Thursday, March 26, 2009

Relics from the past at the Sarawak museum

A NEW History Gallery has opened at the Sarawak Museum, chronicling the state’s history from its pre-Brunei Sultanate days right up to independence.

Located on the first floor of Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, the gallery is divided into several sections in chronological order – from the Santubong era (7th-14th century) and the Brunei Sultanate era (15th-19th century) to the Brooke era (1841-1946), the Japanese Occupation (1941-45), colonial rule (1946-63) and finally independence.

Sarawak’s history is told through various artifacts, photographs and documents displayed according to their respective eras.

The Santubong section, for instance, features archealogical finds from Sungai Jaong and Bongkissam which showed that Santubong was an important port in the past.

In the Brooke section, there are interesting items such as James Brooke’s sword and coat of arms and the wheel from Charles Vyner Brooke’s boat “Zahora”.

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