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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. 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.

The London 50th Anniversary Meeting

June 20th 2009

A note & pictures from Nick Hackney

The day, starting at 10.30, comprised three parts.

It started with a special MSG preview of the lots in the Spink Singapore July 4th Auction.

This was very kindly arranged by Nick Startup for Spink in Bloomsbury. Members were able to feast their eyes on the lots, without the slightly long journey to Singapore.

The cover of the catalogue is illustrated below.


The afternoon was filled with a stunning series of Members Displays. There will be a full account of these in the Newsletter.

The entire afternoon was a unbroken series of highlights. The event was organised by Andrew Norris, who arranged the displays, the venue, and gave a display as well.

The main displays, with some photographs were:

Ted Proud, Interstate use of Malayan Stamps, & the provisional Stationery issues 1940-42


Iain Dyce, entires & cover from 1812 onwards from Penang



Malcolm Wade, BMA recalling his 2000 International display

Gaden Robinson - Favourites, Bangkok to chops such as Rainbow Malacca & SS Bentong


Susan McEwen 1948 - 60 Malayan Emergency & Clubbed Packets



Brian Richardson, Wearnes Air Service Envelopes etc



Andrew Norris organised the display running order

seen here with Peter Cockburn

Peter Cockburn FMS Tigers - Revenue Tigers of course

Andrew's display covered topics which he says will not be in the display at the Royal. These included a Raffles letter, French, German & Dutch Maritime Mail, items from the Cocos & Christmas Islands, NL Agents , his Siamese collection, Meter stamps and Cinderellas and others.


Tony Winner, Perak Postmarks



Joe Robertson, Postage dues



Dominic Morris, Survey Departments and many others



Gordon Peters," a few of the items I like" , and the rest of us gazed at in awe



Rob Holley, Selangor SG1 - 29



Terry Pickering, superb BMA complete pages, specimen set, and blocks


Len Stanway Singapore 50th Anniversary Issue,

50th Jubilee of the Sultan of Kedah,

150th anniversary of Kuala Lumpur,

airletters & Singapore Aerogrammes 1948



Jon Higgins, North Borneo & Labuan


The Reception

The displays were followed by an excellent Reception provided most kindly by Spink. A few pictures are shown below.

Bernard Chung visiting from Singapore


Bernard & Peter Cockburn

Peter Cockburn says a few words

Some of the members & guests




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