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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

Pictures by Susan McEwen

Report comprising paragraphs from participants, co-ordinated by Susan McEwen.

There is a Fuller Report with more pictures on the members Only Area
Glasgow Meeting Saturday 30th May 2015.

Members gathered at Iain Dyce’s home in Glasgow, we welcomed 2 members attending their first MSG meeting and after a delicious lunch of Curry, Lamb Tajine and Pavlova settled to the Philately.

Michael Waugh showed a display of airmail not only to and from Malaya but also from Dutch East Indies and Siam between 1927, the Van Lear Black flight via Bangkok & Singapore to Batavia and 1934 the “ Mac Robertson” air race competition from Mildenhall to Melbourne. He showed some covers from early KLM westbound flights in the Experimental series of 1928-9 from Java before the regular service was started. 2 covers ( Straits Settlements & Bangkok) from The Accelerated mail service ( air only) Marseilles – London of 1928 and covers showing the start of Imperial Airways Far East services from December 1933 and later regular flights made up the exhibit.

Andrew Norris displayed what he called “A mess of Airmails” – an eclectic mix of Airmails, with Jus’qua markings; Noumea to Paris delayed at Penang; Test letter for $1.95 First Clipper flight; post occupation 13c internal airmail, with additional registration. Some 1933 first flight covers including covers to intermediate stage, both to and from Malaya, which were generally done in very small numbers. A newspaper at Printed Matter Airmail rate. All acquired in recent (or some not so recent!) years, all still mounted on the pages of the original owners showing a variety of write up styles - so if you didn’t like one style you just moved to the next page.




Frank Reminch said “I collect stamps” which he does, and his display of Straits and States attested to his love of his stamps. With early Straits, Tigers and Kelantan - the Sultan Ismail stamps. Trengganu with cancels.


Jack Brown showed FMS tigers, mint and used, to $25 with the Die I and II variations, and some Government Survey Department Essays of the Tigers. These Tigers are still beautiful stamps, much loved and the start of many people’s Malayan interest.


Francis Podger showed pre-printed postal Stationery going into Singapore. Not quite A to Z, but Austria to Turkey were represented. A number of the items were admired (for non-Malayan reasons) including wrappers from Chili and Switzerland and Frank enjoying a Canadian PSE which had gone to Singapore and been returned – all under the Canada-Empire Penny Postage – just to prove it could be done.
In addition, we were fascinated by the 1916 Passport issued in the Straits Settlements of which Francis had for easy viewing scanned and mounted the two big pages, so we could see the travels of the original owner one Gerald Evelyn Penny – including his visit to England in 1916. It is a revenue document and illustrated the $5 revenue initially paid for issue of the passport stamped in the Stamp Office and several $2 revenue paid for each 2 year renewal.

Michael Hart, attending his first MSG meeting, showed Panes of BMA overprints. Michael is studying these overprints and has prepared a matrix of the varieties which he has found. There is more to be done on this topic and I feel a Research Project starting.

David Mekie displayed FMS pre 1900. Yes you read that right. The States of Pahang, Perak, Negri and Selangor before they joined together as the FMS. Overprints on Straits, great clouds of pink!, an example of the Pahang bisect, a page of Sedang, and a study of full face Tigers, making virtually a full round of the frames

Neil MacDonald attending his first MSG meeting, brought along 5 Straits stamps - 2 with Johore and 3 with Sungei Ujong overprints. These had come his way with Straits material, and he wondered if they were right. The consensus of opinion was that 3 were right and 2 were interesting examples of the forgers work. A good ratio.

Francis Podger (2nd section) WW2 censors. Censorship was started in Singapore on 26th August 1939, then stopped as not required, but restarted on 1st September 1939. The covers shown were with the original Em. 77 & 103 Censor Labels (with one label used as late as 13 January 1941) and/or the large boxed censor. Of interest was a double ring handstamp ‘Staff Officer (A) H.M. Navel Office Singapore’ which tied an Em.77 Censor Label both front and back with an additional large boxed censor also tying the reverse of the label. This was on a cover sent in October 1939 to Bristol from someone on-board HMS Diamond which was undergoing a refit in Singapore.

Iain Dyce French connection to Malaya. Following the end of the Napoleonic War trade connections with France developed fairly quickly and developed over the 19th century. Starting with an 1844 letter from Batavia through their Singapore agent to a wine merchant in Bordeaux, there were a variety of commercial letters to and from France showing entry marks and mail sorters. In the earl 1860s France started its colonial expansion into Indo China and established a forward military base in Singapore with its post office 'Bureau D’. There was an incoming letter to this and some military mail endorsed through Singapore. To provide a link to their new colonies, a shipping line was inaugurated in 1862 which largely followed the P&O route to Hong Kong and provided an alternative mail route for the inhabitants of Singapore. Two feeder lines followed, one from Singapore to Batavia (line P) and a Colonial paquebot service between Singapore and Saigon. The French line to the Far East was run by the Messagerie Maritime and the Line became Ligne N. A number of the distinctive cancellations from the various ships was shown along with mail to be trans shipped at Singapore.

Susan McEwen. Johore the 1906 – 1907 In 1906 the Johore Postal Authorities issued a series of 6 Postcards, they had the Johore Coat of Arms on the reverse and the Johore Star and Crescent on the picture side. They were not Postal Stationery as they did not bear an imprint to pay postage, most of the used examples have 3c postage and are addressed to the United Kingdom or Europe. The cards show views of Johore from photographs taken by Mr. W. N. Gawler, the Director of Public Education in Johore. Tourists visiting Johore, from Singapore, or on world tours, were the target market for these cards. The first issue, the 1906 cards have the titles in a Cursive Script. The Second issue cards have titles in small capitals. 18 different views were issued in this series the original 6 from 906 and 12 others. Some of the cards of the second issue are known used from November 1906 onwards, but most designs were first used in 1907.

It is pleasing that all attendees displayed something from their collection s. Our sincere thanks to Iain for his kind hospitality, and to the Caledonian Philatelic Society for the use of their frames. We look forward to the next Scottish gathering.

SMcE + contributions from participants. June 2015










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