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There was a small kitten sleeping beside one of the graves at the Dutch Cemetery. I was immediately drawn to it and found that it bore some small wounds. Like this poor kitten, the place itself is often overlooked by tourists primarily because of its not-very-exposed location. It lies behind St. Paul’s Church.

While visitors gathered at St. Paul’s Church on top of the hill and at A Famosa fortress below, it is eerily quiet at the Dutch Graveyard. I visited this place for two days and found that not many tourists step on this side of the complex. If they do, they usually pass by as they take the short cut to the church ruins from the fortress or vice versa.

Poor kitten resting at the Graveyard
More graves

The graveyard was first used in the late 17th century, when the Dutch was the ruling power in the city. While it was the Dutch who first used it, it seems like there are more British graves here than Dutch ones. Currently, there are 33 graves that became the resting place of British individuals, and only five Dutch graves. The first Brit to be buried in this cemetery was Captain John Kidd, a naval captain. Most bodies buried at the cemetery were British naval personnel or wives of army officers.

Posted: 2012 • 6 • 9

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