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.

Edinburgh Meeting Sat 21st May 2016

Pictures and Report by Susan Mc Ewen

Edinburgh Meeting Sat 21st May 2016


The Report below has pictures of David Mekie's standing display. Illustrations of the other Displays are in the Members Only Area.

MSG members met at the Portobello home of David and Margeorie Mekie. After a substantial curry, we tackled the philately.

David Mekie had put up a standing display of Kelantan and Trengganu, from the earlier stamps through Jap Occ.

Mostly stamps but some tasty postal history too.













Iain Dyce - Perak 1886 – 1958, the Postal History, and for the 2nd part he showed the French Connection, mail in and out to Penang + Singapore, also Ligne N and Marseille to Shanghai via Singapore and Penang.

Jack Brown showed an interesting mixture, BMA, Malaysia, Johore 1922 - 1941 with Specimens,

and a recent acquisition – the 1957 Selangor 20c printed both sides.

Michael Hart - had shown BMA last year and now reported on his progress towards plating the overprints.

A challenge, and he showed the 5c + 12c in panes, with his plating work, as it is known that they were overprinted at Kuala Lumpur.

Susan McEwen showed the Selangor Mosque and Sultan issue,

with Government Survey department essays and printings and usages of the stamps.

Andrew Norris – the 1902 Labuan Crown stamps, showing state 1 + state 2. This study being the prerequisite for his 1907 Straits overprints. The logic being that you need to know what was available to overprint when studying the overprints.

David Mekie Airmails, Commercial mail on first flights and the story of the development of the Malayan airmail.

Neil Macdonald - gave us a presentation of his BMA project, from the draft database.

Using Bill Barker’s published papers and the Rev Cameron’s article on what was printed before the BMA,

Neil is endeavouring to identify all BMA printings and overprints to create a searchable database. We expect to be publishing more on this project, but first Neil and Michael will work together.

Francis Podger also attended the meeting.

Our sincere thanks to David and Margeorie Mekie for their kind hospitality, hosting the meeting and feeding us,

also thanks to the Scottish Philatelic Society for the use of their frames.

Report by Susan McEwen


Go to the Members Only Area for the full report, with pictures of each display, and MSG members can join there!


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