I know it has been a while since we last met and had any events. The last online meeting was behind the scenes with Dr Wong at BSBCC. Since it is still not advisable to gather in big groups at the moment that does not mean that knowing Sabah's history, culture and nature has to stop! For the month of June we are bringing you on a Virtual Tour to the Forest Insect Museum at FRC! Check out the info in the flyer below!
We will be posting up the video tonight at 8pm. In case we cannot make the 8 p.m. deadline, please be patient with us. This is our first attempt, so we are hoping there are no glitches. Anyway... we will see...
Eyen Branch Chairlady
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Built in the turn of the century to Commemorate Queen Victoria Golden Jubliee.Sandakan Clock Tower.
Built in the turn of the century to Commemorate Queen Victoria Golden Jubliee.
In 1887 the idea of erecting a clock tower in Sandakan to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria was mooted. This auspicious day was celebrated on 20th June 1887 throughout the British Empire. Every colony tried to outdo each other by erecting landmarks to celebrate the event. Thus, most of the former British Colonies have a Queen Victoria monument erected somewhere in their city.
While in Sandakan, an order was placed immediately with Alderman of Cheapside, London for a Turret Clock for a hefty sum of £110. The clock was 4 sided with opal glass face measuring 4 feet in diameter encased with iron frame and black letterings. The clock is accompanied by a 2 tons bell which chimed on the hour every hour. It was considered a City Time Piece and a Landmark in the Capital Town of British North Borneo.
On 15th July 1888, the clock arrived in Sandakan via S.S. Paknam tattered in pieces. Everyone was in shock and horror! It was claimed that the clock was mishandled during shipment. It would have to be repaired before it could be erected. The clock wheels were loosened and the face had cracked.
Though the idea was conceived in 1887, a site has yet to be identified! In September 1888, a meeting was called by the Governor and it was unanimously agreed that it should be fixed on the wharf next to the Custom House with a proper inscription of Her Majesty Reign.
With a faulty clock on hand, The Works Department wrote to Sir John Bennett of Alderman twice in 1888 on how to repair but was ignored. With the parts in disarray and stored all over the place within the Works Department. Some believed that Alderman had deliberately sold a faulty clock to the Residents of Sandakan! At some point in 1891, The Works Department was thinking to salvage the clock as theodolite!
After intense criticism and inquiries from the residents of Sandakan, on 8th April 1895, a public meeting was called to decide what had been 8 years delayed Jubilee Clock Tower. The government was tasked to erect the Clock Tower “temporarily" on the vacant lot near the Governor's Office. But where is the Clock kept?
After a long and laborious search, the Clock was scattered throughout various Government offices and stores. The Museum was tasked to gather the Clock and reassembled for installation at the new site.
Ten years of procrastination and lackadaisical attitude, the foundation of the Clock Tower was finally laid in November 1896 but the construction of the Billean tower structure only started in February 1897.
On 1st June 1897, The British North Borneo Herald reported: “THE Jubilee clock tower is at length assuming definite proportions.” It could be seen from all ships calling into port and the chime could be heard all over the town!
On 5th July 1897, The Governor's wife Mrs Beaufort unveiled the Jubilee clock with proper fanfare in time to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee! ... See MoreSee Less