North Borneo

North Borneo

North Borneo

North Borneo

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This is a travel book, the outcome of a two-month tour in 1957 of North Borneo. At the beginning of it I met a planter in Jesselton who said some very rude things about young men who wrote books on the superficial impressions of a brief visit, so I should explain perhaps that this is my second book on North Borneo, that previously I had spent three years, at Oxford and in London, studying from a mass of material the history of the country, and that already, in 1953 and 1954, I had toured the territory from my home in Singapore and had worked among the archives in Jesselton. This book may still be superficial, but it embodies far more than the snap observations of a two-month visit.

Although this tour, from Singapore to Jesselton, the capital on the west coast, up and down that coast and then into the interior, round to the east coast, and finally back to Brunei and the oil fields, was sponsored by the Colonial Office and arranged by the Department of Broadcasting and Information, whose Director, R. J. Brookes, I thank, and although in most places my host was a government officer, the views expressed in this book cannot be taken as official. No restriction, no control whatever was placed on me, and I write merely as an informed, favoured, but unofficial traveller.

Information of all kinds was readily supplied me by the government officers and the many others whom I met on my journey, and I am grateful to them all. For particular kindnesses, however, I would like to record my thanks to the late Philip Lee Tau Sang, C.B.E.; I would also like to thank, in Jesselton, Donald Stephens, and Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Brookes, G. L. Gray, C.M.G., O.B.E., A. N. Goode, O.B.E., and P. Gillett; on the west coast and interior, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Alman, R. H. W. de la Poer Beresford-Peirse, M. Pike and I. Peck, and Messrs. P. Hewitt, J. F. G. Dingle and Father Smit; in Kudat, Messrs. J. Nicholson and Lo Cham En; on the east coast, Mr. and Mrs. P. Edge, K. Summers, C. J. Bridge and D. Ireton, and Messrs. G. F. Douglas and G. L. Carson; and on Labuan and in Brunei, R. Robbins, R. W. Rule, T. Carter, G. Hedley and P. Pierce.

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