These are five photos of members of the Sarkies family. The Sarkies brothers were a group of Armenian brothers known for opening luxury hotels in Southeast Asia, including the Raffles Hotel. The Raffles Hotel was a colonial style hotel. Initially a privately owned beach house built in the 1830s, it became Emerson's Hotel in 1878 and opened as the Raffles Hotel in 1887. The new main building was built in 1899 by architect John Bidwell. This photograph was previously displayed in the Raffles Hotel Museum.