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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 Glasgow Meeting, Members Displays, 21 May 2014

Report & pictures by Susan McEwen

Glasgow Meeting Sat 31st May 2014
Report by Susan McEwen


Members gathered at Iain Dyce’s home for an excellent Malaysian - Scottish lunch of Malaysian Chicken Curry and Haggis pie, followed by a massive Pavlova and Lemon Tart. Then the Philately started.

Andrew Norris had brought his Perlis, as written up in the Newsletter for the Kedah and Perlis meeting earlier this year, and well worth another airing.
Euan Scrimgour, (of Australia currently visiting his original homeland) displayed Perak and Negri (in scan form) with tales of his successes and lucky escapes on eBay buying these items.
Terry Pickering showed his Thai – Burma Railway, as displayed at the Bangkok Exhibition where it won a Large Vermeil Medal. It includes mail to Japanese Soldiers; to PoW – British Dutch and American; mail to and from Civilian Workers. The PoW mail included an item from the Mount Brandon Crash.
Jim Maitland showed Straits Settlements stamps, QV – KGV fine used, not easy to find in fine used condition. Unsurprisingly Jim still has a few difficult gaps.
Michael Waugh continued the Straits theme - a study of overprints on QV and Straits on Labuan and 1922 MBE. The first section being the One Cents of 1892.
Jack Brown showed North Borneo 1907 – QEII, including colour trials of the 1888 issue. Then some Sarawak and finally a full sheet of the Singapore issue for the First President - which Jack has had framed as the best way of showing the entire sheet and its marginal inscriptions.
Frank Reminch showed North Borneo, and some Kedah + Trengganu MBE. He was able to claim ‘there are no mistakes in the write up’ This is true. We tease Joe Robertson about ‘Robertson stage 1 being unmounted’ well Frank’s display is stage 2, mounted but only the year of issue as write up !
Francis Podger, (winner of the Tapling Medal 2014, as noted in TMP, a very well deserved award!) Postal stationery going into Singapore from Dutch East Indies, 1887 – 1932.
David Mekie – KPM Ships Marks. KPM were rivals to the Straits Steamship Co., of which David has a major collection, and this is a complementary display in a similar format with ships marks on covers, or sometimes pieces, matched to pictures of the ships.
Iain Dyce showed 2 unconnected displays. i) GB to Straits in the 19th C, including Singapore to Hong Kong Marine Sorter. ii) Malaya 1939 - 1942 changes to the mail service caused by the war, including Telegrams, Service Suspended and FPO as late as 25/1/42.
Susan McEwen showed ‘Singapore in Malaysia’ previously shown on Malaysia day Sept 2013, it features covers posted in Singapore using Malaysian stamps between 16th Sept 1963 and 9th August 1965.

I am very pleased to report that all attendees displayed something. Our sincere thanks to Iain for his hospitality, it was another excellent meeting. Good Philately, friendship and food. The MSG’s thanks have been sent to the Caledonian P.S. for the use of their display frames.

Susan McEwen June 2014


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