SARAWAK

 

ORDERS & DECORATIONS

The Most Excellent Order of the Star of Sarawak - Companion, neck badge.

The Most Excellent Order of the Star of Sarawak: founded by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke on 26th September 1928 to recognise exceptional services by Sarawak subjects and foreigners alike to the State of Sarawak, in all fields of endeavour. The order consisted of the Sovereign, a Grand Master and three classes of ordinary members (1. Master-MSS, 2. Companion-CSS, and 3. Officer-OSS). The insignia of the first class consisted of a breast star, sash and sash badge. The second class insignia was a badge worn from a necklet, and the third class a badge worn from a medal ribbon on the left breast. The Order was officially revived by the Sarawak state government after independence on 10th July 1964 as five class order under the name of The Most Illustrious Order of the Star of Sarawak or Darjah Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Sarawak. The new decoration was overhauled again on 11th August 1988 and restricted to a single class order named The Most Exalted Order of the Star of Sarawak or Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Sarawak. In reality, neither of the new orders had any resemblance in design, organization or scope to the old Brooke decoration, having little in common except for part of the name.

  

The Sarawak Government Long Service Decoraton (L) obverse and reverse, and The Sarawak Government Long Service Medal (R) obverse and reverse.

The Sarawak Government Long Service Medal : instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Johnston Brooke as the Sarawak Government Long Service Decoration to recognise exceptional, long and loyal service by Sarawak subjects in government sevice, community leaders, headmen and nobles. Modified and renamed by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke in 1940. Awarded as a hexagonal silver medallion in one class only. Bars were awarded for each decade of continuous service. Obsolete 1946.

The Sarawak Government Conspicuous Bravery Medal - obverse (L) and reverse (R).

The Sarawak Government Conspicuous Bravery Medal: instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke to recognise and reward supreme acts of conspicuous bravery by members of the Sarawak Rangers, Sarawak Police and government servants. Later extended to Sarawak subjects and other civilians to cover actions during the Japanese occupation. Awarded in a single class, a circular silver medal. Obsolete 1946.

The Sarawak Government Good Service Medal - Type I, obverse (L) and reverse (R).

The Sarawak Government Good Service Medal (civil): instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Johnston Brooke to recognise meritorious services and distinguished service by Sarawak subjects and employees in government service. Modified and re-designed by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke in 1928 and thereafter restricted to civil servants and meritorious services of a civil nature. Awarded as a circular medal in two classes (1. First Class in silver, and 2. Second Class in bronze). Obsolete 1946.

  

The Sarawak Government Good Service Medal - Type II (L) and The Sarawak Police Service Good Service Medal - Type II (R).

The Sarawak Military Service Good Service Medal: instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke in 1928 to recognise meritorious service and distinguished service by officers and men of the Sarawak Rangers, later extended to the Sarawak Volunteer Corps and Coastal Marine Service. Awarded as a circular medal in a two classes (1. First Class in silver, and 2. Second Class in bronze). Obsolete 1946.

The Sarawak Police Service Good Service Medal: instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Johnston Brooke in 1928 to recognise meritorious and distinguished service by officers and men of the Sarawak Police and Armed Constabulary. Awarded as a circular medal in a two classes (1. First Class in silver, and 2. Second Class in bronze). Obsolete 1946.

The Sarawak Centenary Medal.

The Sarawak Centenary Badge: instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke in 1941 to commemorate the centenary of the Brooke Dynasty and the foundation of the independent State of Sarawak by Raja Sir James Brooke in 1841. Awarded in a single class, a flat medal with part-enamelling on the obverse and blackened text on the reverse.

The Rajah of Sarawak Fund Medal: instituted by Rajah Sir Charles Vyner Brooke in 1930 to recognise services to the Rajah of Sarawak Fund for the benefit of the widows and education of the children of officers who served in the Brooke administration. Awarded in a single class as a circular medal in matt silver. This medal may never have been actually awarded to anyone

Note: In addition to the orders, decorations and medals described above, the Brooke Rajah's also awarded badges of rank and office to village, district and tribal leaders. Some of these resemble medals and are sometimes so described in dealers' sales lists and catalogues.

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