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Penang Island was also known as Prince of Wales Island. It was part of the Straits Settlements, along with Singapore and Malacca. The capital of Penang is George Town (or Georgetown). The island now forms a part of the larger Malaysian state of Penang.

Province Wellesley (now Seberang Perai), or mainland Penang, is opposite Penang island on the Malay Peninsula. This area was also incorporated into the Straits Settlements.

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Ecclesiastical Returns: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials at the British Library. Prince of Wales Island [Penang], Malacca and Singapore 1799-1829 in IOR N/8. These records are included in the digitised records available on the commercial site findmypast
The LDS film number for these records is 498606, item 2.

Returns are continued in the Bengal returns 1830-1868, N/1. For Malacca marriages 1820-1824, see also IOR: R/9/39/3.

FIBIS Resources


See FIBIS Resources above. Also:-

  • Penang: Graves in the Protestant Section of Western Road Cemetery by Justin Corfield, 2000 80pp, 27 illustrations
  • BACSA have publishedChristian Cemeteries of Penang & Perak by Alan Harfield c 1987 which details inscriptions of those buried there.
The index of persons named therein can be searched at BACSA Search. Application can be made to BACSA for copies of the full inscription - charges apply. For details of the books including purchase, see BACSA Books - select Cemetery Record Books. In addition FamilySearch have digitised Christian cemeteries of Penang and Perak , which has restricted access, but which may be viewed on a FamilySearch computer at a FamilySearch Centre. Catalogue entry. For more information, see FamilySearch Centres. Update June 2018. It appears that FamilySearch digital viewing is no longer possible. To be clarified.

External Links


Historical books online