'cause the winds are battering down upon us here at the moment! But Tseen's comment (see yesterday's entry) made my day! Now, I had a quick glance at her blogs and if I'm not mistaken she's Australian with Malaysian background so I've been wrecking my brains for an appropriate entry for today but couldn't think of anything (well, it's still early in the day here), so I finally ended up in Sarawak, which at least has a link with Malaysia and the White Rajah, who wasn't Australian, but at least there's a mixture of Asian/European here!

Now this White Rajah, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, was said to have presided over a relatively popular reign, but that might well be the middle-class British perspective. Philatelically speaking he is interesting because his stamps chart the various events of his reign. Starting off with the basic stamp.

This set (the third depicting Charles Vyner) was introduced in 1934, and is relatively straightforward. But soon the Japanese invaded and these stamps were re-issued with a Japanese overprint. Haven't got those yet I'm afraid! Later still, the Japanese surrendered and the British Military Administration took over control of Sarawak. They first allowed the use of Australian (hey, so there was a link after all!) stamps in Sarawak until properly overprinted Sarawak stamps were issued on 17 December 1945. The overprint reads BMA and has been applied in black or red.

Control of Sarawak was later returned to the Rajah but he ceded the territory to Great Britain in 1946, after having consulted the population of Sarawak. Because of this, the unoverprinted version of the stamps were re-introduced for a while, until a whole new set of overprinted stamps were issued on 16 April 1947. These bear the monogram of King George VI, again overprinted in black or red.

These stamps were later replaced with a set of stamps with new designs, incorporating the portrait of George VI.



Tseen Khoo said…
Really enjoyed reading this. How do you know so much about these things? Boggles my mind. ;)

And you're so right about scanning the stamps on a black background. They look fab!