Along Jl. Letkol Santoso in the southeastern part of the city, about 15 minutes walking from the fortress, is an obelisk. This shrine was founded for Captain Robert Hamilton, 'which died on 15 December 1793 on the age of 38 as the commander of the troops'.
From here it's only a few hundred meters to the European graveyard. Most British graves date from the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century; the later graves are from the Dutch. During the British rule only a handful of European women lived in Bengkulu. A few gravestones carry messages of love: The one of Captain Thomas Tapston 'was founded in the remembrance of his deeply hurt girlfriend, Nona Jessamine'. Unfortunately most of the graves have been vandalized. Possibly this is also the location where the three children of Raffles, who died in Bengkulu, are buried.
Location map of European graveyard
Last revised on October 24, 2009
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