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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.

The Malaya Study Group is delighted to announce the publication of


Published by the Malaya Study Group © 2014

Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 and postal communications were quickly established with the outside world. The first section of this book outlines key events in the history of the Singapore postal services over the following 195 years, followed by a detailed history of each post office and agency on this island, including temporary offices, mobile offices and the offices in the Dutch East Indies under Singapore control during World War Two.

The second section studies the letter registration system and, in particular, the labels used since they were introduced in 1911, up to and including the latest self-adhesive barcode labels, and their user-printed counterparts, with known use dates for each type in each office. Labels supplied to commercial bulk users are also recorded where known.

As a strategic island controlling the sea routes of South East Asia, Singapore has always had a major military presence with forces of a number of countries involved. The third section provides an introduction to the postal facilities provided by and for these forces

It was not just letters that were registered for transit through the mail, but parcels as well. The last section of this book provides a preliminary survey of this largely-overlooked system and the labels used.

The publisher, the Malaya Study Group, exists to provide a forum for those interested in the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the Malay States, Malaysia and Singapore and welcomes new members. Further details can be found on the Group’s website at www.malayastudygroup.com. New information will appear in “The Malayan Philatelist”, the Group’s quarterly journal

The price for a copy delivered in the UK is £48 + £4 p and p.

In Malaysia members should contact Dr Gong Ngie Hee [gongngiehee@yahoo.co.uk]
In Singapore - Bernard Chung [bkp.chung@gmail.com]
In the UK and Europe and the US contact Peter Cockburn.

ISBN 978-0-9929824-0-9


Len Stanway, holding a copy of his book

Len Stanway was born in Yorkshire, England in 1950 and educated in Surrey, Singapore, London and Yorkshire. By profession, he is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. After 36 years in the motor industry specialising in vehicle safety and environmental legislation, he became a freelance writer and editor in 2006.

His philatelic interest began at the age of 6, and 2½ years of boyhood in Singapore naturally turned his attention to the stamps of that region, aided by his father joining the Singapore Stamp Club.

Len joined the MSG in 1980 and has, since 1990, provided the New Issues Column for “The Malayan Philatelist”, becoming Editor in 2010. He started work on the present volume in 2011, following a request by the Group to update the work of the late Bill Lyons.

He is also a member of Singapore Stamp Club and the Sarawak Specialists’ Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London. He holds various posts in local and regional philatelic societies.

Wider interests include railways, which he has combined with philately in the study of the carriage of mail by underground railway, which he described in “Mails Under London”, published in 2000. He also writes extensively for various society publications and stamp magazines.


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