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  • One Hundred Years of Singapore

    One Hundred Years of Singapore was published to mark Singapore’s centenary. Earlier, in March 1918, the Straits Settlements government appointed a Centenary Committee under the chairmanship of George Maxwell, the acting Colonial Secretary. In addition to the centenary celebrations, the Committee recommended the founding of a college of higher education as a permanent memorial of […]

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  • A Vision of the Past

    A Vision of the Past contains selected photographs from what is arguably “the single, most important existing pictorial record of Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries” according to its author, John Falconer. The vast collection of prints produced by G.R. Lambert & Co. — the largest and most successful studio at […]

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  • Daoyi Zhilue (岛夷志略)

    Daoyi Zhilue 岛夷志略 (Description of the Barbarians of the Isles) was written by Yuan dynasty voyager Wang Dayuan 汪大渊 in 1349. The book contains Wang’s personal accounts of the places he travelled to in the course of his 2 voyages between 1330 to 1339. His travels brought him to more than 100 places across South […]

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  • Characters of Light

    Characters of Light, by Marjorie Doggett, is a pictorial chronicle of colonial architecture in Singapore and the first photographic book to document the Singapore urban landscape. It was published in 1957 by Donald Moore, a publisher and author who had produced a wide range of books and pamphlets on Malaya and Singapore. The book is […]

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  • 新嘉坡と馬来半島

    新嘉坡と馬来半島  (Shingapōru to Marai hantō) is published in 1941 in Tokyo. Written in Japanese, it outlines the Japanese’s perspective on pre-war Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. The title, translated into English means “Singapore and the Malay Peninsula”. The book provides a general description, of the history, geography, administration and population, of Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. […]

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  • Twentieth Century Impressions of British Malaya: Its history, people, commerce, industries and resources

    Twentieth Century Impressions was a series of travel, political and social reference books published by Lloyds Greater Britain Publishing Company between 1901 and 1914. The full series comprises 14 volumes. Each volume is dedicated to a country or region where British power held sway, with the exception of Siam. The titles were typically styled as […]

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  • One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore

    One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore is a 600-page classic that chronicles the contributions of the Chinese community, and the development, progress and prosperity of Singapore between 1819 to 1919. The book is a compilation of anecdotes centred on the movers and shakers who had contributed to the social, economic, political, educational […]

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  • Lat Pau (叻報)

    Lat Pau (叻報) was the first Chinese daily in the Nanyang region (Southeast Asia). It began circulation in 1881 and ran for 52 years before it finally ceased publication in 1932, making it the longest running Chinese daily in pre-war Singapore. Lat Pau derived its name from the Hokkien and Cantonese pronunciation for “selat” which means […]