Photo: Remnants of the past.

Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh

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Dedicated to Probolinggo’s favourite son (though he was actually born in Central Java), Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh traces the life and times of Mohamad Saleh and the hospital he founded.

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Born on March 15, 1888, Mohamad Saleh was a graduate of STOVIA (School tot Opleiding van Indische Artsen), a school set up by the Dutch in Batavia (now Jakarta) to educate local physicians to help alleviate the health problems of the local populace. Once he completed his training, Saleh was dispatched to a number of regional centres including Central Sulawesi and Central Java before finally ending up in Probolinggo.

Took us a few goes to catch the museum when it was open! Photo taken in or around Museum Dokter Mohamad Saleh, Probolinggo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Took us a few goes to catch the museum when it was open! Photo: Stuart McDonald

The house was residence, medical clinic, meeting venue and gathering point and all these strands can be seen with a visit to the museum today. Unfortunately there is no English signage whatsoever on the premises but if you are in luck (as we were) an English-speaking staff member will walk you through and explain what you’re looking at—even if much of it is ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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