When reader Ikan Sembilang commented that the picture below is not St. Anthony's School's old central block, I clicked the picture to enlarge and studied it. In the middle of the block's roof was another protruding roof (hidden behind the trees)! Bingo! That's really the old Sarikei District Office block which was completed in 1937. Compared to the above rare picture in my archives, it's a match.
Now the above undated picture was likely from post World War II (1946 to 1950s) or may be even from pre WW II (1937 to 1940). The Japanese didn't want to use this as their administrative centre for fear of been bombed by the Allies so they used St Anthony's School as their HQ. Can anyone tell from the picture (the grass, the bicycle, the electricity poles, the surrounding, etc)? What is that smaller building on the extreme left?
Front row sitting from left:
L2 face half covered is Mrs Siaw Nam Khoon 蕭南坤
R1 Seated with cheongsam Ong Poh Ai 王寶愛 (Mrs Tan Kim Sin陳敬信 )
Standing from right:
R1 Father Joseph Chin詹廷芳神父 ; the one with white coat and dark pants was the then Governor of Sarawak Anthony Abell; man with a tie was Siaw Nam Khoon; Lady standing with a handbag was Mrs. Chen Ko Ming (Mdm Ling Bee Ing); next was Juliana Lee; lady with checked dress was elder sister of Lim Kim Khian.
Find the ladies taking refuge from the sun under the trees. The 2 ladies in traditional cheongsam attire were Mdm Ling Bee Ing (or Mrs Chen Ko Ming; standing) and Mdm Ong Poh Ai 王寶愛 (seated).
Tan Kim Sing 陳敬信, early headmaster of Kwang Chien 廣建 School, is the husband of Mdm Ong Poh Ai . She used to run the See Hua kindergarten at Methodist School and Mrs. Tiong Hung Ming continued there after. (source: 45 rpm)
In the background were some folks carrying bamboo umbrella. Picnic in the heat, anyone?
Update: The 2 poles on the right were not flag poles. They were of different lengths and were likely antennae for communications or radio.
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Source: My family album
This picture was previously posted wrongly as St. Anthony's School but it's actually the old Sarikei District Office. Check out the nice landscaping. Sorry Anthonians, you will need to dig out more old pictures of St Anthony's School. This picture does not show your alma mater.