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.


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pdf icon The MSG Flyer - our new May 2011 brochure about the Group (pdf format)


Bill Lyons - sad news. We regret to announce that Bill Lyons, a member of the MSG since 1974, has passed away in California, aged 96. He is widely known to members for his book on Singapore Registration labels and his generosity to the Group.

Bill Lyons - a tribute


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Revenue Society Auction closing 19th May 2012

[Information received 15th May 2012]

MSG/SSS members might like to know that there are quite a few Malaya-Borneo lots in the current Revenue Society auction (closing 19th May), including some of the scarce high values. I'm afraid your members will need to join our society if they want to bid, but they are welcome to browse the catalogue for free at http://www.revenuesociety.org.uk/a12/a12.pdf. Perhaps they will find it worth their while joining just to pick up some revenue gem!

Andrew McClellan
The Revenue Society
9 Orchard Road


Next London Meeting

16 June 2012 (13.15) Display by Malcolm Wade - London

New The TMP Index, & New Issues Page Indexes for Malaysia & Singapore in TMP have been updated to TMP issue 254 by Len Stanway

New "Missionary Mail 1831 - 1961" by Alan Au Yong

Special Offer for Malaya Study Group Members - Alan has made this newly reprinted 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.

Review and ordering details are on Book page for Alan Au Yong's Missionary Mail

New - David Tett has now published all 6 Gold Medal winning volumes of his epic work on Far Eastern Prisoners of War. He is now selling his very large comprehensive Research Library. Many of these books are about Malaya, Singapore, and the area so MSG members may like the opportunity of buy them. The list of these is available as a 73 page Pdf Research Catalogue from his website www.fepowmail.com. The page on the site is Fewpowmail Research Library Catalogue

New Books about Malaya, by MSG Members and specialist publishers

MSG Representative in the United States

We are pleased to announce that Steve Schumann is the new Representative for the MSG in the USA email: sdsch@earthlink.net

Awards & Medals

Awards & Medals awarded to MSG Members

Your "Want List" - use The MSG Forum

Have you used the Forum? You can post your want list, ask questions, and even better you can help fellow collectors who ask questions in the various Forums. Go to the Forum today!

Using the Forum -  PDF Guides

pdf icon A Guide to Posting on the Forum (pdf format)

pdf icon How to Change your Password or Email address for the Forum (pdf format)

Forum News - A new Forum, Aerophilately, has been added to the Forum section - Fly there as fast as you can!

Happy New Year Jan 23rd 2012 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Water Dragon

Gong Xi Fa Cai -- Kiong Hee Huat Tsai.-- Kung Hei Fat Choi -- Selamat Tahun Baharu

[Mandarin -- Hokkien -- Cantonese -- Malay]


The Dragon personality The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.



We welcome the news of the launch of the Association of Singapore Philatelists website. James Song,MSG Member, the webmaster of the ASP website writes, "I hope you all will find some enjoyment looking through the ASP website and you can also register as a member in the 'Singpex Forum' all for free. Please go to : http://www.singpex.com

The annual subscription is £15 if it is paid by 30th June in any year. This is the rate for payment before 30th June in any year. It increases to £20 for payments after that date. Any subscription years already paid in advance will count as fully paid, and we continue to accept up to 3 years' subscriptions, if members wish to pay in advance.

UK members should send their subscription cheque to Carl Stott, address as on the back page of The Malayan Philatelist. Overseas members may pay via their Country Representative or directly to Carl.

PLEASE save yourself money and pay Promptly

MSG Meetings Worldwide

Meetings & events in the next few months

Next UK Meetings & Events outside London

MSG Scotland Meeting will be on Saturday 19th MAY 2012, at Edinburgh.
David and Margeorie Mekie will be hosting it, more details in the next newsletter / to follow, or contact David.

Next UK London Meetings

London Meetings held in Spink's Auction Rooms, 69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London
unless otherwise stated.

16 June 2012 (13.15) Display by Malcolm Wade - London


MSG Meetings in Malaysia, Singapore & Australia

MSG Meetings in Malaysia

Please Contact Dr.N.H.Gong for meeting details


MSG Meetings in Singapore

Please contact Bernard Chung for details


Venue: Singapore Philatelic Society 2pm

MSG Meetings in Australia

The new programme for the Sydney Group in 2012 is on the Meetings page & the MSG Australia Programme 2012 page

Australia - Sydney Group, on the Meeting Page

MSG Australia Programme 2012

Further details from Jeff Newman, Ph. 9498 3762 or <jeff_and_dorothy@hotmail.com>

The Centenary of Philas - the Philatelic Society of Australia.

Two scans of an article about Philas, from the Collectors feature in the MONEY section of the SMH, have been sent by Jeff Newman, who features in the article. It is an interesting account of change over 100 years, and provides food for reflection on the future of philately...

Scan One

Scan Two

New We have added a link to Stampboards.com, the celebrated international , Australia based, Discussion Board to our Links Page

Link to Stampboards.com, perhaps the best Discussion Board in the world......



Meeting Reports

New Members Displays Agri Horticulture May 12th 2012

New Visit to the British Library Philatelic Collections April 25th 2012

New Report & Picture of the MSG meeting at the Canberra 17th National Philatelic Convention March 16 - 18th 2012

New Report & Pictures of the AGM & Auction 17th March 2012

New Report & Picture of the MSG meeting at the Canberra 17th National Philatelic Convention March 16 - 18th 2012

New Pictures of Members Displays Leicester 3rd March 2012

Pictures and report Members Displays Pahang 12th January 2012


MSG Publications & Projects

For Prices & Ordering details of Books & TMP CD's go to the MSG Publications page

Flyer for Len Stanway Malaysia Vol 3 Pdf



The MacMcClaren SS One Cent Surcharges Project - The Documents are here,with a new Excel recording sheet!

Go to this page to read and download the documents for the SS One Cent Surcharges Project


Japanese Occupation 4c Tin Dredging Card Project with a new discovery



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.

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