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Protestant CemeteryĂ¢Â€Â‹ 1

I had some time to spend in Penang, a unique part of Malaysia. The only Malay state with a Chinese ethnicity majority, it was visited by the English in the late 1700s. In 1786, Captain Francis Light, of the British East India Company, landed on Penang Island, and Fort Cornwallis was constructed at that site. Penang Island was ceded to the British East India Company by the Sultan of Kedah. Soon after, George Town was established at the northeastern tip of the island, named after King George III. A free port was founded to counter the Dutch influence from the East Indies. A penal colony was also created with a sizable number of Indian convicts.

 

And the first stop. The Old Protestant Cemetery (also known as Northam Road Cemetery) is a cemetery in George Town. Having faced a long period of neglect, it is now protected by the Penang Heritage Trust and has undergone several rounds of restoration. Today it lies quietly in a trimmed grove of frangipani trees along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Protestant CemeteryĂ¢Â€Â‹ 1

I had some time to spend in Penang, a unique part of Malaysia. The only Malay state with a Chinese ethnicity majority, it was visited by the English in the late 1700s. In 1786, Captain Francis Light, of the British East India Company, landed on Penang Island, and Fort Cornwallis was constructed at that site. Penang Island was ceded to the British East India Company by the Sultan of Kedah. Soon after, George Town was established at the northeastern tip of the island, named after King George III. A free port was founded to counter the Dutch influence from the East Indies. A penal colony was also created with a sizable number of Indian convicts.

 

And the first stop. The Old Protestant Cemetery (also known as Northam Road Cemetery) is a cemetery in George Town. Having faced a long period of neglect, it is now protected by the Penang Heritage Trust and has undergone several rounds of restoration. Today it lies quietly in a trimmed grove of frangipani trees along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

comments (22)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 Apr 2017, 00:44
Un bon conseil !
Ayush Basu: Yes indeed, Martine. Thank you.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 23 Apr 2017, 03:28
I am looking forward to this series, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: A break from sporting images, Ray and perhaps another lengthy series, this time from Penang.
A nice shot, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Frank.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Apr 2017, 07:17
Living history then Ayush, in a manner of speaking
Ayush Basu: Yes, Chris. I will have a few more quick shots from this place.
The East India Company was a powerful body
Ayush Basu: You are right, Bill. At one point there was quite a tussle between the Company and VOC (the Dutch equivalent) before the former prevailed. There is a sentiment in Penang that after the pass over to the crown, there was not much done to help the local people during the WWII advance of the Japanese.
A fine image and fascinating history in your notes, it is my 'learning something new on SC everyday' post for the day.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Brian. I have visited Penang previously but it is only in the last few months that I gained a better understanding of this fascinating place.
Very good shot of the marker. Amazing how many Georgetowns (or George Town) there are in the world.
Ayush Basu: I think you are right, Mary. George/King/Queen.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Apr 2017, 16:03
Thank you for the write up and I love this picture, Wonderful DOF and I love the initials in the stone.
Ayush Basu: I have visited Penang previously but it is only in the last few months that I gained a better understanding of this fascinating place, Astrid. I intend to show more of this place.
this is a beautiful Irish Celtic cross Ayush... there should be very few of them in this cemetery....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Peter. Penang is a fascinating place and I will show more facets to it.
Good to know that it is now taken care of.
Ayush Basu: At the moment it seems to left alone in peace and not subject to encroachment or vandalism of any kind, so that it is a good start, Tom.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Apr 2017, 20:50
Good to hear that it is now being cared for. Let's hope that it's "never forgotten" again.
Ayush Basu: At the moment it seems to left alone in peace and not subject to encroachment or vandalism of any kind, so that it is a good start, Alan.
That is very nice.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Michael. I have visited Penang previously but it is only in the last few months that I gained a better understanding of this fascinating place.
Did you try their Indian rojak there? Slightly different to rojak elsewhere.
Ayush Basu: Not yet, but I am loving the food here, LC!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Apr 2017, 22:57
Fascinating history.

I love you photo with its muted colours and Depth of Field.
Ayush Basu: I have visited Penang previously but it is only in the last few months that I gained a better understanding of this fascinating place, CP. More to follow.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 24 Apr 2017, 02:39
Seems like you had a lot of time to reflect...it's always nice to dive into history, especially if you can go see some sites first hand.
Ayush Basu: Correct, Emily. I have visited Penang previously but it is only in the last few months that I gained a better understanding of this fascinating place.
A wonderful example, Ayush. Very nice image!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Elizabeth. I have visited Penang previously but it is only in the last few months that I gained a better understanding of this fascinating place.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 24 Apr 2017, 06:52
An interesting place for a series, Ayush
Ayush Basu: Penang is full of interesting places, Lisl.
You chose the perfect tombstone for the place, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: This was a quiet place and I was free to roam around, Ginnie.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 24 Apr 2017, 08:51
who is never forgotten? never is a long long time smile but i do like the sentiment!
Ayush Basu: That was a pragmatic response, Elaine. I agree with you smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Apr 2017, 14:58
A lovely image Ayush, it sounds a fascinating place.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the kind comment, Anne. I have some more lined up.
Nice shot... we are both visiting cemeteries this week!
Ayush Basu: So we are, Larry!
Nice shot... we are both visiting cemeteries this week!

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