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.


Stamp collecting long ago added Postal History, and more recently Social History, to the fascinating and widening scope of the Hobby. As useful papers and books on Research are published, we will include them on this page for the benefit of MSG Members.


The Crawford Digitisation Project - Digitisation of the Crawford Library in the British Library


The Royal Philatelic Society London, and Paul Skinner, FRPSL, Head Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collection have announced a very important project. Fuller details are set out in the attached pdf file

The Crawford Library Digitisation Project pdf file


Philatelic Research - A Basic Guide

David Beech has updated his paper Philatelic Research Guidelines, and has kindly agreed that we can include it on this site. A readable and downloadable Pdf is attached. It was produced originally for the Royal Philatelic Society and the Stuart Rossiter Trust.

Philatelic Research Pdf - View and or Download it



The Institute for Analytical Philately

A Symposium on Analytical Methods in Philately was held at the Smithsonian in Washington in late 2012. The Museum will publish some papers latewr in 2013. Meanwhile you can find out more at the Institute for Analytical Philately Inc



1953 Federation of Malaya Young Report on Detention and Deportation during the Emergency

Dominic Morris, our Hon.Secretary, has a copy of the 24 page 1953 Federation of Malaya Young Report on Detention and Deportation during the Emergency. It has much detail of the Camps. Please contact him if you would like him to email a copy to you. It is approx 18 mb consisting of 24 jpeg images.




Appeal for assistance "Singapore registration handstamps"

Len Stanway is currently updating the Group’s “Singapore Post Offices and Registration Labels” book, with the intention of going to press early next year [ in 2014]. He asks that any member who has a Singapore cover or piece which has a Singapore registration handstamp to send him details and, if possible, a scan of the cover/piece. These handstamps were primarily used before the introduction of labels in 1911 and during the 1920s austerity period, but have also been used in emergency from time to time since. Please contact him at len.stanway@btinternet.com


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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