A different kind of 'banker'...

Chettiar (or Chetty) is a title used by various mercantile castes and social levels in South India - especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. They claim a legendary relationship with the Hindu God Murugan; according to the legend, Murugan married Valli (who was from a tribal group), hence her tribe was later called Chettyars - in order to restore Valli's status as a consort to a god. Interestingly, here in Ipoh there were more than 100 Chettiar families once. They were known as the Nattukottai Chettiar. These financiers were preferred to the usual bankers back in the day. On our database we have an interesting interview with the last of the Nattukottai Chettiars in Ipoh. Here's a picture of what may have been the inside of a Chettiar's 'office'...

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Tourist Trails of Old Ipoh

"Fancy travelling down the memory lanes in Ipoh? Commander Ian Anderson would bring you through the tourist trails of Old Ipoh, to allow you to relive the good old glorious Ipoh. The speaker will guide the audience along the first published tourist trails of Ipoh in 1914, continuing with a look at the differences created by development in the trail of 1921. The lecture will conclude with a look at the development of today’s Old Town Heritage Trail." Mark your calendars, folks. Come by to STG Ipoh Old Town this Sunday 19th August 2018, from 2.30pm - 5pm. For more details, check out the link below: https://www.samasamaperak.my/jom/tourists-trails-old-ipoh/  

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An Interesting Find

We thank Lennie Brooks for these pictures. Her father once served in the 15/19 Hussars as their Company Sergeant Major Instructor. Back in 1955, they lived at No. 20, Chung Thye Phin Road - yes, at Chung Thye Phin's mansion nonetheless. These pictures show a mosaic of Chung Thye Phin and also an interesting marble statue, which were once part of the mansion's deco.  

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Girl's best friend?

Ms Monroe once sang about diamonds being a girl's best friend. From this photo, it seems like this lady loves the car (instead of those precious stones). But I must say, between the precious stones and a beautiful car....I would choose a car (but that's just me!)

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Another limestone cave...

According to the writing on the back, this postcard dates back to 1930. Quite a view, eh?

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