The life and times of tin mine ‘towkays’ of Kinta Valley from the earliest days of the tin mining industry are being documented and displayed to public in an exhibition entitled “A Tin Mining Family”. Designed and produced by Commander Ian Anderson (Rtd), Managing Director of Ipoh World and sponsored by Amber Synergy Sdn Bhd, the exhibition is held at Ipoh’s historic Falim House for three months beginning May 12 to August 11.
Over 20 famous towkays and their families are being featured via documents, artefacts, interviews and photographs, some of which date from before 1900. Besides a wide range of mining implements, visitors can also check out rare toys, unusual kitchen equipment and original wheeled vehicles.
The different sections of the exhibition hall also showcases their homes, cars, servants, and of course, their tin mines and other successful business ventures.
Of particular interest are the evils that were faced by mining coolies back then – opium, gambling, prostitution and triads. These are featured as they formed an integral part of the mine workers’ lives.
In short, this is an exhibition that one can learn about the mining towkays and the mining industry in-depth. It serves as a great educational tool for students.
Visitors will be delighted to know that a free shuttle bus service to and from Ipoh Railway Station and Falim House is offered during weekends. The first bus departs from the railway station at 10.45am. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
“A Tin Mining Family” was formally opened by Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim in conjunction with the official launching of Tin City Ipoh, a property development project by Amber Synergy Sdn Bhd.