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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.

Malaya Study Group meeting, Leicester Sat 3rd March 2018

Pictures and Report by Susan McEwen

Malaya Study Group meeting, Leicester Sat 3rd March 2018

The weather was against us, snow, ice sub-zero temperatures and arctic winds kept the attendance down to 5, however that meant more time to view the displays and to discuss them.

Andrew Norris started with a display of Revenues QV to KGV. Some well presented thanks to previous owners and some in what is still known as ‘Robertson stage 1’.

iMG-0691,2,3 are Andrew’s revenues


Mike Ludlow followed with a miscellany including SATA labels and Straits Shipping postcards including the S. S Malacca, and some Government Survey Department Essays for the Straits.iMG-0703,4,5,6,7 are Mike Ludlow





David Tett showed a mystery cover, shown before but with more information now, it is from Kelantan in June 1940, addressed to Monaco. It has a ‘Service Suspended’ cachet and a British Censor tape. The Sender left Malaya 31st December 1941 (!) for Australia. The date the sender arrived in India could have been in 1943 or early 1944. There are still questions to answer and we hope for an article in TMP from David, as he hopes for more explanations.

IMG 0708 is David Tett’s

John Jackson showed Dutch East Indies from Dutch Prisoners of War. These included two cards from Sarawak which are rare enough but from Dutch PoW’s are exceptional.

IMG 0709,10,11 John Jackson



At this point the attendees adjourned to ‘The Union Pub’ for Lunch. Traditional fresh ‘Cob’ rolls with ham or pork or cheese and onion. Nothing fancy but excellent. The pub is named for the Grand Union Canal which is nearby, it is part of the pub’s history that the navvies who dug the canal drank at the pub.

After Lunch Andrew showed the 2nd part of his Revenues, KGVI and QEII.

IMG 0713,14,15,16 are Andrew’s 2nd group





Susan McEwen showed the Strandberg correspondence, he was a Dane in Singapore before during and after the Occupation. Followed by some frames of Malayan Emergency Postal History.

IMG0717,18,19,20,21 are Susan’s






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