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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.


Bourse, Members Displays Shippers, Traders & Perfins, Saturday November 23rd 2013 at Spink London

Photographs by Nick Hackney & notes by Dominic Morris

The Bourse was busy and lively, and there were a lot of happy buyers and sellers. A few pictures of the Bourse:




The Displays - and part of the audience

Iain Dyce

Iain Dyce: Opened the proceedings with a half round of 19th Century Traders, once the East India Company monopoly was broken in 1815. This included: letter from Stamford Raffles to a local trader at Bencoolen; early letters Singapore/Calcutta to Guthries; Consigners letters including 4d rate to Singapore; letter from Behn (later Behn-Mayer firm) which carried news/implications of the first Opium War, with Port Glasgow Cachet; forwarding agents letters including letter from Bali shortly before it was colonised by the Dutch; social history about permitted use of Indian labour abroad; letter from Johnson (first trader to set up after Raffles founded Singapore).









Bill Pain

Bill Pain: 2 frames - shipping cancels; only known perfin from Bousted and Co from Tampin; Siamese shipping stamps with Bangkok B and a range of Perfins including Bousted in Kelantan.



Carl Stott

Carl Stott: A rare displayer. Large piece to East India from Singapore with Geo Armstrong forwarding mark (first shop in Singapore); perfins including FMS.




Mike Waugh

Mike Waugh: Full Round. Early letters from Behn, Guthrie (mention of the Enterprise, an armed paddle steamer which took part in the Opium War). Patterson, Simons; Sime Derby; Martin Dyce from Batavia to Edinburgh (asking for British Beer); Perfins including Cameron and Bousted perfins on cover; Bangkok Bs with perfins; an A-Z of traders’ perfins and firms’ chops.











Nick Hackney

Nick Hackney: Small collection of Perfins.

Charles Keel

Charles Keel: gave us a history of trade and traders from 150 BC to early 21st Century.







Joe Robertson

Joe Robertson: Frame of Postage Dues on covers with letters about trade in tin, tea and opium; hotel covers (Hotel de L’Europe, Singapore); letters from dispensaries.



Gordon Peters

Gordon Peters: showed a full round on traders and Perfins.
New Perfin provenance: ‘Lewis and Peat’ for L&P which Lavender misdescribes; and ‘cancelled’ cachet for P&O Banking Corporation. PRH from Perak unrecorded in Lavender City Council Georgetown on Butterfly cover – latest known use of firm’s perfin. Then traders ‘corner envelopes’ with ornate adverts for the trader on the cover; stamp trade in Malaya and finally cache of correspondence sent to collector in Vancouver 1917-35 who had requested adverts etc but just kept them in the incoming envelopes, including four postcards of Kemaman, Trengganu – not particularly distinguished views but scarce now. Gordon also showed a 1926 postcard of two gentlemen, labelled ‘Sultan of Selangor’ but which one was he? A lovely scarce item.













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