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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.

20th May 2017, Glasgow Members Displays


Report and pictures by Susan McEwen

After a sociable light lunch, the 8 attendees settled to the Philatelic event. We were pleased to welcome Tom Podger, son of Francis. Hopefully he’ll convert to collecting Malaya in time.
David Mekie displayed first, a comprehensive range of Postal Stationery of the Federated Malay States and then of Malaysia. 1928 to 1994, including the metric version of type K registration envelope, relatively modern but very difficult to find! David commented “I have nothing to say – it’s all written up” a refreshing attitude.

Michael Hart: BMA postmarks from the stampless free post period through the newly created postmarks. Sepang with 4 different types, then a 3c printed matter rate from Singapore to Honolulu, a most unusual destination. A manuscript registration label was a puzzle and was deemed to be Penang A, abbreviated as PgA. A Kuching Paquebot and another unusual destination a 50c letter from Muar to the Shetlands.




Francis Podger.Showed Dutch Postal Agent in Singapore, mainly on postal stationery. Noted items included – 1898 Incoming from Japan with postage due cancelled and 1905 Penang to Borneo.  Revenue – A few sheets showing some of the early printings of Judicial Revenue Stamps; the only 3 recorded copies of the provisional Judicial Stamps “twenty five cents” on the 1870 $1 50c Judicial stamps used in March 1882; and Receipt Stamps highlighting the wrongly ordered 3c Revenue Stamp.
Then a newspaper wrapper addressed to H. H. Sultan Abdulla in exile in Mahé in 1881. He was the Sultan of Perak exiled for his part in the murder of Birch, he returned to Perak in 1894.  (Francis has agreed to send a scan and full write of this item for TMP, the full story should be recorded).  The next item was a printed postcard dated 17th Feb 1915 sent to Ceylon with a message about distribution of Newspapers outside the City Limits being forbidden, as a result of the Mutiny. Francis finished with some family material with a red band cover addressed to the naval base treasury department and photographs of his Grandfather and the house he lived in when he was in Singapore 1931 to 1940 – firstly as i/c the Treasury department and finally as the Senior Civil servant in the Admiralty in Singapore.



Jack Brown showed a study of FMS stamps, originally assembled by John Rosevear, and written up so clearly and comprehensively that Jack wisely decided to keep the collection intact and has just added a few additional stamps. Continuing the FMS theme he showed Specimen overprints on Tigers and Elephants. These original were from Ashley Skinner’s collection, a fine range in super condition.





Andrew Norris showed the postmarks of Negri Sembilan, starting with Seremban then ‘A to Z’ or rather Bahau to Tanjong Ipoh. Much of this collection was assembled 30 years ago and it has not been easy to add much to it since, but he had managed to improve a few areas since he showed some of this material at Leicester.

Susan McEwen. An overview of the Malayan Emergency. Forces mail, some UK regiments shown but concentrating on the less easly found Commonwealth forces, with some inward mail. Then mail going into Detention camps, and into a rehabilitation camp. Singapore FPOs including the 1953 Delayed Mail at FPO 965. Several items from the New Villages and a representation of the air drop leaflets, include some cartoon types, and Safe Conduct Passes for CTs wishing to surrender.




Iain Dyce. 19th C mail to the far east. Including 1825 London to Singapore, 1841 Mauritius to Singapore forwarded to Calcutta with a Kedgeree Post Office Ship Letter mark. Edinburgh to Japan 1878, addressed to Isabella Bird, redoubtable traveler and Author of the ‘Golden Chersonese’.
Then a display of Straits Stamps including the 1867 issue, including manuscript overprinted 2 on 1½c on ½ a blue. Also 3 covers with 1867 issues (!) and De La Rue archival blocks overprinted ‘CANCELLED’. The Tunisia sheet of local Specimen overprints on Straits and panes of the Sperati forgeries.









David Mekie’s 2nd display was a range of covers apparently unconnected, we were challenged to spot the theme. It was that all were mixed frankings, stamps of different states used together, mostly post-war but some in the early 1930s. Arguably most were philatelic in that the rate had been carefully achieved with a good mix of stamps, but all had served their purpose and been through the post.




Our thanks to Iain Dyce for hosting the meeting in his home, and to the Caledonian P.S for the use of their travelling frames .

Report by Susan McEwen


Report by Susan McEwen





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