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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.

30th September 2017, Worthing Meeting of Members displays


Pictures by Susan McEwen

Report by Mike Padmore

Present: Peter Cockburn, Rob Holley, Dominic Morris, Andrew Norris, Susan McEwen,
Mike Padmore, Len Stanway, Carl Stott, Michael Waugh.

Andrew Norris kindly put up a display of eight frames of Native Protected States/FMS post
office cancels for arriving members to peruse prior to the meeting getting underway.


Susan McEwen opened with five frames. The first two related to a selecti on of covers and
certificates relating to Edvard Strandberg, Danish Consul at Singapore both during and after
the Japanese occupation. As a Dane he remained at liberty and was treated as a neutral,
though cards from family in South Africa were addressed to him via the Prisoner of War post
to ensure their receipt.

The final three frames showed a miscellany, including a Johore SG1 forgery,

a recently written up letter of 1896 from Batu Pahat to New Zealand offering stamps for sale,
BMA skeleton cancels and material relating to the Malayan Emergency. A 1980 cover with
65c of Singapore Postage Dues remained a puzzle and will be a Question Box item in TMP.


Rob Holley followed in the next round with six frames of material from Kelantan and
Trengganu th at he had prepared for display at a local society. The first frame included B.M.
initialled stamps from the period 12.04.1907 - 15.5.1908, which Rob postulated was either a
postal cancel or a chop to seal the stamps. He was of the opinion that they were

used by a postal agency in Batu Mengkebang prior to the issue if a steel CDS there in May 1908.

Other material related to the desire of the two states ’
sultans to have their heads featured on their stamps and a homemade

postcard from Siamese Trengganu of 1906, regarding a tiger
dispatched to Copenhagen Zoo,

which Rob considered might have been the first postal item
out Trengganu. The next frames featured material relating to JL Humphreys, the British Agent in
Trengganu 1916
19, and Sultan Suleiman high valu es. Frame five focussed on material
relating to mail transportation in the East Coast states, initially by coastal steamer and launch
until the opening of the East Coast Main Line railway in 1931, though Rob observed there
were still transportation problem
s with mail as late as 1932. The display included a philatelic
item cancelled Kretay but with a ship’ s mark (the latter presumed c.t.o.) and a letter from
Capt. Mogensen, a legend of the Straits Steamship Co. in this period.

Rob conclude with material fro m the Japanese and subsequent Thai Occupations,
including overprints with Sunagwa and Handa personal chops, The meeting then reteired for


Peter Cockburn opened after lunch with two frames featuring BMA covers, one bearing a
“ Via Lancastrian"

cachet,plus postal orders and claim forms for lost money orders.

The second frame included Patriot labels, tield by censor tapes or CDSs,

one of which was a 1c tied by the

Pay Small Bills By Malayan Postal Orders

machine cancel from Penang.

Dominic Morris followed with six frames of, as he described them, “
odds and sods

Frame one opened with colour trials of the Perak 1$ and 5$ (as opposed to $1, etc.!) issue
plus Japanese Occupation covers featuring very varied franking including a

mixture of Dai Nipp on and SS chop overprints, NEI and Japanese stamps.

These were followed by plate blocks of Penang GVI and

QEII small heads and Kelantan 1957 issues

Frame four displayed BMA issues with former Japanese and Thai Occupation cancels
and Siam used in Malaya, plus Negri Sembilan Survey Dept. essays. The following frame
included an unofficial 1959 cover celebrating the centenary of the founding of KL and a
study of Johore postmarks from 1922
41. Dominic closed his dis[play with a further postmark study, of Selangor villages

from the mid 1960s, and some minisheets on the theme of royalty.


Len Stanway displayed six frames of very recent Singapore material, beginning with

the 50th Anniversary of Singaporse Youth Festival, Rio 2016 and 50 Years of National Day
Parades commemoratives. Then, a new postal stationery envelope and a

90 cts World Postal Day MS and postcards, not available to purchase

but offered as a prize for completing a questionaire.

He noted that the 2016 Festivals issue did not this time feature

This was followed by the 2016 Year Album.
The 2017 Year of the Rooster,

in the usual three values, included high value
minisheets.Two exhibition commemoratives, wiuth perforation variations, were followed by
the Girl Guide Anniversary issue inclu ding Mystamp versions only available through the Girl
Guides organisation. The 50th Anniversay of National Service, Baby Animals, Kingfishers,
Wedding Jewellery (including a $10 MS sold at face value) and Morning in Singapore issues
Len' s final frame featured the Light Up Singapore Mystamp design, the Simngapore
version of the ASEAN single stamp multi country issue, the 150th Anniversay of the
dounsing the Straist Settlements issue featuring 1 2 and 3c overprints and contemporary
covers and fin ally the new UPU design for the International Reply Coupon.

Michael Waugh showed three frames forming a small part of new auction material he had
won at Robert Murray`s Edinburgh auction in August. The first was a pre-stamp letter in full
sent 21/ 4/1846, forwarded by Spottiswoode and Connolly, Singapore per Lion, to Rev Dan
Beach Bradley MD at Bangkok from a Rev Robinson who had been earlier in Bangkok and
was being invalided back to USA. The letter mentioned the cost of living in Singapore, and
advice from Robinsons physician Dr. Oxley in Singapore. There was a protestant missionary
brotherhood in Bangkok translating parts of the Bible into Siamese and introducing the
printing press using funds from USA. Bradley lived for many years in Bangkok and
was known for his medical work there. Then followed 1842 - 49 commercial

covers/entrees from Batavia to Singapore or
Penang with complete chops of well known forwarding agents, and the India BEARING
mark (with definite Penang manuscript headings), India Mail red cancellations, Overland
markings, Marseilles markings London receivers and Lombard Street Cancellers and on one
letter Boston 19 cents to pay. All had appropriate senders and receivers ’ dates in manuscript.

Covers with early India franking included an 1866 4 anna rate Puttfarcken, Rheiner
Singapore to HongKong ; an 1862 8 anna rate from John Purvis ( Bullion dealer) to SunFire
Office, London via Southampton; and an invoice originating in Batavia but with Singapore
cancel to Bank of Scotland, Glasgow via Overland Mail, Marseilles 10 annas rate probably
via Messageries Imperiales.

Later mail included 4c (1c + 3c) with a Taiping 24/5/99 squared circle cancel to
Alderley Edge; two early airmails 1931 via KLM from FMS into France, two 1940s internal
posts Malaya with Patriotic fund adhesives; and three philatelic covers 1953/4 Christmas
Island to Proud/ Bailey in Kampar, Perak. Michael hoped to show more of his horde at future
MSG meetings.

Andrew showed four frames of new write - ups, beginning with material featuring the short
lived period of coal mining in Labuan, and its demise. This included a postcard from a crew
member of HMS Merlin, plus details of the ship, and two postcards from crew
members of the SMS Gneisenau.

Andrew suggested that using the Labuan postal service must have been
cheaper than the discounted German navy rate at the time.
Three Brunei MBE covers followed, including one correctly franked 17c On
Government Service cover, originating from the post office, so presumably using stock that
was available there. Andrew noted that Brunei, which was a sub
office of Labuan, itself a sub - office of Singapore, began sending mail to Singapore in a

closed bag from 1928 on, which was why later Brunei mail was censored in Singapore.

A Newport, Mon., to Labuan first flight cover marked the introduction of the
“ All UP" service in 1938.

Andrew' s final frames featured a study of the 1941 Selangor stamp shortages, with 2c
orange and 3c green stamps showing a range of post office cancels that demonstrated that the
stamps really were widely issued.

Susan concluded proceedings with nine sheets on the development of the Straits Settlements
1936 “ Malaya ” issues - a competition entry which won First Prize at the Middlesex Philatelic
Federation 1968. This included initial GV essays, Jap Occ double and single chops and Dai
Nippon overprints on GVI issues, BMA overprints including white forehead and thin paper
varieties and ending with later small head issues.
And that concluded the Worthing show!
Mike Padmore






















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