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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781 – 1826)

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles is regarded as the founder of modern Singapore. His first visit to Singapore was on 28 January 1819.

Raffles was born in 1781 onboard a ship in the West Indies. At the age of fourteen, he stopped schooling and started work as a clerk in the East India Company office in London.

In 1805 he was posted to Penang. He was one of the few Englishmen who could speak and write Malay. In 1811 he was sent to Java and worked his way up to become the Lieutenant-Governor of Java in 1812.

It was from his time and experiences in Java that Raffles managed to write the book, History of Java. The book’s publication, along with his prior achievements, earned him a knighthood in 1817.

Stamp: 1969 Aug


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3 April, 2008 at 10:00 am

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