David Mekie's Display, A Malayan Curry
June 19th 2010
Report by Nick Hackney & pictures by Nick Hackney & Susan McEwen
David Mekie gave members gathered at Spink three rounds of superb material. He explained that he had started collecting stamps at 5 years of age, but the funds available to him then did not enable him to to take advantage of the bargain prices of those days.
David started with the "One Cent" provisional issue of 1891, with large pieces and a pane! He showed frames of MBE with plate varieties from Straits, Kedah, Borneo, & Trengganu. There were Labuan issues with Specimen overprints and colour trials from North Borneo. We saw 1900 provisional overprints from Perak, Selangor and finished the first round with 1910-1937 issues from Trengganu.
The second round began with pre 1909 Siamese issues with Kedah postmarks, continued to later 1937 issues. A very large block [over 30 stamps] of Kedah $25 revenues attracted considerable attention, and envy. David continued with Kelantan, Straits & Sarawak & other steamship company material. These were followed with SS perfins & security chops and four frames of Imperial, Clipper & Wartime airmails.
The third round focussed more on the war. There were numerous patriotic labels, Forces censored mail, and Indian FPO cancellations from Malaya. There were some highly personal pieces relating to David's father who was a prisoner in Changi during the occupation. We saw pages of Japanese Occupation chops, Dai Nippon & Kanji overprints, POW mail and some very special letters from the King and G.Hall to David's father. David had what he described as the earliest post war cover addressed to his father, from C.D.Clunies Ross, a senior postal official niot employed by the Japanese, but who had kept the keys to the post officer. There were some excellent BMA period cancellations, including a mysterious stamp with a British Malaya type postmark, dated August 1945 - a premature usage?
We had a splendid afternoon, and were most appreciative of David's material and for his and his wife Margeorie's time in coming down from Edinburgh. The presentation was excellent, and the members spent a lot of time examining and discussing David's pages.
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