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26 Sept 2015: Heritage Trees of Penang (reprint 2015) September 28, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

This is a superb piece of work…the pages successfully combine stunning photographs and vivid botanical illustrations with just the right amount of text. It will appeal to the informed layperson as well as professionals working with plants. -S.K. Ganesan, National Parks Board, Singapore Tree lovers rejoice! The recently reprinted edition ofHeritage Trees of Penang* is now available. Since its launch in 2011, the book has been regarded as a definitive guide to some of Penang’s…

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18 Sept 2015: 50 Years of the National Mosque – Posted in: Newsletters

The National Mosque of Malaysia will be acknowledged as our national effort to elevate the religion to greater heights…and be regarded as an icon to symbolise the solidarity of Malaysia which is made up of various races and religions.—Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj The historic National Mosque, commonly known as Masjid Negara, is one of the most recognisable icons of Malaysia. It is a symbol of the country’s official religion and the embodiment of unity among Sunni…

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12 Sept 2015: Fourth Presidency of India Vol. 2 September 25, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

Gorgeously illustrated with rare paintings, sketches, engravings and maps, ‘Fire, Spice & Edifice is the next authoritative reference for historians and general readers. Its ultimate aim as a rich historical resource is equalled only by its predecessor, Ships, Men and Mansions. Subtitled Fire, Spice and Edifice, Marcus Langdon’s sequel to Penang, The Fourth Presidency of India 1805-1830: Ships, Men and Mansions continues the saga of the British East India Company’s administration of Penang up until the…

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5 Sept 2015: Little India of George Town – Posted in: Newsletters

Little India holds a very special place in the heritage of not just the state of Penang, but also of Malaysia as a nation. This is where the values of our past are fused into the context of the present, even as we look forward to the prospects of the future.—YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang This week’s featured book—Little India of George Town—focuses on a most colourful and dynamic enclave nestled within…

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29 Aug 2015: George Town’s Historic Commercial & Civic Precincts September 21, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

This guide updates the built heritage of George Town’s multicultural commercial and civil precincts at a crucial juncture where its unique identity is under threat from development. It aims to assist visitors to better understand and enjoy many of the remaining buildings which comprise George Town’s historic legacy. History buffs will be delighted that there is a new book discussing the past and present of the architectural and social heritage of George Town. For a…

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22 Aug 2015: Ancestral Home of Tun Tan Siew Sin – Posted in: Newsletters

111 Heeren Street is the ancestral home of two Malacca-born leaders who played pivotal roles in shaping Malaysia’s history. Detailed narratives accompanied by luscious watercolours provide for a highly enjoyable virtual tour of the house. The Ancestral Home of Tun Tan Siew Sin – once known as 111 Heeren Street – is a veritable homage to Peranakan culture and a classic representation of a Malaccan Baba house. Every facet of the structure tells a story centered around Peranakan art, lifestyle and traditions,…

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15 Aug 2015: Sacred Spaces—A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus – Posted in: Newsletters

The writer’s vision builds on the centuries-old Sufi tradition of conveying mystical messages of love, freedom and tolerance, of building cultural and spiritual bridges between people of different faiths. Sufism, although originating from Islam, is not a separate denomination, as its doctrines can be found within both the Sunni and Shi’a sects, encompassing a wide section of adherents from the devoutly orthodox Muslims to moderates and mystics. “Historically”, writes Samina, “Sufis and Sufi institutions have played…

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7 Aug 2015: Penang historical talks & exhibition (Aug 2015) – Posted in: Newsletters

Please join us for two talks on 15 & 16 August and an exhibition from 13–16 August, 2015. The talks are organised by the Penang Heritage Trust and the exhibition is organised by Areca Books as part of the Butterworth Fringe Festival. Entrance is free for all events. Seats for the talk are limited; please RSVP via email to info@pht.org.my or call 604-2642631. James R. Logan, A Polymath on a Province Wellesley Plantation Early Views of Province Wellesley 100…

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