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: George V Centenary

17 April 2010

by Nick Hackney, pictures by Nick Hackney


Bill Pain opened the displays with a frame from his collection of varieties in the 1912-33 and the Silver Jubilee issues.

Joe Robertson surprised everyone by showing Postage Dues, mainly based on his display at the Royal last year. He includes aerial items and an Essay of 13th May 1920


Gordon Peters explained that the proclamation of the King's accession only appeared to have be made in Kelantan, supported by an item from the Gimlette correspondence.

He showed extensive rare photographs of the Coronation Day Celebrations in KL and other places. There were arches in profusion from all over Malaya including Johore and Trengannu. He had SS stamps, specimens, and the MCA sideways watermark. There was a fine selection of 1934 Essays.

There was a considerable discussion of the damaged turrets on the Silver Wedding issueand members questioned if anyone had every actually seen some of the SG catalogued items.


Peter Cockburn displayed Revenues pointing out that the George V Revenues came out late, some as late as 1919, though he ascended the throne in 1910.

He showed some very rare Johore serif Judicials, the itemws being the source of the Catalogue entries.

Susan McEwen showed Johore sultans, from the right era, and 'a few' Johore covers and Train Mail.

MacMcClaren showed an excellent clear example of the decoupage flaw. This was caused by the edges of the bed on the press crumbling during a print run, hence there were double prints caused by a 'bounce' not by the sheets being printed twice.


Len Stanway gave a superb round of Perfins, Revenue marks on $5, Postal Stationery, Size K registered envelopes, censor labels, and Krag slogans. He went on with postal stationery, and items from his airmail collection

We were very happy to welcome Bernard Chung to the meeting. Our Singapore representative had been able to include some SS Postage Dues,on the front of the covers,and a Specimen overprint which was doubled, and had a Royal Certificate.





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