James Dollery Fettes and Penang Waterworks: A Legacy of Public Service (Part 1)

By Eugene Quah

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The elegant bridge at the Guillemard Service Reservoir is the masterwork of Penang's Municipality Water Engineer, James Dollery Fettes. The reservoir, named after the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard, used to be a popular tourist attraction but has since been closed to the public. Source: Author's own collection.
JALAN TANJONG TOKONG, the main thoroughfare leading to the tourist beaches of Batu Ferringhi, is often clogged with traffic during public holidays. Torrents of visitors from outstation — a quaint colonial term meaning from out-of-state — would pour into the island. As an alternative, residents of the Lembah Permai (Vale of Tempe) suburb in Tanjung Bungah would use the narrow winding hill road that starts at the entrance of Pepper Estate, just after the junction to Fettes Park at the northern end...

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Eugene Quah

is an independent researcher and writer who is working on a book tentatively called “Illustrated Guide to the North Coast of Penang”. He rediscovered the joys of writing after moving back to Penang from abroad.