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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 David Medhurst Collection Auction

July 18th 2009

A note & pictures from Nick Hackney & Susan McEwen

The viewing started at 11.30 a.m, and was pretty busy. Peter Cockburn welcomed the members, and especially David Medhurst who was making one of his fairly rare visits to a meeting. It must have been a curious experience, seeing one's major collection going to a series of different new homes. Cards were signed for Gaden Robinson and Joe Robertson who were sadly ill. Joe in particular had been responsible for much of the catalogue descriptions, with Andrew Norris. The Auction was managed by Carl Stott, who handled the catalogue, the postal bids, and the organisation of the event. The Auctioneer was our Chairman, Peter Cockburn.

The Auction began at 2.00 p.m. and bidding was brisk. Prices were strong, and some items in particular achieved very good prices. A full account will be published in the newsletter, and prices achieved will as usual be circulated.

Some pictures of the event are:

Some of the lots [ Lot 200 & above] laid out for viewing



David Medhurst chatting before the Auction



Andrew Norris viewing



More viewing, by Susan McEwen, Gordon Peters & Peter Hooper






Carl Stott and Peter Cockburn conducting the Auction

Carl Stott, Peter Cockburn & Roger Barry during the Auction

David Medhurst follows the Auction in his catalogue



Some of the results achieved are:

Lot 105, one of the lots which commanded a substantial price - £115, against a reserve of £20. It unusually bears the signature of H.H.Sultan Sir Ismail.


151 £860 (Res £500) Used, a truly rare card


273 £660 ( Res £200)



284 £180 (Res £150)


311 £470 (Res £150)



323 £100 ( Res £60)




338 £600 ( Res £120 ) illus as 328



possibly the bargain of the illustrated items was lot 17 sold at reserve of £50

Many other lots achieved excellent results.


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