Hi all, I just happened onto this website searching for information about Taiping and seeing all the things, names and places mentioned by other members makes me feel like I am still in some way connected to Taiping.
I was born in Taiping in 1961 and went to school at St. George's until the end of 1975 when my parents migrated to Australia. I've kind of lost touch with all but family who still live in Malaysia.
As I have thought about it, and seen various people's comments, I would love to get in touch with anyone who may know me or my family or want to get in touch with any of my family members through me.
My Dad is Geoffrey Leerdam and he was a teacher at KE VII
My Mum, Helen Leerdam taught at the Convent all through the 1960s until 1975.
My brother also attended St George's, and he is Leonard. He now lives in Adelaide.
The two youngest siblings, Geoffrey Jr and Carolyn weren't of school age when we left.
I also had a couple of Aunties who were teachers - Maureen Leerdam and Muriel Shan, and another Aunty, Gwen Westwood was a nurse at the hospital there! Her husband, Horace was the prison superintendent and they have 3 children who also went to school in Taiping until the end of 1976 when they came to Australia.
My wife and I will be visiting Taiping in May 2008, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and will wander around all the sights and would love to catch up with anyone who might be have known me or my family in the past.
I have very fond memories of Maxwell Hill (can't come to terms with "Bukit Larut"), the swimming pools at the foothills, the Lake Gardens, SGI etc.
I've just remembered we lived in Jalan Anak Bukit, then Jalan Bidadari and last of all in Cator Ave before we left.
This is a great website - thanks to the webmaster. I will spread the news to family members!