Departure Stories: Elizabeth Gray from Sunderland

Many people remembered on the memorial plaques at Fort Canning Hill departed from somewhere else on their journey to Singapore. Over the next few weeks we will explore some of these individual departure stories about people and place far away that link with the Singapore story.

Our first story is about Elizabeth Gray, who died on board ship in Singapore Harbour in 1861 aged 47. Elizabeth’s story begins thousands of miles away in the North Sea port of Sunderland, England. Why did this daughter of a Yorkshire miller make this long and arduous journey which cost her life?

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