Taken in 2019, the vintage telephone above is an exhibit on display at the Rumah Tokoh Johor, Johor Bahru. The Rumah Tokoh Johor is a museum dedicated to the many personalities from the state of Johor who have risen to prominence through their contributions in the many and different fields of economics, commerce, fine arts, politics et al.
The Rumah Tokoh Johor is also known as Bangunan Dato’ Ja’afar, and served as the residence of the 1st Menteri Besar of Johor, Dato Ja’afar bin Muhammad. It is a building gazetted as a national heritage under the National Heritage Act of 2005
Located at Bukit Senyum, Johor Bahru, the mansion was built in 1893 and completed in 1896, with the mansion’s design influenced by Matlock Castle as well as Hardwick Hall, both of which are in Derbyshire, England.
Upon the passing in 1919 of Dato’ Ja’afar Muhammad, ownership of the mansion reverted to the State of Johor and has since then been used by the Japanese occupation forces, British administrators and even as a teachers’ training college.
Images by Shah Said ; @ all rights reserved ; 2021