Historical tour to the Hong Kong Cemetery

Date: Monday 25 Oct 2021
The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Archives organized a tour of the history of the Hong Kong Cemetery last Saturday, 23th October, which was attended by about 20 people.
The Hong Kong Cemetery (1845), known as the Hong Kong Colonial Cemetery, stepped up the Happy Valley hillside, opposite the racecourse. A layered memory of colonial history, graves are predominantly of British Protestants: government servants, businesspeople, soldiers, seafarers, and missionaries.
The tour departed from Bishop’s House and then visited the Hong Kong Cemetery at Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island. The tour started with a visit to the Chapel of the Resurrection in the cemetery by our Provincial Archivist, The Revd Professor Philip L. Wickeri who introduced the features and significance of the chapel building and the monuments on the walls. The Chapel of the Resurrection was briefly a chapel-of-ease to St John’s Cathedral before the Second World War.
After that, He took the group to visit the gravestone of many famous Sheng Kung Hui related people in Hong Kong’s history and explained their stories and history, such as Rev. Karl Friedrich August Gutzlaff, Rev. Theodor Hamberg and Sir Robert Ho Tung. Of special interest to us were the graves of Lucy Eyre, who was instrumental in the founding of St. Mary’s Church, and Phoebe Burdon, the second wife of the third Anglican Bishop of Hong Kong.