Post WWII Footage of Jesselton and Japanese POW Internment Camp in Tanjung Aru

We’ve heard horrific stories from senior folks of the Japanese internment (POW) camps at the current airport site near Tanjung Aru in Jesselton. Now take a look at this video.

Just about two weeks ago I posted this blog post about the lost footage of Kudat, Jesselton and Sandakan in colours. I think you would agree that it’s one of the best footages of old North Borneo you’ve ever seen.

Meanwhile, here’s another short silent film which shows a bombed damaged Jesselton and the Japanese POW camps at Jesselton. This footage was shot just after Borneo was liberated in 1945.

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I was surprised there were many Japanese kids here back then and it reminded me of these photos when the Australian troops deported the Japanese from Tawao (old spelling of Tawau).

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