FARQUHAR STREET

 

 

 

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Michael Quah<mcpkerr@yahoo.com>

yes, my name also is michael quah similar to michael, ex sxi teacher the arts teacher. i am an ex penangite/pfs boy and presently live in melbourne. the first building as i recalled, used to be wearne motors or something like this,selling british branded cars like vauxhall s (name died a long time ago, i believe). my dad's second car in the 60's was purchased from here. i believe this building and adjoining buildings are just in front of the prestigious e & o building. its basically crowded with bars/pubs and night clubs now.the other big building sadly enough, i have no recollection but would be pleased if someone can refresh my memory on this old colonial building. i can only remember the location being near bishop street and along pitt street on one side and on the other, opposite to the newly refurshished court house. ( i believe it used to be penang library) i have said enough, i think. cheers.

Rick Wong<rick@pchospital.com.au>

Penang was and always is a beautiful place. I was born in Penang and am looking for all my old school mates. Please write as I'd like to correspond maybe have a cup of kopi O with you. I left Penang around year 1971. My name is Wong Keat Nyan, also known as Rick or Kelingku to my childhood friends. I am looking for my childhood friends around 62 Bishop street, year 1965 to 69. I then moved to 104 Trengannu Rd in 1969. Was at Westland Secondary school 1966-69 Form 1 to 3. Was at Georgetown Sec School 1970-71 Form 4 to 5. Those who I'd like to hear from but not limited to are: Chee Swee Meng, Ng Yoke Kee, Azizul Rahman, Chua Ghee Leng and also that young lady from Lim Lean Teng Road. I live in Perth, Western Australia from year 1977.

Surendra<eugene@pestbusters.com.sg>

I studied in SXI from 1958 to 1968 (Std 1 to Form 5). Reading thru' some of the notes here has prompted me to make an attempt to see if I can get in touch with some of my classmates or neighbourhood friends. I was living at 54 Bishop Street. Names of friends in my neighbourhood that I can remember are: Teh Eng Sin, Teh Eng Keat (brothers), Leng Wai Cheong, Leng Wai Chong (brothers), Ah Yew, Ah Hong (Soon Loong Tailors - opposite my home), Kam Teik Beng. I saw a msg from Gerard de Cotta that he was in Form 4/5 in 1967/68 - the same time as me! Sorry cannot remember you - I was in Form 4A4/5A4. Some of my classmates/schoolmates that I can remember are: Roger D'Aranjo, Michael Cardoza, Peter Boudeville, Errol Klien, Joseph Lazarus, Ng Kean Pong, Tong Chu Leong, Gerry Chee (he played drums in a pop band), Louis Blavendran (he played bass in a pop band), Albert Michael (he was a National Waterpolo player), Ignatius & Adrian James (brothers), Soosay Casimir, Navinchandra Shah, Teh Pek Sai (George Teh). Gerard mentioned Alfredo Vegara - yes that name rings a bell! I am now residing in Singapore and I sincerely hope someone gets in touch with me!

Soo Kam Kwan<kwan.soo1@gmail.com>

I was in SXI from '49 to '56 when I left for Singapore. I am now residing in the US and Canada. Names that came up as I viewed the photos were Brothers Finnian, Joseph, and Patrick, William Mehta and Mary Mosighn (?). Then of course there was Lee Joo For for art. I was very saddened by the state of disrepair when I last visited the old school some 8 years ago. I walked the hall but encountered no one since it was vacation time. I well remember the 'new' school when it was built with much 'fun-fairs' to raise funds. I also recall the donation of a new grand piano to the school. I would love to hear from some of you especially those who were in classes with me in the old attap sheds across the street. I recall the wood beetles dropping their organic bombs onto the desks where we attended classes. I recall a Tay Han Ho as a classmate back then. I would love to communicate with him. Those in class with my brother Soo Kum Weng may already know that he passed away.

B.R. Fairbrother<Ddsinga@aol.com>

I returned to Georgetown and the Farquhar Street area after twenty five years last year staying at the renovated E&O Hotel which was very nice. The art deco garage across the road is a pleasant conversion. My late wife and I made quite a few trips to Penang whenever we visited Singapore, so it holds a lot of good memories for me, and i intend to return later this year.

David Lee<davidlee_atl@yahoo.com>

I attended St Xavier's Institution back in 1974-1978. Good to see the building is still the way I remembered it!

Thopson<altophobia_22@yahoo.com.sg>

Im am an ex-Xaverian(1998-2002), who loved my school so much. I have heard a lot of story about this road during the 2nd world war and it was posted by others already. I would just like to update the photo of the 1st picture, actually the left hand side of "THE GARAGE" have been closed and all the shop lots now have turn into clubbing area where ie MomoClub, SS(Slippery Senoritas), S3 and more. U will enjoy the food in penang and try go to the morning market in the bazaar nearby Penang Road at the morning.(esp sunday) then later in noon try visiting the Fort Cornwallis and enjoy the seaview there with windy atmostphere. will in the evening try go around Chulia Street or Kimberly Street for the famous local chinese hawker stalls. go on to Line Clear Nasi Kandar to enjoy the malay food.if u want to tasted the indian food then u will need to go down along chulia street to around king street where little india to be. u no need to worry about accomodation cause it is all around you and for U to choose only.*tips to traveler- buy a map and travel using the local Buses during day and using the cab facility during night(but made sure the price before any ride taken by the cab)

Chew Ming Chung<mingchungchew@gmail.com>

The photos sure bring back a lot of memories of my old school days.Those were the days when Mr Robless was my form teacher in 1957. I left school in 1958 after only one year in the six form to go to MTC Pg. I was teaching in Pg until 1976 April. I migrated to Australia - Melbourne. I have been back quite a few times but I could not get in touch with any of my old school mates or college mates. In aynone recognises this please get in contact - the above address will do.

Philip Lee<plee@sph.com.sg>

This Farquhar Street area brings back a flood of childhood memories. The field by the sea,opposite SXI, was where our school was - its students housed in attap sheds. This was a temporary school set up after the Japanese bombed so many buildings on this island. But we did not feel humbled by the bare classroom furnishings or the huts. Indeed, our classrooms were very airy and bright without the need for electric lights. Most importantly, we had good teachers. I remember that at the area near the junction of Farquhar and Leith streets were two cabarets - Picadilly and City Lights where British and Australian soldiers used to frequent - esp to City Lights to see striptease queen, Rose Chan. Later at night, the drunken sailors would stagger out and throw a handful of ten-cent coins to a horde of local street urchins who will rush and fight one another for the money. Looking back, it was all very humiliating. Love Lane, between SXI and the Cathedral of the Assumption, was the place where we SXI boys would steal to during recess time to enjoy the more tasty hawker fare. Our school canteen was under a huge tree and sold rather bland food. May I suggest that someone captions all the nice photographs you have of Penang? Thanks

Penang is an island frozen in time. Most of the streets today look the same and emanate the same aura as they did when I was a boy way back when. There is merit in this old-world charm but there is also fossilised dilpidation. The city centre is like a living museum. The many narrow roads, paved and re-paved over the decades, are very much as they were in the 1950s. The drains continue to stink to high heaven. The one non-change I deeply appreciate, however, is the friendliness of Penangites - and their lilting, sing-song Hokkien dialect. But I do wish some modernity would show its face - that facades of the many buidlings in town could be spruced up, that old heritage-looking buildings could be refurbished. This is really Malaysia's showcase island. If only, some makeover were done to give it a brighter face. Sigh.

Andrew JT Boehm<drewj2thomas@eftel.net.au>

I have been trying to contact michael quah who was artist; art teacher --phenomenal-- in what he simply drew on the board and...he was also in Legion of Mary with me; i was with him when The Leaven was founded. had a few printed therein. i failed senior. he and my teacher and parents and...looked so disappointed ( i, alone knew i would fail) i had just discovered books, and all else seemed infinitsimal. --its effect. i have just made it up to postgraduate diploma; am now writing to impress them like crazy (Dennehey talk) to let me do Masters. (yahoo. Australasian Spiny Babbler has one sh. st.). i liked Lao Hor, old tiger or something; used to keep his cane sometimes hidden inside his sleeve. i remember best my classmate writing about our Combined School Sports. the fella from the TI was racing down the 100 meters... and then came our Lingarajan, bounding like a bear, bursting through the runners to break the tape. sorry, nand singh, memory has stolen a bit. i lost contact with all i wanted to keep contact with; my leaving year school album was not passed on to me, in australia. please write, any who are there, still, having themselves(?) for children. my grandfather taught my headmaster, whose son, that year, taught me: --Vaz; -mum's... i played runners-up underfifteen football for SXI-BRANCH, Assumption School; and runners-up undereighteen rugby for SXI, against Penang Free School. became mates with rajmorgan of penang free school, here. were in uni together then, UWA. i did my passing at curtin university; where i was introduced to cultural studies. i used to go play in the fields of free school when young and... walking-by-the-pram days. my first school-year after one at mrs olivero at philps circle \ road. green lane as well. was a girl in my writers class from there. desmond david from SXI was at UWA befoe i was there but who drank at the same pub after football, then. rajamorgan told me that desmond david still holds the record for being the only one to jump across the moat which allows the UWA library access to approach from the paddock, there. i enjoyed my few months a border when my parents were away in europe. there was a colourful fellow at the boarding school. my mother knew him. someone will remember his name. he walked around on a wooden-leg. mum's father, and other teachers were quartered in the laneway next to the boarding house, maybe up to when it was bombed during the second world war. just before that grandpa had bought a rural property down south, much to the relatives disgust, which all and sundry repaired to, subsequently. when he was young, mum said, he used to chase the cheeky young brats; even flew the rafters and flung his wooden-leg accurately at them.

pcyeoh<pcyeoh@usj.com.my>

This is a story I used to hear. During the Japanese Invasion of Penang in 1942, the transportation of the day for goods was the bullock carts. When these carts were parked along the Prangin Canal which was the centre for commercial activities, they looked like artillery guns from the air. The Japanese bombers who mistaken them from the sky dropped their bombs here. Those strayed bombs that missed their targets ended in the area where the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy is which was just a stone throw away. Next door to this temple is this church in Farquhar Street called the St Georges Church. The story goes on to say that some unseen forces which took pity on the temple and thus diverted those bombs away and many fell onto this church. History of the church revealed that the church suffered a lot of damges from these 'strayed' bombs. The structure standing today is the church after it had been extensively rebuilt.

Dr Michael Waugh<mike@mawpud.fsnet.co.uk>

These photos. of E & Orient hotel and streets around are evocative.I stayed there for 3 days in April 2004 as a side trip on the way back from Adelaide to UK.Why? I wanted to find out more about my paternal grandfather,did not then but learned a lot about Penang.Briefly he was born 26-4-1890. Anthony Joseph Waugh otherwiseNg Weng Wah , attended St Xaviers1896-1910 then Kings College London1910-3BSc engineering Lond 1914, returned to Penang about 1930 still around 1948 when reinstated to inst Civil Engineers as sub not paid in war years. Does anybody remember him or his family or parents? Happy to learn anything as trying to find out in my retirement.

Kieran Mcilroy<kieran_mcilroy@hotmail.com>

Last oct/nov we visited Penang for the first time, we were completely enchanted by our visit to the E&O Hotel. Not knowing anything about it before our visit, but judging purely by its name, we had hopes that it would be an old hotel of character. When we walked in the door I felt like weeping with gratitude to have found this gem. It is truely wonderful and really made us fall in love with Penang.

Louis Moay<twmoay@yahoo.com>

The photos brought back fond memories of my years at SXI..from 1959 to 1962. Memories of the Kelantan Class of '62 with Bro "Laputa" Mathhew, Bro Rupert and friends Charles Lim Phang Fatt, Quah Siew Chong, Ooi Teik Beng, Siaw Hooi Kiat, Lim Weng Kiang, Ong Nai Theow and the "samSengs" ...Kok Seng, Gim Seng, Chik Seng, Hiok Seng and Chin Seng...wonder where they all are now.....I am now happily retired in Sydney..but SXI will always be in my heart...and our teachers who may be long gone..Khoo Heng San, Bro Edwin, William Mehta, Chua Tong Beng (will always remember his saying.....it is better to be an old man's darling than a young man's slave).

Quah Siew Chong<quahsc@gmail.com>

I was a student in SXI 1962. I like to keep in touch with any of my classmates during that time. So please contact me.

Giam Eng Hock<alangian@zwallet.com>

Wonderful pictures, brilliantly captured and such a joy to behold. Credit to the esteemed photographer for a job so well done. I started schooling here in 1958 from Standard 1 through to Form 2 and unfortunately left thereafter to continue my studies in Kampar until I left to train as a nurse in London in 1972. I have been nursing since, married here and brought up my kids who are in their 20's! Time goes. Thank you so much for sharing those photos. It sure bring back wonderful memories. Peace and happiness to all Xaverians wherever you are in the world. God bless you all richly.

Fadhillah Z.Ariffin<fza_99@yahoo.com>

Golly.Looking at all these pictures,I'm just overwhelmed by how vivid my memories are of these places.I was born and raised at 158 Transfer Road and every weekend my mother.my sisters,my brother and I would get up at dawn and take morning walks to Fort Cornwallis's 'Padang Kota'.We would walk and we would talk while we passed all the places;the cemetery,St.Xaviers,the church,the hotels,the shops,Convent school,the courthouse.This stretch in Penang will always have a special place in my heart.I live in the US now and I've been to a lot of places in the world,a lot of places in Malaysia.Despite the beautiful and wonderful things that I've seen in all these places,Penang is something special.It's the atmosphere,it's the people.The last time I was back there in 2002,Penang had changed quite a bit.But the smell of the ocean still lingered in the breeze and the laughter still echoed all around.The specialness was still there.

Martin Brace<tinbra1@aol.com>

Hi all, I have never been to Malaysia but from the correspondence from my Great Uncle (Br Anthony McNamara) it is a beautiful island. I see you have a picture of him on this web page bottom row third from the right. His Sister Mary (MADGE) Chivington nee McNamara was my Grandmother. I wondered if any one has seen or read any of his books that he wrote and if so would you be good enough to e-mail me the titles as I am very interested in them as I am try to trace the roots of the McNamara and this would tell me a bit about his life,Work and childhood. Thankyou for taking the time to read this e-mail. God bless.

Sui Mei<ph.roquigny@free.fr>

When I was a child my grandmother mentioned to me that Leong Fee (her father-in-law) married one of Cheong Fatt Tze's daughter. As my ancestors had many wives, could any one bring some light as to which daughter of Cheong Fatt Tze my great grand father married. My grandfather was Leong Eng Khean, brother of Tuck Khean.

Jason Blaikie<jblaikie@yahoo.com>

Excellent site...Hey I was there too in SXI for the Anniversary bash in 2002. It was only after the event that I found out that there were many of us who missed each other as some were "celebrating" [umm.. indulging in fermented barley and hops] in the front, others at the back and still more on all sides! 2002 was a great party. Let's do it again in 2004!

Joseph Brown<joseph.brown@mail.com>

I left penang in 1964 after finishing my studies at st.xaviers. I used to live at 95 Tanjong Bungah Park and used to cycle to school daily. Fond memories came flooding back when I came accross this website with all the photographs. Keep up the good work and maybe paste some more beautiful views of Penang.

Michael Kypper Dalhoff<kypper1@sol.dk>

The E&O had (has?) a back lawn facing the sea. In the ?60s and ?70s at this seafront coffee shop there was no beating the feeling of letting the sea breeze cool the flushed body after a mad dash in the heat dodging traffic on Penang Road. Also they served the best mah mee in Georgetown. I know since me and my family must have had miles of it. This was only to mention a few of E&Os many virtues. I wonder if any of the many celebrities staying there in the course of time, have really truly appreciated the place. And indeed, if the reconstruction of the hotel has been carried out with due respect to its legacy. Does anybody know, who can compare befores and afters?

bliss<blisswalls@yahoo.com.sg>

hi guys.. love this website.. it brings me to my dreamland.. great brothers & teachers..funny & unique school mates.. caning from brother cashmier.. god bless him.. smoking in the school toilet.. the school field.. the school dentist..I wonder if she's still there.. I was in s.x.i from 1972-1984.. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF COULD YOU INCLUDE THE SEVENTIES & EIGHTIES CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE.. still a xavierian in my heart..

Adam Issa<afaadam@yahoo.com>

Thanks for your great job in putting this site together. I did a google search for my best friend Iskandar and found his address here. Please Br. Iskandar contact me. I used to work for your law firm in Selangor. You did many good things to me and now I live in US with better life, I hope I can give you some courtesy for all. God bless you.

K.Manoharan<kmano@pd.jaring.my>

I was a student in SXI from 1967 to 1971 i.e. Form one to Form Five. I like to keep in touch with any of my classmates during that time. So please contact me. It is always a great pleasure to visit our famous school

Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar<iskandar1967@gmail.com>

In December 2002, at our SXI 150th year annivesary Dinner that were attended by Xaverians Penang residing everywhere around every corner of the globe , I managed to locate few of my old friends for the first time ever since I left in 1979 (I was there between 1975-1979-std 2-std 6)I met Andy Choong, Kim Seng, Lay Guan, Kok Mun, Yong Cheng, Claudia, Jeremiah and even our Master Chin. I heard Mr. Mc Tyre was there but due to crowd said to be around 10,000 I could not manage to find him. Anyway, I enjoyed all the way this early hour of the morning where my friends brought me toenjoy late night supper/ early morning breakfast somewhere in Dato Kramat after initially dropping by at Gurney Drive. I am still searching for Ah Fai, Sum Guan, Ah Keith, Kue Talam, Kenneth, Shauqi, etc. Hope to meet you all in our truely own organized gathering at our school hall with all our former still surviving teachers. Keep in touch and update each other. Maybe we can also invite our still surviving and energetic brothers. What do you think, my friends? I suppose Combat, Six Million Dollar Mans, Ironside, Rockford Files, Bionic Women, Mash, Giant Robot, Donny & Marie Show, Boney M, Dhalan Zainuddin, Hail Amir & Uji Rashid, Sudirman, P. Ramlee, Boria Sungai Pinang, Orkes Teruna Ria, Nordin Yahya, Ismail Jah, V Saragabani,Pie & Mydin, Mahdi & Jalud, Jennifer Yen, Hashim Embi, Boon Siew Honda,Dewan Sri Pinang, Stadium Perak Road, Tun Sardon Jubir, Lim Chong Eu, Ng Moon Lean, Kassim Nasi Kandar-Simpang Enam, Hameediyah, Ismalia,Merlin Hotel (now Bayview), were all memories of yesteryear. Our brothers at SXI and sisters at Convent Lebuh Light in the 70's -some were long gone to meet their Creator and some still surviving. For the sake of good old days- can we gather this December 2003 or even sometime later to refresh in a truely sincere get together with our old SXI school bands plus from the Convent Lebuh Light too. Can we get all those still surviving whether they are Xaverians or not so long as they forms those memorable parts in our life in Penang to get together before one by one of each of us are being phased out to meet our Creator. Well young or old- it does not really matter so long the spirit of going back to those good old days--those were the days my friend-I thought it never end. Please give it a careful thought. Please forget about doing business this time- just sincere gathering with SXI, Convent Lebuh Light & Penang- that we all know closest to our heart and will remains so---till the sun all burnt away, borrowing a line from Andy Williams song, 'Love Story'.

Robin MOFFATT<robin.moffatt@btinternet.com>

In 1932 I was born in Singapore. My father was then a rubber planter, but because he had served throughout WW1 (50 weeks in the front line)and then been much involved with the FMS Volunteers (made MBE)he was recalled from the Officer Reserve at the start of WW2 and sent to Penang as Garrison Adjutant. To start with we lived in a flat in the "Annexe" at the back of the E. and O. which I think had been taken over by the Army. My brother and I learnt to roller-skate on the (deserted) black-and-white marble floor of the hotel foyer. Later when the dining room was working it was a great holiday treat (we were boarders at Tanglin School in the Cameron Highlands) to be taken to the E. and O. for Sunday "Curry Tiffin". We were then living at Glugor which at that time was the military cantonment. At the end of 1941 we left in rather a hurry, carrying by hand all the possessions we could. My Fathers last job was to push all the cars on the island (including our own)into the sea. He became a POW. My mother and I escaped (just) to Australia. Now my wife and I are going to Sydney where one of my sons has his home. However we are making a side-trip to Penang, staying there nights of May 1-2-3-4, where, the E. and O. of course. Would anyone like a drink?

Saravanan<patricknathan@hotmail.com>

well...needless for me to say abt the beauty and spirit of my Alma Mater SXI.Being there from Standard 1 till Form Six has really nurtured me with the essence of a Lasallian student. Life being a constant change has resulted me in Kuala Lumpur...will get back to Penang whenever i get the opportunity.

Sampuna<sampuna@yahoo.com>

a Xavierian in UNIMAS, Sarawak is very happy 2 see Alma Mater online! Rev.Bro. Paul,Rev.Bro Charles & honored teachers, may u all b well & happy! Rev.Bro Ulrick,Rev.Bro Casimir, rest in peace (semoga dicucuri rahmat).Mr Lai Kwan Yew, thank you for sharing the WORD with BSS every Friday, maha Sadhu! Pn Oung Siew Ling, tq for ur kind encouraging words ~ U6A1 1999

INDERJIT BHINDER<NYBHINDER@HOTMAIL.COM>

HI KAYES, WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE TO SEE A PICTURE OF ST. XAVIERS INSTITUTION ON YOUR WEBPAGE.I WAS A STUDENT FROM 1958 THRU 1969.I LEFT PENANG FOR THE U.S. IN 1978.IT BRINGS BACK WONDERFUL MEMORIES AS A STUDENT AT SXI.I USED TO WATCH MOVIES ON SATURDAYS AT THE HEAH JOO SEANG HALL.THATS WHERE I SAW ALL THE TARZAN MOVIES.I SAT FOR MY SENIOR CAMBRIDGE EXAM IN THAT HALL.TOTALLY SCARED BEFORE THE EXAM.I WAS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL CADET CORP.TOOK PART IN PARADES AT THE ESPLANADE(OUR QUATER-MASTER WAS CHIN PENG.I REMEMBER HIS NAME BECAUSE THERE WAS THE INFAMOUS CHIN PENG WHO WAS A COMMUNIST.WE ALSO WENT TO THE SHOOTING RANGE AT A PLACE CLOSE TO WHERE BAYAN BARU TOWNSHIP IS TODAY.THE MOVIES AT S.X.I. WERE SO POPULAR THAT SOMETIMES THE STUDENTS WAITING IN LINE EXTENDED FROM THE HEAH JOO SEANG HALL, ALL THE WAY TO WHERE THE RESTROOMS ARE.ONE YEAR MAYBE AROUND 1961-1962 THE SCHOOL HAD A CHRISTMAS PARTY IN THAT HALL.THE SCHOOL ALSO USED TO HAVE A FUN FAIR IN ALL THE CLASS ROOMS.SPORTS WERE VERY POPULAR THEN AT SXI.I REMEMBER THE RIVALRY B! ETWEEN SXI AND PFS AND TI.POPULAR SPORTS FIGURES WERE LIKE DESMOND DAVID, LINGA NATHAN, NG HUNG HEE(JAVELIN).OUR CLASS WON A FEW SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM 1959 THRU 1963.MY BEST SOCCER BUDDY WAS DEVA RAJU.WE USED TO PRACTICE AT THE ESPLANADE(BOTH OF US LIVED NEARBY).THEN THERE WAS "LAU HOR", BROTHER MICHAEL.I GOT CANED TWICE BY HIM.WE WERE TOLD THAT HE HID HIS CANE UNDER HIS SLEEVE AT ALL TIMES.I ALSO TOOK PART IN THE CROSS COUNTRY RUNS AT OUR SISTER SCHOOL AT PULAU TIKUS.I WAS A MEMBER OF THE FENCING TEAM AT SXI.THE CANTEEN STARTED A PROGRAMME OF PROVIDING FREE ICE WATER AND A CHEESE SANDWICH TO THE POOR STUDENTS DURING RECESS(AROUND 1964-65).I REMEMBER MISS CHEAH AS OUR ENGLISH TEACHER.CANT RECALL THE NAMES OF OTHER TEACHERS.1967 WAS THE YEAR THEY BUILT THE NEW LIBRARY.OUR SCHOOL BAND WAS THE BEST.WE HAD A CHEERLEADER TEAM CONSISTING OF GIRLS (LOWER/UPPER FORM SIX) AND ONE OF THEM WAS JIMMY BOYLE'S DAUGHTER.IN 1969 WHEN MAN FIRST LANDED ON THE MOON A VOICE CAME OVER THE P.A! . SYSTEM ASKING US TO FOR A MINUTE OF SILENCE TO COMMEMORATE THIS OCCASION.1969 WAS ALSO THE YEAR WHEN A FEW STUDENTS SHAVED THEIR HEADS BALD AS A SIGN OF PROTEST OVER SOMETHING.SXI THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES.....INDERJIT

Dr John Hammond<jhammond@adventist.org.au>

I spent three years at SXI along with my brothers Brian and Gordon from 58-60. I knew what it was like to be caned by Bro Michael - it hurt. Jimmy Boyle was a fine man. Is he still living and where? I am the National Director for Adventist Schools Australia and come back to Penang every now and again. Regards John Hammond

Gerard de Cotta <seranig@optusnet.com.au>

Thanks for the lovely memories that came flooding back on reading about St Xaviers. I was in Forms 4 and 5, in 1967 and 1968 respectively. I lived in the Brother's Training College Pulau Tikus. Would love to get in Touch with anyone who still remembers me. Names of some of my classmates that I can remember are BARON KUMAR GOSH, CHARLIE A GO GO, ALFREDO VEGARA. I have been living in Perth since 1992. Best Wishes From Gerard De Cotta

Ken Carruthers<kencarruthers@onetel.net.uk>

Really excited to find your excellent Web site and to see photos of St Xavier's Instutution. I lived and grew up in Penang through the 1950's and went to SXI from around 1959 to 1962. I would be most interested to hear from any others who went were also at SXI during that time. I hope to visit Penang again in March 2002.

syed iskandar syed jaafar<iskandar47@hotmail.com>

I am looking for my old friends at SXI,Farquhar Street (1975-1979 i.e. from Std 2 till Std 6). Please look at the Xaverians mag during those period-you will find little me inside those class photographs. I'll be happy to be in touch with those who are interested to meet in a small gathering either in Penang or KL. e-mail me at: iskandar47@hotmail.com I'll revert to you with my contact details." Through our college the voice is resounding........"

Louis<djuna@singnet.com.sg>

returned from first ever trip to Penang last month - Georgetown took some getting used to, but after a while the narrow streets and elderly buildings started to grow on me. Stayed at Cheong Fatt Tze, just round the corner from St. Xavier's, gorgeous place. Intimate, full of character, excellent service, only drawback being the lack of amenities. Eunice & co., if you're reading this, thanks for everything ! :) (From the guy in the Nanyang suite with the sick friend.)

Vivienne<vivienneksa@hotmail.com>

Just returned from 1st trip to Malaysia inc. Georgetown; one walk around Farquhar/Leith/Chulia and I was hooked! The Eastern & Oriental Hotel reopened about 3 months ago; as I did not see it either in its former delapidated state or colonial glory I have nothing to compare it with but it looks very impressive. Did not stay there but visited it for a drink once or twice. Hoped to find old photographs + background history displayed somewhere but I was disappointed; maybe reserved for guests. Does anyone have any info on the history of the Cathay Hotel on Lebuh Leith? No one I met on the premises was able to give me any details about its history. I asked the very well-informed guide at the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion but she knew little. For those interested, the proprietor of the Leith Street pub (one of the old shophouses connected with the mansion I have just mentioned across the road) permitted me to walk around the premises, take photographs and use a video camera- maybe because we were frequent customers.

Marion Uren<muren@vtown.com.au>

Some of the happiest times of my life have been spent in the old E.& O. Hotel in Georgetown. Two years ago I was a passenger on a ship that called at Penang and I saw the old Hotel in a state of disrepair, Can someone tell me what is happening to it? I would dearly love to go back and stay there.

Eleanor and Roy Hoare<r.e-hoare@extra.co.nz>

In 1998 we came to Penang and spent three days there as part of a trip to K.L., Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara. Absolutely loved the city and surrounding areas. Went on a tri-shaw ride around Penang with a very interesting "peddlar". Found the city most interesting. Would love to come back. Enjoyed the market at Batu Ferringhi - loved the Pewter.

Brian Oakford<BrianOakford@AOL.COM>

Please enlist me as a friend of Penang I do love Penang and the people there I have made some good friends and I will be returning next April 2000 thank you.

ELNA ROSE<atels79@hotmail.com>

PENANG unlike any other places that i've visited.....provide everythings that's considered as...............TERRIFIC....

Brian Flynn<brianflynn5@hotmail.com>

We are friends of Penang and visit at least once a year from the U.K.......Have made many friends in Penang.....Penang could possibly be the best place on earth...........this is a great site keep it up... brian and sandra .....u.k.

Brian Kilpatrick<Brian.Kilpatrick@ubc.ca>

I was fortunate to stay at the E&O in 1993 and 1994 when I was over in Penang as a consultant to Recsam center. Your photos are great and you have many views of the Penang area that I did not get to see. I have posted my photos on our website at UBC. www.cust.educ.ubc.ca/kilp I hope to return on a vacation and explore some of the mainland as well. Your photos of the different foods make my mouth water. Keep on adding to your site.

Adolph J. Heideman<ajheideman@zap.a2000.nl>

this site has made me very curious on Penang

lujiun<lujiun@hotmail.com>

I love Penang very much, i hope this web site can be one of the identity of penang,this web site need more improvement in graphic, you have a lot of nice picture, why not fully use it. Hope to see your improvement!!! don't give up.

Adrian ooi<ooi99@hotmail.com>

Farqhuar Street where my School situated St.Xaviers.When i view through the picture above it brings me back to my schooling time.It was a lost for Brother Cashmir pass away...a great grieve to me...Last bu not least ... Go Saints Go!!!!With love to all Saints.

T Yeap<tyeap90022@yahoo.co.uk>

Seeing the distruction of historical buildings like 1 Penang Road...into Boon Siew 'modern' office building is not anyone's idea of preserving 'historical Penag'...how could the City Council approve such distruction of the old town???

Ian Welch<ianwelch@coombs.anu.edu.au>

In the 1850s there was a trading company known as Ah Goon Freres who traded with Mauritius as well as locally. The business was owned by members of the Lau family. One son came to Australia where he became a leading merchant in Melbourne. His name was Lowe (Lau) Kong Meng. Can anyone tell me anything about this family, their business and their District of origin in Guangdong (Kwantung) Province, China.

Mike Chin<mikechin@blueyonder.co.uk>

Here's to all you Old Xaverians out there! "All through our college a voice is resounding Promptly respond to your duty's sweet call Hearken you all for the trumpet is sounding Your mater's proclaiming her watchwords to all (Chorus) "Forward her children dear Ever with hearts sincere Render with joy to your mater her due All that is vile reject Heaven will e'er protect Sons of St Xavier's valiant and true "Labour will conquer your motto still bearing Forward with courage in ways that are just True to your standard, be doing and daring As faithful Xaverians in Heaven your trust" (Chorus)

 

 

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