‘I am Ali Wallace’: The Malay Assistant of Alfred Russel Wallace

@article{Wyhe2015IAA,
  title={‘I am Ali Wallace’: The Malay Assistant of Alfred Russel Wallace},
  author={John van Wyhe and John Van Gerrell M. Drawhorn},
  journal={Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={88},
  pages={3 - 31}
}
The famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace collected natural history specimens throughout Southeast Asia from 1854–1862. One of the least known of the players in Wallace’s story is his Malay assistant Ali, from Sarawak. This article combines the surviving evidence to bring Ali and his role in the expedition out of the shadows. Several corrections to traditional accounts are emphasized; these include the fact that Ali was not always a collecting assistant, but at first a cook; Ali did not… 
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