19th century Taiping: a photo gallery

Malay State Guides On Parade, Taiping. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Malay States Guides on parade at the Padang, Taiping. (Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

The establishment of The Malay State Guides under Colonel R.S.F Walker (whose statue is at the Perak Museum) in 1896 later led to the formation of the Federated Malay States Police Force.

Residency, Taiping. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Residency Hill, Taiping. (Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

The official residence for the Resident was at the Residency Hill, Taiping. Other residences were also available in Kuala Kangsar and Ipoh.

Chinese Temple at Kota, Taiping. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Chinese Temple at Kota, Taiping. (Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

Tin mining in Larut attracted large numbers of settlers, particularly of Chinese origin.

Tin Mining Taiping, circa 1880. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Tin Mining Taiping, circa 1880. (Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

The main mining centre of Larut between 1840-50 was at Kelian Pauh, where the Taiping gaol now stands. Kelian Pauh was re-named Taiping meaning “Peace” after the Larut War. An elephant which was used by the miners escaped into the nearby jungle and, when recaptured, was found to be covered with mud rich in tin ore. This led to a wild rush to the “new mines”, or Kelian Baharu, later re-named Kamunting.

The main mining centre of Larut between 1840-50 was at Kelian Pauh, where the Taiping gaol (jail) now stands. (Kelian Pauh was re-named Taiping meaning "Peace" after the Larut War). An elephant which was used by the miners escaped into the nearby Kamunting jungles and when recaptured was found to be covered with mud rich in tin ore. This led to a wild rush to Kamunting - to the "new mines", or Kelian Baharu, later re-named Kamunting. This photograph shows Kamunting Village in about 1890. The main mode of transport then was "by elephant" which can be seen on the left. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Kamunting Village, c.1890. The main mode of transport then was "by elephant" which can be seen on the left. (Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

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