In The Footsteps of Isabella Bird

The lost documentary

Part Twenty Two: A rough oblong box and no-one to be sorry


Two types of career in the tropics: glory, or at least ignominy, or a rough oblong box and no-one to be sorry.

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Part Twenty One: My Dinner With Apes

Isabella journeys to Kuala Kangsar to see Hugh Low and finds herself dining alone with apes.

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Part Twenty: After Speedy

“Mr Maxwell is most abstemious and is energetically at work from an early hour in the morning. There is a perpetual coming and going of Malays and an air of business without fuss.”

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Part Nineteen: The Balad of Ngah Ibrahim

Ngah Ibrahim was on his way to become a Sultan of his own Sultanate but somehow things did not quite work out.

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Part Eighteen: Heavenly Peace



After a bit of civil disturbance resulting in the deaths of about five thousand people, Captain Speedy renamed Larut, Tai Ping, Heavenly Peace.

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Part Seventeen: Smoking Mosquitoes

“We saw many Malay Kampongs,” she wrote, “under the palms, each with a fire lighted underneath it, and there were many other fires for the water buffaloes, with groups of these uncouth brutes gathered invariably on the leeward side, glad to be smoked rather than bitten by the mosquitoes.”

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Part Sixteen: White Man's Grave

Empress good - coolie get money, keep it!

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Part Fifteen: Sit down and sign this!


Sultan Abdullah invites in British advisors to Perak. However, there is that awkward problem of him not being the appointed Sultan.


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Part Fourteen: Delving into the Dindings



Isabella witnessed Bloomfield Douglas presiding over a court case concerning the murder of Superintendent Lloyd on Pangkor Island by a Chinese gang. Isabella Bird is finding her journey around the "Native States" increasingly alarming. She may continue her cool reporting of events but her dreams, as we shall see later on, are taking an alarming turn.

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Part Thirteen: Warm Heart, Strong Impulse



Bloomfield Douglas was much maligned by Isabella Bird, but surely he cannot have been that bad?

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Part Twelve: Rafflesia Arnoldi

Just when Abdul Samad seem to be reassuring his grip on the situation…

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Part Eleven: Murder Mayhem Madness

Who's head ended up on the gate? Who's underpants were those?

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Part Ten: The Selangor Civil War



Selangor is a most wretched place - worse than Klang!

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Part Nine: A Right Klanger



“Klang is a most misthriven, decayed, dejected, miserable looking place,”
announced Isabella.

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Part Eight: The Battle of Bukit Putus



Another little war. Read More…

Part Seven: Captain Murray the self exiled man



Captain Murray, the British Resident of Sungei Ujong was not a happy man. Read More…

Part Six: Restless Natives


Isabella Bird carries on up the river into Sungei Ujong and finds herself confronting hostile villagers. But trusty Captain Hayward saves the day with a quick flex of his muscles, snap of his rifle, and a slug of whisky down the throats of the teenage girls suddenly overcome with a fit of the vapours. Read More…

Part Five: Hayward of The River



Isabella is invited by the Dato Klana to stay at his home in Sungei Ujong and so she, and a couple of all too lady like teenagers, join forces with hairy chested Captain Hayward who manages to bag a couple of crocodiles on the way. Read More…

Part Four: Melaka





Melaka was the centre of an empire that controlled Sumatra and most of the Malay peninsula. Read More…

Part Three: Arrival



Isabella arrives in Melaka and meets the British Resident, Captain Shaw!
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Part Two: The Mission


Who was Isabella Bird and what was she up to in Malaya?
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INTRODUCTION


In 1879 Victorian Travel Writer, Isabella Bird, visited the "Native States" of Malaya. Read More…