Bintulu in the 60s probably looks like Tubau today. There were rows of wooden shophouses with few concrete blocks housing government offices, hotel and a theater – sky theater.

Patt Taylor Bader, a former Peace Corps who served in Bintulu for two years in the 60s send us the exclusive pictures below saying “we all enjoyed our time in Bintulu and Sarawak. The people were very hospitable to us.”

Dear Patt, if you are to revisit Bintulu today, I guess the only building you would recognize is the Bintulu Police Station.

The building is still a police station to this day, occupied by Bintulu traffic police.

The Pedada, Keppel Streets had changed so much – the rows of wooden shophouses had been replaced with concrete shophouses in the early 1990s.

I don’t know where the old Sky Theater was located, but mostly likely it is no longer there.

The old airport is currently being developed into modern shopping malls, office towers and apartments. Another section being developed into a boulevard.

The old Malay Kampong (most likely part of Kampong Dagang) is no longer there. The whole of Bintulu in the 60s – is what we refer today as the old town center.

Sky Hotel and Sky theater in 1966.

Keppel road in 1966

Pedada road in 1966

The road to Bintulu Airport 1966.

Bintulu vegetable and fish market, June 1966

Law Hong Chiew in Lian Hak Seng’s grocery shop, Bintulu, June 1966

King’s Brithday, school children assembled, Bintulu, June 8, 1966.

Bintulu Police Department June 1966

Peace Corps Volunteers Stan Foster, Glenn Smith and Patricia Taylor with District Officer William Nais and Police Inspector Lucas Lee (on right), Bintulu, June 1966

The courtyard behind Capital Hotel

Jalan Abang Galau – stretching along Kemena river.

Bintulu old town – Shahida commercial center. In the 60s this was an old Government quarters.

Keppel street today

Bintulu Paragon – located on what was once Bintulu airport.