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Labuan, an island located in the East Indies of the northwest coast of Borneo, became part of the colony on July 15, 1946. The colony in turn became a part of Malaysia as the state of Sabah on September 16, 1963.

Labuan 1879-1905
History
Since the 15th century, the north and west coast of Borneo including the island of Labuan was part of the Bruneian Empire. In the 18th century, Labuan attracted British interest. James Brooke acquired the island for Britain in 1846 through a treaty with the Sultan of Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddin II on 18 December 1846. A British naval officer, Rodney Mundy visited Brunei with his ship HMS Iris to keep the Sultan in line until the British Government made a final decision to take the island and he took Pengiran Mumin to witness the island’s accession to the British Crown on 24 December 1846. Some sources state that during the signing of the treaty, the Sultan had been threatened by a British navy warship ready to fire on the Sultan’s palace if he refused to sign the treaty while another source says the island was ceded to Britain as a reward for assistance in combating pirates.

The main reason why the British possessed the island was to protect their own interest in the region as a naval base and to suppress Piracy in the South China Sea. The British also believed the island could be the next Singapore. The island became a Crown Colony in 1848 with James Brook appointed as the first governor and commander in chief, with William Napier as his lieutenant-governor. In 1849, the Eastern Archipelago Company became the first of several British companies to try to exploit Labuan coal deposits. The company was formed to exploit coal deposits on the island and adjacent coast of Borneo but soon became involved in a dispute with James Brooke. Not proving itself a great commercial or strategic asset, administration of Labuan was handed to the British North Borney Company in 1890.

LITERATURE

Year Description
1879 Type 1, Crown, 2c, 6c, 12c, 16c
1880 Type 1, Crown CC, 2c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c,
1880 Type 2, Stamp No 9, 8c on 12c
1880 Type 3, 6c on 16c, 8c on 12c
1880 Type 4, 8c on 12c
1881 Type 5, 8c on 12c
1883 – 1886 Type 6, Crown CA, 2c, 8c, 10c, 16c, 40c
1883 Type 7, $1 on 16c
1885 Type 8, 2c on 8c, 2c on 16c
1885 Type 9, 2c on 16c
1885 Type 10, 2c on 8c
1885 – 1886 Type 6, Crown CA, 2c, 8c, 10c, 16c
1891 Type 11, 6c on 8c, 6c on 16c, 6c on 40c
1892 – 1893 Type 12, No Wmk, 2c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 40c,
1892 Type 13+14, 2c on 40c, 8c on 16c
1894 Type 12, 2c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 40c
1894 Stamps of North Borneo, engraved “LABUAN”, Type 15 or 16, 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 8c, 12c, 18c, 18c, 24c, 24c
1895 Stamps of North Borneo, Type 17, 4c on $1, 10c on $1, 20c on $1, 30c on $1, 40c on $1
1895 Stamps of North Borneo, Type 18, 25c, 50c, $1
1896 Jubilee 1896, Type 19, 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c, 6c, 8c
1897 Stamps of North Borneo, Types 20+21, overprinted “LABUAN”, 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 12c, 18c, 24c
1897 Type 16 colour changes, overprinted “LABUAN”, 12c, 18c, 24c, 18c
1899 Contemporary stamps, Type 22+23, 4c on 5c, 4c on 6c, 4c on 8c, 4c on 12c, 4cc on 18c, 4c on 24c, 4c on 25c, 4c on 50c, 4c on $1
1899 Type 24, Surcharged and Optd “Specimen”, 4c on 1c, 4c on 2c, 4c on 3c
1900 – 1902 Stamps of North Borneo, Type 27+29, overprinted “LABUAN” as Type 25, 2c, 4c, 4c, 5c, 10c, 16c
1901 Stamps of North Borneo, Type D1, overprinted “POSTAGE DUE”, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 12c, 18c, 24c
1902 Type 26, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 18c, 25c, 50c, $1
1904 Type 27 (Issue of 1895 and 1897-1898, 4c on 5c, 4c on 6c, 4c on 8c, 4c on 12c, 4c on 18c, 4c on 24c, 4c on 25c, 4c on 50c, 4c on $1
1905 Type 28+29, Stamps of North Borneo overprinted “LABUAN”, 25c, $1, $2, $5, $10

Link: Labuan, British Colony Philatelic and Postal History of Labuan from the The Sarawak Specialists’ Society

North Borneo 1883-1945
Year Description
1883 Type 1, 2c
1883 Type 2+3, 8c on 2c (8 Cents), 8c on 2c (EIGHT CENTS)
1883 Type 4+5, 50c, $1
1895 Type D1 Postage Due Stamps
(POSTAGE DUE)
vertically: 2c, 3c, 5c, 6c, 18c
horizontally: 8c, 12c, 18c, 24c
1886 Type 6+7, 1/2c, 1c, 2c, 4c, 8c, 10c
1886 Type 8, 1/2c, 10c with “and Revenue”
1886 Type 9+10, 3c on 4c (3 CENTS), 5c on 8c (5 CENTS), 3c on 4c (3 CENTS)
1886 Type PF1 (Three Cents Revenue) or Type PF2 (Ten Cents. Revenue), 3c, 5c, 10c
1886 – 1887 Type 11to14, 1/2c, 1c, 2c, 4c, 8c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2
1888 Type 15to18, 25c, 50c, $1, $2
1889 – 1892 Type 19+20, 1/2c, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c
1889 Type 21+22, $5, $10
1890 Type 23, 2c on 25c, 8c on 25c
1891 – 1892 Type 24, 6c on 8c green, 6c on 8c yellow-green, 6c on 10c blue, 6c on 10c blue
1892 Type 25, 1c on 4c, 1c on 5c, 8c on 25c,
1894 Type 26to34, 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 12c, 18c, 24c
1894 Type 35to38 inscribed “THE STATE OF NORTH BORNEO”, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, $10
1895 Type 39 “CENTS”, 4c on $1, 10c on $1, 20c on $1, 30c on $1, 40c on $1
1897 – 1902 Type 40to51, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 18c, 24c
1897 Type 52+53 inscriptions “Postage & Revenue”, 18c, 24c
1899 Type 54, 4c on 5c, 4c on 6c, 4c on 8c, 4c on 12c, 4c on 18c, 4c on 24c, 4c on 25c, 4cc on 50c, 4c on $1, 4c on $2, 4c on $5, 4c on $10
1900 Type 54 but 8.1/2mm, 4c on $5, 4c on $10
1901 Type D2 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS (POSTAGE DUE) vertically
2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 12c, 18c, 18c,
1901 – 1905 Type 56, “BRITISH PROTECTORATE”, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 18c, 24c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, $10
1902 – 1905 Type D2 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS (POSTAGE DUE), 24c, 24c, 2c, 8c,
1902 – 1905 Type D3 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS (BRITISH POSTAGE DUE)
vertically: 2c, 3c, 5c, 8c, 24c
1904 – 1905 Type D3 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS
(BRITISH POSTAGE DUE)
horizontally: 2c, 4c
1904 – 1905 Type D3 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS
(BRITISH POSTAGE DUE)
horizontally centre of Stamps: 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 18c, 24c,
1904 – 1905 Type 57, 4c on 5c, 4c on 6c, 4c on 8c, 4c on 12c, 4c on 18c, 4c on 24c, 4c on 25c, 4c on 50c, 4c on $1, 4c on $2, 4c on $5, 4c on $10
1909 – 1922 Type 58to69, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 18c, 24c
1909 Type 70, 18c blue-green
1911 Type 71+72, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, $10
1912 Type 73, $5, $10
1916 Type 74 (Stamps of 1909-1922), 2c on 3c, 4c on 6c, 10c on 12c
1916 Type 75 (Stamps of 1909-1911)
Cross in vermillion: 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 20c, 24c, 25c
Cross in carmine: 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 20c, 24c, 25c
1918 Type 76+77, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 24c
Lines 13-14mm: 2c, 6c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, $10
1918 Type 78 (Stamps of 1901-11), 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 24c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, $10
1919 – 1924 Type D4 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS (POSTAGE DUE)
horizontally top of stamp: 4c
horizontally foot of stamp: 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c
1922 Type 79 (Stamps of 1909-1922) “MALAYA – BORNEO EXHIBITION 1922”, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c, 20c, 24c, 25c, 50c
1923 Type 82, 3c on 4c “THREE CENTS”
1926 – 1931 Type D5 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS (POSTAGE DUE) 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 16c
1931 Type 83to90, Fiftieth Anniversary of British North Borneo Company, 3c, 6c, 10c, 12c, 25c, $1, $2, $5
1939 Type 91to105, 1c, 2c, 3c, 4c, 6c, 8c, 10c, 12c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 50c, $1, $2, $5
1939-01-01 Type D6-D10 POSTAGE DUE STAMPS (POSTAGE DUE)
1941-02-24 Type 106+107, 1c, 2c

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