalogue Column’ in Gibbons Stamp Monthly and will be given catalogue status. The flaw is to be found in the bottom right corner ornament and extends into the outer oval frame and can easily be seen with the naked eye, appearing as a slug in the flower bed. It should be considerably scarcer than the 4 cent flaw as it is not in a collectable position, the 4 cents value forming part of a corner block of four above the current number in the bottom margin, stamp 10-5.

Also displayed was a block of 12, being rows 9 and 10, of the 4 cents on 1899 8 cents ultramarine with the scarce ‘Spaced Stop’ on the last stamp of row 10. It is believed that this variety was noticed early on during printing and was corrected, the majority of stamps in this position being found with a normally spaced stop.

The used on cover section followed, with a selection of covers to various destinations, many being to the Netherlands East Indies. An attempt was made to display as many combinations of the provisional surcharges as possible. One cover had, in addition to surcharged stamps, a pair of the un-surcharged 3 cents brown with repaired ‘S’ on one stamp and another cover the ‘Slug’ flaw mentioned earlier.

Two covers attracted postage due, one to Essex, England bearing a Foreign Branch ‘5d’ hand stamp and the other to Canada via London bearing a Foreign Branch ‘2d’ hand stamp prior to being re-bagged for onwards transmission, both being double weight covers franked as for single weights.

The 1 cent printed paper rate was represented by a price list of stamps from the Singapore dealer C. A. Ribeiro in a wrapper. The contents had been scanned for display, which proved interesting to some members, comparing the prices of a hundred years ago to those now charged.

Various items of mint and used postal stationery were shown, some being of ‘Windrath’ origin but no less attractive for that, these, generally, being some of the only available examples of combinations of stamps and stationery available.
The final items were GV 2 cents postcards surcharged 1 cent during 1917 and issued early 1918, this being the last surcharged item that appeared for the Straits Settlements.

Four members signed up for the proposed study outlined above on the day, which is encouraging.



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