Once called Northam Road Cemetery, it is now an abandoned cemetery by the Penang Sea. The earliest burial was in 1789, far surpassed the famous burial grounds of Père Lachaise in Paris and the Highgate Cemetery in London. The cemetery is the final resting place of many early Penang’s most influential residents, amongst all was Capt. Francis Light himself. Lies in a grove of frangipani trees with scattered tombstones belonged to people of bygone era; all that left was an old abandoned cemetery with birds keeping company of its eternal residents. Perhaps when you are dead, abandon is no longer a lonely word.
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them -George Eliot
– Old Protestant Cemetery, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Georgetown Penang, Malaysia.