Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Mr. Bill Shand
very warm welcome was given to Bill Shand of Tees-side
who was the guest speaker at the Lanarkshire Philatelic
Society on Friday evening (17th November).
He is a member of Stockton Philatelic Society and was delighted to
present his display of the Straits Settlements to members.
the help of a map, Bill explained that the Straits Settlements were British
Settlements in Southeast Asia and pointed out that Post Offices were opened in
Penang, Malacca and Singapore.
the display of postal cancellations, stamps, watermarks, covers, postage dues,
newspaper cuttings and interesting Cocktail menus! Bill gave a
fascinating insight into the postal history of the Straits Settlements.
was in 1867 that this became a Crown Colony.
Prior to this mail was sent through the Post Offices of Penang, Malacca
and Singapore and carried by passing ships.
Some examples of Boxed handstamps and Spider Web cancellations were
1867, stamps, bearing the head profile of Queen Victoria were issued.
Through the years many overprints appeared on these to denote Native
States including Perak, Sungel, Johor and others and also to show
changing money values.
1902, definitives with King Edward VII were issued. Bill also showed Postal
Stationery issued during this Kings reign.
The stamps continued to follow the reigns of King George V with
definitives issued in 1910 and commemoratives issued to mark his Silver Jubilee
in 1935. In
1937 definitives showing King George VI were issued and, in this same year,
commemoratives were issued for his Coronation. Also in 1937, the stamps now bore
the name Malaya.
change happened during World War 2 when the Japanese invaded and occupied the
whole area. At
the end of the war in 1945 British military issued Straits Settlements
stamps but overprinted with Malaya BMA and these were used throughout
1946 the Colony was dissolved.
development of air travel from this region was displayed with fascinating
philatelic and newspaper material.
Of much interest was material from the Raffles Hotel in Singapore
- this building had opened as
a Hotel in 1887 and some rather exotic recipes were viewed!
Shand receives his Certificate of Thanks from President, Terry Woods
Brian Dow, led members in giving warm thanks to Bill Shand for presenting a
wonderful display of fascinating material which had given much interest to
Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 15th December, 2017, at 7:30pm when members will present their displays on the theme of "Christmas Dinner".
with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to