FADED MEMORIES through the lens of John Hewitt

A glimpse of 20th Century, colonial Sarawak through the lens of Dr John Hewitt. A photographic ode to the Land of the Hornbill, 110-years in the making.

‘Faded Memories’ presents a unique selection of historical photographs from colonial Sarawak taken by Dr. John Hewitt, curator of the Sarawak Museum from 1905 to 1908.


The exhibition reveals to us the earliest visual representation of Sarawak at the dawn of the 20th century. His personal collection of original glass plates, lantern slides photographs and notes have recently resurfaced in South Africa and are now being showcased for the first time.


However, there is a need for us to re-establish the significance of these historical sceneries.


Are these images taken in a natural environment or are they staged photographs?


What is their significance to us? And a final thought upon,


What do these impressions mean to us in today’s world?


The exhibition stimulates our inquisitive self to reflect and dwell into this tangible legacy, so that we can envisage and redefine how Sarawak has evolved into what it has become today.


Title: Dr. John Hewitt’s Photography Exhibition
Date: 3rd – 15th of July 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
VenueBlock E @ Old Court House

Title: A Retrospective Replay of Dr John Hewitt’s Illustrated Lecture: “Native Live & Scenery in Sarawak (Borneo)”.
Date: 5th & 8th of July 2020
Time: 11:00am – 1:30pm (Sunday 5 July 2020) || 8:00pm – 10:00pm (Wednesday 8 July 2020)
VenueBlock E @ Old Court House