“The babies always smelt dusty. The lady stood beside me is Gloria Waters, who was a VSO with her husband, who was something to do with the water industry. The natives always respected you, both in Borneo and in the Solomon’s. We were always treated well”.
Sister Caswell meets a baby orangutan at an orphan sanctuary whilst on a day off in Sabah, North Borneo. This particular baby was not an orphan, its mother was called Freda. She was rather bad tempered and was kept behind bars.
The smell of the baby orangutan was ‘serious’ and its hair was coarse like a coconut!
A photo of my mum when she was a nursing sister in Borneo. I think that she looks fantastic, but she did not like the hat because it would flip over and cover your face if you bent forward. She preferred that hats the Sister’s used to wear in England which were frilly. The photo was taken at the bottom of the garden, near the Cottage Hospital, Keningau (sometime between 1967-9).