The saying that an institution is the lengthened shadow of a man has never been more happily illustrated than in the case of the Perak State Museum at Taiping, which owes its great valued in large measure to the devoted labours of of Mr. Leonard Wray. The museum was started in in 1883 at the suggestion of Mr. Hugh Low, then British Resident of Perak, and two rooms in the Government buildings were allotted for the exhibits. Mr. Wray was appointed curator after having filled the position of Superintendent of the Government Hills Larut, and with such zeal did he throw himself into a task so congenial to his natural bent that scarcely two years had elapsed before the premises became inadequate and the present building was commenced in 1885. Since then the museum has been considerably enlarged and to-day contains a unique collection of Malayan and other exhibits-a collection that may well be described as “the known history of the Peninsula in objects lesson”. It would be futile to attempt to enumerate even the headings under which the exhibits are grouped, seeing that up till the end of 1906 no fewer than 13,000 cards had been used in registering and cataloguing them.
Source: Wright A. Twentieth Century Impressions of British Malaya: Its History, People, Commerce, Industries and Resources. Great Britain: Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company, Ltd; 1906.