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Epitaph: The Northam Road Protestant Cemetery, George Town, Penang

Epitaph: The Northam Road Protestant Cemetery, George Town, Penang
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Epitaph: The Northam Road Protestant Cemetery, George Town, Penang

Marcus Langdon

The Northam Road Cemetery is probably the first burial ground to have been established following settlement of Penang by the British East India Company in 1786. It is certainly the first Christian cemetery, catering to both Roman Catholic and Protestant burials.

This richly illustrated, beautifully produced, limited-edition two-part boxed set is the most definitive work ever published about the Protestant side of this cemetery. Covering all 464 surviving memorials and tombs, with background stories to most of the identifiable persons interred there, it captures an invaluable and enthralling snapshot of a section of Penang's inhabitants during the settlement's first 100 years. It also contains a list of 1,437 names of other persons known to have been interred in the same cemetery during that time. As such it is not only a valuable social record but a rich source of genealogical and historical information on the European population during Penang's first century under British administration.

The Northam Road Cemetery is a sparkling jewel within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover it now!



Size: 31.3 x 25.1 x 7.6 cm, xix + 798 pp, 4960 gm

Language: English

The cemetery has been divided up into sections of 25 graves, each section forming a chapter. A map and contents of each section is included. Each grave is carefully photographed, along with its inscription where extant. Each inscription is painstakingly transcribed and information about the person or persons interred has been thoroughly researched by the author, Marcus Langdon. Biographical details are included for the majority of the decipherable tombstones. Many additional images are included; both historical and family-related, making this the definitive guide to the cemetery and a magnificent tribute to those interred. Being a very limited edition with only 550 copies produced, this will surely become a sought-after collector's item.

Hardcover with dustjackets, 2 parts in a boxed set

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