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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia

Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Beaufort
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Private Thomas Leslie Starcevich enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in April 1941. In December 1941 he joined the 2/43rd Battalion, 24th Brigade, 9th Division in Palestine.

In April 1945, the 9th Division left for Borneo in the closing months of World War 11. There in Beaufort town and with his unit under fire from the enemy, Starcevich displayed tremendous bravery when he twice approached enemy fire, rushing forward and firing from his Bren gun. With the enemy machine-gun posts knocked out, his ‘B' Company was able to continue their assault.

Thomas L. Starcevich was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and on 28th August 1947, he received his Victoria Cross medal at Western Australia where he eventually returned to farming. He is buried in the Esperance Public Lawn Cemetery, Western Australia.

After the War, the road where the action took place was named Victoria Cross Road by the local townsfolk and a Memorial Stone was erected along it. It is located just near the present-day Beaufort Police station. The inscription on it reads ‘In June 1945, on this hill, by his valour and disregard of danger, Private L.T Starcevich of 2/43rd Battalion A.I.F (Australian Imperial Forces), routed the Japanese defenders.'
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Starcevich Memorial Monument Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia

Getting Starcevich Memorial Stone Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Beaufort town is an hour and a half away from Kota Kinabalu City and you can take a bus, self-drive or take a leisurely two hour diesel train ride. You can also contact a local tour operator. Please check under the Directory section.

By train, board from the Tanjung Aru Train Station. Fares are RM4.80 one way.
Schedule Departure : Mon - Sun 7.45am , Sun 1.35pm.
Return from Beaufort : Mon - Sun 9.55am , Sun 10am

You can take a Mini Bus from the Bus Station in front of Wawasan Plaza in KK City with departures throughout the day, starting from early morning. A one-way fare is RM5.00.

Taxis leave from the station at Padang Merdeka in KK.

source:www.sabahtourism.com

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Maliau Basin

Maliau Basin
Journey from Keningau-Sapulut-Kalabakan Road

Maliau Basin conservation area are one of Malaysia's finest wilderness areas. From 1999 until 2003 a joint project with Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) resulted in basic infrastructures, the establish of Maliau Basin studies center, baseline research and strategic management plan for the area.

Maliau Basin
Sign Board to Maliau Basin
Maliau Basin conservation area also known as Sabah's Lost World, a 584 square kilometre Class 1 Protection forest reserved and one of Malaysia's finest wilderness areas, comprising a high plateau surrounded by a formidable escrapment and containing outstanding natural features such as the popular 7-tiered Maliau Falls and numerous smaller waterfall.

Situated in south central of Sabah, this virtually self-contained ecosystem is drained by one river only, the Maliau river which flow out of a gorge in the south east of the basin and forms one of the headwaters of the Kinabatangan river.

Maliau contains unusual forest type including rare montane heat forest and distinc and divers flora with over 1800 species of plant so far identified. Along with the surrounding forest it is also home to rare mammals such as banteng, clouded leopard and Malayan sunbear and more than 275 species of bird.

Maliau Basin Video

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Danum Valley

Danum Valley

Danum Valley conservation area is one of Sabah's last strongholds of lowland dipterocarp forest. Danum valley field centre is a world renowed facility for tropical rainforest research. A major collaborative programme with the United Kingdom royal society and other joint initiatives have generated over 330 studies and involved the training of local and oversea students.



Danum Valley conservation area, a 438 square kilometers Class 1 Protection Forest Reserved and one of the Borneo's last strongholds of the lowland diptercorp forest which used to cover most of northern Borneo.

With tree species numbering over 200 per hectare, it is among the oldest and richest rainforest in the world. These majestic forests with trees reaching over 60 meter tall provide a vital refuge to some of Sabah's most endangered wildlife such as Orang Utan, Sumatran rhino, proboscis monkey and Asian elephant also over 300 species of birds.

Situated in the heart of the conservation area, Mount Danum at 1093 meter high, is the tallest peak and surrounded by sub-mountane forest.

Raleigh International project in Danum Valley, Malaysian Borneo



The nearest major town is Lahad Datu on Sabah’s southeast coast; approximately 2-hour drive (81 km) away.
Danum Valley Map. How to get to Danum Valley
Danum Valley
Definition
Dipterocarpaceae, family Dipterocarpaceae - chiefly tropical Asian trees with two-winged fruits; yield valuable woods and aromatic oils and resins.
North Borneo (Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak) is the richest area in the world for dipterocarp species.