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  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    According to the writing on the back, this postcard dates back to 1930.

    There was a terrible incident at the Gunong Cheroh caves in the late 1920s. Three Hindu devotees were killed. Geologist John Scrivenor advised the Sanitary Board to remove the survivors, but his warning was ignored: the survivors refused to abandon their temple.

      • Ipoh Remembered says:

        Dear Barry

        Approximately 50,000 kilos of limestone cave collapsed, killing those three sleeping Hindus in the process. Nine or ten other devotees escaped.

        This was in January of 1927.

        We should remember that there was a marble quarry immediately adjacent, run by a private company licensed to use dynamite in its operations — and it had been blasting away for years.

        The John Scrivenor I mentioned was a prominent geologist employed by the government. His recommendation that the temples (there was a Chinese one there as well) be moved proved unworkable, but that stretch of Anderson Road between the old bridge and the quarry was closed for a while. Eventually the road was moved away from Gunong Cheroh, and so was the river — but that’s another story.

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