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.

Malaya Study Group meeting Spink

"Penang" Members Displays 21st April 2018

Pictures by Nick Hackney


















































Report by Mike Padmore


Present: Malcolm Clarke, Peter Cockburn, Nick Hackney, Nick Hervey, Dominic Morris, Mike Padmore, Gordon Peters, Martin Roper, Len Stanway, Michael Waugh.
Apologies: Carl Stott, Susan McEwen, Mac McClaren, Andrew Norris, David Tett.

Michael Waugh opened the day with a complete round, beginning with a frame of mainly pre stamp material. This featured several “India” letters including an 1834 cover endorsed “Via St Helena” with “India Letter” applied Romney and “India Letter Romney” applied in London - 155 days in transit! Also included were letters from GB to Penang, including an 1849 cover with a Penang cancel plus the Bearing mark (Proud PD1) which can only be attributed to Penang when accompanied by evidence of local use.
His second frame include the first cover he had bought, an1863 letter from Penang to Clevedon with B147 cancels on 4 x 4as grey black, plus some 1870s material only located the evening before, purchased in a Robert Murray auction last August. Michael noted the wide variety of stamps used to make up the prevailing 30 c rate. Frame 3 displayed a cover to a Mrs W F Maxwell, Simla, plus chettiar letters and some NEI material received in Penang for P&O ships to India.
Frame 4 continued the NEI theme with Dutch Postal Agents and some E&O Hotel cancels. These were followed by postcards back to Europe and the US including a 1895 one to Strawberry Hill with the sender complaining she was ”tired of sunshine [and] longing for London fog.” Michael commented on the displayed material showing the development of postcards from undivided to divided layouts. He also noted the increase in transit cancels as railway lines developed.
Frame 7 included a 1910 chettiar Kedah to Singapore cover with FMS 3 c red, plus several others from Kedah, routed via Penang followed by Thailand mail routed via Penang including a Bangkok to Phuket letter and Michael’s favourite cover; a 1927 registered Vice Consular mail from Bangkok to Penang with a Chakra seal in silver and red. His final frame featured Bangkok via Penang censor marks and a 1915 Penang to Penang cover “Passed by Censor”

Malcolm Clarke began Round 2 with six frames of Registered and AR material specific to Penang. Frame 1 began with late C19th material, including size F G & H registered envelope, both mint & used and a 1900 cover to Medan with NEI Agent Penang on the reverse. Frame 2 showed material from the two World Wars, many featuuring interesting combinations of franking. There was also a pair of MBE covers; one obviously philatelic but the other possibly also but showing correct rate. Frame 3 followed with several examples of Coronation sets.
Malcolm exlpained that he had a particular interest in GVI rates, and showed much material that displayed these, particularly air caovers. This included covers to NZ via Imperial Airways and QANTAS. KLM and BOAC were also represented as carriers. He also displayed som wartime covers with censorship marks including one with a vertical isoceles triangle. Frame 5 featured AR covers, one with insurance and his display concluded with a frame of postwar covers.

Dominic Morris dollowed on with three frames, opening with a Penang Consulate cover won at the last MSG auction. He displayed some Jap Occ material, including a piece with stamps bearing both Ochigawa and Ichiburi seals dated on the first day of restored postal services, plus a 2603-2-15 1st Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore cancel.His next frame featured Jap Occ & BMA overprints, including a BMA registered envelope with registration label printed on back of previously printed material - obviously driven by the immediate post war paper shortage. A cover franked by Coronation issues had a Taxe mark applied in error.
Then followed Penang GVI small heads in blocks of 4, and a 1951 4 c post card uprated by 2 c (Tan PC2), with the overpronting shifted to the right - one of only two known. His final frame featured Penang EII small heads, again in blocks of 4, and he finished with a US 3 ¢ cover with a 1952 pen paquebot cancel of the USS President Munroe.

Round 3 featured Len Stanway’s offering, which opened with a GNR (USA) incoming PC from a Canadian ship, a 1922 registration label and a Straits 4c on 5c on a 1902 chettiar cover. Then a Deutche Seepost PCn a cover franked with a Maltese stamp cancelled both Penag and Singapore D5 ahnd a 1924 B E Exhibition duplex. Len’s third frame displayed a 7 Feb 36 “Remit by P.O. Money Order” slogan cancel, a 1938 Renang registraction on registration receipt and a 1954 single ring Penang CDS on Recruiting Officer RN Barracks cover. The next frame included a 1956 rectangular boxed Paquebot mark (the ship not identified), a Pulauq Penang registration label and a 1995 cover with Norwegian stamp from MS Song of Flower (Norwegian). Len’s final frame included a 1940 Butterworth double ring
cancel plus a Simpang Ampat PO cancel on a Malaysian calendar.

Gordon Peters then showed two frames, strsting with 1/2 to 4 a India 1854-6 issues cancelled with with B147 and the 147 duplex cancel, including a pair and a lower marginal triplet of the 1 a. He could not find any examples of the 1867 provisionals cancelled 147; and noted that even a search through auction catalogues and major collections almost failed to mention them. He observed that the D17 duplex cancels are easier to find, and these were shown on both the 1867 Provisionals and Definitives. He also displayed a B172 used 22 Nov 1882 in Penang
The display contined with a Straits postcard cancelled with a manuscript “Govt Hill” (Penang Hill; Proud A)and a 1920s registered cover with the label serial number changed by hand (similar to two shown by Malcolm Clarke). A, B and C labels ere all shown. Later sheets showed BMA cancel types including a bogus cancel. Railways station cancels from Jerak, Penanti and Krek were displayed as well as the first type used at Simpang Ampat station (not in Proud, but allowed for in his numbering sequence) dated April 1920. Gordon close with Straits Settlements stamps legitimately used in Penang 1945-6 and a 1949 Anti TB handstamp, only used for one day in 1948 according to Proud.

Peter Cockburn concluded the day with a fourth round of six frames featuring BMA material.Frame 1 began, appropriately, with the earliest known BMA item; a 3 Sept 1945 Jap Occ postcard uprated to 51c, with Japanese pmk and endorsed “Landing of Britixh troops”. Other material showed the 4c printed paperrate to GB, a 1949 AR and Registered cover over-franked with a 50c stamp (should have been 10c post, 12 c AR fee and 20c registration fee). Then a 36c double surface rate (10c plus 6c for the next oz, plus 20c registration fee) from November 1947, and Jap Occ envelopes used without additional postage, overstamped “On Government Service” or “OGS".
Frame 3 featured MPU postage dues in corner blocks of 4 plus two on cover with mixed franking, a pre-war 2 c Straits postcard used post war with 4¢ of franking obliterating the stamp. Frame 4 included a cover with a rare Parcel Post postmark and a label on the reverse, followed by double circle postmarks and a FDC with possibly the only use of the Jelutong postmark. Peter’s final frame included labels from Bukit Mertajam (one in script) , Nibong Tebal, Simpang Ampat and Sungei Bakap.

Mike Padmore

That's All Folks







The Malaya Study Group website was originally created by the late John Morgan, to whom we are indebted for his pioneering dedication to the Group.

WebMaster: KewSoft Web Director Nick Hackney (malayastudygroup@hotmail.co.uk) Telephone & Fax: (44)-(0)208 876 7567