Monday, January 4, 2016

古早味 之 Cameron Highlands' Christian Heritage

Methodist Centennial Chefoo Centre, 1933
(  previoualy Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) bungalow )
Location : Jalan Sultan Abu Bakar, Brinchang

The lodge was built in 1933 to provide accommodation for Christians who were involved with the preaching of the gospel.
From 1952 to 1960, it served as the campus for the former Chefoo School.
The first Chefoo School was opened in China in 1881. It moved to the Cameron Highlands in 1952.   In June 2001, the school had to close due to a drop in its student intake.
In 2002, the estate was sold to the Methodist Church in Malaysia. It is now known as the Methodist Centennial Chefoo Centre.

Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1935, Catholic 
Location : Jalan Besar,  Tanah Rata
Pensionnat Notre Dame, 1935 ( presently S.K. Convent)

The Convent Primary School was once a boarding school for the children of the resort’s expatriate community. Its history dates back to the time when the hill plain was first developed.
In the late 1920s, the Bishop of Malacca, H.E. Monsignor Emile Barillon wrote to the British government seeking a grant of land at the constituency. His purpose was to oversee a Catholic post comprising a monastery, a convent (Pensionnat Notre Dame), a retreat (Father’s House) and a church . His request was granted on condition a European boarding school was included in the plan.
The construction of the Pensionnat Notre Dame began in 1929. Mr. P.L.M. Nathan, was appointed the project’s architect and structural engineer. The structure was completed in 1934. H.E. Monseigneur Adrian Pierre Devals blessed the building’s foundation on Monday, 9 July 1934. The first Mass was celebrated on Sunday, 26 May 1935. The Hon. Mr. C. C. Brown, the British Resident of Pahang officially opened the complex on Saturday, 27 July 1935.
Thereafter, the school continued to grow. In less than three months, the student intake grew from 18 to 70. By 1940, it had more than 240 pupils. This, however, came to a halt during the Second World War (1941-1945). The Japanese turned the place into a hospital.
After the war, the school reopened but it functioned from huts within its compound. The British continued to use the site as a hospital. Known as the British Military Hospital, it was leased from the church to serve as a convalescent depot for the members of the British Army.
When the British withdrew in 1971, the Gothic-styled building was returned to the Catholic Church. It was renamed Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Convent (S.K. Convent).

All Souls' Church, 1958, Anglican
Location : Jalan Pejabat Hutan, Tanah Rata

Located in Taman Sedia, Tanah Rata, the plateau's little Church of England was once acknowledged by the early members of its congregation as The Cameron Highlands Church.
The history of this establishment can be traced back to the 1950s when its services were held at either the Cameron Highlands Hotel (now the Cameron Highlands Resort) or the former Slim School.
In 1958, the church was offered a piece of land that used to adjoin the previous school. The plot, which was owned by Miss Anne Griffith-Jones (1890–1973), was transferred to the Diocese.  The British army donated a sum of RM$1,000 and a dismantled Nissen hut to the church.  It has since served as its roof structure to this day.
The construction of the church commenced in 1958. It was completed that same year. It was given the name “All Souls’ Church” during its consecration on Thursday, 30 April 1959. The Right Rev. Bishop H. W. Baines, the Bishop of Singapore and Malaya, conducted the services.

Lutheran Mission bungalow, 1959
( previously Jee Lim Villa )
Location : A44, Jalan Kamunting, Brinchang

The manor was constructed in  1959, it was then known as Jee Lim Villa.  Today, Lutheran Mission Bungalow provides a place for Christians to rest and relax, it has been a refuge of peace and tranquility.

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