Monday, March 01, 2010

A Forgotten Treasure Discovered

Mr Prakas, SMI teacher was at the Lecture Theatre when he noticed a small door at the back. He walked towards it and opened the door. Interestingly, he noticed that there was another door, a wooden one, behind it. This was unusual.  By now, Mr Prakas was a bit nervous. Slowly and carefully, he walked into the dark room. What he saw was something he could not forget - an antique projector!
We have not verified the make, model or the year it was manufactured but the relic looks similar with the vintage 8mm or 16mm projector shown below.  
Before Prakas explored more, he notified Mr Lawrence, who rushed there. As they allowed more light to brighten the room, more items could be seen. I was next to be informed. 
Mr Prakas(front) and Mr Lawrence going through the items.

It was amazing. We found film reels, records, wooden stands and many other equipments used for film projection in the 50s' and 60s'. Naturally, all these items were covered with a very thick layer of dust.
Over the hours, we salvaged the items, took photographs of the "treasures" and now being kept under tight security.
caption: Mr Lawrence with the vintage projector

The Lecture Theatre was used as a mini cinema during the olden days as we discovered three holes in the wall for film projection purposes.

caption: Students help to remove the items to a safe place.
The Michaelian Heritage Gallery, which is scheduled to open in June 2010, will showcase these gems and many other items closely linked to St Michael's. Oh yes, the excitement is there. There are plenty more to discover in St Michael's.  

8 comments:

m3lv said...

Wow!!What a treasure!! Is it still working?? It seems like there are so many things being recovered recently. Just can't wait to see all these priceless treasures when the gallery is open!!

Call the gallery the Quis Ut Deus/ St.Michaels Museum ^^ I our alma mater will be the 1st school that has its own museum!! Awesome!!

harrneak said...

Good discovery by Mr Prakash, lawrance and yourself. I m sure there are plenty more to be discovered.

Keep up the good work everyone. Your names will be mentioned in the annals of SMI.

Harneak Singh

azli ariffin said...

Can't wait for the opening of the galley and the galley used to be my
classroom in 1994(5a4).
Just wondering are we the old boys
will be invited for the 'Grand Opening'?

Ivan Tan said...

It's quite surprising to discover that there was another door on the Lecture Theatre and it was not discovered till now. If non Michaelians saw this blog post, they will definitely think that St. Michael's is a place full of mystery and hidden doors/treasure. =)

SMI Old Boys said...

yup..so mysterious...
there are more hidden places in school...
keep searching...
hopefully the famous tunnel could be found...
yeah...are we being invited for the opening?
can the opening be held on weekend and not weekdays...

kesavan said...

Good afternoon sir.I'm Kesavan S/O Rajandran and I'm a ex-Michaelian whom leave this school at the year 2008.That is just after my SPM examination.How are you sir?I read the news about the forgetten treasure which you and Mr.Lawrence found.I'm sure that there is a lot of missing "GOLD MINE" in the school.I'm very proud of you both teachers because the Michaelians needs a kind of teachers like this.Keep up the "MICHAELIAN SPIRIT"

palohchai 'n' littlecicak said...

This is really interesting. Hope SMI will discover more hidden treasure, who knows, perhaps the Japanese may have left some highly classified documents in one of the hidden chambers?

patrickteoh said...

The discovery of the film proj reminds me of those Fridays in SMI when Bro. Michael would screen rented movies in the school hall.