Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Penang Free School

Tuesday, 17 April 2012



Penang Free School has a long history. It began in Georgetown in a brick building that looked like a castle in a quaint town. It existed there from 1816 to 1927 and a new school complex was then built in Green Lane when the old complex was overcrowded. Part of the old school complex/building (a half wing) was bombed in the Second World War. The remaining building of that bombed complex was renovated/restored and converted into the Penang Museum.


PENANG FREE SCHOOL IN GEORGE TOWN

Then ... (Photo from Penang Museum display)
In 2012
Then ... (Photo from Penang Museum display)


PENANG FREE SCHOOL IN GREEN LANE in 2012

I requested permission from the security to enter and photograph the school in Green Lane (now Jalan Masjid Negeri). Here are some photos of the school at Green Lane. This was the first time I entered Penang Free School grounds to do photoshoot. Photos were taken by me with a Lumix digitalcam.


Sesqui-centenary (150 years) celebration of the PFS 1816-1966

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Update from me (2 August 2016)

Penang Free School will be celebrating its 200th anniversary on 21 October 2016 (1816-2016).

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Update from Lim Wee Seong (2 August 2016) via Blogger comments:

Good evening Dr. Faridah.
Penang Free School will be celebrating her 200th anniversary in less than 80 days.
The school has a fresh coat of paint since you last photographed it.
There is now a team of 6 4WD making their journey from PFS, Penang to Dittisham(UK), village of Rev. Robert S.Hutchings.
There will be a ceremony to commemorate PFS's founding father.
There is a Facebook page on the journey if you're interested. The team is now in China driving thru mountains, some close to 5000 meters above sea level.
Do visit the PFS archive if you hv the opportunity. There are artifacts, material, books that could possibly be the only one in existence.

Warm regards,
Wee Seong (batch '87)
Fortis Atque Fidelis
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PFS in Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/edboardpfs/
The Editorial Board of Penang Free School
19 October 2013
The Grand Old Lady turns 197 years old in a couple days. 
The Editorial Board of Penang Free School
21 October 2014
The Grand Old Lady celebrates her 198th anniversary today (21/10/2014)
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PFS Bicentenial Overland Drive in Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1237685622938241/


1 comments:

Wee Seong Lim said...

Good evening Dr.Faridah.
Penang Free School will be celebrating her 200th anniversary in less than 80 days.
The school has a fresh coat of paint since you last photographed it.
There is now a team of 6 4WD making their journey from PFS, Penang to Dittisham(UK), village of Rev. Robert S.Hutchings.
There will be a ceremony to commemorate PFS's founding father.
There is a Facebook page on the journey if you're interested. The team is now in China driving thru mountains, some close to 5000 meters above sea level.
Do visit the PFS archive if you hv the opportunity. There are artifacts, material, books that could possibly be the only one in existence.


Warm regards,
Wee Seong (batch '87)
Fortis Atque Fidelis