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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.

Books about Malaya

Books about Malaya - philatelic, postal history & social history


Reprint of "Missionary Mail 1831 - 1961"


Alan Au Yong


Special Offer for Malaya Study Group Members - Alan has made this book available to MSG Members to buy for £38 plus postage & packing. This is a huge saving as the price to non-members is £58 plus postage & packing. Alan's contact details are set out below.

 

You can order your copy at the authorís website at http://stores.ebay.com/Whitley-Archives. You can send the order form below with your cheque payment directly to ALAN AU YONG at Whitley Archives, P.O. Box 19, Towner Road Post Office, Singapore 913221. Members can also pick up the book from Tian Stamps at Peninsula Shopping Mall, Level 4 in Singapore.


ďThere is much intimacy in the study of missionary mail of Singapore. This is a book about humanity. It sheds light on the lives of missionaries through letters, postal cards and correspondence. Additionally, this book provides a useful documentation of missionary mail by individuals, institutions and missions. It contains a wealth of information and easy-to-use references throughout. There is also much research done on the various missions, and individuals are not left out of the equation as well. This is the authorís second philatelic publication and a must-read for all.Ē Koh Seow Chuan, RDP




The current interest in the field of missionary mail will likely be rekindled by Alan Au Yong's latest book on the subject.

The author is to be commended for his efforts to trace missionary activities in Singapore from a philatelic perspective, by illustrating missionary-linked letters and postcards and by giving faces to their names with interesting background information and transcripts of their letters. The material described is mainly from the author's own extensive collection, with a few contributions from other prominent Singapore philatelists. From a thematic viewpoint, the emphasis is on postal history although message, greetings and invitation cards as well as letters and legal documents are also described.

The 105-page book is lavishly illustrated throughout, mostly in full colour. It has a foreword by Prof. Cheah Jin Seng describing it as 'a labour of love', and is conveniently divided into three parts with fifteen appendices and two indices.

Part one begins with the early letters associated with missionaries of the London Missionary Society (LMS), the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) and the Paris Foreign Mission. Featured are the earliest known 1830 letter to the first LMS missionary in Singapore, Rev. Morrison, sent from his son in Malacca to Canton with a boxed 'Singapore P. O.' transit handstamp, and the earliest known missionary letter written by Rev. Samuel Kidd and sent from Singapore to London on 3rd March 1831.

Part two looks at various missionary-linked S. S. postal stationery postcards and picture postcards of churches and missions. There are interesting one-cent postal stationery postcards sent from 'The Bethesda' in 1885, and from the Anglican Mission to the mission school, Sarawak in 1905. In addition to the more familiar views of the Wesley Methodist church in Singapore, there are views of the Presbyterian church and of 'The Bethesda', and also a privately-produced picture postcard featuring a mission school in Malaya.

Part three continues the story by looking at post-1900 missionary mail from different Christian denominations in Singapore. The expansion of missionary activities was already underway, and this was reflected in the burgeoning of correspondence from various Protestant and Catholic missions, mission schools and churches. Notable are WWI covers to the U.S.A. and Mexico, a printed 'open letter' missionary picture postcard, and a colourful multi-franked 1934 cover from China, redirected to Batavia via Singapore. There is an interesting double-size picture 'postcard' showing an extended view of a Malayan missionary school and a lesson in progress on the reverse, not meant for posting but intended as a message card to raise funds.

The fifteen appendices contain full transcripts of letters relating to correspondences already described, together with various missionary-linked legal documents, letters and newsletters. There is a compilation of churches in Singapore in the 1950s and a list of missionary milestones and philatelic milestones in Singapore and surrounding areas.

The two indices contain, by alphabetical order, the names of missionaries and the names of missions or institutions described in the book.

Finally, there is a handy reference section for primary and secondary sources of information.

Missionary Mail in Singapore, 1831-1961 is not only for the religious but should have wide secular appeal. Indeed, all who are interested in the fascinating field of missionary mail and its unique place in Singapore's heritage will find this book an attractive addition to their philatelic bookshelves.

Dr. Gong Ngie Hee


Price for the reprint of the 105-page hardbound version is SGD117.50 or equivalent in pound sterling which is £58 pds exclusive of shipping.

The reprint for the hard cover version (limited to just 100 copies) should be ready by mid March. Alan Au Yong will also be putting some copies on eBay at £58 pds exclusive of shipping in April for NON-MSG Members. Alternatively, MSG Members can place an order for the first reprint at £38 plus postage & packing.


You can order your copy at the authorís website at http://stores.ebay.com/Whitley-Archives. You can send the order form below with your cheque payment directly to ALAN AU YONG at Whitley Archives, P.O. Box 19, Towner Road Post Office, Singapore 913221. Members can also pick up the book from Tian Stamps at Peninsula Shopping Mall, Level 4 in Singapore.


105 pages

B/W illustrations

Cover binding: Hard bound

Publication date Hard bound reprint version: Mid March 2012.




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