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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 Spink London Meeting on January 19th 2013

Members displays, Airmails

Pictures by Nick Hackney

This excellent set of displays was a triumph despite the dreadful weather. I had to leave after the first two rounds, and am grateful to Susan McEwen for the pictures of the displays I had to miss. Nick Hackney

Part of the audience

& Report by Dominic Morris

Despite the snowy weather and transport difficulties, the meeting was reasonably well-attended, by 18 Members and one Guest. There was a wealth of material shown: indeed a surfeit, such that one or two Members who arrived a bit late did not get the chance to show what they had brought. (Apologies from Hon Sec but, by general agreement, we all wanted to return to our respective snow-drifts as soon as we decently could).
Round One was a display by Jon Higgins of Sarawak and North Borneo via Singapore and Alor Star from 1929-WWII. As Jon rightly pointed out, the Sarawak KLMs he showed were as scarce as Kedah airmails; the North Borneo were as scarce as Perlis airmail. There were some superb and very scarce covers shown ranging from the London-Australia 1934 experimental flight via Kuching; letters from the Rajah; strange destinations including British Guiana and a lovely souvenir sheet of the Sunderland from Stampex 1937.
















Round Two started with 5 frames of Susan McEwen’s Johore airmails, including changing rates, some scarcer postmarks and two of the 5c green pre-paid letter envelopes up-rated to airmail rate: a splendid demonstration of the ‘purple haze’ on airmails. Carl Stott showed Clippers, WWII transits to NZ and Baghdad and the earliest known cancellation of Panchor, Johore. Peter Cockburn displayed Straits Clippers at the $1.80, $1.90 (from Raffles Hotel), and $2.00 rate with unusual cachet, the 29/11/41 last Clipper out cover and post-War BMA, including the briefly-used (Oct-Dec 1945) 8c rate.















Two of the presenters


Carl Stott


Peter Cockburn


Round Three was led by David Tett, who showed extracts from his collection of censored Military and Civilian Mail and ‘Service Suspended’ covers, including a 5/- UK GVI Clipper cover returned: how expensive was that for nothing in those days? Members’ discussions around the ‘why?’ showed that much mail dated October 1941 had gone by ship to South Africa before being put on air-mail, which got as far as India or Ceylon before being returned following the fall of Singapore. Dominic Morris displayed Perak, Sultan Iskandar airmails, including a number of combination covers; Selangor Mosque covers and a range of the ex-Malcolm Wade transit covers from China, NZ, Panama, Colombia, Iraq and Indo-China, including the first air-mail letter out of Indo-China following the 1940 Franco-German Armistice. Mike Waugh showed a broad range of pre- and during- WWII material including KLM , Singapore-Vienna, Thai material (to Victoria and to NY), Clippers via the different routes and some more modern early Malaya Airways covers.
Round Four was started by Bill Pain who showed a wide assortment, from early KLM/ Imperial Airways, an unusual Clipper to Canada, a WWII DEI letter to Germany with OKW censor mark (a tricky relationship that one at that time!) and an Alor Star- Tasmania registered cover at 63c (the correct rate: go figure!). Len Stanway completed the displays with an excellent half-round of more modern material, including the start of the Commonwealth air service, Calcutta crash-mail and ditto from the Constellation ‘Belfast’ crash at Singapore; a Posted on Board cover from her sister-plane, the Braemar; a range of inaugural airline and Friendship flights including those from JAL, Lufthansa and Qantas. Len concluded with a range of Concorde covers, including the one BOAC/ Singapore Airways Concorde with the different airlines’ markings down each side – further complicated when Braniff Airlines took a stake. To satisfy all the regulatory authorities it then had to carry Braniff Numbers. If it had been a Boeing747, rather than the elegant Concorde, that plane would no doubt have been christened the Mumbo Jumbo!

As I had to leave after 2 rounds, I am grateful to Susan McEwen for the remaining pictures - Nick Hackney


Andrew Norris, or the abominable Snowman


Susan McEwen








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