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Respected Citizens

the History of Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia

Size: 245x175mm
Pages: 350; 24 pp. black/white plates; maps, tables; bibliography pp. 316-330; index
Cover: softback gloss laminated colour
ISBN: 0-9751082-0-4

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Armenians are one of the most scattered races in the world. When conditions for some Armenians long domiciled in Persia, became untenable, they looked for new homes including the British settlements at Penang and Singapore. Although fewer than 900 Armenians have ever lived in Singapore and Malaysia, they played a significant role in the social, civic and economic life in those nation’s colonial years.

Their achievements were incommensurate with their minute numbers. Four of Singapore’s icons owe their existence to the Armenians – the Straits Times newspaper, Singapore’s national flower–Vanda Miss Joaquim, Raffles Hotel and the Church of St Gregory the Illuminator. In Malaysia, Penang’s E. & O. Hotel and the stock broking firm of A. A. Anthony are testimony to their presence, while the state of Johore owes its anthem to Mackertich Galistan.

Based on extensive research, this book provides a documented social history of this hitherto neglected minority.

William Farquhar and Singapore

Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow

Publisher: Entrepot Publishing
Format: Paperback
Size: 21.8 x 15.1 x 1.7 cm, xviii, 258 pp, 0.570 kg
ISBN: 978-967-14281-1-5
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Size: 23.5 x 16 x 2.1 cm, xviii, 258 pp, 0.722 kg

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

In this ground-breaking and carefully documented study, Dr Nadia Wright re-examines East India Company records and other historical documents to offer a fresh analysis of the roles of Raffles and Farquhar in Singapore’s founding and development. William Farquhar and Singapore reveals new and sometimes startling insights into the achievements and personalities of both men, and explains why Farquhar was overlooked for so long.

The Armenians of Penang

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Publisher: Entrepot Publishing
Format: Paperback
Size: 21.0 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm, 88 pp, 0.193 kg
ISBN: 978-967-14281-7-7

Why is there an Armenian Street in Penang? This quaint, narrow street draws visitors from around the world but there is little to explain the legacy of Penang’s small, bygone Armenian population, after which the street was named.

Nadia Wright has spent decades tracing the history of the Armenians in Southeast Asia. Civic-minded and skilled businessmen, they played a small but very significant role in the development of Penang, particularly in the 1800s.

This is the story of some prominent Armenian personalities of Penang and the fate of their tiny community.

The Armenians of Singapore: A Short History

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Publisher: Entrepot Publishing Sdn Bhd, July 2019
Format: Hardcover laminated
Size: 23.5 x 15.8 x 1.5 cm, 144 pp, 0.475 kg
Language: English
ISBN: 978-967-17008-1-5

Based on the earlier Respected Citizens: the History of Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia, this much shorter book contains updated, highly readable information as well as 136 images some of which are published for the first time.

The true story of the Armenians in Singapore is little known and poorly understood. Yet they played an important role in Singapore’s development and society.

Many of Singapore’s most notable icons, such as Raffles Hotel, The Straits Times, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid and St Gregory’s Church, all owe their existence to the pioneering Persian Armenians.

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