SANDAKAN HERITAGE TRAIL – A glimpse of old Sandakan

SANDAKAN: The Hon. Matt Keogh MP, Minister Of Veterans’ Affairs And Minister Of Defence Personnel, Australia made a brief stop at the Heritage Steps near MPS Square today accompanied by H.E. Dr Justin Lee, the High Commissioner of Australia and other senior officials who are here to attend the annual Sandakan Day at Sandakan Memorial Park on Monday.


Welcoming the delegation is Lai King Hang, Chairman of Sandakan Heritage Trail and other Team Members who gave short introduction based on the Information Boards located at the staircase. Mr Lai also mentioned that the JCI Clock Tower enroute of the trail is designed by Prof Francis Wong, who is the father of Senator Penny Wong the current Foreign Minister of Australia whose family originated from Sandakan. Also in attendance is Puan Faridah Giau, Deputy President 1 of MPS and staff from the tourism unit.

Sandakan Heritage Trail connects 10 important heritage sites within a leisurely walking distance of around 2 hrs. Guided by maps and signages along the route, you can explore and re imagine the pre war Sandakan and the stories of yesteryears.

One of the most notable buildings is St Michael’s and All Angels Church of which construction began in 1893 to 1906 and main entrance was not completed and dedicated until 1925; 32 years late!

The newest addition to the church is the beautiful and unique stained glass windows which were unveiled in 2005. The commemorative window known as ‘The Window Of Rememberance’ is dedicated to the memory of the Australian and British soldiers who died at the Mile 8 POW camp and on the subsequent death marches to Ranau. Lest We Forget

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