We were involved in a joint Australia/NewZealand Naval exercise in 1962 and anchored in Emerald Shoals off the coast of North Borneo. CO and others went ashore for a conference at what is now Sandakhan, Borneo. It was British in those days and had a different name. I remember the scene because the crew caught 700 pounds of fish while anchored and we put it in the big freezers. Guess what. We have a freezer casualty and had to cook all that fish is one day. The crew was sick of fish for months.Chuck Lamb was here too. Ed Bulluck February 2002
the early 1870's as three small villages in the coastal region. The
name "Sandakan" is from an old Sulu word meaning "The place that was
pawned"; the reason for this is unknown.The town was known
as "Elopura", which means 'the beautiful place", for more than 200
years before it was given the name Sandakan.
Developed by the British Chartered Company about a hundred years ago, it developed and grew quickly as one of the largest settlements in North Borneo (Sabah). The reason for its rapid growth was due to the many - in fact as many as 43 - commodities that could be exported in the late 19th Century. Sandakan was once the capital because of its bright prospects and the need for an administrative centre on the East coast.
The port was important for the lucrative tobacco, cocoa, coffee, manila hemp and sago exports. Even before the advent of the tractors and chain saws the timber industry boomed as early as 1890s. In the mid 1930s, Sandakan's timber export reached the record figure of 180,000 cu m, making it the largest timber exporting port of tropical wood in the world. SOURCE
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On 16th September 1963, North Borneo
joined the federation of Malaysia and changed its name to Sabah.
Sandakan celebrated this occasion with great enthusiasm.
With the introduction of mass media in Sabah through television in 1971, Sandakan folks were able to enjoy yet another form of entertainmentSandakan was once the Capital of Sabah and still retains its standing as a thriving industrial center.