the white man’s grave

By: penangphotolog

Aug 21 2012

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Category: Art, Black & White, Cityscape, Faith, Heritage, Images, Landscape, Nature, Penang, People, Personalities, Photography, Places

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Aperture:f/5
Focal Length:18.7mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/100 sec
Camera:DMC-TZ20
Shaded under a canopy of cascading plumerias in Northam Road is an old graveyard that houses Penang’s early settlers, missionaries and administrators. Most of them succumbed to malaria at a very tender age including Captain Francis Light, the founder himself thus earning early Penang the epithet “the white man’s grave”. Thomas Leonowen, husband of the noted Anna Loenowen whose stint at the Siamese court tutoring the wives and children of the king which was later made into a musical hit called ‘The King and I’ himself is a resident. This graveyard once stood at the edged of the town next to paddy fields and vegefarms but as the city grew, today it sits right in the middle of the inner city attracting history buffs more than descendants. Pictures taken at the Protestant Cemetery, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang.



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