Photographer not listed.
301 x 217 mm. (mounted on board). A group portrait of Europeans posed in front of an atap house, and captioned on the print Pangkor 1874. This photograph has often been reproduced as a print taken during the signing of the Pangkor Engagement in January 1874 but this is certainly not so and there are several anomalous features which make a positive identification difficult. Beneath this copy of the print the figures are identified (l to r) as: Dr Anderson; Capn. Innes; Captn. Speedy; Sir F.A. Swettenham. Further research provides a few different identifications: 1. Dr Andrew Ferguson ANDERSON; Colonial Surgeon, Straits Settlements 1867-1880 (retired due to ill health). 2. Captain William INNES (1811-1875); Royal Engineers; commissioned 1858; Dover 1859-1861; Canada 1861-1867; Portsmouth, Portland and Shoeburgness 1867-1872; Assistant Colonial Engineer, Penang 1872-1875; killed at the storming of the Pair Salak Stockade November, 1875. 3. Lieutenant (later Colonel Sir) Henry Edward MCCALLUM (1852-1919); Royal Engineers; Private Secretary to Sir William Jervois 1875-1877; Superintendent, Admiralty Harbour Works, Hong Kong 1877-1878; Singapore 1878-1879; Woolwich 1879-1880; Deputy Colonial Engineer, Penang 1880-1884; colonial Engineer, Straits Settlements 1884-18897; Governor of Lagos 1897-1899, Newfoundland 1899-1901, Natal 1901-1907, Ceylon 1907-1913. 4. Sir William Francis Drummond JERVOIS (1821-1897); Royal Engineers; served in Kaffir War 1846-1847; varous English postings; special missions to advise on fortifications in Canada (1873, 1874, 186), Bermuda (1863, 1869), India (1871-1872), etc; Governor of the Straits Settlements 1875-1877, South Australia 1877-1883, New Zealand 1883-1889. 5. (?) H.F. Plow; first appointment under colonial government 1857; 1st Clerk to Legislative Council of the Straits Settlements; Secretary to Governor Ord 1867-1873; (no further appointments in Straits Settlements). 6. James Wheeler Woodford BIRCH (1826-1875); after brief service in RoyalNavy joined Ceylon Civil Service 1846-1870; Colonial Secretary , Straits Settlements 1870-1874; first British Resident in Perak 1874-1875; Murdered at Pasir Salak on 2 November 1875. 7. John Frederick Adolphus MCNAIR (1828-1910); entered Madras Artillery 1845; Private Secretary to Governor of the Straits Settlements 1857; Comptroller of Indian convicts in the Straits Settlements 1857-1873; as Colonial Engineer superintended the building of Government House, Singapore; officiated as Lieutenant Governor of Penang 1880-1884; author: Perak and the Malays: Sarong and Kris (1878), Prisoners their own warders (1899). 8. Captain STIRLING R.N. 9. Captain Tristram Charles Sawyer SPEEDY (1836-1910); son of soldier James Speedy; served in army 1854-1860; at Emperor Theodore of Abyssinias court 1860-1861; vice Consul, Abyssinia 1863-1864; (?) to New Zealand 1864-1867; Interpreter with Abyssinia Expedition 1868; District Superintendent of Police, Oudh 1869-1871; Superintendent of Police, Pennag 1871; entered service of Montri of Perak 1873; Assistant Resident, Larut 1874-1876; transferred (downgraded) to Durian Sabatang 1877; resigned 1877; made two further trips to Abyssinia 1884, 1897. Plow being in Government employment in the Straits Settlements Blue Books after 1873 and no mention of him accompanying any official tour of Perak. This is possibly explained by a suspicion that the photograph has been tampered with to a greater or lesser extent: McCallums foot appears in front of the chair behind which he stands in a physically impossible way; and the figure of Plow himself looks as if it might well have been pasted on to the original print at a later date. Another, more unlikely possibility, is that the figure is not Plow but Lieutenant Abbott, the only figure on the visit so far unidentified and of whom no portrait has been traced.