A bungalow on the Hill

By Mike Gibby

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A front view of Lomond; several house servants are in evidence, circa 1884.
Sanatorium. Retreat. Home. The bungalows up on the Hill played different roles throughout Penang’s history.The first structures to appear on top of Penang Hill were almost certainly a flagstaff for signalling the arrival of shipping, together with a small building to house a military detachment. These were in place by 1793, with the soldier’s task being to maintain a lookout and send signals to the town, although they were able to spend their considerable free time cultivating a garden. Occupants...

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Mike Gibby

is a retired British educator, now resident in Penang, whose interests include discovering more about the history of the island as well as photography, walking and cycling.