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  • Prisoners Their Own Warders

    Prisoners Their Own Warders is an 1899 publication which sketches the lives led by the prisoners in Bencoolen, Penang, Old Malacca and Singapore prisons during the 19th century. The writer, J.F.A. McNair, was a British Indian. A colonial official, his career took him from England to India, Malacca and Singapore. During his service in Singapore, […]

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  • Journal of the Indian Archipelago & Eastern Asia

    In 1847, a landmark scholarly journal — Journal of the Indian Archipelago & Eastern Asia (JIAEA) — was published in Singapore. At that time, scientific and literary knowledge was mainly disseminated via the medium of periodicals and journals. Such publications in the region then were dominated by missionary-related magazines and scientific journals of Java produced […]

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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 […]