The Khaw clan was a central player in the socioeconomic wellbeing of Penang and Phuket.
Window into History
An "eyewitness" account of Balik Pulau in 1807.
The Opium Wars spill into Penang.
By Ooi Kee Beng The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and its Dependencies carried in Vol. II (from June to December 1816) the following appealing text about animal life on Penang Island. The author was with a [...]
By Ooi Kee Beng After Captain Norman MacAlister had served for over a decade as the Commander of the Artillery Upon Prince Of Wales Island, he published in 1803 a book lengthily titled Historical Memoir relative to Prince of Wales [...]
By Ooi Kee Beng The following text is taken from Dr Lennox A. Mills’ book, British Rule in Eastern Asia. A Study of Contemporary Government and Economic Development in British Malaya and Hong Kong (London: Oxford University Press). Mills was [...]
"What is of greater interest, at least to me, is how speedy the process of development on Penang Island in the first two decades after Light arrived was."
A reminder of what the cultural, commercial and political diversity in the Straits of Malacca looked like before colonialism divided the region.
Little is known about the woman who ended up being Sir Francis Light's common-law wife.
On the emergence of smallpox and cholera in the 19th century.