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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.

There is a fuller report, with many more pictures, and a much fuller report, in the Members Only Area

Members Displays of Pahang at Spink, London, January 17th 2015

Photographs by Nick Hackney & Report by Dominic Morris

16 Members gathered on a cold, blustery day. Two more North of England members had vowed to get to the meeting, but had been beaten by snowfall. (Yep, it really is like Winterfell in Game of Thrones, up North, folks).

So we had three rounds. Round One was led off by Len Stanway who showed the Agri issues.

Bill Pain showed a wide range of material from 1889-1941, including several elegant examples of the triangular bisect and the, less elegant (but rare) rectangular bisect;

Round Two was opened by a characteristically classy display from Gordon Peters who showed the 1935 issue perforated SPECIMEN, some values with sheet margin attached. Also shown were the values 6c to $5 perforated and handstruck with the word SPECIMEN applied by the receiving authority.




Malcolm Clarke showed registered mail from 1908 onwards. Items of note were inter-War Chetty covers with AR marks (for understandable reasons); a Sultan Sir Abu Bakar cover First day of issue; a delightful 1939 OGS from the Sultan’s Private Secretary to the Sultan’s banker; JapOcc covers including one from August 1945 in the period between when Tokyo had surrendered but the Japanese authorities in Syonan hadn’t yet understood the Order to stand down; a BMA cover with the registration label drawn in crayon; and a BMA/ small head combination cover; plus much more. A great display.




Round Three was opened by Mac McClaren who also started with Agris, which he had popularised among MSG members. He showed Plate blocks whilst noting that they didn’t follow strict numerical order and that no-one had catalogued the plate block number orders properly. Mac also displayed the Malaysia ‘Missing Black’ block (Oh My Goodness, everyone who collects Modern Malaysia would want this);


Dominic Morris followed with three frames of Sultan Sir Abu Bakar, including two Survey Department Essays that are not recorded in Andrew Norris’s seminal work. (Well, it has been 30 years since Andrew did his work- stuff will have crawled out of the wood-work since then); the 1941 issues in UPU triplets on unique Specimen Collection Mauretanie overprints;




Susan McEwen showed Japanese Occupation, including the single frame chops in all values from the 1c to the $5, a range of ink colours (including the very scarce red $5 chop) and different Gallatly types; manuscript cancels from May 1942;


Andrew Norris showed three sheets of Raub postmarks from 1895-97, including the D2 (no D1 exists), the scarce D4, so far found only on the Bisects and D5; and manuscript postmarks in 1896 between the D2 and D4 with faint Ulu Pahang cancels in red. The assumption is that there was no post office in Raub in that period.


Joe Robertson concluded the round with three postage due covers, one incoming to Pahang and two outgoing, one with a Taxe mark never before seen, so Joe may have a discovery copy: a nice finale to an interesting and varied afternoon of displays of one of the ‘harder’ States.



Dominic Morris, Hon Sec


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