Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fort Emma

The only historical site left by the British administration in Kanowit should be Fort Emma. It is located on a small hill overlooking the Kanowit River and the town.

Fort Emma was built by Rajah James Brooke in 1859. It was named after Emma Brooke, sister of Rajah Charles Brooke. The fort is still well maintained after 150 years. I believe it was recently been given a fresh coat of paint.

The fort is mainly made of timber and bamboo. Fort Emma was also the site of the last serious challenge to Brooke rule in Sarawak.

The main entrance to the fort

I notice all the windows and ventilation gaps in this fort are fortified with steel grills. The fort seems to be closed to the public and one can only admire it from the outside.


Reanaclaire said...

So this is Ford Emma.. looks like a house to me.. good to know they maintain the structure of it for history sake..

Johnny Ong said...

seems to be maintained quite well despite being constructed long time ago

escape said...

i know so less about the bruke rule. great that you shared this and that they preserved the place.

ChrisAu said...

i alwasy likes to visit historical sites. These places have stories to tell!

SJB aka SUELYN J-B. said...


Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Hi from some one from Sibu,

Always glad to chat with some one from my home town.

Lived one year in Kanowit when I was 4. Read about Emma so am very glad to read about it and the photos from you.



p/s are you always from Sibu or an Sibu import?