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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
A long time ago, a featured two sketches from a local artist (who’s also an alumni of ACS). Some of you may recognise his work (see picture below). Yes, this is another drawing from Amiruddin Mohd Daud’s collection. Together with his wife, they are quite involved with charity and fund raising activities; 10% of the sale of his drawings will go to MAKNA (Malaysian Cancer Council). For more information on Amiruddin and his works, you can contact him via email: rat.adventure@yahoo.com

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  1. Ngai C O says:

    Hi,

    The building is still there sandwiched between SS Mubarak and New Century Book Store.

    The frontage and original windows have been replaced. I am not sure what it sells though.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Ngai C O

    I think the ground floor is part of the S. S. Mubaruk book-shop. As for the first floor: I am told that as of three years ago, it was an accountant’s office. I don’t know what it is today.

    But did you know that in 1930 there was a huge fire that damaged this entire block of six shop-houses on Belfield Street?

    In that year, on the corner with Post Office Road, where the FMS Bar & Hotel had been until 1923, there was an Indian shop. At the other end of the six-shop block, where the New Century Book Store now stands, was the Season Store. In between these two ends were the Ipoh Provision Store and the (Labrooys’) Caxton Press, plus two other businesses whose names I can’t remember.

    All six shop-houses were damaged in the fire and most of them had to be re-built.

    It was at this time that Shaik Adam’s son, Sahib Jan, located his office in one of the re-built shops.

    Around the corner on Station Road, the Mercantile Bank building, commissioned by Shaik Adam’s estate and designed by the firm of Keys & Dowdeswell, had just been completed. (And we should recall that Berthel Iversen worked on the Mercantile Bank project for Keys & Dowdeswell.)

  3. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Ngai C O

    Season Store stocked mainly imported foodstuff for the expatriates, especially alcohol.

    Yes, plus some other house-hold items.

    Before the war the shop was on Belfield Street and was managed by a Mr. Tan (I believe he came from Sungei Siput).

    After the war the business was moved to Station Road and was managed by a Mr. Wong.

    I know the shop was still in business in the late 1960s. Do you have a more precise idea of when it closed down?

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi Ipoh Remembered,

      I did not know it was at Belfield first before it moved to Station Road.

      It was still doing okayish up to the tin price collapse in 1985 and when the expats began to dwindle thereafter. Very few locals except the wealthy ones would buy from the shop.

      You also mentioned some similar outlets opposite the New Town Market.

      They all closed down one after another. I would say they were all gone by 1995 the latest.

  4. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Ngai C O

    I did not know it was at Belfield first before it moved to Station Road.

    Yes, as I said above, the Season Store and the Ipoh Provision Store were both on that stretch of Belfield Street, considered part of the European business district. (Around one corner was Whiteaway’s and around the other corner was Pritchard’s; and, of course, Oldfield’s, later Georgetown Dispensary, was also there at the time.)

    In earlier days, that part of Belfield Street used to house a number of shops that dealt with motor-cycles and mechanics and so on. Perhaps you remember that Hoot & Co. was at 93 Belfield. On the other side of the street, adjacent to the Chung Thye Phin building there was another Chinese motor-cycle mechanic, Hock Hin, next to a European engineering firm (whose name escapes me just now).

    You also mentioned some similar outlets opposite the New Town Market.

    Are you thinking of Singapore Cold Storage? Yes, I have mentioned it before. The company had used several buildings in Old Town — in fact, one of them was near the Patrick Street market — but when the New Town market was built in 1930, Cold Storage moved to that area, into a building the company constructed at the corner of Clare Street and Togo Street.

    Another similar company that catered to the wealthy was General Trading, which also appeared when the New Town market was built. I don’t remember mentioning it before but it was situated on Laxamana Road opposite the market.

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi Ipoh Remembered,

      Thank you so much for sharing all the information.

      The shops I mentioned were along Laxamana Road or Street.

      Our company doctor was on the second or third floor of George Town Dispensary facing Belfield Street. It had the monopoly of most expat companies like O & C, Perak Hydro, KED, Chartered Bank, HSBC and other European Mining Companies. The last English doctor and senior partner of the the practice retired sometime in 1975. It then moved to a new building after the Brewster Road bridge on the left just beside the Kinta River. The Practice was renamed Perak Medical Centre.

      You might know a bit more. I think his name was Conolly.

      It is now situated opposite HSBC and facing RHB Bank off Belfield Street.

      Its customers are still mainly from the corporate sector like Tenaga Nasional etc.

      By the way, do you remember, Thomas Cowan, the termite exterminator. He used to live in a bungalow along Gopeng Road. He would sometimes turn up himself to carry out treatment and inspections.

      His house was turned into some sort of housing development office, which I happened to visit a couple of times.

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