Northam Road Protestant Cemetery is Penang earliest Protestant Cemetery where the 1st Governors and administrators were interred.
This cemetery is a site of great significance within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town. It is the final resting place of Penang’s European pioneers such as founder of the settlement Francis Light, Philip Dundas Governor of Prince of Wales Island, Rev. R.S Hutching founder of Penang Free School etc.
Penang Global Tourism and Penang Heritage Trust conducted “Francis Light Cemetery Tour” every Sunday afternoon of the month from 2pm to 3pm. Public will know more about the historic and heritage thorough the tour.
There are around 500 tombs in this cemetery. Of these 150 cannot be identified. Many more memorials were lost when Japanese bombs landed in both ends of the cemetery during World War 2.
The persons interred here were Americans, Armenians, Australians, British, Chinese, Dutch, French and Germans. Many of them died of tropical fevers, probably malaria, brought about by the widespread clearing of forests.
If you interested to know more about this cemetery, come and join the tour. It is FREE, Pre-registration is required.
Meeting Point : Information Counter of Little Penang Street market, Upper Penang Road