A unique new book for Christmas – and long after!

From Jesselton to Kota Kinabalu

RM 130

A unique and fascinating publication that has come from the efforts of the North Borneo History Enthusiasts and an event in Gaya Street in 2011 called Bonding with Gaya Street



A group of people, fascinated by the history of Jesselton, set themselves up in Gaya Street and invited the public to share their memories, experiences and photographs.

The responses flooded in. People unearthed their memories and their photos and came to talk about the early days of Bond Street, their war experiences, their school days, the excitement and drama of Independence, and the birth of Kota Kinabalu as a vibrant modern city, still reflecting the influences of its past.

Some of the stories and photographs have never been shared before, and we are very pleased to have been able to collect them in this publication so they can never be lost or forgotten.

The book will cost RM 130 and all profits will go to Kota Kinabalu Befrienders and other charities.

Where to buy the book

The book will be available on this website and also from various outlets n Kota Kinabalu after the MCO – watch this space for information.

The cover of the book

An interview with Rosemary Chin Garces, Tina Kisil and Susan Bansin, the main collators and writers.


Sylvia, who has helped to design and edit the book, speaks to Rosemary, Tina and Susan about how everything happened. They talk about the facebook community that led to the event, and how this remarkable collection of stories and pictures came to light.

The response to the publication of this book has been overwhelming. We have no more pre-order copies available at our special early bird price, and the offer is now closed. The book will be available in January and for orders in December at the full price of RM130. You will be able to collect your copy from the Nook Cafe or Chili Vanilla in KK. Thank you so much for your support!



Due to circumstances completely beyond our control (MCO etc) there is no Pos Laju at present between KL and KK.

The books are being printed in KL (hardbacks,to increase quality and durability) so we will have to use couriers to send them to Sabah. These are also taking some time – up to 10 days!

As you will appreciate, this adds to the price. All purchases from 19 November will now cost RM130. We hope this will not prove prohibitive – as a counterbalance, all the work on the book has been done for free and all profits will go to charity. 

Bearing this in mind, if anybody who has bought a book would be willing to add RM35 to what they have already paid, we would be exceedingly grateful for your generosity.

Thank you for your orders to date, and for your understanding. And our sincere apologies.