Senegal Mahogany as Pillars of a Church

𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞’𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐡𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐨?🤩🌲


In late 1816 a tall ship set sail from India. It’s cargo? Convict Labour & Senegal Mahogany trees![1] The convicts did all the building work and the massive trunks of the mahogany trees were used to support the inside of the Doric columns in front of and inside the church. [2]





𝟭𝟵𝟰𝟭 𝗕𝗼𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴


In December 1941, the Church fell victim to bombing which hit the North Aisle (the side of the church facing Pitt Street). Although the roof & the walls were blown off from the impact, the Doric columns stood intact. [1]


This means that the mahogany woods are still within the Doric columns! So next time you are up close to these Doric columns, take a moment of your time to appreciate this little known history.


Merry Christmas to our Christian followers celebrating this joyous occasion. ⛄🎁


📍St. George's Anglican Church, 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town.


[1] https://www.stgeorgeschurchpenang.com/index.php/about/the-foundation-of-the-church.html

[2] https://malaysialife.org/st-georges-church-in-penang/

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