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January 2024

Famous Names (18)

By |2024-01-18T16:06:32+08:00January 18th, 2024|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

….born in Singapore in 1909, went to an Anglo-Chinese School in Swatow, China, before returning to study at the Raffles Institute at age 16. He was actively supporting the Chinese by organising relief funds and the boycott of Japanese goods after the Japanese attacked in 1937. His commitment to Chinese resistance increased with the Japanese invasion of Malaya. Just before the fall of Singapore he and other community leaders who were targeted by the Japanese sailed via Sumatra for India. There he was recruited by Force 136… (read more here)

 

Here’s a photo of the famous Colonel Lim Bo Seng (in case some of you were wondering what he looked like).

September 2023

August 2023

“Mr Addis takes over”

By |2023-08-04T15:25:53+08:00August 4th, 2023|Categories: history, People|

According to this article (from Times of Malaya & Straits Echo, dated 16 September 1950), Mr Addis took over from Sir Ralph Hone – as Deputy Commissioner-General for Colonial Affairs South-East Asia.

Major-General Ralph Hone was once the Chief Civil Affairs Officer responsible for the Peninsula; this was of course during the British Military Administration.

July 2023

Back in 1942…

By |2023-07-10T14:51:24+08:00July 10th, 2023|Categories: history, Ipoh Town|Tags: , |

According to The Yamato News, back in February 1942 a new hospital was opened in Ipoh. Based on the above article, this move was started by the Indian Committee (assisted by Dr G. S. Venketesan) and backed by the local representatives of the Nippon Government.

Could this have been the General Hospital in Ipoh (Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, as it is now known as)?

June 2023

Did you know?

By |2023-06-09T17:02:54+08:00June 10th, 2023|Categories: history, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: |

Here’s some trivia for you, taken from The Yamato News. This newspaper dates back to 13th February 2602 (which actually means 13th February 1942).

We thank Chee Ong Ngai for sharing this with us.

 

If you’re wondering about the strange date (2602), then click here for the explanation.

“white area” ?

By |2023-06-09T16:45:52+08:00June 9th, 2023|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

This photo was not taken in Ipoh, but it is rather interesting. I’d like to draw your attention to the sign, which simply reads as: “You are now entering Malacca Settlement White Area”.

Did we have “white areas” in Ipoh too at some point?

 

We thank Chee Ong Ngai for sharing this photo with us.

May 2023

The London to Sydney Marathon

By |2023-05-17T16:18:31+08:00May 17th, 2023|Categories: Events, history, Identify Photographs, Sports, tourism|

This is a photograph of one of the cars which was participating in the London to Sydney Marathon. The drivers were Rick Bates and Jenny Brittan. The cars were gathered in the centre of Ipoh, near the Municipal Building (Dataran Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh) before they took off on the next stage of the rally. One of the sponsors was Trans World Events…..(read more here)

 

 

April 2023

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

By |2023-04-12T15:25:13+08:00April 12th, 2023|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: |

We thank Chee Ong Ngai for sharing this photograph with us. He also gave us the names of the two pretty ladies in the foreground:

“1 November 1953 : The attractive Naseh sisters, Dewi (nearest camera) and Jamilah, “Hello Girls” in the Ipoh telephone exchange, find little time for chit-chat in their busy six-hour day shifts.”

Army Kinema Corporation?

By |2023-04-05T16:21:30+08:00April 9th, 2023|Categories: history, Memories, movies|

This booklet published for the use of military personnel only in May 1967 contains movies that will be screened in numerous military cinemas for example The Leowen in Terendak Camp, New Globe, and Globe. This booklet also has all the information on the day and the time of the movie and the British Forces Broadcasting Service’s English programmes for April. It also contains advertisements for Benson & Hedges cigarettes and Asahi Pentax cameras.

 

 

March 2023

Perak Academy Talk – “Perak Royalty & Nobility – Its History, Succession, Etiquette and Decorations”

By |2023-03-01T16:03:58+08:00March 1st, 2023|Categories: Events, history, Perak Academy Talk|

Mark your calendars. Perak Academy will be hosting a talk on The Perak Royalty & Nobility, on 20th March 2023.

The talk will be at 8pm, at Mamut Meeting Room (1 Jalan Lasam, 30350, Ipoh).
Light refreshments will be served at 7pm.

For more information, call Perak Academy at 016-412 3742

or email contact@perakacademy.com

 

February 2023

December 2022

‘Mysterious’ mansion

By |2022-12-05T17:08:31+08:00December 5th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|

We thank Harvant Lisa Harper for sharing this picture with us. She also had this to say:

This is the army regimen house by the Ipoh Specialist Center. It was at one time occupied by the British. My dad was the guard there. Then the Japanese took over. Before they got there, he told me that he destroyed all the crystals that the British left behind so the Japanese could not hear what the British were talking about and also hid a pistol that was left behind.
 
 
Just in case you’re wondering if this building still exists….we do have a more recent picture of it here.

November 2022

Guess Who?

By |2022-11-25T16:47:31+08:00November 26th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

Does he look familiar? No? What if I told you there’s a building named after him, along Dairy Road (now known as Jalan Raja Musa Mahadi)?

In case you’re still puzzled, this gentleman is none other than Prof Dato’ (Dr) Ungku Omar bin Ahmad. We don’t know much about his personal life. However, thanks to Prof Dr Zainur Rashid Zainuddin, we do have a short summary of his contribution towards the local medical field.

Restored!

By |2022-11-24T15:50:09+08:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, People, Restoration|

This house (in Pasir Salak, Perak) was said to be built in the 1980s, to resemble the house of the late Dato Maharajalela. It later fell into a sorry state (as seen above).

But, the good news is……it was later restored!

If anyone could shed more light on this restoration project, we’d love to hear from you.

We thank Tomb Raider Hunter for these pictures 🙂

October 2022

Famous Names (17)

By |2022-10-12T16:49:58+08:00October 12th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

First he practised medicine in Penang before he moved to Ipoh in 1912, becoming the first Asian with a Western medical degree in Perak. His new clinic was at Tatlock Street; two decades later, a new central market was built in the area, which helps explain why Tatlock Street is now called Hala Pasar Baru.

He then served the Kinta Sanitary Board (the precursor of Ipoh Municipal Council) before he joined the Perak Chinese Maternity Hospital as Medical Superintendent in 1922. He held that post for over thirty years and was the driving force in obtaining funds and government approval for establishing the new Perak Chinese Maternity Hospital at its present site in Jalan Kampar in 1937. (read more here)

 

Yes, we’re talking about Dato Dr Khong Kam Tak, CBE, JP.

An Interesting School Trip

By |2022-10-07T16:31:47+08:00October 7th, 2022|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, mission schools, People|

Is it a bird…is it a plane…..? No, they are most likely staring at the Birch Clock Tower. 

The gentleman (holding some papers) is none other than Rev J Appaduray. The boys in the background are students from St Michael’s Insitution.

Here’s another picture of the group:

(read the full story here)

September 2022

QSL Cards?

By |2022-09-28T15:28:57+08:00September 28th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

During the early days of radio broadcasting, the ability for a radio set to receive distant signals was a source of pride for many consumers and hobbyists. Listeners would mail “reception reports” to radio broadcasting stations in hopes of getting a written letter to officially verify they had heard a distant station. As the volume of reception reports increased, stations took to sending post cards containing a brief form that acknowledged reception. Collecting these cards became popular with radio listeners in the 1920s and 1930s, and reception reports were often used by early broadcasters to gauge the effectiveness of their transmissions.

The concept of sending a post card to verify reception of a station (and later two-way contact between them) may have been independently invented several times. The earliest reference seems to be a card sent in 1916 from 8VX in Buffalo, New York to 3TQ in Philadelphia, (in those days ITU prefixes were not used). The standardized card with callsign, freqPennsylvania uency, date, etc. may have been developed in 1919 by C.D. Hoffman, 8UX, in Akron, Ohio. In Europe, W.E.F. “Bill” Corsham, 2UV, first used a QSL when operating from Harlesden, England in 1922. [Wikipedia]

 

This card was produced by Sergeant Leese to mark the 300th anniversary of his regiment which was celebrated in Ipoh. A member of the Malayan Amateur Radio Transmitters Society the card records his contact with call-sign MP4BDC at 2000 on 1st October 1961.

August 2022

Japanese HQ at Anderson School?

By |2022-08-10T14:26:53+08:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: history, Ipoh Town, Memories, mission schools|

This photograph shows Fujiwara Iwaichi with Captain M. Akram, adjutant to General Mohan Singh, at Fujiwara Kikan headquarters at the Anderson School, Ipoh, on 5th January 1942.

The military headquarters was established by Fujiwara Kikan, the military intelligence agency, on New Year’s Day 1942. The building also served as the headquarters of Indian Independence League (IIL), the Indian National Army (INA), the Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM), and the Sumatran Youth Association.

Goodbye to a Legend

By |2022-08-04T14:42:27+08:00August 4th, 2022|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, orbituary, People|

source: BWF Virtual Museum

With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Dato’ Ng Boon Bee DPTJ AMN. He was a Malaysian badminton player, whose success in doubles earned him recognition as one of greatest doubles players in badminton history. 

Ng Boon Bee is probably the finest sportsman to come out of SMI, being one of the stars of the Malaysian Badminton team from 1960 onwards.

Some of you may remember that year, when the Thomas Cup was paraded through SMI.

In partnership with Tan Yee Khan and later P Gunalan, he won doubles titles in all the big national and international tournaments, including the All England Doubles title twice and the Malaysian title six times. 

 

Our condolences to his family, as well as his ‘family’ in the sporting arena.

July 2022

Becoming a Citizen

By |2022-07-29T17:45:05+08:00July 29th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

This particular document is a certificate of Registration which declares that from the 22nd of August 1958 onwards, Madam Ong would be a citizen of the Federation of Malaya under Article 17. The officer which signed this certificate on behalf of the registration authority was H. Perera as stated in the document. (more details here)

Coming to a theatre near you!

By |2022-07-25T15:23:41+08:00July 25th, 2022|Categories: childhood, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies, tourism|

The month of August is usually known as “bulan Merdeka” (Merdeka/Independence Month). But did you also know that the earliest cinematograph first came to Ipoh in August 1906?

Initially the cinematograph market was monopolized by one company, the Matsuo Japanese Cinematograph Company, who used to hold nightly shows in a tent for 7-weeks running, moving from city to city. The following year however, he had competition in the form of 3 other cinematograph companies, each employing different novelties to attract crowds. (read more here)

The First Battalion Perak Sikhs

By |2022-07-20T10:53:43+08:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|

The photograph actually shows the ‘First Battalion Perak Sikhs’, the armed military arm of the Perak Police Force.

The Battalion had its roots in the ‘Perak Armed Force’ which was a mix of races (Sikhs, Punjabi, Malays and Chinese), first commanded by Captain Swinburne and from 1879 by Major R S F Walker CMG.  The ‘Armed Force’ was disbanded in early 1884 and ‘The First Battalion Perak Sikhs’, was established on 15 May 1884 to replace them. (read more here)

 

Ahmad Noor @ Halaloedin Hamzah

By |2022-07-01T11:19:41+08:00July 1st, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

Have you heard of Ahmad Noor? Perhaps you knew him as Halaloedin Hamzah?

He was a Mandailing from the Dutch East Indies who free-lanced for Kompas in the early days of his career. He fled and sought refuge in Malaya, when the Dutch authorities cracked down on railway strikers in 1929, in which he was involved, and staged a mass arrest. He later changed his name to Ahmad Noor Abdul Shukor, and had a short stint with Saudara in Penang. (read more here)

The picture (taken from the Kinta Valley book) isn’t that clear…but I believe Ahmad Noor is probably the gentleman standing in the middle.

June 2022

The Aeroplane Comes to Ipoh!

By |2022-06-27T16:41:22+08:00June 27th, 2022|Categories: childhood, Events, history, ipoh, Memories, tourism|

The people of Ipoh had an opportunity to witness an aeroplane for the first time on July 1 1911! G P Kuller – one of the earliest aviators – staged a 4-day flight exhibition in Ipoh.

Thousands congregated at the race course, with 150 Europeans occupying the 1st and 2nd class seats. The 3rd and 4th class ticket-holders were largely Asian, while an even larger crowd assembled outside on Tambun Road. (read more here)

Do you recall the first time you boarded a plane?

Gone…but not forgotten…

By |2022-06-14T14:37:12+08:00June 14th, 2022|Categories: Events, history, Memories, orbituary|

The Gurkhas from Nepal were an integral part of the British Army as they fought side by side during the difficult periods of Malayan history, which included conflict against the Japanese troops in World War Two, the communist insurgents in the emergency era and the Confrontation Period with Indonesia in Borneo.

Each year on the second Saturday in June, a remembrance service takes place at this well kept cemetery where around 100 Gurkhas (soldiers and families) are laid to rest. Of these, 28 were from the British’s Second Royal Rangers Regiment.

 

We thank Ramadas G. Retnam for sharing this picture with us.

May 2022

April 2022

Make Way!

By |2022-04-20T15:32:12+08:00April 20th, 2022|Categories: Events, history, Memories|

No, this is not a scene from the floods 😉

It is in fact an entourage crossing the Perak River. This picture was taken in 1913, and can be found in the G.C.V.O. booklet. The booklet records the celebration week that to place to mark the award of the Sultan of Perak with the Royal Victorian Order (Grand Cross of the Victorian Order, or G.C.V.O.), which carries the title Sir.

The second elephant, the Sultan’s Elephant, carried Captain Oliver – who conveyed the Insignia to His Excellency the High Commissioner.

170 years!

By |2022-04-06T10:41:27+08:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, mission schools, Natural Heritage|

The above badge has the words “Christian Brothers’ Schools” and “Signum Fidei” clearly printed on it, one at the bottom of the badge and the other at the top. In between there is an image of Peninsula Malaysia as well as a figure of a Catholic Brother. At the top end of the image of Peninsula Malaysia the numbers “1852” can be seen while at the lower end the numbers “1952” are printed.

We’re featuring this badge, to commemorate 170 years of the La Salle Brothers‘ legacy 🙂

February 2022

Another British Resident of Perak

By |2022-02-07T15:51:39+08:00February 7th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

Here’s a picture of the Hon. Mr R. G. Watson, British Resident of Perak. This picture was taken from the G.C.V.O. Week booklet, published around 1914.

This booklet is an account of the celebrations at Kuala Kangsar from 21st-28th September 1913, to mark the presentation to His Highness the Sultan of Perak of the insignia of the G.C.V.O. (Grand Cross of the Victorian Order).

We thank Winson Saw for sharing this with us.

January 2022

Another fountain in Ipoh

By |2022-01-21T10:39:58+08:00January 21st, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|

We thank Anthony H S Law for sharing this picture on Facebook.

He also added: “Water Fountain …. This must be the forgotten Ipoh’s oldest, the rare and perhaps the only fountain of Ipoh city. Dated 1900 or 122 years old, the fountain was “PRESENTED BY LOW FOO ESQ TO THE IPOH HOSPITAL” Maker : Penang Foundry“.

 

Does anyone remember this fountain? Is it still around…somewhere in Ipoh?

A 163-year wait…

By |2022-01-03T17:07:20+08:00January 3rd, 2022|Categories: history, Memories|

New Sunday Times, February 8, 1987 – A London diary from Rehman Rashid – A book written by John Anderson the official translator to the British Government during the nineteenth century who was charged with forcing the official liaison between the Government and the Malay Kings. In the course of his duties, Mr. Anderson had access to all the treaties and documentation. He wrote this book including in it detailed transcriptions of all the treaties drawn up between his Government and the Sultans of Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Johore. He recorded the correspondence between the Sultan of Kedah and the lieges of Ava, Tavoy and Ligore – the warring Burmese and Siamese states whose eventual treaty would force Siam to invade Kedah. Mr. Anderson completed his work on September 11, 1824 and submitted the book to the Government printers – who wave immediately ordered to suppress its publications. His book was too critical of his superiors and his Government. Less than 100 copies were printed and John Anderson was left to drift quietly into historical oblivion. But he managed to dispatch one copy of his book as a matter of form to the Governor-General of India at the time, Lord Amhurst. As this was a special gift, an artist was commissioned to paint, as frontispiece to the book, a full-colour portrait of the exiled King of Kedah. This copy of Anderson’s book because of the inclusion of that unique portrait, has survived intact. Last October the copy turned up in the rare book collection of Sotheby’s, the London auctioneers. There it was sold to Mr. R. Gooch, and antiquarian book dealer in Sussex, for a hammer price of £5800. Including Sotheby’s commission, Mr Gooch paid a total of £6500 for it. For Malaysia, however, the value of the book could not easily be measured in any particular sum of money. Reading of Mr. Gooch’s purchase in the New Straits Times last October, a consortium of eminent Malaysians resolved to bring the book home. The transaction was concluded last January 26, and John Anderson’s work after 163 years, was on its way back to the land which inspired it. Tunku Abdul Rahman received the book yesterday as a birthday present. A long, long journey through history and time finally came full circle to its end.

 

Rather interesting story, isn’t it? I wonder what became of the book eventually…

December 2021

Landslide at Cameron Highlands, 1956

By |2021-12-14T10:58:31+08:00December 14th, 2021|Categories: history, Memories, nature|

According to the donors of this photograph; “18 December 1956, was a day of heavy rainfall all the way from Tapah to Cameron Highlands. As the 2 Troop C Squadron of the 15/19 The Kings Royal Hussars (TKRH) were heading up in a 12-truck convoy the troopers in the leading Saracen Armoured Personal Carrier came across a big fall. Three troopers disembarked from the Saracen to guide the convoy through; as this was being done another landslide started and hit the side of their vehicle which then fell into a 300 feet deep ravine“.

More of this story can be found here.

November 2021

The Royal Bodyguards

By |2021-11-12T16:57:41+08:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: history, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|

Did you know that the Perak Sultan once had bodyguards comprising members of the Mounted Police? Here’s an article from Harchand Singh Bedi, which appeared in The Star recently.

HRH Sultan Abdul Jalil, the Sultan of Perak, and his consort surrounded by their Sikh bodyguards comprising members of the Mounted Police from the Federated Malay States in the early 1900s.
Photo from Star Online

In the early 1880s, a small body of cavalry troops was established to suppress highway robberies, then of almost-daily occurrence in the pass between Taiping, Kamunting and Kinta. They guarded the pass at night; due to their vigilance, the dangers faced by travellers soon disappeared. The construction of the Taiping Kinta cart road and other roads in Kinta, telegraphs and railways, caused the troopers to be less necessary.

Following the formation of the Malay States Guides in 1896, the cavalry troop was separated and transferred from Taiping to Kuala Kangsar to form a royal bodyguard to escort His Highness, the Sultan of Perak. (read more here)

Armistice Day

By |2021-11-10T17:29:23+08:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories|

Those of you who are familiar with Armistice Day (or Poppy Day) would know that it falls on the 11th of Nov.

The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11 November 1918.

Armistice is Latin for to stand (still) arms.

As such, here is a close-up of the Cenotaph (War Memorial) at our very own Ipoh Railway Station.

As a tribute to the fallen, here’s an extract from that famous poem by John McCrae

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

October 2021

Ipoh’s Twin City

By |2021-10-15T16:26:17+08:00October 15th, 2021|Categories: Events, history, ipoh, tourism|

This year on 21st March 1989 marks another milestone in the history of Perak. It was the signing of the declaration to accord twin-city status to Ipoh and Fukuoka of Japan.

The declaration is expected to strengthen the bonds of friendship between Japan and Malaysia. It paves a new era of strong economic and industrial cooperation and social, cultural and youth exchanges.

The declaration of the twin-city status was signed by Datuk Bandar(the Mayor) Datuk Haji Umar Abu and Fukuoka Mayor Keiichi Kuwahara at a special function in Japan. It was witnessed by Perak Sultan, Sultan Azlan Shah, the Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ramli and top officials in the state. (read more here)

Famous Names (16)

By |2021-10-06T16:18:03+08:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

At 21, he inherited his father’s estate. His enterprising approach and advantageous connections combined to bring him early and continued success as a miner. In 1898 he contributed $1000 to establish the Perak Mining and Planting Association. He developed eight mines in Kinta : two at Kampar, three in Gopeng, and one each at Papan, Tronoh and Chenderiang employing 8,000 coolies in total. The richest mines were at Kampar where lit by electricity the mining could continue day and night. He became very well established in Kampar as the leading towkay, became President of the Chinese Club, built a magnificent mansion and jointly with fellow miner Chung Thye Phin he establishing a Chinese Theatre. With this friend he also built a grand bungalow on Gopeng Road named Forest Lodge…(read more here)

I think that last sentence gave it away. Yes, folks. The gentleman above is none other than Eu Tong Sen himself 🙂

September 2021

The Perak Pioneer

By |2021-09-06T11:58:44+08:00September 6th, 2021|Categories: history, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|

The first issue came out on 4 July 1894; a quarto 4-page bi-weekly edition, which evolved into a 4-page folio journal. By 1 January 1901, the Pioneer was converted into a tri-weekly issue – which soon expanded into 6 pages. By 1 March 1905, this paper transformed in a daily paper. It had 8 pages, with daily service of Reuter’s telegrams and the latest news relating to the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements. (read more here)

The picture shows the 1st issue and the printing offices. The gentleman shown is none other than the proprietor – Syed Abdul Hassan Ibnay Burhan.

August 2021

The Perak State Council

By |2021-08-26T15:28:43+08:00August 26th, 2021|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

In the early 1900s, these ten gentlemen formed the Perak State Council.

They were:

  1. Raja Chulan bin ex-Sultan Abdullah

  2. Mr R. J. Wilkinson (Secretary of the Resident)

  3. Mr E. W. Birch, C.M.G. (British Resident)

  4. Towkay Foo Choo Choon

  5. Mr C. W. H. Cochrane (Assistant Secretary to the Resident, Clerk to the Council)

  6. HH Sultan of Perak, Sir Idris Mersid-El-Aazam Shah, G.C.M.G. (President)

  7. Towkay Leong Fee

  8. Towkay Chung Thye Phin

  9. The Orang Kaya Kaya Sri Adika Raja Shahbandar Muda, Wan Muhammad Saleh, I.S.O.

  10. Towkay Heah Swee Lee

 

July 2021

May 2021

April 2021

Meeting Royalty

By |2021-04-12T17:13:05+08:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: history, orbituary|

This picture was taken four months after Malaya won the Thomas Cup, in 1949

This is a tribute to the late HH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – who is on the extreme left, shaking hands with the badminton heroes Chan Kon Leong, Yeoh Teck Chye and Teoh Seng Khoon. 

March 2021

January 2021

A little history lesson for you…

By |2021-01-04T16:31:52+08:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Events, history, Memories|

The Battle of Kampar broke out on the night of 29 December 1941, the day after the Japanese occupied Ipoh. The British battalion, under the inspiring leadership of Lt.Col. Morrison, defended the town very well, inflicting heavy losses on the Japanese. When New Year was ushered in, many soldiers, both Japanese and British, had been killed or wounded.

Read more here.

November 2020

Syonan Times

By |2020-11-30T15:40:03+08:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

Have you heard of The Syonan Times? “Syonan” was the name given to Singapore by the Japanese (during the Japanese Occupation). The Syonan Times (printed in Singapore) acted as the local newspaper, and was also part of the psychological warfare the Japanese were using in Malaya. 

Here’s a sample of one of their editions, from 1942, (courtesy of Philip LaBrooy):

A Royal book…

By |2020-11-20T14:56:51+08:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Have you ever owned such an exercise book – with British Royalty on the front cover? Personally, I’ve never seen one so unique. Was it common stationery back then…say in the early 1950s? 

 

 

Incidentally, today also marks the 73rd wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip 🙂

UM’s 1st Medical Grads, 1969

By |2020-11-04T15:07:42+08:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

SMI was proud when the first group of medical students to graduate from University of Malaya included five Michaelians. They are pictured above with another Old Michaelian, Mr Vincent Ooi Eu Sen FRCS, Head of Department of Ophthalmology at the University.

They are, from left to right:
Doctors Chin Kit Kong, Ooi Eng Aun, Chong Min Sin, Vincent Ooi Eu Sen, Thong Yee Heng, Chua Chin Tong.

145 years ago

By |2020-11-02T16:03:10+08:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: history, Memories, orbituary, People|Tags: |

Here’s a little history recap for you:

This grave is among one of seven Christian ones in Kampung Pisang, Pasir Panjang Ulu (in Perak). The cemetery is said to be within a placid jungle clearing against a backdrop of banana trees and thick foliage, close to the Perak River. (read more here).

October 2020

Famous Names (13)

By |2020-10-30T15:56:02+08:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

He made the best use of his time in the colony by learning Cantonese, and later Mandarin and travelled extensively in China. He held a number of Senior posts in Hong Kong, British Guiana and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), before being appointed as Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner of the Federated Malay States in November 1929, taking up the appointment in February 1930, in place of Sir Hugh Clifford who had retired due to ill-health. (read more here)

Who’s our featured celebrity today? He is none other than Sir Cecil Clementi!

Dining at the…where?

By |2020-10-26T13:05:04+08:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: food, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, tourism|

The Ipoh Bodega was the first European restaurant to open in Ipoh. Its doors opened on the 6th August 1904. Initially catering mainly to the lunchtime crowd, it began serving dinner shortly after and a month later began to stay open until 11pm, with music to entertain the liquor-drinkers. The weather was the death of the restaurant though. Heavy rains in October resulted in the flooding of Belfield Street, the premise of Ipoh Bodega. Accessible only by sampan, Ipoh Bodega was nicknamed the Bog. Less than a month later it closed down and changed hands. The new proprietors faced a different but equally fatal quandary – the night-soil collection carts. These “honey carts” pulled up opposite the Bodega nightly between 8 and 9 pm to engage in their odoriferous task. Angry Ipohites urged for the collection hour to be pushed to midnight but to no avail. The Ipoh Bodega shut its doors for good in early 1905.

The above extract was taken from an article, from the Ipoh Echo (issue 021, 2006). Has anyone heard of The Bog? Where (in Ipoh) would it be….if it were still open today?

The ‘Super Spy’

By |2020-10-16T16:23:08+08:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: history, Memories, People|

Forget James Bond, here in Malaya we had a “super spy”. The photo isn’t all that clear (well, he was spy after all!), but you can more or less get a hint of what this spy looked like.

Based on a press cutting, he was known as: “A cunning triple agent who was feted by the British, the Japanese and the French, Lai Tek infiltrated the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) to become its secretary-general from 1938 till 1947. His duplicity was discovered in late 1945.”

How’s THAT for a  spy? 🙂

September 2020

Famous Names (12)

By |2020-09-04T16:23:10+08:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

This is part of a portrait picture of a gentleman who had the wellbeing of all people of all races at heart. This picture was taken from an article, which describes our ‘celebrity’ as “a good-hearted, unpretentious, scrupulous and honest man who led the Indians in the fight for an independent Malaya”. 

I think our history buffs are already ‘yelling’ out the answer. Yes folks, this is none other than Tun V. T. Sambanthan 🙂

August 2020

Of Women and Merdeka…

By |2020-08-24T12:41:29+08:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Meeting of Kaum Ibu members in Ulu Selama, Perak (1958).

The confederation of Kumpulan Kaum Ibu into independent organisations later brought about the creation of Pergerakan Kaum Ibu UMNO (renamed Pergerakan Wanita) in 1949 when the party realised the importance of a permanent women’s auxiliary body. Its leader Puteh Mariah was a dedicated and feisty who took this body to greater heights and she fought for women’s rights thus creating new ventures for women in many areas.

Kaum Ibu also provided classes for betterment of its women and this resulted in some of them being appointed to senior party positions….(read more here)

Mass Indian Meeting?

By |2020-08-17T12:46:34+08:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: history, Ipoh Town|

Yes, there was a mass gathering in Ipoh back in 1942. According to the article, demonstrators numbering 17000 marched through the streets of the town carrying banners and shouting anti-British slogans….

Wonder what happened after that?

Famous Names (11)

By |2020-08-10T15:32:55+08:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

He had been part of the SMI family since 1939 and had helped to rescue vital equipment before the Japanese took over the school buildings. As a musician himself he gave personal encouragement to the Military and Cadet bands, as well as to stage productions. For more than 40 years, he served the students, the staff and the school with great respect, understanding and love. 

The Michaelians are already grinning at this entry 🙂 Yes, boys (and girls), our featured celebrity is none other than Bro Ultan Paul!

June 2020

Express Mail

By |2020-06-29T11:18:19+08:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Events, history, ipoh|

Remember when the Perak Postal Service started a special express letter service between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur? It wasn’t that long ago; apparently, there were two dispatches daily (except Sunday and Public Holidays). And the letters would reach the SAME DAY!

VIP visit

By |2020-06-25T09:41:25+08:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: childhood, Events, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

Back in 1952, Countess Mountbatten visited St Michael’s Institution. As President of the St John Ambulance Association in London she toured Malaya, visiting centres where St John Ambulance activities were organised. In this photograph, she’s addressing an assembly at the school hall – where she declared a half-holiday (much to the students delight!).

“a Christmas present”

By |2020-06-10T12:12:49+08:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: history, Memories, People|

Yes, yes…I know it’s not Christmas. But here’s an interesting story which appeared in the Leader magazine.

“A week after her marriage in Singapore, Mrs Bloom found herself a captive of the Japanese. Then, thrown together in misery, Occidental, Chinese and Sikh found that prison bars could not confine the human spirit. In Britain on Christmas Day in 1949, it is good perhaps to reflect on another Christmas in a far-off land just six years ago ….” (read more here)

Robin Hood in Malaya?

By |2020-05-29T11:42:43+08:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Events, history, ipoh, Memories, People|

When the 1939-45 war in Europe ended, in which Police Lieutenant Dick Villiers had visited the continent more times than a peacetime tourist, he was dropped into Malaya as a member of Force 136. When the Japanese capitulated in 1945, Dick left the jungle in Lower Perak and by accident met the Loh family at Telok Anson (now Telok Intan). This was the beginning of an enduring friendship.

With nourishment in short supply at the end of the war, the Loh’s three month old daughter, Diane, was facing a bleak future. Dick began to feel peckish too when the army refused to put him on rations due to his ‘unofficial’ status. Similar situations had cropped up in Europe when he had ‘dropped in unannounced’ and so, like Robin Hood he solved the problem by using his special skills. (read more about his story here).

Yes, we had a ‘Robin Hood’ here in Malaya too! 🙂

May 2020

Opening of the New Library

By |2020-05-27T09:28:53+08:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: childhood, Events, history, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

This photograph was taken during the official opening of the new ACS Library and wing, on 11 June 1955. The gentleman unveiling the tablet is said to be the Perak Deputy Menteri Besar. Does anyone know who he was?

Also in the photograph are: Methodist Bishop Raymond Archer (left) and school Principal Ralph Kesselring (right).

Special thanks to our donor – Ann Kesselring Hamon.

 

Unveiling the Cenotaph

By |2020-05-19T10:20:53+08:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|

The Cenotaph came into being as a memorial for those from Perak who died in World War 1. Initially planned to be erected shortly after the war ended in 1919, building was delayed;  only to be unveiled in 1927 in a ceremony organised by ex-servicemen. We believe this photograph shows that unveiling ceremony on Armistice Day 1927.

Read more here.

April 2020

ANZAC Day!

By |2020-04-23T13:54:51+08:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Events, history, Ipoh Town, Memories|

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for the country. The picture shows a remembrance parade in Ipoh, back in 1957. 

A Grand Birthday…

By |2020-04-20T11:09:32+08:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Events, greetings, history, Ipoh Town|Tags: , |

Here we have a ceremony at the Ipoh Town Hall, to observe the Japanese Emperor’s birthday. It is said that Emperor Showa (better known as Hirohito) was born on 29 April 1901; and the Emperor’s Birthday celebrations are always carried out on the actual day of birth. We estimate this photograph was taken in the early 1940s.

On that note, we’d like to extend birthday greetings to all of you out there who are turning a year ‘younger’ this month of April 🙂

Famous Names (9)

By |2020-04-12T13:09:50+08:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

  • He was the vice-president of the Penang Anti-Opium Association in 1906, and played a key role in the first Anti-Opium Conference in Ipoh. 
  • Then, he started a small practise at 12 Brewster Road, and gave his support to the Perak Chinese Amateur Dramatic Association and the Ipoh library project.

Yes, our “celebrity” for today needs no further introduction. I’m sure some of you can easily recognise him from the photo too 😉

March 2020

Perak Mentri Besar gets a promotion!

By |2020-03-23T10:19:53+08:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People|

Remember Mohamed Ghazali bin Haji Jawi? He took over as Mentri Besar of Perak back in August 1957 (after Dato Panglima Bukit Gantang resigned). 

This newspaper cutting was taken from The Straits Times dated Tuesday, 1st of March 1960. According to the article, Mohamed Ghazali was appointed Malaya’s Ambassador to the UAE.

“Gone but never forgotten”

By |2020-03-20T11:27:47+08:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Events, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, orbituary, People|Tags: |

No, we’re not in a morbid mood this Friday. In fact, tomorrow (21st March) will mark 71 years since the burial of WW II heroine Sybil Kathigasu (nee Daly).

We have here a photograph taken at St Michael’s Church, way back in 1949. The hearse can be seen arriving at the tree-lined Church Road. Also note the crowds of well-wishers and altar boys lined up on both sides of the road.

February 2020

August 2019

Merdeka Clock Towers

By |2019-08-07T15:10:36+08:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, tourism|

There are many clock towers in and around the state of Perak. According to the above article from Vicinity Perak, Perak is home to three clock towers which were constructed to commemorate Independence Day. Where are these clock towers you say? Well, they can be found in Kampar (built in 1957), Parit (1959) and Sungai Siput (1960).

How many have YOU visited?

July 2019

May 2019

What became of the Pedestrian Mall?

By |2019-05-21T15:31:30+08:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: history, ipoh, Ipoh Town|

This news article (dated 10 June 1985) reported that the Ipoh Municipal Council planned to turn a length of Jalan Osborne into a pedestrian mall temporarily for three months. The mall will be a permanent feature only if there is not much objection from the traders. If made into a permanent feature, the mall will be re-surfaced with multi-coloured tiles.

Hmm….does anyone remember this plan taking form? Could this be the same area where the present “Gerbang Malam” is?

13th May 1948

By |2019-05-16T09:02:51+08:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: childhood, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies|

On this date, in 1948, the movie “The Boy with Green Hair” played at Ruby in Ipoh. Anyone watched this movie? Did Peter’s hair turn back to its original colour?

 

UPDATE: The year is in fact 1949, not 1948 as stated. 13th May back in 1948 was a Thursday, not a Friday; hence, with reference to the above movie poster the year should be 1949 instead.

A Protest in Grik

By |2019-05-03T16:32:46+08:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Events, history, Memories|

Where were you in May 1974? Do you remember an incident, whereby a hundred members of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) guerillas gathered and planted explosives which blew up earth-moving equipment along the East-West Highway at Grik, North Perak? Well, we’re not going to show you some graphic photos of what happened; instead, we have one of a protest which was held the following month…

Ipoh declared a Municipality

By |2019-05-02T15:21:41+08:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh|

Did you know that Ipoh was declared a municipality back in 1962? And, that the official declaration of Ipoh’s status as a Municipality was officiated by the Sultan of Perak on the 31st May 1962, on the Ipoh Padang?

Well, now you know 😉 Here’s a picture (from Mohd Taib) showing an archway decorated to celebrate the occasion.

 

April 2019

Private Ferry?

By |2019-04-08T16:27:10+08:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|Tags: |

We’ve heard of private planes, private yachts…what about private ferries?

There was once an article (back in 1960s) which talked about a road trip. It is said that while passing through Slim River (before heading towards Kampar), there is a branch road at Teluk Anson (not Teluk Intan). About 3 km upon taking this branch road, you would notice a sign which says “Tronoh Mines“. A private road would then lead you to the famous mines leased by none other than Towkay Foo Choo Choon. This private road eventually brings you to a small stream with a ferry – as seen in the picture below. (read more about this ferry here).

January 2019

November 2018

October 2018

The (not so) New Village…

By |2018-10-19T15:01:12+08:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , |

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Left image: Simee New Village, 1951 (from the Kinta Valley Book) Right image: Simee today (picture from the Star, 12th October 2018)

How many of you out there lived / grew up in Simee? We’d love to hear some of your childhood adventures (or, misadventures…especially the funny ones 😉 ).

Maybe someone out there may also know HOW Simee got its name?

Abandoned building?

By |2018-10-17T17:02:52+08:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , , |

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courtesy of Ann Kesselring Hamon

No, this was said to be the temporary building for the Anglo Chinese Girls’ School, back in the 1950s. For those of you who don’t know, Anglo Chinese Girls’ School (or ACGS Ipoh) later became Methodist Girls’ School (MGS). Of course, the MGS building now looks nothing like this one pictured above.

MGS Alumni, we’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Sneak peek – inside the Kinta Kellas Estate bungalow

By |2018-10-05T15:36:37+08:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|Tags: , |

Hypothetical scenario: Imagine you’ve just inherited a LOT of money…and you’ve decided to build a beautiful mansion. Well, let us ‘help’ you with some interior decoration ideas 😀

We have here some photographs of what the inside of the Kinta Kellas Estate bungalow once looked like. Yes, this wooden bungalow once belonged to none other than William Kellie Smith – of the famous Kellie’s Castle.

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courtesy of the Estate of William Kellie Smith

September 2018

August 2018

A different kind of ‘banker’…

By |2018-08-15T17:20:05+08:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

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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from the book “Legends, Lessons and Love” by Jamilah Ariffin

July 2018

Taking the train…

By |2018-07-30T16:53:09+08:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, tourism|Tags: , |

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Here’s a picture of the FMSR Locomotiv Class G.

The locomotive was built by R. Stephenson. It was placed in Perak Railway with the name FMSR 47 in July 1901. It was scrapped on November 1931. A series of 34 4-6-0 locomotives were built by Kitson (16), Hunslet (5), Neilson Reid & R. Stephenson. 

And just for interest sake, here’s a picture of what the inside of a first class coach looked like 🙂

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June 2018

Famous Names (7)

By |2018-06-18T16:07:52+08:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|

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Picture from Winson Saw, Penang

The picture is not that clear, but I’m sure you can more or less see what our featured celebrity looks like. Born in 1884, he joined the Malayan Civil Service as a cadet in 1907. In 1932 he was appointed British Resident of Selangor and the following year as British Resident of Perak, a post he held until 1939 when he returned to London as Head of the Malay States Information Agency. He is none other than Sir Geoffrey Edmund Cator, CMG.

And yes, the famed Cator Avenue was named after him 🙂

Sports Day, at the Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School

By |2018-06-11T15:25:12+08:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People, Sports|Tags: , , |

Yes, you read it right – Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School. Maybe you’re more familiar with its current name – Methodist Girls’ School (MGS).

Anyway, here is a nostalgic photograph taken during the sports day. The guest of honour is none other than Mrs Florence Kesselring.

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photo courtesy of: Ann Hamon (nee Kesselring)

May 2018

Be Prepared!

By |2018-05-21T16:45:55+08:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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No, we’re not trying to scare you 😉 Although not strictly a Psychological Warfare tool, like the air-dropped leaflets, this brochure certainly formed an early part of the psychological fight against the communists.  For those of you who remember the Malayan Emergency, have you seen similar posters in and around your neighbourhood?

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

Famous Names (6)

By |2018-02-09T16:21:37+08:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|Tags: , |

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At 18 years old, this gentleman started working in a tin mine under the guidance of his uncle. Years later, using his accumulated savings, he managed to buy the Chung Thye Phin Villa and helped convert it into a private hospital. Ever the philanthropist, this same gentleman also set up Shen Jai High School. I think by now most of you would have guessed who I’m talking about (some may have even recognised him in this photograph!) This person is none other than Foo Nyit Kai (also known as Foo Yet Kai)

January 2018

144 years later…

By |2018-01-22T12:26:52+08:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|Tags: , , , |

…from tomorrow, anyway. Yes…tomorrow – 20th January – will mark 144 years since the Treaty of Pangkor was signed.

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picture from: Twentieth Century Impressions of British Malaya

Unfortunately we do not have a photo of the Treaty signing. This photograph was taken on Pangkor Island, 9 months after the treaty was signed, in September 1875 when Sir William Jervois visited Perak. At that time Perak was already in the hands of J W W Birch, the First British Resident. This photo is therefore 143 years old.

In the photograph surrounding the seated Sir William Jervois, who was a military engineer and Governor General of the Crown Colonies of the Straits Settlements, are (from left to right): Dr A F Anderson, Captain W Innes, Major J F A McNair, Lt H E McCallum, W Knaggs (in a suit), J W W Birch (standing on the Governor’s left), Captain Speedy (on the steps and bearded), Frank Swettenham (nonchalantly leaning against the handrail).

 

“Care for a biscuit?”

By |2018-01-05T14:24:08+08:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People|

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This was not a posed photograph. In fact, this was a common scene during the Second World War – when expatriates stopped at the Ipoh Railway Station, on their way to Singapore. When Penang was invaded by the Japanese in 1941, all European Service Families had to be evacuated.

It may not be clear, due to the low resolution of the photograph, but did you notice the Huntley & Palmer biscuit tin?

December 2017

More Royal Visits!

By |2017-12-14T11:05:42+08:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Events, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |

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courtesy of: Charlie Choong, Ipoh

 

This was not taken in Ipoh, but we thought of sharing this rare find with all of you. These photos were part of a series, taken back in 1956 (some were faded, some were damaged).

Here we have HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visiting a dredge in Jinjang. The gentleman in the dark sunglasses is George Seddon – the General Manager of Anglo-Oriental. We know the photos are not as clear as they should be, but can you recognise any of the other gentlemen?

November 2017

Opening of the Premier Store

By |2017-12-02T11:15:06+08:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

Looks like the grand opening of a store in Ipoh. The back of these photographs say it’s the Premier Store, Ipoh (dated 11 Jan 1968). Any idea where in Ipoh this place was?

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The gentleman cutting the ribbon is none other than Sultan Idris Al-Mutawakkil Alallahi Shah, and the lady beside him is his consort YTM Che Puan Negara Aminah. We thank our anonymous donor  for sharing these photographs with us. 

Then and Now – St Joseph School, Batu Gajah

By |2017-11-06T16:38:38+08:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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The photo on the left was taken back in the 1940s, showing St Joseph School in Batu Gajah. The one on the right was taken from the Star Metro (dated 4 November 2017). This building was built as early as 1928, believe it or not. According to Star Metro, efforts are underway to restore this place…and hopefully gain Heritage Status! (Read the article here).

October 2017

Royal Visit to Ipoh

By |2017-10-23T17:17:41+08:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People|

The year was 20 June 1962, when King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit arrived in Kuala Lumpur. This was part of their state long visit. On 24 June, the Royal couple stopped by Ipoh. (pictures below taken from New Sunday Times, 22 October 2017)

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The King wearing his blue Royal Thai Air Force marshall uniform; the Queen wore an apple green Thai national dress.

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The royal entourage leaves Ipoh for Penang.

 

“Kinta in Ipoh”

By |2017-10-25T08:55:47+08:00October 20th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature|Tags: , , , |

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That’s what the caption of the photograph said. This is a rather interesting view of the Kinta River, with the houses on both sides of the bank. If you squint, you can see the bridge too. Which bridge this is, your guess is as good as mine 😉 Special thanks to the National Archives, UK, for this photograph.

 

UPDATE: We believe that the bridge in the background was the once wooden structure of the Hugh Low Bridge; therefore the village shown was most likely Kampong Laxamana.

Inside No. 3 Changkat Road, Batu Gajah

By |2017-10-16T14:58:14+08:00October 16th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , , |

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Here we have the living room of Charles Alma Baker’s residence (once upon a time) in Batu Gajah. This large space included a 12-seater dining table, several sofas and easy chairs, and Chinese antiques. The Master of this house and his guests were kept cool by a punkah. If you look closely, you’ll also notice a billiard table in the far end. How’s THIS for interior decoration ideas!

From the J. J. Series

By |2017-10-06T14:36:28+08:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|

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This postcard, from the J. J. Series, shows Selibui Road in Ipoh. We believe the postcards from this series ranged from 1905 – 1910. From what we found out from the book ‘Perak Postcards: 1890s-1940s‘, this photo probably shows the early intake dam and waterworks in Selibin (Silibin today). To quote from the book: “Water supply to Ipoh was originally conveyed from Selibin (also spelt Selebin). The great want there [in Ipoh] at present is a good water supply. This can be met by bringing water in pipes from Selibin, a distance of some three miles, and the Datoh Penglima Kinta has offered to undertake the work“.

Anyone care to guess the exact date of this postcard?

September 2017

Have you heard of…

By |2017-09-21T17:14:57+08:00September 21st, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh|Tags: |

…the Ipoh Trade School? It was founded in 1930, to what we know. The initial intake was 25 young men of which 23 were Malays with 1 Chinese and 1 Indian. The Chief Instructor was transferred from the Federated Malay States Railways Central Workshops and his assistant from the Kuala Lumpur Trade School.

The students’ first task was to assist in the construction of the school building and installing machinery. Practical training took place on Albion and Thornycroft lorries of the Public Works Department Ipoh….(read more here).

Here’s a picture of the building.

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August 2017

“Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?”

By |2017-08-16T10:43:35+08:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

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Here’s another NST picture, showing the ‘hello girls’ (as they were called). These girls worked at the Ipoh Telephone Exchange once upon a time. Dewi (wearing a checkered dress), and her sister Jamilah (face towards to camera) both worked 6-hour shifts at the Exchange. This picture is dated 1st November 1953.

Collecting Rations

By |2017-08-14T16:27:49+08:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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This NST picture shows people collecting their rice rations from one of the 19 distribution points in Sungai Siput. The gentleman in the foreground is See Khoon Lim, the then chairman of the local council; on his left is K. Sockalingam, then police chief of Sungai Siput. This picture is said to be dated 10 August 1958.

Famous Names (3)

By |2017-08-02T17:13:42+08:00August 2nd, 2017|Categories: history, ipoh, People|

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Today’s famous person was also known as the ‘Protector of Chinese’. One of his main duties was to monitor the Chinese Secret Societies. The Protector also held the responsibility for the registration of Chinese brothels, the owner, the Mamasan and the working girls, and inspecting the premises to maintain laid down standards of hygiene and accommodation. Still wondering who this gentleman is? Let me put you out of your ‘misery’…he’s none other than Mr William Cowan!

July 2017

A machine to clean knives!

By |2017-07-14T11:55:01+08:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

Before the invention of stainless steel, knives were very hard to keep clean and shiny. If they got too wet, they would get rusty and water could leak down into the handles, which were made of wood or bone. After simply wiping the knives after use, Victorian maids would use this special knife-cleaning machine to polish them up…(read more here)

Yes, such a thing actually existed – see the picture below.

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June 2017

New truck for the Teluk Anson Town Council

By |2017-06-22T11:09:30+08:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

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courtesy of Mohamad Sharizan

Here’s a question for our Teluk Anson readers: Do you remember when these trucks were first used?

For those of you who didn’t know, Teluk Anson (now known as Teluk Intan) was originally Teluk Mak Intan (Mak Intan Bay), named after a widowed trader (Mak Intan) who was trading across the Straits of Malacca. [you can read more about it here]

May 2017

Famous Names (2)

By |2017-05-31T15:38:45+08:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, People|

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Today’s celebrity was born in 1880 in Fuzhou (Fujian Province, China). Considered to be one of the elite Chinese in Ipoh, he became the Secretary and Attorney of Towkay Foo Choo Choon. He was also very influential in the Perak Chamber of Commerce. In 1924 he joined the Kinta Sanitary Board; 3 years later he was awarded the ‘Justice of Peace’ for his services in the state of Perak.

Who is he? Well, let’s give out a final clue before I reveal his name!

He was the owner of the Ruby Theatre building, custom-built by him to be leased to the very experienced cinema manager, Ong Ee Lim.

Ah! I see some smiles and some heads nodding….yes, he is none other than Lau Ek Ching!

Famous Names

By |2017-05-10T14:46:41+08:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|Tags: , , |

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Our featured Celebrity was born in Wuhua, Guandong, China. He began as an apprentice in the Menglembu Tin Mines. His hard work eventually paid off when he could afford to run his own tin mines. He was also quite a philanthropist. Among his many good deeds include:

  • Treasurer of Yuk Choy High School, and also donated 2 classrooms
  • Treasurer of Perak Girls’ School
  • Vice Chairman of the Perak Ka Yin Association (from 1952-1953)
  • Hon. Chairman of the Ipoh Hakka (Khek) Association

In case you’re still wondering who this gentleman is, well let me put you out of your misery. He’s none other than Lee Kwee Foh!

Cheers to our brave Fire-fighters!

By |2017-05-05T11:25:56+08:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: Events, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |

In 1893, an actual Merryweather was ordered from London and delivered to Ipoh. Horse-drawn and manned by Sikhs (under Police supervision), it was capable of pumping up to 600 gallons of water per minute. It was also said to be the fastest vehicle (at that time) in the country!

What does a Merryweather look like? Well, here’s a toy model to give you an idea:

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In case you didn’t know, yesterday – 4th May – was Hari Bomba (Fire-fighters’ Day). Kudos to all our Heroes!!

March 2017

Batu Gajah Court House

By |2017-03-14T17:16:08+08:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|

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The first headquarters of the British in Kinta was Kota Bharu, the lowest landing stage on the Kinta River, and also the river port for the important mining centre of Gopeng. However, Kota Bharu was so malarial that it had to be abandoned, and in 1884 the capital was shifted to Batu Gajah, the next landing stage.

 

 

February 2017

January 2017

Chopsticks!

By |2017-01-30T20:51:05+08:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: festivals/celebrations, food, history, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: |

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“Commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood or stainless steel, Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese. This later spread to various parts of the world through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities. How does one use chopsticks? Well, the lower chopstick is stationary, and rests at the base of the thumb, and between the ring finger and middle finger. The second chopstick is held like a pencil, using the tips of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, and it is moved while eating, to pull food into the grasp of the chopsticks….” (Wikipedia)

Some of you may have seen this video, but since we’re still in the CNY mood…I thought I’d share it again with you!

 

 

A Different View of a Dredge

By |2017-01-16T09:56:29+08:00January 16th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |

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We thank Pat Price (from Sydney) for this picture. Price was formerly an engineer with Anglo-Oriental. This dredge was said to be in Kampong Gajah, Perak. Perhaps you’re wondering why the dredge buckets are all lined up on the extreme right. Back in 1976, one of the dredge buckets broke; hence, fixing the problem was quite a task for the engineers and the coolies.

November 2016

Exclusive Photos!

By |2016-11-22T09:17:19+08:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: history, People|Tags: , , , , |

No, we’re not exposing any celebrity or political scandal 😉

Instead, we have here original press photographs from The Telegraph Newspapers Co. Ltd. These photos date back to 1950, during the fight against Communists.

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Flight Lt. A J De Saville and co-pilot P3 W J Sullivan, flying over Ipoh just before the bombing run

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A bomb aimer – M Thompson – on an R.A.A.F. Lincoln which raided Ipoh area

A Parade in Ipoh Town, 1947

By |2016-11-02T14:22:47+08:00November 2nd, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, People|Tags: |

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From what we know, there was a parade in Ipoh town back in 1947 – in support of the Kuomintang. We believe the above picture (from Lay Jin Chew) was taken at the same parade, which ran through the streets of Ipoh. Can anyone guess which street this is? On that note, do you know what business Barlow & Co Ltd was?

October 2016

Here’s a ‘writing’ exercise for you…

By |2016-10-05T15:50:29+08:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs|Tags: , , , |

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Have you used these to write? Perhaps not…maybe your parents or grandparents did? Anyhow, these were what I would call the ‘early pencils’. And of course, you used them on slate boards (not paper, as they were rather costly back then). Incidentally, I looked up ‘slate pencils’ on YouTube…and to my surprise, there were many videos of people EATING slate pencils!

September 2016

‘Leaked’ Exam Paper…

By |2016-09-19T14:37:21+08:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: childhood, history, Memories|Tags: , |

…well, not really 😉

But do YOU remember what your examination paper looked like when you were in school? Here’s one from 1928, the English Grammar paper from Cambridge for the Junior Local Exam.

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What kind of student were you back then:

a) the ever-ready student, eager to perform well?

b) the one who constantly burnt the midnight oil, and crammed as much as possible before the test?

c) the ‘gifted’ one who never really studied, but got top marks all the same?

d) the one who panicked and broke into a cold sweat before the exam, fearing the worst?

e) the one who was as cool as a cucumber?

August 2016

Meeting An Olympic Star!

By |2016-08-19T16:03:17+08:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

I don’t know if any of you remember this, but back in 1955 we had a visit from a famous Olympian – Jesse Owen!

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Facing the camera, on the extreme left, is Mr Kandvanam. Next to him is Mr Bulwant Singh. Jesse Owen (winner of 4 gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics) is the gentleman in the checkered shirt.

ATTENTION!!

By |2016-08-05T14:26:27+08:00August 5th, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

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Remember the Home Guards? Here we have troop-in-training. The gentleman in white shorts is our donor’s father – M L Bernacchi. I’m sure some of you remember seeing the Home Guards on patrol, especially if you were one of those who lived in the New Villages during the Malayan Emergency.

July 2016

Who Are They?

By |2016-12-14T10:31:35+08:00July 18th, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, People|Tags: , |

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We received this photograph from Harchand (one of our Readers) some time ago. However, we do not know the names of these gentlemen. Do you recognise them? We were told that this photograph was taken somewhere in Perak (where in Perak, we haven’t the faintest idea 🙁 ).

Come on, History-buffs….put those thinking caps on!

 

UPDATE: Thanks to a link from Ngai, we now know that: the person making the announcement is John Gladwell (Officer Commanding the Kuala Lumpur Jungle Squad); also in the control room are Inspector Alma Singh (left) and Sub-Inspector Rustan Ali (holding a notebook). This picture was taken around 1958 – in the midst of the Malayan Emergency.

June 2016

More Mysteries For You!

By |2016-06-13T16:07:10+08:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

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This was sent to us via email from Ann & Mano. According to them, the owner of this driver’s license was an RAAF personnel, and would have worked on aircrafts almost daily. The Singapore-issued license (1955) is the picture on the left. The picture on the right, however, is a photo of a particular airplane attached to his driving license. Therein lies the mystery!

Was this a common feature for such licenses issued back then? Anyone care to shed some light on this?

May 2016

Father of Modern Malaysian Education

By |2016-05-16T14:39:15+08:00May 16th, 2016|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, People|

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Since it’s Teacher’s Day today, we decided to feature a very prominent figure in our education’s history – Aminuddin Baki. Born in Chemor, he began his early schooling at Chemor Malay School and later at Anderson School. During his school days, he participated in student organisations championing the lot of Malay students, as he felt the indifference shown by colonial authorities towards Malay education had brought about the backwardness and provincialism of the Malay community. He believed that education was the means to inculcate national aspirations and improve the economic prospects of the Malays…(read more here).

While we’re still on the topic of education and teachers, do you remember someone from your childhood who was a positive influence in your life? Do share your memories with us.

Tales from the Ho Yan Hor Museum grand opening…

By |2016-05-09T10:32:51+08:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Events, history, Ipoh Town, Restoration, tourism|

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On the morning of 30th April 2016, Treacher Street was all abuzz with activity. That day marked the grand opening of the Ho Yan Hor Museum – a museum which tells the story of Ho Kai Cheong, who began as an operator of a humble tea stall and later became a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist.

People from all walks of life were there, some even came from overseas. As can be seen from the picture, many were fascinated with our vehicle collection 🙂 We were happy to have helped in one way or another for the restoration of the Ho Yan Hor Museum. More about this event can be read at this link.

April 2016

March 2016

Do You See What I See?

By |2016-03-31T10:31:56+08:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|

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Do you recognise these panels? They can be found on the four sides of the Birch Clock tower. Still wondering what I’m talking about? Well, the next time you pass by the clock tower, take a closer look 🙂

THE J W W BIRCH MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER PANELS
The Growth of Civilization.
The following is a description of the figures represented in the painted panels:
PANELS A AND B: Prehistoric Times to the Time of Christ.
PANEL A NORTH.

The Stone Age – A Hunter.
A Fisherman.
A Woman spinning.
The Iron Age – Man and Woman.
The Early Eastern Peoples – A Nubian with gold and ivory.
A Chaldean Astrologer.
A Woman making pottery.
An Egyptian.
An Assyrian.
A Persian.
PANEL B WEST.
The Eastern Meditteranean – Judaism.
Moses.
David
A Phonecian.
A woman representing the Agean civilization.
The Far East – Confucius.
Buddha.
Lao Tzu.
Greece and Rome – A woman representing Greek Art.
Alexander the Great.
A Greek Philosopher.
Augustus.
PANELS C AND D – From the Time of Christ to the Present Day.
PANEL C SOUTH
The Byzantine Empire – Constantine the Great.
Islam – Mohammed (pbh).
The Age of Chivalry – A Crusader.
The Age of Faith – St. Clara.
Gothic Art – A Bishop with a model of a Cathedral.
The Renaissance – Science – Galileo.
Art – Michael Angelo.
Literature – Vittoria Colonna.
Enterprise – Columbus.
The Reformation – Luther.
The Elizabethan Age – Shakespeare.
PANEL D EAST – Modern Science, Art and Social Services.
Physics – Newton.
Medicine – Harvey.
The use of steam – Watt.
Easter Art – Embroiderer.
Music – Beethoven.
Engineering – Stephenson.
Photography – Daguerre.
Social Service – Miss Nightingale.
Natural Science – Darwin.
Electricity – Edison.
Humane Surgery – Lister.

February 2016

A Tribute To One Half Of The Dynamic Seenivasagam Duo

By |2016-02-19T09:39:14+08:00February 19th, 2016|Categories: history, Ipoh Town, Memories, orbituary, People|

It was a solemn and heart-wrenching occasion, as the people of Ipoh (and even from others towns in Perak) came to pay their last respects to D R Seenivasagam. Some estimate the crowd of mourners to be well into the tens of thousands!

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We’d love to hear from anyone who witnessed this event – perhaps you could also tell us who these gentlemen (pictured above) are. I’m sure they must be some of the many VIPs who came to D R’s residence to pay their respects.

And just so you know we were not exaggerating about the funeral crowd, the picture below was taken during the street procession, which passed through Brewster Road.

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We thank Chan Kok Keong for sharing these photographs with us.

January 2016

Team Perak XI, 1957

By |2016-02-15T11:24:07+08:00January 22nd, 2016|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People, Sports|

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Back row, L-R: T.John, Foong Kam Choy, Ahmad Nazari
Centre row, L-R: Chan Tuck Choy, R. Anthony, Wong Kim Seng
Front row, L-R: Liew Fee Yuen, Loh Kam Fook, Ramadas Rao, Wong Kong Leong and Cheong Weng Leong

Remember these young men? It was October 5th 1957 when this team – Perak XI – defeated Kelantan 6-1, before entering the finals of the Malaya Cup!

October 2015

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July 2015

Scenes from the 1928 Floods in Ipoh

By |2015-09-17T08:45:38+08:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , , |

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We received this photo from Alexandar, the curator of the Heritage Gallery of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL), in Silibin. According to an article from the Straits Times, heavy rain caused the banks of the Pari River (or Sungei Pari, as it’s more popularly known as) to overflow. The flood occurred on a Thursday back in 1928. Shown in the above photo is the old wooden structure of Our Lady of Lourdes’ Church (before the new brick building came into being).

Town Planning British Malaya, 1921-1929

By |2015-07-08T14:34:35+08:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Books, history, Ipoh Town, People|Tags: |

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This book provides a fresh perspective and deepens previous studies of his [Charles Compton Reade] town planning ideas…..Charles Reade’s obscure and unattributed position in the history of Malayan town planning is now accorded its due recognition…a pioneer and founder of the town planning service in British Malaya (1921-1929).

 

Here’s a book by Kamalruddin Shamsudin (KLDIN) who was the Deputy Director General of the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning in Malaysia (2006-2014). Since the 1990s, he has both written and given talks about Reade’s contributions to Malaya during the British Administration.

Tentatively, the launch date for this book will be on 15th August. The book will be available after this date, but details will be confirmed later. We’ll keep you updated!

 

June 2015

May 2015

Book Launch: Redoubtable Reformer – The Life and Times of Cheah Cheng Lim

By |2015-05-07T10:39:29+08:00May 7th, 2015|Categories: Books, Events, Heritage Books, history, People|

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Want to know MORE about Cheah Cheng Lim? Get his book now!

This book will be launched at the Flemington Hotel, in Taiping, on 15th May 2015.

Admission is free; however there is an optional dinner priced at RM 38 per pax.

For more information, contact Yeap Thean Eng (President of the Taiping Heritage Society) at 012-5382743

or, email Areca Books arecabooks@gmail.com

April 2015

Shadow Puppet

By |2015-04-27T20:47:48+08:00April 27th, 2015|Categories: concerts, history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|Tags: |

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Wayang kulit is a unique form of theatre employing light and shadow. The puppets are crafted from buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks. When held up behind a piece of white cloth, with an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. The plays are typically based on romantic tales, especially adaptations of the classic Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Some of the plays are also based on local happening or other local secular stories. It is up to the conductor or dalang or master puppeteer to decide his direction. (source: Wikipedia)

 

Thought we’d share this picture (taken from a calendar) with our dear Readers. Here you can see the Puppet Master in action, as he presents his story. From what I’ve read, this form of theatre has its roots in Java, Indonesia. This art caught on in Kelantan….did it ever take flight here in Perak? Wonder if our Arts experts know more….

In Memory of the Fair Park Houses…

By |2015-04-14T10:51:54+08:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

Fair Park, Ipoh, 1938Picture from Ruth Iversen Rollitt

“Rental was $60 a month, a bargain in the immediate post-war years with the shortage of housing. Each house had 3 bedrooms upstairs; and downstairs. a living room, dining room, a modern flush toilet (very rare for Ipoh at that time), a small kitchen and backyard. There was a built-in wood fired stove….A concrete stairway near the front door took you up to the first floor bedrooms and bathroom. There was an under-stairs storage area and next to it the toilet. All the windows were of the steel casement type…..The houses were built in 1937 by Loke Wan Yatt….The architect was the well known Berthol M. Iversen.”

The extract above is taken from the book “Ipoh – My Home Town”. Remember these houses (picture above)? It’s a pity they’re gone now – demolition began in 2009, around the same time the Fair Park shop houses (across the road) were knocked down.

 

March 2015

The Malim Nawar Story Continues….

By |2015-03-24T09:27:12+08:00March 24th, 2015|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

We’ve had such an overwhelming response on our previous posts about the Perak Hydro Plant at Malim Nawar, which led us to uploading this photo (see below).

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This photograph was sent to us via email from Richard Saxey. His father – Frederic James Saxey – was the Superintendent at the power plant back in the 1960s. We thank Richard for this photo (which is part of collection of photographs he sent us). Those of you who were part of the ‘Perak Hydro family’ may recognise these faces. Could we have some names please?

Book Launch: ‘Phoenix Rising – Pioneering Chinese Women of Malaysia’

By |2015-03-20T12:26:25+08:00March 17th, 2015|Categories: Books, history, Memories|

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“Through the centuries Chinese women have had to struggle under a load of injustices – denial of education, ineligibility to sit the civil service examinations and hold official posts, female infanticide, selling of daughters, concubinage, foot binding – just to name a few. They had largely remained silent because they did not have a voice. As China descended to abject poverty in the nineteenth century, the lot of Chinese women became even worse.”

This latest book by Dr Ho Tak Ming will be launched at the Symphony Suits on 21st March 2015, at 4pm.
Retail price of this book is RM 70, but you can buy it at RM 50 on launching day.
You will also get a chance to meet Prof Lynn Hollen Lees (from America) who incidentally wrote the foreword for this book.

 

February 2015

Time for Comics!

By |2015-02-25T16:33:32+08:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: childhood, history, Memories|Tags: , |

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Are you a fan of comics? Perhaps even an avid collector – especially of vintage editions? Do you remember Beano (picture above)?

I don’t recall Beano, but I do remember those Donald Duck comics (sponsored by Maggi, if I’m not mistaken). I also enjoy reading Marvel comics, but I’m not a collector. Nowadays, many famous comics have been turned into movies. The one above – Dennis the Menace – was also turned into a movie! I wonder when this trend (turning comics into live action movies) began….

January 2015

The Kesselring Methodist Girls’ School

By |2015-01-28T16:32:20+08:00January 28th, 2015|Categories: history, ipoh|Tags: , |

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Yes, this was once known as Kesselring Methodist Girls’ School – dedicated in memory of Ralph Kesselring, on the 10th of April 1968. It later became Methodist High School (MHS). It is now the home of Wesley Methodist School.

We’ve had ACS, Anderson, Convent, and other Alumni dropping us a line now and then….how about we here from some MHS Alumni?

December 2014

Presents, presents and MORE PRESENTS!

By |2015-02-23T11:18:22+08:00December 26th, 2014|Categories: childhood, festivals/celebrations, history, People|Tags: , |

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Just in case you didn’t know, today is Boxing Day – nothing to do with the actual sport, but rather it’s the day where gifts are exchanged and opened. In some countries, today is an official holiday too! The picture above, from Ruth Iversen Rollitt, was not taken on 26th December…but I think fits well with the idea of giving and receiving presents. Ruth tells us:

These pictures are from Christmas 1963 when Father Christmas visited the children at St Andrew’s Presbyterian church in Ipoh. Vivi Iversen (Per’s wife) and son are getting a gift from Santa….I am standing with little Donald in the middle, my mother is on the extreme left.

The Once Famous Hotel

By |2014-12-12T15:21:55+08:00December 12th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

Grand Hotel advertisementadvertisement courtesy of: Nicholas Jennings

Rotarians used to have their lunch at this place – every Wednesday, going by what the advertisement says. Did any of you have a chance to dine here (before it closed)?

From what we know, it had quite a bit of competition from the Station Hotel…

Holiday Ideas?

By |2014-12-09T16:26:20+08:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , |

Don’t know where to go during this long break? How about Kellie’s Castle?

No, we’re not advertising for this place. Rather just showing you what this iconic landmark looked like – way back in 1957!

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This is a photograph of Ho Hoo Wan with his siblings and friends, posing just outside the famed Batu Gajah castle. How many of you have visited this place? Has the place changed much since it was first opened to the public?

On that note, is this place really haunted…or is it just one of those myths? 😉

Brushing up on history…

By |2014-12-05T12:51:49+08:00December 5th, 2014|Categories: Events, history, Memories|Tags: , , , , |

The history-buffs out there would know this fact: that King Edward VIII ascended the throne of England in January 1936, after his father George V passed away. However, in November that same year, there was “a constitutional crisis” when Edward wanted to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson (a divorcee). Eventually on 11 December, Edward abdicated; and his brother Albert succeeded him, taking the name George VI. (more can be found here)

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As seen in the main title British Popular Opinion Veers Towards King, this front page highlights the meeting between Prime Minister Baldwin and Britain’s ministers, as well as statements from Churchill, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs Simpson herself; all these happened before the actual abdication.

The picture we have here (sent to us by Nicholas Jennings) is the front page of the Times of Malay, dating back to 7 December 1936 – four days after the death of the Times’ Editor – J A S Jennings. We thank Nicholas for this historic piece 🙂

Another Famous Landmark in Papan

By |2014-12-04T20:54:24+08:00December 4th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

A couple of months ago, one of our readers – Hasbi – sent us these pictures.

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This grand old building is the Rumah Besar of none other than Raja Bilah.

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The gentleman in the picture is Hasbi himself with his wife. They had visited Kak Saadiah – the maternal great grand daughter of Raja Bilah. She still lives in the restored, original family house behind Rumah Besar.

If you have not been to Papan this area is well worth a visit.

November 2014

More ‘gems’ from the past

By |2017-07-27T09:22:56+08:00November 21st, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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The ‘experts in the kitchen’ are definitely familiar with Lyle’s Golden Syrup 🙂 It all started out in 1881, when Abram Lyle set up a sugar refinery on the banks of the Thames river. This company, named Abram Lyle & Sons, was run by Lyle and his three sons. Thus the story goes (more can be found here).

I wonder….how much did a 500g tin of syrup cost back then (and, how much does it cost now) ?

The Woes of Flooding…

By |2014-11-07T15:43:15+08:00November 7th, 2014|Categories: Events, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

In the early 1900s, floods in Ipoh were rather common – possibly due to the silting of rivers because of mining. Later, plans were made to straighten the sharp bends of the Kinta River and divert the River Choh. This would allow the waters to flow into the Pinji River instead of directly flowing into the Kinta River.

But Ipoh wasn’t the only town with flooding problems. At one time, Kuala Kangsar suffered from it too. Below is an aerial view of part of Kuala Kangsar town, way back in 1967.

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The ‘Original’ Swimming Club?

By |2014-11-05T16:40:50+08:00November 5th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, ipoh|

Nicholas Jennings sent us this – with the title Ipoh Swimming Club 1962 original.

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Could this really be the original club – before the renovations took place? Also, notice the small balcony on the far left..could it be part of the dining area?

More Pictures from Malim Nawar

By |2014-11-03T16:47:06+08:00November 3rd, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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We’re glad to know that so many of you out there have been reconnecting with lost friends through our blog – especially on THIS topic about the Malim Nawar power plant!

So, here’s another picture (from Larry Sawyer), showing the plant in the background. If you recognise the people in the picture, do tell us who they are.

Note the flag on the car in the far right – any guesses as to what flag it is?

October 2014

For the Rotarians out there!

By |2014-10-31T16:07:45+08:00October 31st, 2014|Categories: history, Ipoh Town|Tags: |

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We’ve featured pictures and articles from various clubs and associations before. This time, we’d like to present (what we believe to be) a page from the Rotary Newsletter. The picture below is a close-up view of the Ipoh Branch meeting details.

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Rotarians out there might recognise some of the names. We thank Nicholas Jennings for the picture.

Remember the ‘ol Typewriter?

By |2014-10-20T17:03:57+08:00October 20th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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With technology advancing everyday, I wonder how many of us can actually claim to have used a good old fashioned typewriter! This advertisement (sent to us by Nicholas Jennings) is for Royal Typewriters. Was this a very popular brand back then? Did any of you own one (or any other typewriter brand)? On that note, how much did a typewriter cost in those days?

The New Science Lab!

By |2014-10-16T12:45:00+08:00October 16th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , |

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We received this from Daniel Doutriaux (part of a  series of photographs from an album). These are the girls from Batu Gajah Convent – excited as they explore the new science lab. The year was 1956….do you recognise any of them in the photo? (Or, maybe YOU are in there?) We’d love to hear from the Convent Alumni 😉

Did You Own A Philco Radio?

By |2014-10-14T12:55:45+08:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

Philcoadvertisement courtesy of: Nicholas Jennings

Philco Radios were around as early as 1928. However, the company almost went bust and was later bought over by Ford Motor Company (in the 1960s).  These radios must have had a special place in their owners hearts – Ron Ramirez even has a book dedicated to this radio!  (more about Philco Radios)

Does anyone remember this radio brand? They also had an agent at No.41 Station Road, Ipoh. To those who STILL have them in your homes, do they still work?

Going for a drive…

By |2014-10-30T09:01:23+08:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |

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Nicholas Jennings (our donor) tells us that: the boy standing on the running board is his uncle Nigel (the third son of J A S Jennings). At the wheel is Eric Jennings (the eldest son), and seated beside the driver is Rose Winnifred (Freda) Jennings. In the background is the family home (No. 50 Gopeng Road) – which Jennings called “Midhurst”. Can our car enthusiasts identify the model of the car?

Are these ACS boys?

By |2014-10-07T11:41:43+08:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

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We received the following email from Kong Khen:

“Recently, I found a class photograph of my dad taken in 1940. I’ve identified it as the remedial class of English lesson, from what was mentioned by my dad.

Could IPOHWORLD help to confirm if the teachers were from ACS school.

Dad mentioned that he attended English lesson on the top floor of Foong Seong Building- new town. However the location where the photo was taken seemed to be in a compound.

The photograph is in my blog.”

Can anyone help Kong Khen please? I’m sure there are some ACS Alumni out there who are in this photograph.

Have You Seen…

By |2014-10-03T16:50:02+08:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , , |

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…the Papan Mosque? Initially I thought this was part of a typical kampung house, but was sorely mistaken! It is in fact a mosque. This Mandailing-styled mosque was built in 1888 by Raja Bilah. It was later restored and reconstructed by the National Museum (Muzium Negara) in 1999. Has anyone seen it?

September 2014

A Bad Day for Perak Hydro!

By |2014-09-27T10:18:00+08:00September 27th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history|Tags: , |

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Over many weeks Larry has sent us a host of photographs. So many that they will be a great addition to our database recording his childhood life and times with Perak Hydro in Batu Gajah. You have probably seen memories from him and his young friends on our blog where young friends from 50+years ago met again on ipohWorld’s World.

The above photo caught my eye and I wondered this was due to Communist activity (they often blew up trains) or whether it was a simple accident.

The other thing of interest is the excavator shovelling coal. Yes at one time we had coal fired power stations. Are there any left, and where did we get the coal? If you know then do let us know. I am sure that there are many young Malaysians who do not even know what coal is!

“Fly me to the Moon”

By |2014-09-24T16:21:08+08:00September 24th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

Malay airlines DC4picture from: Larry Sawyer

I don’t remember this design on our Malaysian planes (long before my time anyway 😉 ) but I’m sure some of you out there do remember this. I’m curious to know what image that is – on the nose of the plane. Is it some kind of bird? Or just a random design?

The Gopeng Pipeline

By |2014-09-17T19:00:13+08:00September 17th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: |

Ever wondered what happened to this famous Gopeng Landmark? Well, wonder no more! Thanks to our photographer Charlie, we have these pictures for your viewing pleasure! As the State Government once promised, a section of one of the pipes on its original structure has been saved and turned into a sort of a memorial to past technology and a symbol of Malaysia’s Heritage in the world-wide tin mining industry. gopeng2 gopeng1

And in case you were wondering about what the plaque says…

gopeng3More information about the pipelines and their history may be found at

http://db.ipohworld.org/view.php?type=id&id=2849#search_form_wrapper.

For the Anderson School Alumni

By |2014-09-12T15:51:49+08:00September 12th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Memories|

AndersonSchoolIpohpicture courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt

Some of you Anderson School Alumni may remember this building. The younger ones may have seen it in their school magazine. Well, this was once Anderson School – before the present building was built.

Another Day at the Market!

By |2014-09-10T15:21:56+08:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

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We don’t mean to confuse you again, but here’s another photo of a local market 😉 This one isn’t in Ipoh….it’s actually in Batu Gajah (according to our donor Wendy Lewis). Notice the shape of the roof –  quite unique for a market building, don’t you think? Any Batu Gajah folks around? Perhaps they could tell us more.

A Resort in Pangkor

By |2014-09-05T11:09:16+08:00September 5th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, nature, tourism|

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Wendy Lewis tells us that this holiday resort was in Pangkor Island. Back then (probably the 1950s) there was no air-condition – only fans and mosquito nets!

I wonder if this resort is still there….perhaps it has been upgraded with more modern facilities (besides air-condition, perhaps free wi-fi too?).

Any frequent visitors to Pangkor? Do share your experiences with us 🙂

August 2014

Another view of the Kuala Kangsar Floods

By |2014-08-11T16:10:56+08:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

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Larry Sawyer sent us this – showing part of Kuala Kangsar under water due to the floods. From similar photographs we have in our database, I’m guessing that this was taken around 1967. In the far end seems to be the famous clock tower, which is near the Kuala Kangsar Post Office.

[I can’t believe how high the water level is!]

Once Upon A Time in Pangkor

By |2014-08-08T15:34:40+08:00August 8th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, nature|Tags: , , , , |

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Larry Sawyer tells us:Pangkor was our choice of holiday spots. This photo shows the boat landing at the island. The road across the other side was mud. The waterfront was reputed to have been a opium haven.”

Well, anyone from that side of Perak care to tell us more? I’m sure the jetty looks different now….don’t know if these old boats are still in use though 😉

Going Back in Time!

By |2014-08-06T15:56:56+08:00August 6th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies, Restoration|Tags: |

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This is not an “artist’s impression”…it is the real thing 😉 This is indeed the Ruby Cinema – all done up for a recent advertisement by Petronas. For those of you who didn’t know, this is what the Ruby Cinema used to look like once upon a time. Also take note of the old movie posters along the side of the building.

July 2014

A Bit of Nostalgia

By |2014-07-14T17:06:12+08:00July 14th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs|

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Since Hari Raya is almost here, some of you might be thinking about your Kampong – this photo (from Michael Ho) may not depict your actual kampong, but I’m sure it may bring back some fond memories of life back then. For those of you non-city folks, what was life like back then in your little village?

‘Licence to Drive’

By |2014-07-11T16:17:02+08:00July 11th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|

licensepicture courtesy of Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell)

 

Yes, this is a driver’s licence, issued by the Federation of Malaya Government (back then). I wonder when it changed from this little booklet to the present card we have today. Maybe some of you history-buffs could share your knowledge with us 😉

Sam Tet Group Photo

By |2014-07-02T15:52:39+08:00July 2nd, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

I’m just making a guess here – I think this picture was taken in the 1950s, but I could be wrong. Date aside, what we’d like to know is who are these people in the picture. If anyone can translate the words at the bottom, we’d love to hear from you.

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June 2014

Have You Heard of ‘Animal Money’?

By |2014-06-19T12:39:07+08:00June 19th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|Tags: , , |

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No, it’s not a fossil. This is an example of tin money – which was once the common currency used in this part of the world. We estimate this tin-gecko (above) was used in the mid 1800s. For those of you who didn’t know, a long time ago Malayan folks traded with tin money before coins and paper notes were available in the Federated Malay States. 🙂

Chung Thye Phin’s Rolls-Royce

By |2014-06-17T09:55:34+08:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Restoration|Tags: |

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Yes, folks…this is indeed the Rolls-Royce 20hp Sports Tourer once owned by Chung Thye Phin!

Chung Thye Phin bought it way back in 1925. A year or so later, this same car was lent to the Duke of Gloucester when he was touring this side of the globe. Then around 1942 this beauty ended up in the hands of the Japanese. After the Japanese left, the British Military Administration (BMA) returned the car to Chung Thye Phin; it was then sold in 1946.

The rest of the story can be found here.

The Japanese Carbide Factory

By |2014-06-13T16:32:13+08:00June 13th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , |

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Deep inside Kampung Tanjung Bangkung (Malim Nawar) was once a Japanese Carbide Factory. The picture above is that of the former guard house. It is said that the factory was part of a complex that manufactured armaments for the Japanese – which were then sent to Burma. All that remains of this factory now is the above guard post and one of the two chimneys (see pictures below).

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The chimney is around 6m (at the base) and 3m (top), with 4 arches: of these, 2 are at the bottom for fire (note picture on the right) while the other 2 above are closed to form the kiln. We were told that after the Japanese surrendered in 1945, the communists supporters went to town defacing the Japanese artifacts – they even stole some of the building material for themselves.

We thank one of our friends – Harchand Singh Bedi – for taking us to this place. Incidentally, this former factory was featured in ASTRO’s History Channel (in the episode “Hidden Cities in Malaysia”) back in 2010.

‘Me and my Ride’ !

By |2014-06-02T16:25:20+08:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, ipoh, Memories|Tags: |

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The AJS 350cc was my dad’s. This was taken back in 1956 and this time, the toddler is me! The photo was taken at the end of the block of houses in New Pasir Puteh where the Fabulous Thunderbirds were from as well.

We thank Mano for the picture and the above quote. I do wonder if anyone from Pasir Puteh remembers these houses or the bike…or even little Mano?

May 2014

A New Attraction – Old House Museum, Taiping

By |2014-05-10T09:06:29+08:00May 10th, 2014|Categories: festivals/celebrations, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, nature|Tags: |

Old House

Situated at 2A Market Square, Taiping, this is the project of Tan Kok Siew (Kapitan Antiques) who has leased this old house and filled two floors with antiques and collectables from days gone by.

Entrance is RM5.00. The museum is opem every day from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Apart from the items on display, the house itself is a treasure. Built in 1880 by Lim Ji You it was one of the earliest 3-storey homes in Taiping, if not the very first.

If you are withing striking distance, do go along and while you are there you might find a long forgotten memory in the antique shop just along the street.

Simpang Pulai, 1930s

By |2014-05-07T15:45:22+08:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

Yes, believe it or not THIS (picture below) was the Main Street of Simpang Pulai back in 1936! 🙂

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We thank our donor – Mohamad Sharizan bin Mohd. Supian – for this picture. The discoloration is probably due to water. The Chinese words roughly state that this was taken at the funeral of Mr Chan.

A Malay Funeral

By |2014-05-02T16:06:01+08:00May 2nd, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

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Yes, this is indeed a Malay Funeral procession. This was taken, with kind permission, from the Imperial War Museum London. The photo was taken from a colour transparency, back in the 1950s. If you look closely you can see the Ipoh East Post Office in the background – that should give you a clue about the location.

We thank Mario Francis Armadass for giving us the link.

April 2014

The Passing of a Famous Local Historian

By |2014-04-28T09:06:55+08:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: history, People|Tags: , |

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It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Chye Kooi Loong who left this world on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Chye Kooi Loong, is a renowned war historian and former Home Guard warden during the Malayan Emergency. He is a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), awarded by the Queen of England.

Mr Chye spent seven years researching and documenting the Battle of Kampar (30 December 1941 – 2 January 1942), an engagement of the Malayan Campaign during World War II involving British and Indian troops from the 11th Indian Infantry Division and the Japanese 5th Division.

He fought long and hard to turn the famous Green Ridge, Kampar into a memorial to remember the great and ultimate sacrifices made in the defence of Malaya.

He will be sorely missed.

We pass our condolences to his family in their loss.

May he rest in Peace.

The funeral will take place at the Kampar crematorium at 11.00am tomorrow, Saturday 26 April.

Did you see the Merdeka Float Parade?

By |2014-04-09T15:57:22+08:00April 9th, 2014|Categories: Events, festivals/celebrations, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, tourism|Tags: , , |

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From the pictures, we think that this float was one of the many at a Merdeka Parade back in 1967. Does anyone remember this parade? If you do, where was it held – at the Stadium, or along the main streets of the town?

Also notice the old Malay used in the description and the labels on the float.