Fortifying the Cats

May 16, 2009 · 2 comments

Fort Margherita is across the Kuching river further up from the Astana, I got a boat today across the river to have a look.

Lookout tower of Fort Margherita

Lookout tower of Fort Margherita

It was built in 1879 by Rajah Charles Brooke and named after his wife, it was the 2nd fort built in Kuching; the first was burnt down by rebel Chinese gold miners in 1857, I’m glad this one has stood the test of time as it is a nice glance back in time and a charming looking place that is worth the short river trip and walk to get there.

Inside the fort grounds

Inside the fort walls

You can see the cannons and holes in wall for them

You can see the cannons and holes in wall for them

Fort binoculars

Fort binoculars

Fort Margherita was built to protect Kuching against pirates and other river bound enemies as it gives a very good sweeping view of the area despite not being too high, Kuching is a fairly flat place to be so it’s quite easy to see over things here (before all the tall hotels came along anyway). There is a rusty fixed binoculars on the extremity of one of the gates but unfortunately the glass lens has been broken so it is not useable anymore. The swivel and tilt still functions well though.

The Fort never really fulfilled its purpose and did not come under attack until World War 2 (where it was occupied by the Japanese along with the rest of the city).

For now though there seems to be plans to turn it into a police museum, but I don’t think the proposal is really being taken seriously and its just left open for people to wonder around and sign the guestbook at the moment.

At least the cats of Kuching can rest easy knowing Fort Margherita is still standing there looking over them.

Cat in Kuching

Cat in Kuching

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Lorac May 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I love the Fort pics. And the cat at the end looks almost the same as mine~

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Adventure Rob May 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

How cute :)

The cat was about 500M away from the fort just resting in the shade, could barely keep its eyes open, so had to take the picture.

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