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April 27, 2018

Everyday Life of Malaya in the Early 1960s Through a Surveyor's Lens

Malaya is a former country in Southeast Asia that consists of the southern part of the Malay Peninsula and some adjacent islands (originally including Singapore) and that now forms the western part of the federation of Malaysia and is known as West Malaysia.

The area was colonized by the Dutch, Portuguese, and the British, who eventually dominated; the several Malay states federated under British control in 1896. The country became independent in 1957, and the federation expanded and became Malaysia in 1963.

These photos of Malaya from John Laurie were taken by Neil Cranston Laurie and Olwen Francis Laurie in 1961 and 1962 when Neil was working from Mentakab and Kuala Lumpur as a Colombo Plan surveyor.

Kota Bahru market

Main street, Kota Bahru

Main street, Mentakab

Makan Besah - Ismail's new house

Malacca canal

Malay house at Seremban

Malay wedding, bride and groom

Malay wedding, bride and groom

Malay wedding

Market day, Durian Tawar

Market, Kota Bahru

Market, Mentakab

Mentakab picture theatre

Mosque at Kuala Terengganu

Mouth of Trengganu River

New fishing boat, Kampung Tanjung Lumpur

New Mercantile Bank, Kuala Lumpur

New Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur

New Survey Office, Gurney Road, Kuala Lumpur

Old Church, Malacca

Toilet at Pahang River

Planting in Taiping

Police checkpoint, Ampang Road, Kuala Lumpur

Queue at the bus stop, Pudu Road, Kuala Lumpur

Return of fishing boats, Kampung Tanjung Lumpur

Rice harvesting

Rice transplant

Roadside shopping at Ipoh

Rubber tree, Ulu Klang

Selangor Golf Club swimming pool, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping street, Kuala Lumpur

Street in Kuala Terengganu

Swimming pool, Taiping

Village house

Villagers, Kampung Tanjung Lumpur

Water buffaloes on the roadside

Aborigine family and house, Malaya

Aborigine family and house, Malaya

Aborigines, Malaya

Agong's car, Batu Lima Army Camp

Bersilat - Kelantan

Brushman outside the house

Buffalo cart

Bukit Bintang barber and bicycle shop, Kuala Lumpur

Chempedak Beach, Kuantan

Chempedak Beach, Kuantan

Children coming home from school, Ulu Langat

Chinese funeral, Ampang Road

Chinese funeral, Kuantan, roast pigs

Chinese funeral, Kuantan

Chinese funeral, Kuantan

Chinese funeral, Kuantan

Chinese funeral, Kuantan

Collecting bananas near Raub

Cows in rice fields - Kelantan

Dragnet fishing, Malacca

East Coast beach

East Coast fishing boat

East Coast fishing village

East Coast fishing village

Fish traps, Malacca

Flyover to unfinished Parliament Building, Kuala Lumpur

Food vendors on Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

Gomali Rubber Estate sign

Government Buildings, view from the bedroom in the Railway Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Hindu festival, near Mentakab

Hindu festival, near Mentakab

Hindu festival, near Mentakab

Hindu festival, near Mentakab

House in Kenny Hill, Kuala Lumpur



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