Old China Town KL The Malaya Study Group Selangor SG 87

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 MSG Christmas Festive Meeting 12th December 2015

Members Displays - 30/30 - up to 30 items each costing less than £30

Pictures by Susan McEwen, Report by Domnic Morris













18 of us foregathered at Spink’s premises; 15 Members (including a welcome visit from Bernard Chung, the Group’s Country Representative for Singapore) and three guests. After a couple of hours of convivial nattering over refreshments, we got down to the displays on the theme of ‘Up to 30 items, each costing £30 or less’. (A theme that favoured longer-standing collectors).
Peter Cockburn opened the batting with PPCs made up out of cut up stamps (mainly Chinese stamps) with hand-drawn heads and other features; stamp montages; and a frame of Menus/ Dance Cards from various Malayan social occasions.
Susan McEwen brought a 1 frame display, an eclectic mix of questions and oddments. Staring with a 1964 Registered Airmail, KL to USA, franked $3.55. Can anyone explain the rate?
A postcard view of Singapore, it appears to be a State visit, the flag is Japanese, the card was used in 1909 - can anyone identify a visit of Japanese Royalty pre 1909? And a selection of interesting oddments which don’t really fit in anywhere, starting with a 1960 20c letter rate Singapore to Germany (correct rate) franked with 4xJohore 5c stamps, and ending with a December 2014 cover San Francisco to UK, with a straight line MIS-SENT TO MALAYSIA.

Gordon Peters showed PPCs, including PPCs of lighthouses at Mersing and Tumpat Wharf) and a report in the ABPS of the MSG Packet Secretary’s display in Redcar of light-houses); and covers from FPOs 47 and 58 based in Kedah.

Joe Robertson displayed three frames, all Postage Due covers in descending price order from £29- £4.

Mac McClaren brought FDCs and fre-runners of today’s presentation packs pre-1989; a collection of sheetlets and covers of the first anniversary of Malayan Independence issue; and a 1946 BMA telegram.

Len Stanway showed Autumn 2015 issues and those of Singapore Stampex 2015.

Andrew Norris displayed a Dead Letter Office cachet on a 1906 cover (the earliest known DLO cover to Singapore)

Carl Stott had brought a material to make up a philatelic ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ (including the one Straits issue to feature the word Malaya).

Richard Berry, who was attending as Peter Cockburn’s guest, showed covers to/ from/ about early USA collectors, dealers, societies and authors; and a cover from Malaya outbound to a Col. Redford of the Rhodesian Rifles). This last sparked the idea for a mini-collection/ study of mail showing connections between Rhodesians and Malaya during the Confrontation, which Richard is pursuing.

A positive and studious note on which to round out a very agreeable afternoon’s philately.


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