Early Cemeteries in Singapore, by Alan Harfield

Early Cemeteries in Singapore, by Alan Harfield

Published by the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia in 1988, 384 pages. Paperback (A27RWSO)

From the introduction: The intended scope of this publication is from the founding of the Settlement on Singapore Island through to the opening of the Bidadari Christian cemetery in 1907. I have, however, included two other cemeteries that had been opened later than that date but, due to redevelopment, no longer exist.

Of historical necessity the main bulk of the book deals with the second Christian cemetery to be established in Singapore which has become known as the Fort Canning Cemetery. The cemetery at the site of Fort Canning, Singapore is one which has been vastly changed over the past 50 years. From being a typical colonial cemetery crowded with monuments of architectural interest side by side with small conventional gravestones, it is now an open park area, with walls on three of its sides. These walls are now studded with memorial stones that have been saved and bricked into them.

I first saw the cemetery at Fort Canning when passing through Singapore almost 40 years ago, in 1949, and since then have developed a great interest in the cemetery. A few years later I was fortunate enough to be stationed at Fort Canning when it was the Headquarters of the Singapore Base District. During the three years that I was stationed there I spent many lunch hours making notes of the inscriptions and over the years have attempted to trace the details of those who were buried in the quiet cemetery at Fort Canning. The contents include:

Maps and Plans
Fort Canning Hill, Singapore
Forbidden Hill Cemetery (1820-1822)
Fort Canning Cemetery
Register of Graves by HA Stallwood
Fort Canning Cemetery - Naval Memorials
List of Additional Burials at Fort
Canning Cemetery
Book of Remembrance of Military
Graves at the Fort Canning Cemetery
The Bukit Timah Cemetery (1865-1907)
Memorials from the Bukit Timah Cemetery
Bukit Timah Cemetery Register
Jewish Cemetery, Singapore
Ulu Pandan Cemetery
Register of Servicemen and Families
who were exhumed from Bidadari
Cemetery and Reburied at Ulu Pandan
The Bidadari Cemetery
St Andrew's Cathedral
Church of St Gregory The Illuminator (The Armenian Church)
St Joseph's Church Cemetery, Bukit Timah

The condition of the book is generally good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.