via The Star, 11 October 2018: Walking tours of the Protestant cemetery of Penang
Source: The Star 20181011
The 229-year-old Protestant Cemetery in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah is the final resting place for many prominent personalities who contributed to the early development of George Town.
One of them was Philip Dundas who was appointed Penang’s first governor by the East India Company in 1805.
His governance lasted only two years, as he succumbed to malaria at the age of 44.
Local historian Clement Liang, who led a tour of the cemetery, said the cemetery was also home to other governors who served after him.
Source: Digging into the past – Metro News | The Star Online
via the Malay Mail, 03 October 2018: Last week I was in Penang attending the Managing Urban Cultural Heritage conference and listening on many interesting perspectives about conservation in the World Heritage town of George Town. Here are some news stories from the conference.
General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated Dr Ang Ming Chee address the crowd in the forum on Challanges and Opportunities in The World Heritage Site Management during the 2018 International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage at Bayview Hotel Georgetown. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN. Source: Malay Mail 20181003
George Town has the potential to be a centre of excellence in heritage that encompasses various disciplines, said George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) general manager Ang Ming Chee.
The George Town world heritage site manager has plans to make the city a centre for objects and collection conservation, living heritage, creative industry, disaster risk reduction and cultural heritage.
Source: Penang aims to make George Town a centre of excellence for heritage | Malaysia | Malay Mail
Six-month unpaid internship in Georgetown, Penang.
The George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme will provide a useful learning experience to interns, enhancing their academic knowledge with relevant work assignments and cultivating a new generation of heritage professionals. The intern will have practical onsite work opportunities and receive on-the-job training that can be applied to other employment settings.
George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme
Source: George Town World Heritage Incorporated Internship Programme
via Free Malaysia Today, 22 July 2018: Jerejak Island in Penang, Malaysia is a former leper colony that was planned for nomination in Unesco World Heritage. This plan is now in question as the state government has okayed plans for a large luxury resort to be developed on the island.
Deputy tourism minister to write to Penang chief minister about plans for luxury development on former leper colony island.
Source: Resort plans put Jerejak heritage status in doubt
via The Star, 06 June 2018:
GEORGE TOWN: The controversy surrounding the development of Sia Boey (old Prangin market) and the Prangin Canal has again sparked anger among heritage activists, this time with allegations that excavation works were being carried out illegally at the site.
GTWHI, in a statement yesterday, clarified that they were not carrying out any excavation works in Sia Boey, adding that its management has adhered to the proper procedure and protocol.
Source: Outrage over Sia Boey again
via New Straits Times, 04 March 2018:
GEORGETOWN: After the discovery of two cannons, a group of archaeologists and historians from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) found nine cannonballs at the archaeological site of Fort Cornwallis.
Source: Nine cannonballs found at Fort Cornwallis [NSTTV]
via The Malaysian Insight, 20 Feb 2018
EXCAVATION works at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang, has unearthed two East India Company (EIC)-era cannons over two centuries old. Both bear the insignia “GR” – Georgius…
Source: Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis
via Astro Awani, 06 October 2017:
George Town, one of the most prominent trading ports linking the East and West for the last 200 years, is at risk of losing the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Source: George Town may lose UNESCO World Heritage Site status | Astro Awani
The Malay Mail, 12 May 2017: Fresh C14 dates for the skeleton found at Guar Kepah in Penang reveals it is 5,700 years old, consistent with the shell midden’s Neolithic date.
Source: Carbon dating confirms ‘Penang Woman’ is 5,710 years old | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online
See also: Carbon dating finds ‘Penang Woman’ to be 5,710 years old (The Star, 13 May 2017)
New Straits Times, 25 April 2017: More on the skeleton found at Guar Kepah in Penang. There are now some calls to nominate the site for World Heritage, but those calls seem to be coming from politicians who may not be aware of how high the bar is.
KEPALA BATAS: The latest discovery of human skeleton, aged probably between 5,000 and 6,000 years, at the construction site of an archaeology gallery in Guar Kepah here on Monday proved the existence of prehistoric people in Peninsular Malaysia during Neolithic period.
Source: 5,000-year-old skeleton found in Guar Kepah | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News
See also: State seeks Unesco listing for site of ‘Penang Woman’ discovery (Malay Mail, 25 April 2017)