Recounting the Memories of the Past

Fort Alice

During the reign of Sultan Abdul Momin he gave up Batang Lupar to James Brooke 1853 simply because it was difficult to control the hostile tribes particularly the Iban population. In return the Sultan had annual payment and considered it as a good bargain.

Considering the problems James Brooke had to face in this territories (piracy, headhunters and resistance to his administration) and to encourage trade and development in Sarawak, he built a Fort on lowland named Fort James. However it was soon decided to dismantle and rebuild at a more strategic and more defensive site in Simanggang District. Thus Fort Alice was built.

Fort James at Skrang







Fort Alice was named after the wife of Charles Brooke, Ranee Margaret Alice Lili and built on a hill at Simanggang in 1864. It served as the Simanggang administration center and also a prison. Though the fort is still remains in tact, it is an extremely dilapidated and run down condition according to wikipedia.

Inside the Fort Alice










The run-down Fort Alice










Ranee Margaret Brooke in 1871 aged 22.









As always comments are welcomed.


4 responses to “Fort Alice

  1. viviena teng October 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

    my dear,

    i can assure you that lady in the picture is Lady Sylvia Brett wife of Charles Vyner Brooke, Last Rajah of Sarawak. therefore she is the daughter in law of 2nd Rajah Charles Brooke.

  2. shahrinms October 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for correcting me and it’s true i posted Ranee Sylvia Brooke c.1936. The blog that i borrowed the image from happened to make the mistake as well. Here’s the link: http://limasen-lbucks.blogspot.com/2010/05/fort-alicesimanggang-140-years-ago.html

    Will change the image. Thanks again!

  3. viviena teng October 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    my dear,

    i had been to Fort Alice early this year during the Gawai Holidays. Hope to post the photos here if i could.


  4. shahrinms October 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! you’ve been there huh. Planning to go to places in Sarawak myself when the time is right. Thanks for your contributions.

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