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Tanjong Bungah
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Tanjong Bungah

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Have you any stories/experiences to share with us regarding the scene depicted by the pic above? Share them with us by using the "comments" box below.
· Date: July 13, 2008 · Views: 22264 ·
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Registered: July 2008
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July 13, 2010 10:26pm

An email from Ian Governor (cotlid@tiscali.co.uk) :-


"What an interesting site, found by accident! May I just add a few jottings of my own.


I was the last Commanding Officer (and gynaecologist) of the British Military Maternity Hospital in Minden Barracks, and it was my saddest moment to preside over the final closure in 1971. However, the good news was that the barracks became the campus of the new University of Pulau Penang - what a wonderful site! Too often a military hospital, on closure, was left to become derelict. My old quarter, the big white house on the hill, is now the residence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University.


Truly the 'Pearl of the Orient'- what experiences we had! We had rubber-planter friends in Kulim, Kedah,and many the evenings we had sitting in their bar, sipping our G&Ts watching and listening to the monkeys playing in the trees outside the open shutters (no windows, of course!) I remember, whilst waiting my turn to water-ski at the Lone Pine beach thinking "am I really being paid to do this"?!


I did a fortnightly clinic in the Cameron Highlands - the AAC helicopter would pick my up outside my quarter and off we went across the Straights, and the jungle, stopping first at Ipoh for refuelling, then up to the CH and its refreshing coolness.


The locals in Malaysia were charming, the food amazing, the whole ambience exhilarating - one could go on forever extolling the virtues of the place! I have never returned, fearing modernisation will have so completely obliterated my very happy memories.


Ian Governor"
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Registered: July 2008
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July 13, 2010 10:30pm

hi Ian, thank you for the feedback. I hope to see you posting to this forum Smile Did you have a chance to meet the Vice-Chancellor? He was the late Tan Sri Hamzah Sendut who is a personal friend. I have had a few lunches at that white bungalow.
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Registered: July 2008
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July 23, 2010 11:45pm

An email from Rosemary Rogers (kittycat4@optusnet.com.au)


"We were at Penang, 66 Jalan Gajah, from '66 to '68. My daughters were Elizabeth then 6 y.o. and Margaret who was born at Minden April 1967. We lived 2 houses from NAAFI. I have sooo many pictures, I just don't know where to start. I have a group photo of about 60 RAAF wives taken at the Hostel in the gardens, in 1968. Can I send that one to you ? Cheers, Rosemary Rogers"
kayes

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July 23, 2010 11:49pm

hi Rosemary and thanks for the email. The house you lived in at Jalan Gajah is still there and very much unchanged. You will recognise the area as soon as you get near Smile I would be very interested to post your old pics here especially those that include buildings and vehicles. However I would like to have that pic of 60 pretty women too Smile Email your pics to kayes777@gmail.com



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