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Captain Bedingfield and men on HMS Wasp posed on Beach Street during the Penang Riots
[Album presented to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh by the Bishop of Penang in remembrance of his 1869 visit]
14.6 x 21.2 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of a group portrait of Captain Norman B. Bedingfield and the crew of HMS Wasp standing on Beach Street, George Town, Malaysia. The men stand in a line and face the camera. Beside the man on the far left, each man wears a naval uniform and holds a rifle. The man on the far left, assumed to be Captain Bedingfield wears light colour trousers, a dark colour jacket and a dark colour cap. There is a cannon at the centre of the barricade.
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.
From an album presented to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh by the Bishop of Penang in remembrance of his 1869 visit