PENANG STORY LECTURE: Dr Albert Stanley McKern (1885-1945)– a Penang Doctor in Myth and Reality

Date: Saturday, 30 November 2013

Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringghi, Penang.


An announcement in 2008 that Sydney, Yale and Edinburgh Universities had received a multi-million dollar bequest from the estate of Dr A.S. McKern drew public attention to this Australian physician who spent the inter-war years in practice in Penang. Dr McKern’s death in a Japanese internment camp in Sumatra contradicted the widely held belief that the popular doctor had remained hidden in his Tanjung Bungah house during the Japanese occupation. This talk draws on archival records and wartime internment diaries to lay to rest the myths surrounding Dr McKern’s final years while at the same time recalling his remarkable career and legacy.


Leslie James

Born in Scotland Leslie James is a retired Canadian diplomat with long experience in Asia Pacific, including two assignments at Canada’s mission in Malaysia. A graduate in modern history and modern languages from the University of Toronto, he speaks Malay/Indonesian and has resided in Kuala Lumpur and Penang with his Malaysian-born wife for the past fifteen years. A writer and speaker on Malaysian historical subjects with an interest in local and regional military history, he is a member of PHT, Badan Warisan Malaysia, the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia. He has been editor of the PHT Newsletter since 2005.

Michael Rawlinson

Born in England, Michael Rawlinson is a retired Hong Kong civil servant with experience in Asia. A graduate and instructor of what is now known as the Hong Kong Police Academy, he has resided in Penang with his Penang-born wife for the past eight years. A speaker on Asian historical subjects with an interest in local and military history, he is a member of Penang Heritage Trust, the Hong Kong and Malaysian Branches of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia.

Organisers: Penang Heritage Trust & Think City | Venue Sponsor: Lone Pine Hotel, Penang









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