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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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  • 新加坡华人: 从开埠到建国 (The Chinese in Singapore: Past & Present)

    新加坡华人: 从开埠到建国 (The Chinese in Singapore: Past and Present) was published in 1994 for the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations by a local publisher, the Educational Publishing House. It was written by Chui Kwei-Chiang (崔贵强) who was then teaching in the National University of Singapore. Chui had written extensively on the Chinese community in […]

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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 […]