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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.


MSG London, Displays of Trengganu, led by Bill Pain, June 29th 2013

Pictures by Nick Hackney & report by Dominic Morris


Apologies for absence were received from Rob Holley (who had bought his ticket but could not face the bone-jarring coach ride up from Southampton), Mac McClaren, Mike Ludlow and Len Stanway.

So we were a round dozen at Spink, including one new member who showed a lively and informed interest in the displays and joined us for ‘in the pub afterwards’. Nick Hervey will be a welcome addition to future meetings of the Group.

Susan McEwen opens the meeting

The afternoon opened with two full rounds from Bill Pain. Bill is one of our Northern Malaya experts and has a wonderful collection of Trengganu, key items from which he displayed.


Bill opened Round 1 with some ex-F E Wood Sultan Zain ul-Abiddin from 1913 onwards, being the original Kemaman, Besut and Kretai post offices; Red Cross issues, variants, plate blocks and a couple of Wilson covers; Straits used in Trengganu during the 1921 shortage between the expiry of the Sultan Zain-ul-Abiddin issues and the start of the Sultan Suleiman issues. Towards the end of Round One, Bill showed a 25c commercially used cover from the local British Adviser, Mr I.L. Humphreys and some lovely die proofs including the high values proof.

Pictures of Round 1























Round Two included a wide range of MBEs, including two Plate flaws in the Head-Plate and a wide range of Trengganu agency postmarks, including some very scarce marks; ‘printers’ waste’ from the small-heads issue; and some spectacular telegraph marks.

Bill has written up his display in full and this will appear in the version of this report shown in the printed NewsLetter.

Pictures of Round 2




















Round Three was shared between Susan McEwen and Dominic Morris.

Susan displayed single frame JapOcc overprints of Trengganu, including a wide range of the Gallatly types (one rare one being a strip of two type Es and one Type L); a beautiful block of 6 X $5 overprinted; Japanese stamps used in Kemaman, both commercial and official on cover; the ‘small TRENGGANU’ overprint mint and used on various covers; two straight line Trengganu overprints on Japan etc. covers, which may have been philatelic but are rarities; a range of a dozen JapOcc covers (more than your correspondent has seen from anywhere else in this genre); the ‘Carrier’ philatelic mixed JapOcc envelope, but also including the receipt to the PostMaster that revealed that only 15 such ‘philatelic covers’ existed; Yokohama Specie Bank covers from 1942; and Thai War Memorial on cover (rarer than hens’ teeth); and blocks of four CTO.

Dominic displayed his usual eclectic mix, from the Zain-ul-Abiddin Wilson cover to modern day. It is not easy to add to the strength of material in Bill’s and Susan’s displays . He replicated some, including scarce commercial covers from the 1930s and Yokohama Specie JapOcc covers in different values from Susan’s.

But he had three items neither had shown: the $100 Sultan Suleiman Mint (NB not ‘Specimen’), which he had acquired that morning from the Murray Payne sale, making up the full 1c-$100 Mint collection; the full set of the 1941 un-issueds, including the rare 3c blue-green; and two Suleiman Colour Trials (ex FE Wood); plus some modern issues including the scarce Perf 14 2007 Installation issue.

Pictures of Round 3

















Dominic Morris moving fast

Carl Stott led Round Four (this, I think, is a first). He led with postal stationery, including some nice Suleiman up-rated and a tasty registered used cover plus some G,H and a K pre-paid registered envelope. Frames 2 and 3 were both POPS (Post Offices Post-Proud and Postmarks Post-Proud. All valid.) This is a collection we all need to build on. This should be a collective MSG Project (Thanks, Carl!)

Joe Robertson showed a 1965 cover with a singleton PD with an 8c PD stamp and a 2c T Mark from Tregganu to Johore.

Peter Cockburn showed a frame of beautiful Revenues and BMA, from Zain ul-Abiddin to Suleiman, including super ‘Large Circle’ Stamp Office cancellations; 1950s revenues proofs and ‘Boat; Trengganu’ revenues (Question: were these ever used?)

Andrew Norris showed a range of 1942 un-overprinted Trengganu stamps. These are scarce in any form. (Most of us have 2-3 in any form in our collection). Andrew showed various postmarks in the un-overprinted variety from the ‘common’ (i.e. hard to find) i.e. Kualu Trengganu or Dungun, to the scarce (i.e. impossible) including Marang and Kijal.

Mike Waugh finished with high values Zain-ul-Abiddin and Suleiman mint, and in good quality fiscally used right through to the highest values.


Pictures of Round 4



















Carl Stott



Joe Robertson



Peter Cockburn



Andrew Norris



Mike Waugh


AS we were minus three of our Trenagganu experts (Hale, Peters and Holley) this was a surprisingly detailed exploration of a ‘difficult’ State, demonstrating the commitment of all MSG members to strive to the highest standards of philately.

Huge thanks to Bill for leading a fascinating afternoon.


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