Before she died in this house in 1904, the Sultana sold the property to Sultan Abu Bakar’s son, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar. He rebuilt Istana Woodneuk in the 1930s for his Scottish born wife Helen Bartholomew. Istana Woodneuk has endured the test of time, nature and human brutality. It is important to note that Istana Woodneuk is not Istana Tyersall, another grand mansion of Sultan Abu Bakar’s not too far away from Woodneuk.
- Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea
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- Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media
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