Station Road in Ipoh was already a centre for businesses in the early 1900s. The imposing buildings lining the road housed banks (The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, now Standard Chartered), legal firms, dispensaries (Dr Connolly’s Medical Hall in the Chung Thye Pin Building), a printing press (ran by Charles Grenier & Co Ltd which also imported bicycles) and departmental stores the likes of Whiteaway Laidlaw & Co. Ltd.
Station Road was later renamed Jalan Stesen, and now as Jalan Dato Maharaja Lela.
1. Harrison CW. Federated Malay States Railway Guides (Illustrated): The Magic of Malaya. In Seventeen Short Stories.
2. ipohWorld archives: A View of Station Road, Ipoh