Introductory Note to the Microfilm: History of Saint George's, Penang lodged at Seminari Theologi Malaysia, Seremban
Michael Poon, February 2006
The following roll of microfilm, from Seminari Theologi Malaysia (STM), contains important records of Saint George's Church in Penang, Malaysia. There is no record of the dates of its filming, except that the first frame of the microfilm gives the information of the packing list 'Rekod Membuat Mikrofom 2577.02' with the instruction 'Rush -- if possible by Saturday'.
The microfilm itself indeed reveals that it is a rushed job. The image quality of the microfilm is fair. The page orders are often reversed. The dates of the material indicated that it was microfilmed likely in the late 1960s, during a time when Malaysia was undergoing fundamental social changes. How national churches emerged in the past fifty years is an area of study that requires more attention. The history of Saint George's is a case in point in how the church moved from a (colonial) government subsidized institution towards self-support and self-government in the new nation-state.
I am grateful to Dr Ezra Kok, Principal of STM, and Miss Christabel Wong, STM Librarian for making available this roll of microfilm to the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia. I thank Mr Michael Mukunthan and his staff in Trinity Theological College Library, Singapore, for converting the microfilm into pdf format. I have divided the contents into five sections, and provided a guide to the contents for easier reference.
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