Friday, 20 November 2009

Friday, 13 November 2009

An Kayan hero

One hero behind the moved of his own race, this portrait, is a paramount chief in Borneo. [Photo James Ritchie's book] Senator Dato' Sri Temenggong Oyong Lawai Jau QMC, MBE, PNBS, DYAM [Born 1894] was a statesman and leader who lived an exemplary life.
He did not have the opportunity to go to school, but through his exposure to the developed world he was able to take on the responsibility of stewardship.

"When the opportunity came for Sarawak to become part of an independent country, Temenggong Oyong Lawai Jau convinced his people that there was more to gain than lose by joining the Federation of Malaysia. He likened the invitation for Sarawak to join the Federation as “a small state being invited to join a bigger and more successful country and moving ahead together”. Even though there was the risk of being swallowed up by the bigger country, he felt that it was from a backward State to one of the most developed in the whole of Malaysia." [Chief Minister of Sarawak]

Kuching Historical Building

A good reference for the location of historical buildings in Kuching. There are 17 buildings listed above:
1. The Istana (1870)
2. The Sarawak Museum (1891)
3. General Post Office (1931)
4. Fort Margherita (1879)
5. The Square Tower (1879)
6. The court House (1874)
7. The Pavilion (1909)
8. Chinese Chamber of Commerce (1912)
9. The Sarawak Club (1927)
10. The Indian Mosque (1876)
11. The Diocesan (1886)
12. Kuching Prison (1882)
13. The Bishop’s House (1849)
14. The Round Tower (1886)
15. Tua Pek Kong Temple (1876)
16. Kuek SEng Ong Temple (1895)
7. Guan Thian Siang Ti Temple (1889)

This is taken from Ho Ah Chon’s book “Sarawak in Pictures”. This same photographer has also published and compiled many books related to the history in Sarawak. I have not been able to find much information about this author. All the limited edition books are very expensive. And the few copies in the DBKU library may not last very long with many pages missing already.
Here are some of the books all by the same author:

1. Kuching In Pictures 1840s-1960s (Vanguard press)
2. Kuching in Pictures 1990 (see hua daily)
3. Kuching in Pictures 1991 (see hua daily)
4. Kuching: 1950-1959: Sir Anthony Foster Abell’s era (1960)
5. Kuching: 1960-1963: Sir Alexander Waddell’s era (1991)
6. Sarawak in Pictures 1940s-1970s
7. Sarawak Historical Events 1941-1945
8. Sarawak Historical Events 1961-1963
9. The history of Kuching Municipal (1997)
10. Changing landscape of Kuching (1995)
Here is the man in person, taken from the same book.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Masjid India Kuching and the Spice market

Indian Moswue of Kuching located at the centre of Old Kuching town Centre.previously opposite of Ceko and wet Market of Kuching which now already demolish for future waterfront project.Photo above showing a lane connecting from India Street pedestrian Mall,pass by near Masjid India then connect to Jalan Gambier.

India Street pedestrian mall consist shop selling most of cloth,shoes,restaurant,book,money changer while on the other side of the road(Jalan Gambir) the shop sell more to daily use like vegetable,fish,and most of all Gambier street known to local and outsiders as a place selling herbs and spices.

A view From Indian Mosque toward Market ,now the market is demolished for future waterfront project.

Outside the can found lot of traders selling Herb and spices,and other household items.most of the traders there are Indian .

Wednesday, 11 November 2009