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Tin Mining Family Exhibition


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.

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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.

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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.



Ipoh’s Tin Mining Towkays


A Dynamic Exhibition presenting the towkays – gentlemen, entrepreneurs, businessmen and philanthropists  

Ipoh World Sdn Bhd has assembled a forthcoming new exhibition, “A Tin Mining Family”, which will open at Falim House, Falim, Ipoh on Sunday, May 12 and run for three full months, ending on Monday, August 12.

Ipoh WorldIpoh WorldThe exhibition showcases the life and times of Ipoh’s many families of tin mining towkays – the entrepreneurs – how they and their households lived, their cars, their servants, their very successful tin mines and other business ventures. Not forgotten are the clan associations, hospitals and schools these philanthropists founded locally.

On the other side of the coin, the four evils that faced the mining coolies – Opium, Gambling, Prostitution and the Triads – are included as an integral part of the mining story.

There are also special sections on Falim House, the hawkers who called there and soft drinks manufacturer F&N who has been part of Ipoh and Falim for more than 100 years. And for those who wish to rest their legs, a rare and vintage film featuring tin mining in the Kinta Valley, both pre and post-war, will run continuously.

With more than 210 old photographs, some dating from before 1900 and a very wide range of artifacts, this is a chance for visitors to get close to real mining equipment, rare toys, unusual kitchen equipment, original local wheeled vehicles and more, much of which will bring back memories long forgotten while at the same time provide important education for young people. Photo opportunities will be many.

Sponsored by Amber Synergy Sdn Bhd and produced by the ipohWorld team (www.ipohworld.org), the exhibition is led by Commander Ian Anderson, a retired British naval officer who is married to an Ipoh girl and lives permanently in Ipoh. Ian is well known for his enthusiasm for local heritage and history and has produced an exhibition unlike any other and one that should not be missed. The collections on show are all from ipohworld, a project sponsored entirely by Tenby Schools Ipoh, with some items dating back to well before 1900.

“The Exhibition would not be possible were it not for Tenby Schools for seeing our vision and supporting it since 2006. We are also indebted to Amber Synergy Sdn Bhd which has generously covered the entire costs of this exhibition,” said Ian.

He continued, “In the medium-term, ipohWorld hopes to promote a keen and sustained interest in the history and heritage of Ipoh through a permanent Heritage Centre which will enhance visitors enjoyment with additional, ever-changing and interesting exhibitions each year. We’re optimistic that such a centre would attract more tourists to Ipoh in line with the Perak State Government’s plans.”

Ipoh WorldOn behalf of Amber Synergy Sdn Bhd, the sponsors, Dato’ Poo Tak Kiau said that they were delighted to be able to help ipohworld stage the exhibition which he was sure would be of great interest to local residents and tourists alike.

“What’s more”, he added, “the exhibition will be a wonderful educational tool for schools and colleges. I hope that they’ll take advantage of it to introduce their students to important local history that is generally glossed over or forgotten.”

When asked for more details on the Exhibition, Ian said, “Trust me, it’ll be a wonderful experience. But you’ll have to wait until May 12 when the Exhibition opens to the world”.

Opening hours are from 10am to 6pm daily and entrance is free.