In 1848, Reverand Francis McDougall and his wife Harriette arrived in Kuching. They headed the Borneo Mission (1848-68), a private missionary group. The Rajah donated16 hectares of the land to the Mission on which Mission House was built in 1849.

In the Mission House, the McDougall ran a little day school, which was historically Kuching’s first St Thomas and St Mary. The Mission House was also a dispensary and hospital where Bishop McDougall, a highly qualified surgeon, tended to the locals and a handful of Europeans.

Extracted from (my favourite book): “Old Kuching” by Alice Yen Ho

This is St Thomas Cathedral Church today, standing tall and proud of it’s history.

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The reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation.

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The side view and the front entrance view.

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Over-looking Padang Merdeka.

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The Bishop’s House.

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I remember this as the guests’ house when my aunt and uncle were staying there many many years ago.

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