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Group portrait on Beach Street during Penang Riots
[Album presented to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh by the Bishop of Penang in remembrance of his 1869 visit]
14.4 x 21.4 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of a group of men standing on Beach Street, George Town, Malaysia, taken during the Penang riots. The men stand behind a barricade. The majority of the group hold guns and wear hats or plinth helmets. Included in the group are three Swiss Germans who acted as volunteer police during the riots. They are, G. Näf (third from left), Adolf Sturzeregger (fifth from left) and C. G. Wiget (fifth from right).
During the 1867 riots, a number of European residents in Penang assisted the police. This photograph is of the road block established on Beach Street by armed merchant volunteers. The road block, or barricade, was intended to protect the business district.