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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 Display at the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria, Australia May 19th 2011

Report by William Wells

A number of MSG members in Victoria (and one in Queensland) combined to provide an entertaining, and well received, display.

Those displaying were Jeff Gunston (Queensland) and Ray Price, Graham Hayward, Robert Williamson and William Wells (all from Melbourne). Other MSG members attending were Phil Vertue, Peter Bradbury, Michael Hills and Kar Keat Ch’ng.

Jeff Gunston contributed a selection relating to BMA Malaya, including Free Post covers, and a study of the head and duty plate varieties, and also BMA Malaya overprint varieties.

Robert Williamson showed the “Malayan Tiger” , including the Rivista Filatelica label from Italy, and has kindly sent a scan of this, and a translation

The translation of the label reads:-

Post Office Box 18

Annual Subscription L10
Foreign L16

The ‘Springing Tiger’ issue of Malaya might be regarded as the last of the classic stamps with a design from the 19th Century and remaining on issue for over 35 years, capturing the imagination of generations of schoolboys.

This display (which included a wide range of stamps, proofs, essays and covers) showed the recurring use of the tiger on the stamps of Malaya from the first stamp designed for use by individual Malay States to being included in the stamps of Malaysia, and the label from , from La Revista Filateca d'Italia, Genova.

Ray Price displayed a range of Labuan and North Borneo items. For Labuan this included the 16c Queen's Head sheets and overprints, covers to the BMA period and a range of forgeries and imitations. North Borneo included Fournier and Careme forgeries, covers showing the 1897-1909 pictorials and the War Tax overprints, and a leaflet which had been dropped to Japanese forces at the end of World War II.

Graham Hayward featured FMS Tigers and Elephant stamps. Leaping Tigers started with essays of the “creeping tiger” followed by die proofs of the uncleared and final vignette, colour trials, and specimens. Studies of each value showing different printings and variations in the colours with plate blocks for most values. Full sheets of the 4c and 8c key & duty plate values were shown.

Elephants design featured colour trials, cancelled to order plate blocks and Specimens in strips of three from Collection de Berne, Madagascar.

William Wells showed a small selection of overprints and surcharges, including Pahang 4c and 5c surcharges on plain paper and 1897 bisected provisional. Negri Sembilan 1898 Four Cent surcharges in both horizontal and vertical pairs showing one stamp without surcharge, and Straits 1884 “Three Cent’” on 32cent surcharge with surcharge in interpanneau gutter, one of the surcharges in the gutter showing the variety usually on stamp 2 of the pane – showing the overprint in the gutter occurred by the setting of 60 moving upwards (which would leave a strip of 6 at the bottom of the pane without surcharge).
Also shown were Clubbed Packet envelopes from Malaya to China, and envelopes from China to Penang which had included receipts.  



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