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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 MSG 50th Anniversary Display at the Royal Philatelic Society

The Display brochure in web-page format, a detailed account of the displays

The Display brochure Pdf , Read it on Line or download it

Thursday October 15th 2009


The Bronze Plaquette, engraved on the other side to commemorate the MSG display, was presented to Peter Cockburn, MSG Chairman, on behalf of the Group. In accepting this honour, Peter said it would be dedicated to the memory of Gaden Robinson, previously Chairman and Newsletter Editor of the Group, whose recent obituary in the Times, was, he thought, the first full colour obituary in the Thunderer to bear pictures of two Postage Stamps, both from Malaya of course.

The Royal Philatelic Society invited the Malaya Study Group to give a special display to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Group. David Tett organised the display, and the superb 40 page full colour booklet which was presented to attendees. A copy of the booklet will be available to all MSG members.

Our warmest congratulations go to David Tett, and to the 22 members of the Group who presented 40 aspects of Malayan philately. From the many admiring comments of the Members and Fellows of the Royal, this was one of the most fascinating displays from a specialist society. The special qualities of Malayan philately were very evident.

The many States, the changing forms of government, the development of a postal system in a vibrant and growing country or more properly group of countries, and the interactions with the British Empire and the world beyond that make it a unique area, were to be seen in the superb displays. From the early Straits Settlements, through the Protected States, to Malaya and Malaysia, with the evolution of separate countries in Singapore, and Brunei, we have a microcosm of the evolving world of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Viewing the displays.





The following photographs of the event were kindly provided by Paul Moorcroft of the Royal


Secretary of the RPSL, Christine Earle makes an announcement.



Chairman Peter Cockburn (extreme right) applauds the Presidential Address
Others include Francis Kiddle, Christopher King,John Ray and Geoffrey Eibl-Kaye.

President Alan Moorcroft makes a point to Chairman Peter Cockburn , Secretary Christine Earle looks on.



Peter Cockburn describes the history of the Malaya Study Group.



Chairman Peter Cockburn receives the Royal Philatelic Society plaquette on behalf of the Malaya Study Group.


Members of the MSG who exhibited.


MSG members and guests who attended the exhibition.



The right hand side of the large group of MSG members who attended. Peter Cockburn, Chairman holds the Royal Plaquette!.


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