|Bongawan - old shop houses.|
Bongawan is an historical town in the West Coast Division of the state of Sabah in Malaysia.. The town centre is 3 kilometers inland from the South China Sea and approximately 60 kilometers south of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital. It is also a stop on the North Borneo Railway.
The main feature of this town is the row of pre war, colonial shop-houses. There are not many of these old buildings left in Sabah due to heavy bombing by the Australians who were trying their best to recapture Sabah from the imperial Japanese army during world II. The town of Bongawan was built in the 1920’s on the route of the North Borneo railway that ran from Beaufort to Jesselton and it was built during the rubber boom of those days. During the war many soldiers of the Japanese army were stationed at Bongawan and despite heaving aerial bombing by the Australian forces, a couple of rows of shop houses survived.
|The propieter of the shop and the well .|
|Bongawan 1939 gable.|
Text and photos by David de la Harpe