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Kuching Town Memories   http://allaboutborneo.com/borneo/kuching-town-memories

 

THE  OLD  KUCHING  TOWN

 

1. Before Hilton hotel came up, on its site were a few godowns and warehouses belonging to Borneo Company.

 

2. Now - Riverbank Suites, Then - Ang Cheng Ho Building

 

3. Now - Merdeka Palace Hotel, Then - Aurora Hotel & Chambers

 

4. Now - Wisma Saberkas, Then - Warehouses

 

5. Now - MBKS HQ, Then - Sarawak Turf Club and Racecourse

 

6. Now - Taman Kereta, Then - Wisma Si Kheong

 

7. Now - Empty land opp. Tun Jugah, Then - Odeon Arcade

 

8. Now - Civic Centre Kuching, Then - Sarawak Club Golf course

 

More a social landmark......the little tuck-shop/St Michael's club on SE corner Rock/Reservoir Rd. Still there? Very popular watering-hole, great ice kachang, etc., with a 50's jukebox playing plastic 45's at 10 cents a song. Police band played every sunday evening across the street on museum ground, and that was the best time to girl-watch, as hundreds of dayang showed up.

 

The name 'Kuching' originated from the Malay language 'Cat'. Some sources also claimed that Kuching originated from the Chinese word "Gu Chin" meaning 'Harbor'. Another source indicate Kuching refer to a fruit called Mata Kuching (Cat's eye).

Kuching is on the banks of the Sarawak River with an interesting history. Sarawak was a part of the Sultanate of Brunei 200 years ago. As a reward for help  putting down a rebellion, the Sultan ceded this piece of land to the British adventurer James Brooke.

The Brooke Administration was given the status of Protectorate under Rajah Charles Brooke's rule and was placed behind Indian Rajs and Princes. The Brooke family ruled Sarawak until the Japanese occupation in1941 when Sarawak became part of the Japanese Imperial Empire for three years. At the end of World War 2 the last rajah, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke ceded Sarawak to the British Crown, which gave Sarawak independence in 1963 and became part of Malaysia.

Kuching is the 4th largest city in Malaysia with a population largely of Chinese, Malays, Ibans & Indians.

The Iban were among the former head-hunting tribes of the region, but such practices died out in the early years of the 20th Century.



Kuching has a long history as a trading centre over the centuries bringing people from Malays, Chinese, Indians, Europeans and others various countries to settle in the area. With  the many indigenous groups we creates a city rich in unique cultural heritage.

Before the 19th century, Sarawak was a peaceful place Malay principality under Sultan of Brunei. Then because of some tyrant Sultan representatives from Brunei many Sarawakians were forced to pay high tax and local officers were sacked with no reason. A large demonstration against the Brunei Empire began...

James Brooke, a young English Adventurer, asked by the Sultan of Brunei to stop the demonstration in Sarawak. James Brooke did. In appreciation, the Sultan of Brunei made James Brooke as a new Governor of Sarawak.

James Brooke,  backed by British Navy,  chased all corrupted officers of Sultan Brunei out of Sarawak. The angry Sultan of Brunei was unable to stop James Brooke The Sultan was forced to sign an agreement to fully handed Sarawak over to Brooke. James Brooke became the first English Rajah of Sarawak - 'The White Raja'

The Whit Raja marked the beginning of a new history in Asia.............

Welcome to Kuching to see a modern history in process !....... But as the history go on, one may wonder where the Brooks family members are now....

Here is some interesting mentioning from http://genforum.genealogy.com

"...... I was struck by what you had written about your family history and wondered if you could clarify a few details? Is your great grandmother descended from Esca Brooke Daykin?  The first rajah James Brooke had no natural born heirs....."  Read detail in : http://genforum.genealogy.com/brooke/messages/562.html