Researching the Story

Story Research

A Tale to be Told


Medhurst travelled extensively to spread the Christian message. From London, he went to a host of places in Asia, including Madras, Malacca, Penang, Batavia, Macao, Canton and Shanghai amongst others. 

I have actually attempted to retrace some of Medhurst’s footsteps, by visiting some of the places, meeting people involved with aspects of his legacy and following the history of the period in that region. He is actually my ancestor making this search very close and special to me. These experiences alone would make an interesting story and here are some snippets from that journey.

Where Walter met his Love

In 2013, I visited Chennai (India) to see where Walter met and married his wife Elizabeth and to learn her fascinating story of her childhood, plus the drama of her father's life as a Colonel in the Madras Native Infantry. 

I enjoyed the fellowship of the congregation at the William Charles Memorial Church and was pleased to be able to give them a picture of the founder of the Church. A report of my visit was published in Madras Musings and reprinted in The Hindu newspaper.

Built to Last

In 2008, John and Colleen Holliday visited Jakarta to meet the Directors and the children of the Parapattan Orphanage founded by Walter Medhurst in 1832. Today this orphanage is an outstanding institution and in 2011 was awarded the best orphanage in Jakarta by the Indonesian Government. 

We have been lucky enough to assist them in building a library in Medhurst’s name, and we hope to continue our relationship with Parapattan for many years to come.
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