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  • Slipper Orchid of Borneo

    The island of Borneo is home to some of the world’s most spectacular slipper orchids. Rothschild’s slipper orchid has inflorescences with three to six flowers with a span of up to 30 cm, while Sander’s slipper orchid has twisted hanging petals up to a metre long. Added to their bizarre appearance, both are extremely rare in nature and threatened with extinction as their colonies are depleted by collectors and their habitat is shrinking under the pressure of rising populations and development. These are only two of a range of exotic slipper orchids that grace and enhance Borneo’s ancient landscape. As ecotourism rises in the region, the slipper orchids provide a focus for visitors who wish to see the rare and exotic in natural settings. This book outlines the history of Borneo’s slipper orchids, their taxonomy, distribution, biology, ecology and conservation in an accessible manner.

  • The Glory of Mount Kinabalu – From Dawn to Dusk

    This book shows the brief introduction to the summit trail of Mount Kinabalu (minimal text and minimal images). Images from detours to Paka Helipad, Laban Rata’s  waterfalls, Gurkha Hut, Alexandra Peak and more, including photographic maps (shooting locations of significant photographs). Look out for the images of Mt. Kinabalu in various weather and time of day (including photographs of fire rainbow, Milky Way, moon halo, storm, golden rain’s sunset and light painting’s night scenery.)

  • TAWAU – The Making of a Tropical Community

    The story of Tawau and its only around 130 years old. People alive today, including this author, have known those who were present at the very start of a recognisable settlement at the mouth of the Tawau River. Ken Goodlet’s interviews cover around 21 linguistic groups in those early days, making this record of Tawau rainbow-coloured in its diversity.


    The book shows that Tawau has had at least two natural advantages: its location and its natural wealth. Situated at the meeting point of three states that were formerly very different (and competing) colonies, Tawau has been a haven of prosperity and peace, first under the British and then as part of Malaysia. This has attracted trade and immigration (and, at times, envy) not only from far distant Japan and China, but from the Dutch East Indies (later, Indonesia) to its immediate south and from the Spanish and American and, later, independent Philippines to its east.


    Tawau’s natural wealth, evidenced in a favourable climate, large pockets of excellent soil and coal deposits, have provided residents with jungle produce, then mining and timber, then the rubber and hemp and cocoa, and finally oil palm prosperity, augmented by a host of less important agricultural products. The book shows how this has led to extensive migration and capital investment and to the growth of a diverse agriculture-based economy with a complex infrastructure. While previously unimagined wealth has brought better health and a higher standard of living, inevitably it has brought problems-unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, illegal immigration, wealth inequity and loss of some community values. But the final chapter makes clear the present it is a better world for most than it was at any time in the past.

  • THE BOY FROM BOWEN – Diary of a Sandakan Pow

    This is an Australian story, the “rise of the underdog” which leaves you feeling that you are sharing this incredible Aussie digger’s experiences firsthand. A remarkable man who was once just a boy from Bowen.


    In July 1942 Lt. Leslie Bunn Glover became one of over 1750 AIF Soldiers held as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese Imperial Forces in Sandakan, Borneo which had a 99.9% death rate. In “The Boy From Bowen” Leslie shares his remarkable and personal story of how he survived the suffering and slavery under the Japanese occupation. An insightful study of a man’s resourcefulness and ingenuity as an unwanted child in the 1920’s and 30’s, this living history detail a life of foster homes, poverty, working in the railways, Army training and eventually war. Leslie reveals his extraordinary determination of character and strength of spirit amidst a life of trial and struggle which has taken on grand and terrible proportions.

    A civilian after the war, Leslie, determine to make something of himself after almost four years of imprisonment, employed sheer hard work and determination to climb the ladder of success in his academic and business endeavours to eventually become the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Australian Shipbuilding Board, and a successful businessman in his own companies.

  • Amphibians & Reptiles in Sabah

    The Natural History of Amphibians and Reptiles in Sabah is a review of the rich herpetofauna of Borneo, including some of its less conspicuous and sometimes reviled members. Many of the species are unique to Borneo, most are active only at night, and most are completely dependent on forests for survival. This book on the frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles bring together photographs demonstrating that many of these animals are beautiful in colour and fascinating in form. Written for naturalists, students and travellers, the text provides information showing that not only is fear of the vast majority of the species misplaced but also how these animals fit into the complex workings of Borneo’s ecosystems.

  • The Hakkas of Sabah

  • Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah – THE KADAZANDUSUN

    This book entitled ‘The Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah: The Kadazandusun’, is about the definitive race of Sabah, the Kadazandusun of this State. There are other definitive ethnic communities, but they are only mentioned briefly as this book is about the Kadazandusun. Emphasis on presentation, therefore, is on the Kadazandusun. The Murut, the cousins of the Kadazandusun found in the interior areas of Keningau and Tenom, are also mentioned briefly to show the relationship of the two ethnic indigenous communities, albeit in the two aspects of cultures and their Adat laws and the native court, they share common ground. A separate and a more comprehensive study will be made on the Murut and the immigrant indigenous communities, namely the Bajau, Iranun, Bugis and Suluk.  

    These groups of indigenous ethnic communities deserves a book of their own. They too, after all also the definitive races of Sabah. Meanwhile, in this first presentation on the subject of The Indigenous Ethnic Communities of Sabah: The Kadazandusun, a more comprehensive presentation of the original definitive communities, the Kadazandusun, is made.

  • THE POPULATION OF BORNEO – A Study of the People of Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei

    LITTLE has been published so far on the demography of northern Borneo. We already have census reports and a few short articles in learned journals, but here the first time is a book on the subject, written by the man who was administratively responsible for the North Borneo census of 1951 and the censuses of North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak and Borneo in 1960.


    In this book careful statistical research and an intimate knowledge of the whole area have enabled Mr L. W. Jones to describe the demographic development of the two Borneo States (Sarawak and Sabah) which have joined Malaysia, and the State of Brunei which has remained, for the time being at any rate, outside the new federation. He has divided the book into two parts – the first dealing with the situation in the pre-war years for which there is a paucity of statistical data, and the second and perhaps more important section covering the period of rapid population growth experienced since disasters of World War II. In this second part he has also assessed  the nature of some of the problems which have still to be encountered as a result of the current high rate of growth of population.

  • The TAMU – Sabah’s Native Market

    The tamu has been an integral part of life for many people in Sabah for hundreds of years. Rich and poor, professionals and peasants, most have attended tamu at some point in their lives. Today, even tourists visit tamu in increasing numbers, adding another dimension to their perspective of life in Sabah.

  • The Natural History of Orang-Utan

    The name “orang-utan” conjures up very different images to different people: shy, elusive man of the forest; a tantalising glimpse into unknown worlds of the jungles of the Far East; an endearing, appealing and amusing star of popular movies; the highlight of a visit to the zoo. But what is the true nature of the orang-utan? It is in the record book for several reasons: it is one of our closest relatives; it is the largest primate in Asia; and is the largest tree-dwelling animal in the world. Once more widespread, the orang-utan now occurs only in the tropical rain forests of Sumatra and Borneo, and its range and numbers are still shrinking rapidly. This richly illustrated book takes us into the natural world of the orang-utan and its rain forest home. It explores all aspects of the orang-utan’s life, from myths and legends to its family tree, distribution, life history, ecology, social life, tool-making and language skills, through to its conservation and future prospects.

  • Agnes Keith – Three Came Home

    When Borneo was taken over by the Japanese the Keiths were there. ‘Three Came Home’ tells of the author’s time in Japanese POW and civilian internee camps in North Borneo and Sarawak, and was made into a film of the same name in 1950. It describes Keith’s life in North Borneo in the period immediately before the Japanese invasion in 1942, and her subsequent internment and suffering, separated from her husband Harry, and with a young son to care for. Keith was initially interned at Berhala Island near Sandakan, North Borneo (today’s Sabah) but spent most of her captivity at Batu Lintang camp at Kuching, Sarawak. The camp was liberated in September, 1945.

  • Twenty Years In Borneo

    The stories in this book are intended to record the lighter side of life in the tropics. They have one virtue, that of accuracy in substance. The photographs are reproductions from a collection which was started in Charles Bruce’s first month in Borneo, and is still growing. It is the author’s own efforts contributed to the collection, but the kindliness of fellow – photographers.