This is probably the earliest map where you can find Rejang village, Siriki (Sarikei), Saree (Sare) and Kanowit. Igan River was shown but Sibu was not shown at where Igan River intersected Rejang River. Sibu and Binatang (Bintangor) were developed much later. Note that we are talking about the old village of Siriki on Sarikei River, not the current downtown Sarikei facing Rejang River.
"Coast of Borneo Proper" Map 1846
With the track of HMS Iris from June 1846 to Jan 1847
By G. Rodney Mundy, Captain
Names of River by Brooke
The corner box shows Capture of Brunei, 1846
Published by John Murray, Albemarle St, London, 1848
Click to enlarge. Click back arrow to come back.
Siriki was shown on Sarikei River but had two dots on both sides of the Sarikei River. Is the map telling us that Siriki village of Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman was on both sides of the Sarikei River? We can conclude from the last blog post that the headquarters of the village (house of the penghulu, Datuk Patinggi) was on the downtown side of the Sarikei River, not the Kampung Seberang/Petalit side. That location was probably the CTC sawmill hill next to Merudu Bridge because that's the nearest hill on this side by the Sarikei River to the Rejang River.
Rejang village was shown with 2 dots too. Baradong (Maradaong) was on the map. Note that Rejang River was not explored far beyond Kanowit (denoted with "Tatoed Dyaks and Pirate Tribes")
Saree (Sare) was not correctly placed. The tributary off Rejang River should be longer and Sare should be nearer to Sarikei. The Dyaks (Ibans) were most likely the original ones that had inhabited that area. The Cantonese followed the same tributary to reach Sare a few years before 1885.
What other stories can you dig out from this old map?