Singapore is a leading island nation in Southeast Asia. It is situated at the southernmost tip of continental Asia. In 1824, the entire island became a British possession under a new treaty with the Sultan. Postal services were available in Singapore since in 1819. Initially, postal operations were handled by the military authorities and then by the Master Attendant in 1823. The volume of the mail was rather small, but by the mid-1850s the increasing postal traffic resulted into larger premises of the new General Post Office. A new GPO was built in 1873. During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded British Malaya, culminating in the Battle of Singapore. The British surrendered on 15 February 1942. After the surrender of the Japanese Occupation forces at the end of World War II, Singapore and Malaya were administrated by the British Military Administration (BMA) The first stamps of Singapore were issued on 1 September 1948 and were similar to definitive stamps of the Straits Settlements, but inscribed SINGAPORE at the foot. Stamps were issued for the omnibus series of the Royal Silver Wedding (1948), 75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (1949) and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1953). As a result of the 1962 Merger Referendum, on 31 August 1963 Singapore joined with the Federation of Malaya, the Crown Colony of Sarawak and Crown Colony of North Borneo to form the new federation of Malaysia. On 3 June 1959, Singapore became a self-governing state. Five sets of commemorative stamps were issued to mark the New Constitution in 1959 and National Days in 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963. All were inscribed State of Singapore. In addition a long definitive set of postage stamps inscribed Singapore was issued from 1962 onwards. Singapore left Malaysia in 1965 to become an Independent Republic within the Commonwealth. Ever since, Singapore has been issuing a wide variety of colourful stamps that give insights into Singapore’s heritage, history, traditions, culture, natural resources, flora and fauna. The country has an estimated 40,000 stamp collectors.
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