And now for Block 2, Wharf Road, which was completed in 1935. All the Wharf Road and Bank Road blocks are on 99 years lease hold. Let's document the 1st or 2nd batch of pioneers.
No. 11 Wharf Road:
廣興 Kwong Hin (pottery and hardware on ground floor). Cantonese owned.
Its history: 张乐天 (Chong, a Hakka, first principal of Kwong Chien school) first came to Sare and started pepper farming before moving to Sarikei to operate a Chinese medical hall but the shop shifted several time to different locations before settling at No. 11 Wharf Rd now occupied by 廣興 Kwong Hin. Chong shared the other half of the shop with a young Hokkien from Kapit who started Heng Cheong 恆昌.
张乐天 Chong later finally moved to No. 4 Repok Road. Heng Cheong 恆昌moved to No. 6 Repok Road.
Sarikei Hotel 泗里奎旅社 (first floor). Hakka (Kong San 廣新) owned. They also owned the old wooden 1930-1950s (?) Bai Sheng theatre that used to stand at the location of Block 6 Right of 50-54 Repok Road (opposite the Rex Cinema). The manager that ran the hotel was a Mr. Tan.
No. 10 Wharf Road:
富春 Fu Chen (sundry). Hokkien (Kang) owned. The 2nd generation Mr. Kang married the hairdresser of 燕燕 Yen Yen hair salon of No 12 Repok Road, Block 3 Right.
In 1972, part of Fu Chen was rented to Dr. Wong Toh Hoo to run a clinic.
In the old days, the shop was Kong Con Mau 广忪茂 rented by Khoo Peng Loong, the Cantonese kapitan after the war. The shop was owned by Wong Koh Chiong 黄可川 of No.1 Wharf Road. One of the long time employee of kapitan Khoo was Tiong Hong Kwong, the brother of Tiong Hong Ming, the Sarikei engineer - developer and center forward of earliest basketball team 飞碟 Flying Saucer.
Peng Loong's son worked as the CTC sawmill manager in the 1970s. Khoo Peng Loong knows some English and that was one of his biggest advantages over all the other "Chinaman" as perceived by the colonial government. (Source: Reader 45 rpm)
No. 9 Wharf Road:
This shop has a weird combo of tenants. It was a popular stop in the 60-70s for its diversity.
元康 Guan Kong medicine and herbs. Foochow owned. (Wong?)
元昌Guang Chiong apparels. Foochow owned (Wong). Still operating today in the newer shops
隆康Leong Kong Goldsmith. Foochow owned. (Wong). Still operating today in the newer shops.
No. 8 Wharf Road:
茂興 Chop Mau Hin (marine engine, water pumps, spare parts)
Chun Fen Studio春风照像馆
Chua Wei Ming 蔡伟明, a Hokkien, son of the owner of Kim Seng Ang (No 3 Wharf Road) was a photo enthusiast and started Chun Fen studio. He passed away early and his wife (Chen Sui Nong, sister of Chen Ko Ming) took over the business for a while before a Foochow took over and converted the name to 香港 Hong Kong studio which still exists today in the newer shops.
No. 7 Wharf Road:
六勝 Luk Seng Co.
林春記號 Ling Choon Kee was the original coffee shop No. 7 Wharf Rd. The name was mentioned in the interview with Mr. Chan 張武祥. (Source: Reader 45 rpm)
No. 6 Wharf Road:
三興 San Hin pastry and biscuit store. Foochow (Wong) owned. Popular for their kong pia and soft pastry 蛋糕.
This type of goods trolley is used by shops to deliver goods to and from the wharf. One man pulls from the front and an optional man pushes from behind if the load is heavy like several gunny sacks of rice and tins of biscuits. The handle can be locked with a chain and padlock (see picture) so that anyone seen pulling a handle that's upright may be a potential thief.
In the 60-70s, coolies (dock labourers) would hang around the wharf waiting for ad hoc work to deliver goods. They can be identified with a red or blue cloth (used as a anti dirt layer between their shirts and the goods) and a hooked tool (used for hooking onto sacks like animal feed or sugar and flinging the sack over their shoulder).
Do you like to pull proactively or be pushed?