A Facebook post by Dennis Tan sharing about Penang's First Chinese Kapitan grave, (Koh Lay Huan alias Chewan) was an interesting read. I learnt from Dennis that there are still 2 Kapitan Cina graves in Penang. Reading from a fantastic article which list down the Chinese Kapitans in Malay States (by Eugene Khoo of Overseas Chinese in the British Empire), i found out that there were 3 Chinese Kapitans in Penang.
- Koh Lay Huan 辜禮歡 (the first Kapitan for Penang) -1787-1826)
- Cheah Ching Hui 謝清輝 (1894-1908)
- Cheah Yong Chong 謝榮宗 (1909-1918)
If you are keen to find out more about Penang Grave Information, do join the Penang Cemetery Group that is on Facebook platform.
I will not jump into details on who and what this titles are about as there were many research work and papers out there on how this titles came about, but i will just focus on a quick summary of the Kapitan Cina or the Chinese Kapitan's of Bukit Brown and the current status of their tomb.
Tomb located in Bukit Brown
- Wee Chim Yean (Kapiten de Chinezen - Bengkalis)
Hopefully i have not left anyone out from the list above. If i did, do leave a kind comment below.
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