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Marcus Langdon is a private historical researcher based in Australia. He is currently compiling detailed papers on various facets of Penang's history under the East India Company, relying heavily on original records and manuscripts. Whilst searching files at the National Archives at Kew in England, Marcus came across two sketches of Singapore which he immediately recognized as being of great importance as one bore the date 7 February 1819; the other April 1819.

Diane Kraal holds a PhD in the field of Asian Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is attached to the university as an Honorary Research Fellow. Diane's current research interests include modern Southeast Asian social history and accounting history. Her most recent works include the books The Far East Remembered: Animal Trading and Change (monograph, Melbourne, 2009); editor of the publication Gateway to Eurasian Culture, 3rd edition (Asiapac Books, Singapore, 2005); and the article 'From VOC to Merchant: The Story of Hendrik Kraal (1758-1826)', Journal of Malaysian Biographies (Sept 2008).

Wong Yee Tuan is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Universiti Malaya. He obtained a PhD in history from the Australian National University. His main research interest is in the area of the Chinese business history of Southeast Asia.

Thum Ping Tjin is a Doctoral candidate reading Modern History at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. His research interests include imperialism, nationalism and decolonisation in South-Eeast Asia, and the history of the overseas Chinese. He is currently working on his thesis on post-war Chinese political mobilisation in Singapore.

Nicholas Tarling was Professor of History at the University of Auckland 1968-97 and is currently Fellow of the New Zealand Asia Institute at the University. He was editor of the Cambridge History of Southeast Asia. Recent publications include Regionalism in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2006), Britain and the West New Guinea Dispute (Mellen, 2008), and a memoir, History Boy (Dunmore, 2009).

Liew Kai Khiun obtained his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. at the National University of Singapore, and his doctorate from the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine. His research interests in medical humanities include the role of colonial civil society in public health in British Malaya. [End Page 127]



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