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Rev. A. H. Malan (1852-1928)
The Rev. Alfred Henry Malan, M.A., D.D.(Oxon.), J.P., born in Broadwindsor, Dorset in 1852, was successively curate of Perranworthal and Vicar of Altarnun in Cornwall. His grandfather, the Rev. Dr. CÚsar Malan of Geneva, had been a leading Swiss Reformed theologian, and his father, the Rev. Solomon Caesar Malan, D.D., was a Church of England clergyman and aan important oriental scholar. A. H. Malan was educated at Sherborne School and St. Alban's Hall, Oxford. A cultured and learned man, the Rev. Dr. Malan wrote on a wide variety of topics including archaeology, biography, local history, ornithology, folklore, historic houses and churches. He was also an avid photographer and an enthusiast for the broad gauge of the Great Western Railway. Thanks to the encouragement of Thomas Tunstall, the Shedmaster at Newton Abbot, he was able to gain access to and photograph probably more broad gauge locomotives than anyone else. He died in Salisbury on 11 January 1928. His son, Francis Malan, donated three volumes of photographs of broad gauge trains and views of Swindon Works to the Great Western Railway in September 1935 and these are now in the National Archives, Kew [Great Western Railway Collection RAIL 1014/19]. For his beautiful photographs we in the twenty-first century owe him an incalculable debt. His collection of nameplates of broad gauge locomotives represents the majority of those now extant and is in the STEAM Museum in Swindon. Members of the Broad Gauge Society refer to him as "Our Vicar." I am indebted to BGS member Terry Walden for many of the biographical facts on this webpage.
"Rover" Class 4-2-2 "Great Western" outside Bristol Bath Road Shed. Photograph by the Rev. A. H. Malan
4-2-2 "Timour" at Bristol. Photograph by the Rev. A. H. Malan
Cab view of "Iron Duke" at Bristol. Photograph by the Rev. A. H. Malan
4-2-2 "Crimea" at Bristol on 6 July 1886. Driver: W. Greenaway; Fireman: G. Crabb. Photograph by A. H. Malan.
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