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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.

London Spink Meeting, Members Displays A to Z, 10th December 2016


Report by Mike Padmore

Members Displays

report by

Mike Padmore


Present: Peter Cockburn, Hans van Dooremalen, Nick Hackney, Charles Keel, Mac McClaren, Susan McEwen, Dominic Morris, Andrew Norris, Mike Padmore, Gordon Peters, Martin Roper, Len Stanway, Carl Stott, Michael Waugh. Visitors: Gemmy van Dooremalen, Anne Stanway

The Christmas meeting theme was “The Letters of Christmas" and Mac McClaren opened with a series of covers addressed to, and presumed to be posted by, Dr Tam Kok Peng. All were cancelled with the opening day of various Malaysian post offices, mostly coincident with the Butterflies issues. Mac noted how many had a short working life, and woondered if they had been superceded by mobile pos. He commented (as did several other subsequent displayers) how he had had most difficulty with the “I”. The post offices featured were: Changkat, Hillside, Rasah, Island Park, Sungai Lembu, Taboh Namling, Mak Mandin, Ayer Hitam Gula and Senaling.













Charles Keel continued with Singaporean covers featuring inscriptions or commemorative stamp issues spelling out the theme; cockerels, harbour, Raffles Hotel, independence, shipping, (vanishing) trades, monkeys, art and finally and fittingly, Singapore Stamp Club. Martin v

Martin Roper similarly followed suit with cats, (traditional) handicrafts, the opening of the East-West Highway (or road, as Martin chose to refer to it), the Inauguration of the Federation, the Scout Jamboree, turtles, musical instruments, Malaysian Airlines and ... stamps.


Michael Waugh provided a slightly more cryptic interpretation of the theme. A 1904 Christmastide postcard from Putney to Prye, an 1857 Augustin Heard cover to Hong Kong franked with East India stamps and an 1894 Penang cover to Reichenburgen with 55 cents worth of franking were followed by a cover landed at Romney, Kent bearing an “INDIA LETTER” boxed cachet, which provoked speculation over its St Helena transit cancel. A Singapore to Penang cover and a Singapore to Calcutta cover followed, with its fee calculated in annas per Tola, then an 1838 Malacca entire from a missionary to the London Missionary Society and an 1840 cover from Augustus Behn Meyer to a Fr. Huth in London mentioning tea prices going up as a result of the Opium Wars. Finally, a Singapore cover to the Director of P&T in Sumatra, routed via Padang, and with a N.E.I. agent cancel, completed the Yuletide spelling.


For round two, Len Stanway dug into his 2004-5 Singapore box to display the following issues: Chek Jawa wildlife; Hans Christian Anderson’s 200th anniversary; the Year of the Rooster; an International Olympic Committee Mystamp label (incongruously, also featuring the Len on the Isle of Skye!); the Superman film release; the Taipei World Stampex, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 150th Anniversary of Stamps.

Gordon Peters’ display was as recondite as Michael Waugh’s. It began with 1938 postcards of the interior and exterior of the Green Cow Tavern in the Cameron Highlands. A 1949 certificate of citizenship for Hoh Ying Chye followed. Then receipt stamps for payment towards the cost of laying water pipes on Prince of Wales Island in 1878 (in Spanish dollars). A GB 3d International Reply Coupon attached as postage to a 1918 letter, with a Singapore paquebot cancel, followed. A 1921 circuit list from Mr Hart Lovelace, Secretary of the Stamp Club was next (Gordon noted that there were 38 members on the circuit). A 1925 Trengannu GPO invoice for stamps supplied was followed by a Malacca Rest House illustrated cover and menu from 1937. A first day postmarked cover of 1937 from the Singapore Airport led to a spectacular smash - an illustration of a Singapore tram’s collision with a lorry c. 1930. And finally, for good measure, Gordon included a Z: a icture postcard of the entrance to the Penang Zoological Gardens.

Peter Cockburn produced a Cuckfield Penny Post (4d paid plus 1d to collect, cancelled No.2 Linfield Collection Office), on a postcard of St James St, Brighton, which Peter told the meeting he used to cycle down to the local stamp shop, followed by a photograph of Hugh Low, the Perak Resident. Next were Red Cross overprinted stamps of North Borneo, then four Internationale Crediet-en Handels-Vereeniging perfin rarities, 1 vertical and 3 horizontal. These were followed by some Singapore postal orders and a David Bay (Borneo) Tobacco Plantations Ltd sample note bearing Jap Occ tax labels, and 2 cents Malaya Patriotic Fund label tied by a censor band on a cover sent by H. Slot & Co to Messrs Chubb, dated 5 Jan 42 (a cue for lock jokes). Air provided the penultimate letter through the trial flight of experimental flying boat 1419 while S came from the striated paper of a complete sheet of BMA 10 cents, which Peter believed to be the only one extant.

Susan McEwen showed a card from Sultan Ishmael of Johore, the envelope for which, addressed to Richard Hale, provided the next letter. Registration labels followed and then a Coronation issue cover of Sultan Ibrahim. Singapore City Day cancels of 22 Sept 1951 on a cover bearing 1 - 50 cents issues then a Penang Turf Club cover with an Ulu Tiram registered label followed. A Jan 21 96 US cover to Dato Meldrum, an Ampang registered label on a 1957 cover and the Segonal cancel to a Johore to US cover of 1939 completed Susan’s display.


Andrew Norris completed procedings by showing a number of Canadian 3D holographic stamps including the $10 Blue Whale stamp with hidden undersea diver and secret date, together with other curiosities. The majority of the meeting then decamped to the local hostelry to continue Christmas festivities and, of course, further in-depth philatelic discussion.


Report by Mike Padmore


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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