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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.

Straits Settlements

a display by Gordon Peters

February 19th 2011


pictures by Nick Hackney & Susan McEwen


Well, what a superb display.

Gordon gave a two round extravaganza of wonderful stamps, covers, and stunning pieces wghich got much applause from the large attendance of members. There will be a very detailed account of the meeting later by Dominic Morris.

Gordon's first round included the Rainbow cancellation, numerous postmarks from Malacca, a mysterious 6d blue label from Lennards of Bristol which nevertheless attracted a postal charge in Malacca. The Silver wedding was marked by a full sheet of the 10c, there were plate blocks of the 1949 definitive issues, 5 strips from the bottom of the sheets with full colour plate numbers. We saw UPU's, QE II Coronation Issues [why were there so many plates?] right through to the 1957 pictorials.


Gordon completing round one


Gordon pondering a point


The second round started with a Prince of Wales Island mark on an entire. numerous cancels on the East Indies stamps, B147 and B172 cancellations, barred ovals used in Penang. Edwardian stamps used on cover, Reply coupons, firms chops etc.


Gordon puts up round two assisted by Joe Robertson


Frames of the Dindings followed with LUMUT cancellations on Straits stamps, a registerd enveliope, and FMS stamps used in Lumut from April 35 - dec 35. There were numerous pages from the E & O hotel and the Runnymede hotel , and onwards through the BMA Free period, and later finishing with mobile Post offices and tow remarkable boolkets, the first [an only?] issue of the journal of the Penang Philatelic Society, and a Municipal Guide to Penang given free to visitors, which included fascinating details, and postage rates!


Gordon with the Penang guide




There will be a very detailed account of the meeting later by Dominic Morris, in the Newsletter













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