Wicksteed Collection: 5: Taiwau and East Coast

This film is held by the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (ID: 2003/016/005).


Views of the coast and of Tawau township with modern building and port installations. Royal Navy Cruiser lying off shore.

Commercial timber logging operations. Modern trawler at sea taking the catch onto its deck. Official Safari with overland porters down fast mountain river. Views of riverside villagers and life. Packing fish at fish factory Voyage by British colonial staff on official yacht down the coast and official visits to coastal settlements. Inspection of dam under construction. Coast fishing villages and their life.

Production / Donor Details: These films were taken by Edmund Kennedy Wicksteed, 1916-1992. In the 1930s he worked as a customs officr in Malaya, was captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, & was imprisoned at Lintang Internment Camp, Kuching, Sarawak. After the war he served as a customs officer, District Officer, & then joined the secretariat in Jesseleton before becoming Resident in various districts in Borneo. He returned to England in 1966 when Borneo became independent. He was awarded the CBE for colonial service.



  • Wicksteed Collection: 5: Taiwau and East Coast (Archive)
Series Title:
Wicksteed Collection

Technical Data

Running Time:
26 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
8mm VHS Other
325 ft

Production Credits

Production Details
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