An Introduction to the White Ranee

The Old Courthouse

6 - 15 July 2018
11:00am - 9:00pm

Free to Attend

This exhibition explores the extraordinary life and pioneering efforts of Margaret De Windt, a key figure in the early history of Sarawak’s progress.


At 19 she married the Second Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Brooke, and embraced a new life as queen of this quixotic multi-cultural kingdom. Courageous, intelligent and full of energy, and using her unique position to break down taboos, Margaret would become renowned as an advocate for women’s rights, universal education, and the remarkable people she would come to see as her own.

The exhibition will pair the role and position of Ranee Margaret Brooke as a driving force behind the progress of Sarawak during her husband’s rule with the Keringkam as a symbol of her co-operation and integration with the local women, one of the foundations of modern Sarawak’s harmony and unity.

The first Ranee of Sarawak was a key figure in the early history of Sarawak’s progress. Evidently a strong and capable woman, she is inspirational to modern women as someone unafraid to #pressforprogress, and refused to be entirely confined by the gender roles of her time.

Photo credit: The Brooke Heritage Trust

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