Monday, 4 April 2011

SetemKu - Personailised Individual Stamp

Those of you who are lifetime stamp collectors like me may want to take a look at Pos Malaysia pages on SetemKu which allows for creating your own stamps, and you can use them too. Art and graphic design students may want to take this up and do something related to The Early Malay Doctors. For individual portraiture stamps, you will need the consent of the photographed person - eg each doctor. Photos/images must be 600 dpi minimum and in TIFF format. Read more on technicalities at Pos Malaysia website.

I don't have the portrait of each doctor at that high resolution (min 600 dpi). If you are interested, then you will need to contact each doctor's family and ask them or go to their homes and scan at that high resolution. You will need to burn all hi-res images to CD and turn that in along with payment to Pos Malaysia for approval. Then wait to get your personalised stamps.

Straits Settlements, 1883, 4 cents

Straits Settlements, 1892, 2 cents (left) and 1894, 3 cents

Straits Settlements 1904, 8 cents  (left) and 1918, 4 cents (right)
Straits Settlements, 1918, $2
Federation of Malaya, 1945, 30 cents / Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, 1945, 30 sen

Old stamps from Wikipedia

University of Hong Kong, Medical Faculty - History & Milestones

The University of Hong Kong (UHK) Medical Faculty was the first tertiary learning centre on Hong Kong island. It was initially set up in 1887 as the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese by the London Missionary Society. It was renamed Hong Kong College of Medicine in 1907. An early philanthropist for its early building was an Indian named Moddy. The medical college was located close to Taipingshan, a residential area. Taipingshan soon attracted the Chinese populace and became densely populated to the point that it led to the outbreak of plague. Plague was thus the topic of study and research at the medical college, which also had a good animal house and stables for sound scientific research. 

To date, the medical college has dealt with some of the most difficult diseases and outbreaks in Hong Kong, including SARS and H1N1.

There are many interesting things to read about UHK medical history. A look through its pages to learn of its milestones is worth the effort. The move to create a medical museum and historical society are the envy of many medical schools today.

UHK also has a useful publication (see below) about its history that mentions Dr Mustapha bin Osman, an early Malay doctor from Kedah.

"Growing with Hong Kong: HKU and its Graduates - The First 90 Years" 
Hong Kong University Press, 2002 - 352 pages
Other UHK Links: