Monthly Cemetery Tour
Every last Sunday of the month!!
This month: 28 July 2013, 2.00pm, meet at the information counter of Little Penang Street Market, Upper Penang Road by 1.50pm.
Admission: FREE (Pre-registration is required)
Registration : Contact Penang Heritage Trust 04-264 2631 or email email@example.com
The Protestant Cemetery is a site of great significance within the World Heritage Site of George Town. It is the final resting place of Penang’s European pioneers such as Francis Light, James Scott, several early governors, Stamford Raffles’ brother-in-law Quintin Dick Thomas, David Brown of Glugor Estate, Reverend Hutchings who founded the Penang Free School, Reverend Thomas Beighton of the London Missionary Society, George Earl and James Richardson Logan. Many of them died of tropical fevers, probably malaria, brought about by the widespread clearing of forests.
Also buried here was a young officer named Thomas Leonowens, whose widow Anna Leonowens became a schoolmistress in 19th century Siam. Her romanticised account of her life in the East inspired the play and film ‘The King and I’ and more recently ‘Anna and the King’ which was partially filmed in Penang.
The tour is conducted by Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) and supported by Penang Global Tourism (PGT).