Travel through the plantations of Peninsular Malaysia with authors Peter and Waveney Jenkins as they visit the architecturally diverse estate bungalows which housed generations of managers and their families through some of the Peninsula's toughest times. Over 200 bungalows are featured in this lavishly illustrated volume, complemented by interviews with key individuals involved in the plantation industry and the estates themselves, with some of the illustrations featuring photographs taken by the planting pioneers. This travelogue-style book is filled with insightful and often humorous anecdotes on plantation life in the colonial era alongside a review of the development of the planter's bungalow by eminent architectural historian Chen Voon Fee.
Peter and Waveney Jenkins have spent over 40 years in Malaysia. Following a career in the construction industry, Peter ran the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI), where he produced several books, including 1837: A history of the MICCI and Two Five Nine: Reminiscences from a Garden off Jalan Ampang.
Datin Waveney, a recognised sculptor, has long been known for her championing of the old buildings of the country through Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust). She has more recently become chairman of Kandis Resource Centre, which is committed to reviving the traditional art of woodcarving on the east coast of Malaysia.
The late Chen Voon Fee, who wrote the chapter on the architectural development of the plantation bungalow, was also one of the founding members of Badan Warisan Malaysia. A renowned architect, teacher and author, his works include Landmarks of Perak, Landmarks of Selangor, Penang Sketchbook, Kuala Lumpur Sketchbook and Malacca Sketchbook. He was also the editor of the Architecture volume of The Encyclopedia of Malaysia.
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