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Historic but defunct cemetery in Singapore. It was divided into sections for different religions. There were approximately 147,000 burials in all, including 58,200 Christian burials and 78,800 Muslim burials, which took place between the cemetery's opening in 1907 and its last interment in 1972.
The grounds once occupied by this cemetery are being redeveloped for housing, and the cemetery itself no longer exists. Between 2001 and 2004, burials were exhumed under the supervision of clergy. The remains were cremated and stored for three years, during which time relatives could claim them for re-interment. Ashes that were not claimed were respectfully committed to the sea. Most of the headstones were crushed. The number of graves claimed and relocated is believed to be fewer than 10,000. Many of these burials were relocated to the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery. Soldiers of WWII were re-interred at Kranji War Cemetery. A number of graves were moved to the nearby Bidadari Garden.
It is known that volunteers walked the cemetery taking photographs and notes of burials, with the aim of retaining the records at the Singapore National Archives. The completeness and availability of these records are uncertain at this time.
I hope that records of those once buried at Bidadari can be compiled here. It's a massive task, but it would be great to have the cemetery reconstructed online.