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The Malay Chapel


• 1843 – Rev Benjamin Keasberry of • 1853 – Rev Keasberry publishes the 

the London Missionary Society (LMS) New Testament in Romanised Malay 

builds the Malay Chapel for outreach to and compiles a Malay hymnal.

the Malays.
• 1856 – Rev Keasberry publishes the 

• 1847 – LMS directs their Singapore- New Testament in Arabic.

based missionaries to China. 
• 1857 – Rev Keasberry starts a 
Keasberry resigns from LMS and stays 
preaching station at Bukit Timah 
on as an independent missionary. He 
together with Tan See Boo, a 
supports himself by running a printing 
Presbyterian, to reach out to migrant 
press, the Mission Press, donated by 

• 1862 – Rev Keasberry, supported by 

• 1848 – Rev Keasberry opens a boarding 
the congregation of the Malay Chapel, 
school for Malay boys at Mount 
collects sufficient funds to build a 
Zion in River Valley Road. This is in 
church at Bukit Timah, now known as 
addition to another school opened in 
Glory Presbyterian Church.
Rochore in 1839. Later a girls’ school 

is also opened, taught by his wife and • 1875 – Rev Keasberry collapses during 

daughters.a missionary meeting at the Chapel and 

is called home to the Lord.


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