• Short Summary

    MEMBERS OF THE 24 CONSTRUCTION SQUADRON, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN A ROAD BUILDING PROJECT IN INTERIOR MALAYSIAN SABAH, ARE BEING HOUSED IN TENTS.

  • Description

    MEMBERS OF THE 24 CONSTRUCTION SQUADRON, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN A ROAD BUILDING PROJECT IN INTERIOR MALAYSIAN SABAH, ARE BEING HOUSED IN TENTS. THE TENTS SEEN HERE ARE LOCATED IN SOOK, A DISTRICT TOWN IN THE WESTERN SECTOR. THE ENGINEERS ARE BEING ASSISTED BY MURUT TRIBESMEN, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE USE OF FIREARMS IN CASE OF AN ATTACK BY INDONESIAN INFILTRATORS.

    THE 14-FEET WIDE ROAD WILL PROVIDE THE FARMERS QUICKER MEANS OF TRANSPORTING THEIR CROPS TO THE MARKET. THE 15-MILE ROAD WILL SNAKE THROUGH SOME OF SABAH'S MOST BREATHTAKING SCENERY.

    TWO GROUPS OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY ENGINEERS HAVE SINCE LEFT SABAH AFTER HAVING UNDERTAKEN SIMILAR TASK. THEY ARE THE 1ST FIELD SQUADRON WHICH COMPLETED. 16 MILES OF ROAD AND THE 7TH FIELD SQUADRON WHICH COMPLETED 15 MILES. BOTH SQUADRONS TOOK SIX MONTHS EACH ON THE PROJECT.

    NOT LONG AGO, MEMBERS OF THE 24 CONSTRUCTION SQUADRON HAD AN IMPORTANT VISITOR TO THEIR WORK-SITE. HE WAS GENERAL SIR JOHN WILTON, AUSTRALIAN ARMY CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF. SIR JOHN WAS BRIEFED ON THE ACTIVITIES OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY ENGINEERS IN THE COUNTRY BY MAJOR JOHNSTONE, OFFICER COMMANDING THE SQUADRON.

    AS A LARGE PART OF SOOK IS SURROUNDED BY JUNGLE, THE TASK OF FELLING TREES IS BEING DONE BY BULLDOZERS. THE ROAD IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA210Y37T3N91GE6GGV361BVEEG
    Media URN:
    VLVA210Y37T3N91GE6GGV361BVEEG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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