The International Steam Pages
Penang's Rubber Rollers
This is part of a series of pages on relics of Penang's rubber industrial
heritage. The others are:
This page generally covers examples of Penang's rubber rollers that are known to survive away from their original working area and which seem to have a secure future.
An exception has to be this magnificent pair found near Anjung Indah, for which I owe thanks to Peter van der Lans. Although they are in a traditional rubber area, they are clearly well loved, the gears are oiled and the rolls are readily turned. It's just a shame that there is no identification on them. Later the owner told us that they were supplied new 'about 40 years ago' from Jelutong and they were used until 'more than 10 years ago'. They are 'not for sale'! There is a similar smaller pair in the Bayan Lepas area and also a pair near Pantai Aceh marked 'Soo Hock Lin Traders' shown in Part 1 (link above).
Mike Gibby tipped me off about a private collection of 11 machines which is visible at the junction of the road to Kuala Sungai Pinang between Sungai Pinang and Sungai Rusa.
Firstly there is a pair of 'horizontal' machines, larger than most they bear some resemblance to the 'Eagle Brand' machines. One of them has been crudely adapted so that RISDA will have been stamped on the sheet - Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Agency.
This one was made in Penang by the 'Ching Aik Company' (= CAC), there is a pair of this kind in Part 2.
This pair were from the 'Lam Chun Ho Company' Penang, it seems in the Victoria Street Area of George Town, probably between China Street and Chulia Street.
This is another 'Ee Leong Company', Kimberley Street, George Town, Penang product.
This is a Singapore product, the same as seen at the Pondok Upeh durian orchard - 'Ling Nan' factory in Kallang, Singapore
These four anonymous machines complete the collection.
There is a pair 'preserved' at the Tropical Spice Garden between Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang. I would like to thank the management there for allowing me to photograph them. They are a Leong Chuan, Singapore 'English' pair.
Finally there is an anonymous pair 'preserved' at a fruit stall above Titi Kerawang. Apparently they were bought to act as a point of interest for when tourist buses stopped. Unfortunately, they were the subject of an attempted theft after which they were put under the display tables where they can just about be photographed.
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson