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Duration 11:01

British Malaya

Diplomatic and Colonial Records Specialist Dr Dan Gilfoyle discusses some of the stand-out images from the Colonial Office Library’s photographic collection, recently digitised and put online by The National Archives for its ‘Asia through a Lens’ project.

In this podcast, Dan focuses on images from the former British territories in the Malay Peninsula that eventually came to form the part of modern-day Malaysia.

The photographs in this part of the collection illustrate aspects of landscape, economic development and architecture in the states of British Malaya from the 1870s to the mid-20th century. Photographs include people from some of the ethnic groups which made up the population of the Malay Peninsula by the late 19th century.


  1. Kai Hendry says:

    Thanks Daniel,

    Where can I download the photographs of Singapore at this time?

    1. Marion Downie (admin) says:

      Kai, you can find photographs of Singapore from the same collection CO 1069 here:

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