We’ve heard horrific stories from senior folks of the Japanese internment (POW) camps at the current airport site near (guess?) in Jesselton. Now take a look at this video.
Just about two weeks ago I posted this blog post about the lost footage of Kudat, Jesselton and Sandakan in colours. I think you would agree that it’s one of the best footages of old North Borneo you’ve ever seen.
Meanwhile, here’s another short silent film which shows a bombed damaged Jesselton and the Japanese POW camps at Jesselton. This footage was shot just after Borneo was liberated in 1945.
I was surprised there were many Japanese kids here back then and it reminded me of these photos when the Australian troops deported the Japanese from Tawao (old spelling of Tawau).
[footage by AWM]