Flags of the World by Digibel
|11th August 1839||James Brooke first arrived in Sarawak in the yacht Royalist.|
|24th September 1841||James Brooke granted government of Sarawak by Raja Muda Hassim after helping to quell rebellion|
|by 1855||Postal service in operation.|
|by 1859||Indian stamps available in Kuching.|
|8th September 1867||Opening of Council Negri (State Council)|
|11th June 1868||On his death, James Brooke had bequethed Sarawak|
to his nephew Charles Johnson
later renamed Charles Anthony Brooke
|by 1869||Indian stamps replaced by Straits Settlements stamps.|
|1st March 1869||First definitve stamp issued depicting James Brooke.
Local postal service established.
|1st January 1871||New definitive stamp issued depicting Charles Brooke.|
|1st November 1874||Indian stamps replaced by Straits Settlements stamps.|
|1875||First "receipt" stamps issued.|
|1879||Straits Settlements postal cards sold for use in Sarawk at a premium of 1 cent.|
|1st July 1887||Parcel Post service established.|
|5th September 1888||Sarawak became British Protectorate.|
|10th November 1888||New definitive stamps printed by de la Rue.|
|1889||First postal card issued|
Revenue stamps issued.
|1890||Sarawak occupied Limbang Valley.|
|February 1895||New definitive stamps printed by Perkins Bacon|
|1897||First postal card issued.|
|1st July 1897||Sarawak joined UPU.|
|1899||Revenue stamps overprinted "Customs" issued.|
|24th May 1989||Sarawak joined the Empire Penny Post scheme.|
|10th November 1899||De la Rue definitives reissued without "revenue".|
|1913||First registered envelopes issued.|
|17th May 1917||Rajah Sir Charles Brooke died.|
Charles Vyner Brooke installed as Raja.
|26th March 1918||New definitive stamps issued showing
Charles Vyner Brooke
|1929||Air mails accepted for Singapore-Karachi-London|
Imperial Airways service.
|1st January 1932||New definitive stamps issued printed by Waterlow.|
|1st May 1934||New definitive stamps issued printed by
|1st March 1938||"All-up" Empire air mail service extended to Sarawak.|
|15th December 1941||Miri occupied by Japanese.|
|October 1942||Sarawak stamps overprinted in Japanese issued.|
|23rd June 1945||Australian forces liberated Miri.|
|by October 1945||Austalian stamps made available for civilian use.|
|17th December 1945||New stamps issued overprinted BMA (British Military Administration)|
|15th April 1946||Sarawak transferred back to Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke.|
|1st June 1946||British Crown Colony of Sarawak established.|
|16th April 1947||Stamps reissued overprinted with Royal Cypher
and Script CA watermark.
|1st January 1950||George VI definitives issued.|
|1st June 1955||First Queen Elizabeth defiitives issued.|
|31st August 1963||Sarawak became self-governing.|
|16th September 1963||Sarawak joined Malaysian Federation.|
|15th November 1965||Orchid definitive stamps issued.|
|1st February 1971||Butterfly definitive stamps issued with Sarawak Arms
printed by Bradbury Willkinson.
|12th February 1977||Butterfly definitive stamps re-issued with Sarawak crest printed by Harrison.|
|30th April 1979||Flowers definitive stamps issued.|
|1983-86||Flowers definitive stamps reprinted
on un-watermarked paper.
|25th October 1986||Agro products definitives issued.|
|1st September 1993||Agro products definitives re-issued showing new shield.|
More detailed information on the postal history of Sarawak is contained in
Edward Proud's book "The Postal History of British Borneo"