Murdoch University Emeritus Professor Robert Reece has been awarded the Borneo Research Council Medal of Excellence.
The award is in recognition of Professor Reece’s many outstanding contributions to the study of the history of Borneo.
Over three decades he has written extensively on a wide range of topics, including economic development, the role of the Malays in the political evolution of modern Sarawak, an oral history-based account of life during the Japanese Occupation, botanical history and a popular pictorial history of the Brooke Raj which was also published in French.
Professor Reece has also been responsible for locating and preserving extensive private collections of letters, photographs and other materials in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, and Sarawak’s own Pustaka Negeri.
The BRC Board of Directors said in all, Professor Reece’s work as a scholar and teacher had greatly enriched their knowledge and understanding of Borneo’s past and its continuing impact on the present.