May 23, 2011

Governor's Transport

Before 1963 August 31 the Governor of Sarawak or any of the Sarawak Colonial Residents would travel by a special motor launch which was meant for riverine and coastal travelling. I remember there bing some other official government boats and these were their names : Aline and Zahora. But then I could be wrong too. May be some one could correct me. Were there other names?

I am sure many of the old black and white photos have disappeared from Sarawak records. When I find some of the old photos in friends' old albums I would quickly ask permission to digitalize them and indeed it has taken me some time to find this precious photo.

After Malaysia was formed Sarawak's transport modes changed tremendously and government figures and politicians travelled faster and in other modes of transportation. Today almost every YB could board a heli and could be whisked to their destination in minutes.

It must have been slow and steady for a Governor like Sir Alexander Waddell to travel to Limbang or Lawas in those long ago days.....in a boat like this....and furthermore Sarawak must have been very safe and secure...I wonder too if the Governor then was heavily guarded. It was definitely another era!!


12 comments:

sintaicharles said...

What a precious photo!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes Charles..you are right. A former student had this photo in his family album. A rare find. Another colleague from the fifth division now lives in Kuching. One day I will look at her photo albums. She told me she has many post card sized photos of Miri and Limbang too.

Daniel Yiek said...

Nice

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes Daniel...I have been looking for this kind of photo and writing articles about them before my memory fades and others forget the past.

God bless.

Ann said...

My dad was lucky, he did travel in a helicopter to visit real SAN BA schools.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ann
Recently the heli took many election agents to remote places...too.unreachable even by boats.

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