[last updated 07 July 2018]


♦ Click here for a link to the recorded talk Dr John Ting gave on at Think City, Penang on 9 July 2018 to introduce his book “The History of Architecture in Sarawak Before Malaysia” (ThinkCity Facebook – unfortunately the quality of the recording is not up to standard)



♦ On Sarawak’s cultural heritage :

A Street named Carpenter” – by Dr John H. Walker in Kuching In and Out (KINO) magazine No18, March-Apr. 2016

Kuching’s trees of life” – by Edgar Ong in KINO magazine No17, Jan-Feb. 2016

The river and the last ferrymen” – by Karen Shepherd in KINO magazine No17, Jan-Feb. 2016

Endangered trades: the potter’s hand” – by Karen Shepherd in KINO magazine No13, May-June 2015

On Fort Alice (Sri Aman): “Alice in Foreverland: A conversation in conservation with Mike Boon and John Ting by Karen Shepherd” – KINO magazine No12, March-April 2015.

The Heritage we live in: Kuching’s old Reservoir Park and its aqueduct“- by Anthony Sebastian in KINO magazine No11, Jan-Feb 2015.

On the Cultured Rainforest Project led by the University of Cambridge, an article from Archaeology (the magazine of the Archeaological Institute of America): “The Landscape of Memory – Archaeology, oral history, and culture deep in the Malaysian jungle”, Karen Coates, 10 February 2014

♦  On the challenges associated to the gazetting and management of heritage sites:

Dire straits for Malaysia’s world heritage“, by Soon-Tzu Speechley, new mandala, 29 Sept. 2016

“The candi crush saga” – Borneo Post, 20 Dec. 2013 : A Dec.2013 column by Tunku Abidin Muhriz, president of Ideas (a Malaysian think tank) at the occasion of the launching of the Malaysian (and 101st) committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (Icomos), a global heritage conservation NGO.

♦ On the purposes and benefits of heritage conservation

Six Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings” A National Trust for Historic Preservation (USA) post, 10 Nov. 2015



♦  On Tom Harrisson : “The Barefoot Anthropologist” series of short documentaries shown on BBC Four in 2007, narrated by David Attenborough. (YouTube)



♦ “The Borneo Story” series. Produced for the British Television by Tom Harrisson (at the time Curator of the Sarawak Museum) and his wife Barbara. Each episode is of 25-30 minutes. [the links are to Vimeo].

First series, broadcast by the BBC in 1957

1- “Borneo from the Beginning”

2-“Birds Nest Soup”

3-“Peoples of the Tijar River”

4-“The Dyaks”

5-“Fisherman of the Coast”

Second series, produced for ITV in 1962/1963

6-“Cavemen of Today”

7-“The Rainforest”

8-“Highlanders of the Equator”

9-“The Swamp”

♦ Centenary of Sarawak”  – 1941 Associated Press news report (about 2 minutes).  Colonial pomp: Vyner Brooke, third Rajah of Sarawak, celebrates the centenary of the Brooke reign. It is at the occasion of its centenary that the Brooke Government provided a Constitution for Sarawak: “We pronounced our will and intention to commemorate this centenary year of the government of Sarawak by English Rajahs by terminating for ever the era of autocratic rule which has so far characterised our Government and by substituting therefor a Constitution […] in such manner as to ensure that our beloved Subjects shall ultimately enjoy their inherent right to control their own lives and destinies” says the preamble of the 1941 Constitution.


♦ “Borneo” – American, 1937, shot in British North Borneo, 33mn. Described as Martin Johnson’s last film. Martin Johnson and his wife Osa were well known American adventurer and documentary film makers. He was killed in an airplane crash shortly after making this documentary. The deep Borneo jungles and their inhabitants as the American public expected to see them in those times. Illustration of the western cultural biases of the colonial times. (YouTube streaming).


♦ “1945 Kuching POW Camp six weeks after Japanese surrender” (Youtube, 3mn)


♦  Colonial and more recent family films

  • A series of short (3-12 minutes) 8mm films for home showing, seemingly shot by a British Police officer, and uploaded on Youtube by Michael Rogge as part of a wider collection of vintage films. The first one has pictures of the old (now defunct) Satok bridge, etc. The second and third one show scenes of the then expatriate life in Kuching. (YouTube streaming)

Sarawak, Kuching, Regatta in 1960