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my thoughts on stamps, stamp collecting, philately in general and maybe a few other topics !

Monday, January 31, 2022

Hello, I thought I would show something different today in as much as this county was a Crown Colony. A very brief history if you are not familiar with Labuan.

From the 15th century, the north and west coast of Borneo including the island of Labuan was part of the Sultanate of Brunei. In the 18th century, Labuan was acquired for Britain through the Treaty of Labuan with the Sultan of Brunei in 1846. The island became a Crown Colony in 1848.

In WW II Labuan was occupied by Japan until liberated by the Allied Forces in 1945 and the island  was administered under the British Military Administration.  Labuan joined the North Borneo Crown Colony in 1946 which in turn became a part of the state of Sabah and Malaysia in 1963. In 1984, the Government of Sabah ceded Labuan to the federal government and it was admitted as a Federal Territory of Malaysia. 

It is very interesting area of the world from a historical perspective as well as commercial and tourist and it offers many challenging philatelic collecting areas of interest. For example stamps of the Straits Settlements were issued and used from 1867 to 1879 until Labuan stamps were issued in 1879. The early issues through to the early 1890s commend some very respectable prices.

Some more Labuan stamps over the coming days which I hope you find interesting to see.

Enjoy your stamps and all they bring us.         Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.


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