The White Rajahs ruled Sarawak from 1841 to 1946 before it became a British colony after the Japanese Occupation in the Second World War.

When I was in England in 1994, one of our lecturers brought us to this place called Sheepstor in Devon…

Sheepston 1

There was a little church there – St Leonard’s and I signed the visitors’ book inside…

Sheepston 2

Some of you may be familiar with the Sarawak crest in the photograph…and there, one could also see the plaque showing the Brooke family tree and also something on the history of the White Rajahs…

Sheepston 3

There was even a bust of the first White Rajah, Sir James Brooke…

Sheepston 4

…and beside the cathedral lay the family burial grounds where one could see the graves of the White Rajahs. This is a photograph of the headstone at the grave of Sir James Brooke – “Rajah of Sarawak”…

Sheepston 5

So, there you have it! Our brief History cum Geography lesson for today. Have a blessed Sunday, everybody!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

14 thoughts on “History…”

  1. hi Teacher… u should take more pictures when the lecturer took u all to Sheepstor.. history making history now with the pics and all… πŸ™‚ do continue to post up pictures of the past.. actually life was more interesting then, right?
    OK, going to church now… have a happy day!!

    I have a lot more photographs taken at the place…but can only post a few lah! Takes a long time to upload to flickr…

  2. I don’t like history….cos memory tak bagus, ingat sini lupa sana, ingat sana lupa sini……my frens always said i have to read it like im reading story books…but masih failed…hehe… but i love Geography…

    p.s: thanks fot sharing…

    I was teaching Geography initially…and some English, but eventually, it was English all the way. Not enough English teachers, so utilised fully!

  3. wow~~
    The pictures look very old!
    Were they scanned?

    They’re old photographs alright…but not scanned, no scanner! Resnapped… You didn’t see me doing it? Hehehehehe!!! πŸ˜€

  4. What a coincidence to go to a place where the Brookes’ burial ground. Lucky you took the pics. Very interesting indeed.

    Ya…the lecturer, Dr Tony Wright, didn’t tell us where he was taking us. He just said we were going on a “magical mystery tour”…and when I got there, I was so moved by the fact that I was at a place of historical significance to me – the only one in the group from Sarawak! It was memorable indeed!!!

  5. Maybe it could be a be a place for me to visit next if I do go over to UK next year.

    You should! It was something really special to be able to visit the place and be a part of our own history. I dunno how to get there though – only know it was about an hour’s drive from Plymouth where we were based…and we went past the Plymouth Reservoir. Probably no problem locating it these days, with GPS and what not…

    1. You are right! I am already armed with a GPS nowadays. Will have to sort this out.

      It will surely be worth your while. Better/More meaningful than going to Stonehenge…which is in that part of England too…and you can go to Land’s End – absolutely breathtaking – if the weather is good, no fog! LOL!!!

  6. Sheepstor looks so peaceful place. Are those white dots on the green field sheeps? Oh yeah u have an interesting way in lecturing us history! πŸ™‚

    Ya…it’s beautiful in South England with the rolling plains and the livestock. And lots of old people – they say the southern part is the best place for retirees… I should go there too! LOL!!!

  7. Yeah! Read bout it in my history book. πŸ™‚ War…you look so young huh! :p

    No leh…or perhaps a little! Already old and fat by then! LOL!!!

  8. wah… ur muka berseri-seri. hehe.
    Every historian in England will talk to you about the Brookes if they know u are from Sarawak.

    Hahahahaha!!! And they were so disgusted that you did not know much about them? πŸ˜€

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