The auxiliary mission hospital at Singkawang was founded by the Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap.). Later on it was serviced by the Roman Catholic congregation Franciscan Sisters of Veghel (SFIC). The date of foundation must have been about 1917, as the first subsidy for initial investments is reported for that year ( f 7586 for buildings and f 1,000 for equipment) and for the auxiliary mission hospital that was then a small category I hospital (10-25 beds).
See Dutch Missionary Activities, an oral history project of the Nijmegen University concerning religious nuns and monks who workedin one of the mission fields of the Roman Catholic Church. Interview 89 (KMM file nr. 370) is with J.P.M. van Mil (Sister Philomena), who worked from 1933 to 1973 in Kalimantan as a nurse, among others in the hospital of Singkawang and Interview 90 (KMM file 492) with C.W. Slits (Sister Alena) who worked from 1924-1968 in Kalimantan, also in the hospital of Singkawang.
See Koloniaal Verslag 1930,Annex O-XI: . Subsidy personnel f 6580; further expenditure f 8,360. The hospital is then Category II: 25-75 beds.
Singkawang is a department with capital (same name) of the Residency Westerafdeeling van Borneo. The department has 250,000 inhabitants, of whom 300 Europeans and 67,000 Chinese. The population is mainly Dayak and Maleysian.The department exists of the selfruling Landscapes of Sambas and Mampawah. The capital Singkawang is situated at the sea-shore and is connected by motorways with the interior and with other coast setllements (Gonggryp 1934, 1299-1300).