Book Launch: William Farquhar & Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow

June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017

14:30 To 0:00


Event Description

When the achievements of great individuals are exaggerated, an enormous shadow is cast over the work of their subordinates. This happened in accounts of the founding of the British settlement at Singapore in 1819 in which Sir Stamford Raffles has been aggrandized at the expense of Major General William Farquhar. Venerated by contemporary Bugis, Chinese and Indians for his character and accomplishments, Farquhar claimed that he was largely responsible for Singapore’s rapid development and commercial success. However, his claims have largely been obscured by the glorification of Raffles.

In this ground-breaking and carefully documented book Nadia Wright re-examines both East India Company records and contemporary material to investigate the input of Raffles and Farquhar into Singapore’s founding and development. This book reveals new and sometimes startling insights into the achievements and personalities of both men, and explains why Farquhar was overlooked for so long.

The book will be officially launched by Dato’ Dr Anwar Fazal, Chairperson of Think City and Director of Right Livelihood College.

The forum panelists are:

Speaker: Dr Nadia H. Wright – Author of William Farquhar and Singapore
Discussant: Dr Ooi Kee Beng – Executive Director of Penang Institute
The forum will be moderated by Gareth Richards, writer, editor and bookseller.

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