Friday, 8 June 2012

Istana Besar Sultan Johor

I have never lived in Johor, so I don't know much about Johor. 

I was browsing old picture postcards (ppc) in the book Malaya, 500 Early Postcards (2008) by Cheah Jin Seng, and came across a ppc that looked familiar. This is the Istana Besar belonging to the Sultan of Johor, which has many tiny steps leading up to the palace. These steps were the same ones where UMNO was photographed after it was formed in 1946. 

The Istana Besar Sultan Johor was built in 1866 by Wong Ah Fook, who was a builder as well as an entrepreneur. He also built the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur, which was ready a year before Sultan Abdul Samad passed away. Is there a photo of him? Where is his family today?

Istana Besar Sultan Johor. Internet pic.

Page 145 - Shows a photo of Sultan Ibrahim and Sultanah Helen (Helen Bartholomew Wilson) c 1930.