Developers of 18th Century Pinang

By Ooi Kee Beng

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The Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia was a famous scholarly series edited by J.R. Logan. In the New Series, Vol. II, No. 2—1857, published in 1859 in Singapore, the following abstract can be found. It is taken from an article titled “Notes on the Malays of Pinang and Province Wellesley”, written by J.D. Vaughan, and was purportedly related to the author by one of Haji Brunie’s sons.Since the details are largely hearsay passed down by a son...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: