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Market, Kuala Lumpur, 1883, 1883

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 4/10

Scope and Contents

265 x 208 mm (mounted on card). Showing the Kuala Lumpur market buildings, an open sided building with a tiled roof supported by brick stanchions and situated near the east bank of the Klang River south of Market Street. The market and its site were originally under the control of the Capitan China Yap Ah Loy. Gullick (1955, p. 42) describes Swettenhams views on the market: On its reversion to the State, certain improvements were made to the building and shortly afterwards a more substantial construction was erected.


  • Creation: 1883


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from slight fading.


Gullick, J.M. (1955), 'Kuala Lumpur 1880-1895', Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, v. 28, pt. 4, p. 1-172.


PJ. John Gullick wrote on 20/04/1999: With much respect for John Falconer's expertise, I disagree with his identification of BAM 4/10 as Yap Ah Loy's market building in Old Market Square. As Falconer points out, the roof shown is of the wrong type. The building shown is pretty solid, and so does not merit the description of a very insecure shed. I believe that this is a photograph of the new market, built on a different site, circa 1885. That structure has been extensively rebuilt at various dates, but survives to this day as a shopping centre for tourists (curios etc.)


G R Lambert and Co

Finding aid date

2002-05-17 09:09:02+00:00

Includes index.

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