We dig history in search of answers to satisfy our curiousity on what molded our town and our roots. Surely the stork, ok, make that the Sarawak hornbill, didn't bring us there. For bigger cities like Kuching or KL, their history was well documented and their old pictures are a dime a dozen. For humble Sarikei (or Siriki then), it was surprising to find such gems.
Look at the freaking heights of the stilts and ladders. It's either to protect the owners from intruders (definitely not from wild boars) or the painter had lost his sense of proportions. Does anyone know who this Datu was? What did those huge flags signify? This looks like the earliest illustration of Sarikei wharf. Or is it?