Fort Alice (1864)
Kubu Alice
Fort Alice.jpg
General information
Typefort
LocationSri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia
Coordinates1°14′23.1″N 111°27′42.8″E / 1.239750°N 111.461889°E / 1.239750; 111.461889Coordinates: 1°14′23.1″N 111°27′42.8″E / 1.239750°N 111.461889°E / 1.239750; 111.461889
Completed1864
Opening18 April 2015
CostMYR5 million

The Fort Alice (Malay: Kubu Alice) is a fort in Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Name

The fort was named after Margaret Alice Lili de Windt, wife of Charles Brooke.[1]

History

The fort was originally constructed in 1864 as the Simanggang Fort after the victory of Charles Brook over Rentap. The fort was listed as historical monument by the Sarawak State Government in 1971.[2] In June 2013, restoration works began on the fort and was completed on 18 April 2015 with a cost of MYR5 million. It was then reopened as the Sri Aman Heritage Museum.[3]


~ Old tradition in Fort Alice (1864-1964) [4]

This was the evening call at eight o'clock for hundred year, when the Resident used to have his dinner and the draw- bridge was drawn up for the night. It was a call made by a policeman after he had struck the eight o'clock gong.

The call was changed slightly twice over the years but the meaning remained almost the same.


The Call (in Iban)

Oh Ha! Oh Ha! Oh Ha!

Jam diatu pukol lapan,

Tangga udah di-tarit,

Pintu udah di-tambit,

Orang ari ulu,

Orang ari ili,

Nadai tahu niki kubu agi.


Translation

Oh Ha! Oh Ha! Oh Ha!

The time is now eight o'clock,

The steps have been drawn up,

The door is closed.

People from up-river,

People from down-river,

Are not allowed to come up to the fort any more.

Architecture

The rectangular fort was built on a hilltop. It is equipped with cannons, open courtyard, drawbridge and lookout tower.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Fort Alice, Sri Aman (Simanggang) Sarawak". Bombastic Borneo. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Reminiscing Forgotten Treasure...Simanggang" (PDF). Malaysia Institute of Architects (Sarawak Chapter). Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Fort Alice restored, now a heritage museum". Borneo Post Online. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  4. ^ Sarawak Long Ago. 1969. p. 37. ISBN 983-62-3981-2.