From Our Archives

Meteorological Report, 1885 (NEW!)

Notes on Names of Places in Singapore and its Vicinity

History of the Translation of the Bible into Malay

The Philippine Claim to Sabah



   NEW Featured Article : Meteorological Report for 1885    

  An unusual item from our dusty archives constitutes our second featured article for 2014. Its topic is one that continues to engage our daily interest: the weather. The article by Thomas Irvine Rowell which appeared in the JSBRAS of December 1885 had originally been published in the Straits Settlements Annual Report for 1885 but the editors of the Journal at the time must have thought it sufficiently useful to merit its inclusion in the final JSBRAS issue for that year. Readers who are feeling nostalgic for a time when the weather was more predictable might be interested to find out what general conditions were like in parts of Peninsular Malaysia 129 years ago. Though the temperature was arguably cooler at the time, general patterns of the weather do not appear to have altered very much, especially the prevalence of dry conditions in the early months of the year.

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As usual, comments and corrections are much sought after. Meanwhile we hope readers will enjoy this rather short article and our brief notes accompanying the article.



   NEW From MBRAS : Biographical Dictionary of    Mercantile Personalities of Penang

  The 200 concise biographies of early Penang mercantile personalities included in this volume offer a rare and invaluable glimpse into their lives. The selection is a veritable cultural cross-section of those who pioneered the growth of Penang in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights not only their contribution to the economic, social, political and cultural development of Penang, but also of Malaysia and Southeast Asia as a whole.

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Volume edited by Loh Wei Leng, Badriyah Haji Salleh, Mahani Musa, Wong Yee Tuan and Marcus Langdon
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   NEW From MBRAS: From Our Archives!

  For those who have been visiting these pages regularly in the past few months, you may notice that we have introduced a new section featuring full-length articles or extracts from our voluminous archives dating back to 1878. The purpose of this new section is to highlight some of the work undertaken by the Society since its establishment and to expose more readers to the multifaceted aspects of Malaysian culture and history.

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All articles are in PDF format and can be downloaded free of charge. Every article also comes with a short executive summary and a brief biographical note introducing its author.

For suggestions on future articles, comments and feedback on this new feature, feel free to email us at mbras@tm.net.my.

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