The Malay Peninsula was the principal source of the world’s tin throughout the twentieth century. In total, it has produced 5.74 million tonnes of tin metal. Tin Mining in Malaysia presents a unique story about a firm called Osborne & Chappel, which contributed almost 5% of the total tin produced from the Malay peninsula. It explains how the firm became a continuous thread throughout the history of the tin industry, the Kinta tin field, and the towns of Gopeng and Ipoh. For the technically minded, a section of the book has been devoted to describing the various mining techniques used by the industry over the years.
About the Authors
David Palmer was born in Plymouth, England in 1932. He was educated at Okehampton Grammer School and Imperial College, London University. In 1960 he left the UK for Malaysia where he became part of Osborne & Chappel’s local and overseas activities. This included periods as a mine manager and later assembling major projects in Burma and Zaire. He retired in 1990 and still lives in Ipoh, Malaysia. He has two adult daughters, one who lives in the UK and the other in the USA.
Michael Joll, a Cornishman, was born in 1942. He was educated at Bedford School and graduated from the Camborne School of Mines in 1964. He then worked for Osborne & Chappel until 1982, employed as mining engineer, mine manager and later lands & administration manager. After he left O&C he worked on various mining projects around the world, including spending two years at Mamut copper mine in Sabah. In 1982, he married Puteri Zaidah, an Ipoh girl and O&C employee.