Small Community, Big Legacy


Few in numbers they may have been, but the Eurasians of Penang have contributed greatly to her founding and her growth.

Economist Eustace Anthony Nonis was born and raised in Penang, and has St. Xavier’s Institution as his alma mater. It was also in Penang that he first entered the workforce: after graduating in 1964 from University of Malaya, he came back to work at the Penang Port Commission (PPC) as an officer at the age of 21. He later joined the Sabah Port Authority, then moved on to Singapore and then to Manila, before finally returning to Penang’s familiar shores.

It has been almost 20 years since his return, during which time he produced his labour of love: The Eurasians – A Founding Community of Penang. This book documents the lives and histories of the state’s small but special community. Nonis chats with Penang Monthly on the lives and times of Penang’s Eurasians.

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