January 7, 2011
Kampong Nangka Melanau Christian Cemetery
When Rev James Hoover conducted his Sunday worship in Sibu a few "Orang Sibu" would drop by according to documents related to his work in Sibu.
the Roman Catholic Church evangelised amongst the Melanaus converting many of them (hence their burial place behind St. Teresa in Sg. Merah perhaps. There are indeed very few Melanaus who are MethodistsT
thus this cemetery along the Sg. Seduan must have been alienated to the Melanaus of Kampong Nangka to bury their dead as early as 1870's . These two headstones (belian wood) can vouch for this primary source of historical record. Recently the Melanau Community erected a shed to protect the earliest "headstones" of their community leaders of those early years.
Today the Melanau cemetery forms part of the Sibu Heritage Walk. But more beautification could make this truly a historical and remarkable cultural place!!
If the trees could speak they would tell the beautiful tales of the lives of the Melanaus who lived and traded in this area.