- Also known as
primary name: Wray, Leonard
- individual; curator; official; photographer; British; Male
- Life dates
- Official, collector, curator and photographer, born 17 September 1852, Perak; second son of Leonard Hume Wray, a planter in Perak, and brother of Cecil Wray (probably the same person who in 1935 donated a collection of Malaysian stone tools to the BM, see separate entry). Educated privately. Member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers (1877) and invented the telephone exhibited at the Society of Telegraph Engineers 1876 and the Royal Society 1877. Entered the Public Works Department of the Perak Civil Service in June 1881; worked as Superintendent Government Hill Garden, Larut, January 1882; Curator at the Perak State Museum, Taiping, January 1883. Collected and prepared the Perak exhibits for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition 1886 and for the Imperial Institute; explored and collected flora and fauna in the Malay Peninsula; State Geologist, Perak January 1890; Director of Museums, 1904-08; F.M.S. Commr. at the London International Rubber Exhibition 1908 and a delegate in 1911. He was Commr. for the S.S. and British Malaya at the New York International Rubber Exposition 1912, and at London in 1914 and 1921. He was acting Deputy Agent, Malay States Information Agency. During World War I, Wray did X-ray work for auxiliary military hospitals. At the time of his death he was the Hon. Radiographer, Haslemere Hospital.
Wray was a keen amateur photographer. He was a member of the Photographic Society, London and was President of the Photographic Society, Taiping, Perak in the early 1900s. He collected a series of ethnographical photographs of aborigines of the Malay Peninsula (particularly the Sakai) in the 1890s. He produced an album of public works in progress in Perak 1892-93. He built up a collection of photographs in the Perak Museum: 'a most interesting collection of photographs is being made - topographical, anthropological, historical and miscellaneous; permanent processes only are employed' (Perak Annual Report 1898, p.32).
- RCS Photographers Index: www.lib.cam.ac.uk/rcs_photographers