Bacchus’s recent photographic foray into what is now Indonesia sent me to a dusty back shelf of my own library to dig out this:

Malcom MacDonald among the Dayak women

That’s Malcolm MacDonald, the Commissioner-General for the United Kingdom in South East Asia, with two distaff representatives of the Dayak people, published in John Drysdale’s Singapore: Struggle for Success. Drysdale doesn’t give an exact date for the photograph, but MacDonald was a high colonial official in Southeast Asia between 1946 and 1955. He had a reputation for informality and fraternizing (ahem) with non-Europeans, which offended his fellow colonialists no end.

Sounds like he had a good job.

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