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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s