Photos of the day are all about “The Quod”, the old prison which converted into a hostel or lodge, and now as Karma Rottnest. They also called this as “The Establishment” within the island. While I was following the walking trail, I can say it was the biggest structure of all the colonial buildings that is still standing today that I was able to see. The prison was designed similar to Fremantle Prison (first prison in Western Australia). “The Quod” has been described with terrible conditions where no furniture, sanitation, fireplace nor windows and prisoners just slept in thin blanket. The structure was made by Aboriginals themselves and it witnessed the sufferings of native prisoners until they died. But the cruelty experienced by aboriginals were said to be driven by the first superintendent named Henry Vincent. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.
Information board at the front of “The Quod”
— The Quod
In 1856 a fire destroyed the original prison. The replacement prison referred to as the Quod, was not built until 1863-64. (The term “quod” in English slang for prison). The only entrance into the Quod was on the eastern side. The rooms on either side of the gateway face toward the Settlement, housed the Superintendent’s office and provided accommodation for the Warders.
The Aboriginal Prison closed in 1904.
In 1911 the building underwent extensive alterations to make it suitable for holiday accommodation known as the State Hostel. Further alterations to improve the standard of accommodation were made in 1986, but the original building form is still evident.
Photo : historical building, The Quod, prison, aboriginal prison, The Establishment
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island
Enriching Viewpoint (Post#4): Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall
Probably to some people, Asan Bay Overlook is known to have its amazing scenery since it sits at the ridge line. But, that’s the additional rewards when visiting the overlooking area. But the place has its memorial wall which listed the names who sacrificed related to war from 1941 to 1944, emphasizing the names that fought the Battle of Guam in 1941 and 1944. And within the memorial wall they made emphasis as well as they put the monument dedicated to the first Chamorro U.S. Navy casualties of World War II. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Enriching Viewpoint (Post#3) : Replica of The Royal Throne of Perak
“This Royal Throne has been used during the installation of His Royal Highness Sultan Iskandar Shah (the 30th Sultan of Perak) in 1918. Since then it was used during the installation of His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Aziz Al-Mustasim Billah Shah in 1938, His Royal Highness Sultan Yussuff Izzudin Shah in 1948 and his Royal Highness Sultan Idris Iskandar Al-Mutawakkil Allalahi Shah II in 1963 in Iskandariah Palace, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.” – excerpt found near the Royal Throne of Perak.
As per history, Sultan of Perak is one of the oldest hereditary seats among the Malaysian states. The Sultanate is a combination of dynasty and the land supervised by Sultan (person) which came from Arabic word which has a lot of meanings and one of them were “authority”, “strength” or “power”. Sultanate of Perak was established by one of the two princes left by the Sultan of Malacca which fell to Portugal in 1511 named Sultan Mahmud Syah I. The first Sultan of Perak and the one who establish the Sultanate was Muzaffar Syah while the other prince named Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II whom established the Sultanate of Johor. After learning the information, I was fascinated because there a little bit clarity why Malaysia has Johor states though I haven’t been to Perak states during my travel adventure in Malaysia last December 2012 to January 2013. Snapshot captured while strolling around in Muzium Negara (The National Museum) located in the city.
Enriching Viewpoint (Post#2) : Camp John Hay – Historical Figures Totem Pole
The Totem Pole consist of historical figures which has influence or roles for Philippines and US military relations which happened during the first half of 20th Century. We found this totem just beside the Bell House which was a historical site within Camp John Hay in Baguio City. Photo snapshots last May 2010.
From the excerpts beside the totem the following information are found regarding the faces in the totem from top to bottom:
1. Admiral George Dewey whom led Battle of Manila Bay
2. General Emilio Aguinaldo was the first President of Republic of the Philippines
3. President William Howard Taft whom the first governor-general of the Philippines and later the Secretary of War who took great interest in the development of Baguio City and Camp John Hay
4. Secretary John Hay was Secretary of State when the Philippines became of colony of the United States. He died as the construction of the camp named in his honour went into full gear.
5. William Cameron Forbes was a governor-general of the Philippines who is credited with the development of Baguio City
6. President Theodore Roosevelt signed the order that designed 535 acres as the military reservation that became Camp John Hay.
7. Major General Franklin Bell was commander of the Philippine department and designer of Italian Garden as well as Bell House and Amphitheater.
8. Lt Col Lyman W. Kennon oversaw the completion of the road that facilitated the construction and development of Baguio City and Camp John Hay which just so happens to be named Kennon Road.
9. Mayor James Halsema was the last American mayor of Baguio City.
10. General Douglas MacAuthur was the famous liberator of the Philippines during WWII.
Enriching Viewpoint (Post#1) : General Douglas MacArthur Room
When I did the two days visit in Brisbane during Open House season in the city last October 2013, there was a museum that I never expected that it will be familiar to me. Yes I went to MacArthur Museum but I never thought that the name of MacArthur will be the same person that I was familiar back to my country’s history. During rudimentary and intermediate school, I learned about the notable quote that American General made during Japanese invasion and I am referring to General MacArthur whom announced to the Filipino and Allied forces “I came through and I shall return” during his great escape from Philippines as Japanese forces able to control the country during that time. Since I learned the history quite a long time ago, I was reminded or probably learned that MacArthur went to Australia after leaving Philippines to think again how to retaliate the enemy which made him able to come back to my country and able conquer Japanese forces.
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