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Woolley’s diaries on Sabah early history released

Joanna speaking to the audience about the book
Joanna speaking to the audience about the book

KOTA KINABALU: In commemoration of its golden jubilee, Sabah Museum today has announced the launching of the first series of George Cathcart Woolley’s notes on the early history of Sabah.

Its Director, Joanna Kitingan, said the collection titled ‘The Diaries of George C. Woolley Volume 1: 1901-1907’ is one of the most important reference for historians for Sabah early recorded histories.

“For 70 years the diaries had been safely kept from public knowledge by the museum, however there are some historians who know about the existence of the diary but unable to access it except for the war diaries,” she said.

The plan to publish the twelve diaries written by a former officer in colonial Sabah has begun years ago for public use, she added.

Through the allocation fund approved by the state government last year, she said the museum then successfully published several of Woolley’s collection, including old photographs and artifacts which was previously handed to the government in 1946.

“The plan to mass publish the collection for the public is expected to be completed within three years,” she said, and thanked the government for its support.

The publication and editing is handled by Sabah Museum Senior Curator, Prof. Danny Wong Tze Ken, and Puan Stella Moo-Tan, and it is the first research project approved and supported by the state government.

“We hope for the public to buy the books to give them more information on Sabah’s history under the British rule in the early 20th century,” she said. – SayangSabah


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