Francis Light’s letters digitised at USM

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via Bernama/Malaysiakini.com, 23 October 2018: Universiti Sains Malaysia and SOAS will create a project to digitise the letters of Sir Francis Light, the founder of Penang. The letters offer a window into geopolitical events into the Malayan region at the time. Article is in Bahasa Malaysia.

Naib Canselor USM, Datuk Dr Asma Ismail berkata , koleksi bersejarah yang disimpan di School of Oriental and African Studies, Universiti London itu bakal merubah lanskap sejarah Pulau Pinang malah juga di dunia apabila tercetusnya sebuah projek dikenali sebagai ‘The Beacon of Light @ USM’.

“Ini adalah koleksi digital 1,200 surat, merangkumi 11 jilid dari tahun 1771 hingga 1794, selama kira-kira 23 tahun, semuanya dalam tulisan Jawi,” kata Dr Asma pada Majlis Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung USM 2017, di George Town, semalam.

Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail selaku Canselor berkenan berangkat ke majlis tersebut.

Source: USM dapat hak eksklusif kaji surat digital Francis Light

Digging into the past

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via The Star, 11 October 2018: Walking tours of the Protestant cemetery of Penang

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Source: The Star 20181011

The 229-year-old Protestant Cemetery in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah is the final resting place for many prominent personalities who contributed to the early development of George Town.

One of them was Philip Dundas who was appointed Penang’s first governor by the East India Company in 1805.

His governance lasted only two years, as he succumbed to malaria at the age of 44.

Local historian Clement Liang, who led a tour of the cemetery, said the cemetery was also home to other governors who served after him.

Source: Digging into the past – Metro News | The Star Online

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Penang aims to make George Town a centre of excellence for heritage

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General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated Dr Ang Ming Chee address the crowd in the forum on Challanges and Opportunities in The World Heritage Site Management during the 2018 International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage at Bayview Hotel Georgetown. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN. Source: Malay Mail 20181003

via the Malay Mail, 03 October 2018: Last week I was in Penang attending the Managing Urban Cultural Heritage conference and listening on many interesting perspectives about conservation in the World Heritage town of George Town. Here are some news stories from the conference.

General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated Dr Ang Ming Chee address the crowd in the forum on Challanges and Opportunities in The World Heritage Site Management during the 2018 International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage at Bayview Hotel Georgetown. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN. Source: Malay Mail 20181003

General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated Dr Ang Ming Chee address the crowd in the forum on Challanges and Opportunities in The World Heritage Site Management during the 2018 International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage at Bayview Hotel Georgetown. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN. Source: Malay Mail 20181003

George Town has the potential to be a centre of excellence in heritage that encompasses various disciplines, said George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) general manager Ang Ming Chee.

The George Town world heritage site manager has plans to make the city a centre for objects and collection conservation, living heritage, creative industry, disaster risk reduction and cultural heritage.

Source: Penang aims to make George Town a centre of excellence for heritage | Malaysia | Malay Mail

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George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme

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Six-month unpaid internship in Georgetown, Penang.

The George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme will provide a useful learning experience to interns, enhancing their academic knowledge with relevant work assignments and cultivating a new generation of heritage professionals. The intern will have practical onsite work opportunities and receive on-the-job training that can be applied to other employment settings.

George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme

Source: George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme

Resort plans put Jerejak heritage status in doubt

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via Free Malaysia Today, 22 July 2018: Jerejak Island in Penang, Malaysia is a former leper colony that was planned for nomination in Unesco World Heritage. This plan is now in question as the state government has okayed plans for a large luxury resort to be developed on the island.

Deputy tourism minister to write to Penang chief minister about plans for luxury development on former leper colony island.

Source: Resort plans put Jerejak heritage status in doubt

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Outrage over Sia Boey again

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via The Star, 06 June 2018:

GEORGE TOWN: The controversy surrounding the development of Sia Boey (old Prangin market) and the Prangin Canal has again sparked anger among heritage activists, this time with allegations that excavation works were being carried out illegally at the site.

GTWHI, in a statement yesterday, clarified that they were not carrying out any excavation works in Sia Boey, adding that its management has adhered to the proper procedure and protocol.

Source: Outrage over Sia Boey again

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Nine cannonballs found at Fort Cornwallis

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via New Straits Times, 04 March 2018:

GEORGETOWN: After the discovery of two cannons, a group of archaeologists and historians from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) found nine cannonballs at the archaeological site of Fort Cornwallis.

Source: Nine cannonballs found at Fort Cornwallis [NSTTV]

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Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis

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via The Malaysian Insight, 20 Feb 2018

EXCAVATION works at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang, has unearthed two East India Company (EIC)-era cannons over two centuries old. Both bear the insignia “GR” – Georgius…

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Carbon dating confirms ‘Penang Woman’ is 5,710 years old

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The Malay Mail, 12 May 2017: Fresh C14 dates for the skeleton found at Guar Kepah in Penang reveals it is 5,700 years old, consistent with the shell midden’s Neolithic date.

Source: Carbon dating confirms ‘Penang Woman’ is 5,710 years old | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

See also: Carbon dating finds ‘Penang Woman’ to be 5,710 years old (The Star, 13 May 2017)