In Stride with the Future, Malacca in the Late Straits Era

   Zow Sock Teck’s makeshift stall (No. 106)
opposite the Capitol Theatre, 2003.
Photo source - Malacca: Voices From the Street

Date: 14 March 2012, Wednesday
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: NUS Baba House
Seating capacity is limited to 30 persons
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6.30pm – 7pm:  Cocktails
7pm – 8pm:        Talk

Beyond Malacca’s officially designated and Unesco-recognized historical centre, peripheral neighbourhoods represent an important period of the city’s cultural history that is often overlooked. Streets, buildings and surviving trades bear testament to an era of expansion during the inter-war years and renewed optimism following the economic depression of the late 1920s, when Malacca embraced the future in new forms of architecture, commerce, transport and entertainment.
This presentation will look at the places, people and projects of neighbourhoods defined by
Wolferstan Road and Newcome Road, two streets which demonstrate Malacca’s confident stride in the early decades of the twentieth century, and how industry and innovation of the time shaped the city’s way of life.

This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Capturing the Straits: Painting and Postcard Views from the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (

About the Speaker
Penang-born Lim Huck Chin studied architecture in England and Australia and has worked on conservation and heritage education-related projects in Malaysia, including the restoration of Malacca’s Cheng Hoon Teng temple and the Model Restoration Project at 8 Heeren Street. He published and co-authored Malacca: Voices from the Street, a study of Malacca’s social history and cultural landscapes. He has served as Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage Trust of Malaysia) and Penang Heritage Trust, and is currently involved in the National Art Gallery of Singapore as well as cultural projects in Lisbon, Portugal.


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