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Monday, September 26, 2011

Bukit Brown Cemetery DIY Tour on 9 and 16 Oct 2011

I just view my facebook and noted there is a DIY tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, a public event created by Victor Yue at!/event.php?eid=142006435895789

If you have facebook account, you can access the event page and indicate "I am attending" by clicking the button on the top right hand corner!

For those who do not have facebook account, here is the details, hope it helps to pass the information to friends and visitors of this blog who might be interested and make it in time!


Remember your ancestors' day cum DIY Tour

Date and time:
9 Oct (Sun) 16 Oct (Sun) 2011, from 8.30 am to 1 pm

Meeting point:
In front of Bukit Brown Cemetery Gates at Lorong Halwa, off Kheam Hock Road

Steps to find out if your ancestor's graves in Bukit Brown Cemetery:

As Bukit Brown was a government cemetery, there is a burial register kept in the form of microfilm
at the National Archives of Singapore at 1 Canning Rise.

The burial records were written in English and kept in burial sequence from the date of burial from 1922 when Bukit Brown was first opened up to the year 1960. The dates follow the Western Calender

1) First find out your ancestor name that you think could be buried in Bukit Brown. As the burial records are in English the names will have to be in English

2) Find out the date of death. Usually the burial date is a few days after the date of death. If you don’t know the exact death date, you would have to comb through the data which is in running sequence.
Remember there are more than 80,000 burials in Bukit Brown, so the closer you can pin down the date of death, the easier it is to find. Even knowing the month of burial will help.
3) Your ancestors’ families may have published the obituary notice in the English newspapers which include the date of burial and burial place. You can check out using the newspapers archives :

4) Once you have the details of the names and date of death, go down to the National Archives in Canning Rise and ask for the burial register for that particular year.

5) You can find out the burial plot number from the burial register. The last known address of the deceased is also available. Please note that Bukit Brown cemetery is divided into Blocks and Sections.
So you should obtain the Block and Section and the grave no.

With the grave plot no, they can go down to the dates we are going to publicize on “Bukit Brown - Remember your ancestors’ day “ on 9 Oct and 16 Oct from 8.30 am to 1 pm whereby there will be guides there to help them to look for their ancestors

Wear walking shoes and attires. While you look for your ancestors' graves, you can enjoy the beautiful and serene natural greenery and wildlife that few places in Singapore offer now.

Volunteers so far:

9 Oct - Raymond Goh, Charles Goh, Rosalind M Tan
16 Oct - Raymond Goh, Charles Goh, Rosalind M Tan, Charlotte Chu


Source of above information:!/event.php?eid=142006435895789

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