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Some historians have considered the role that Farquhar* played in Singapore’s early success to be as important as that of Raffles. In view of this it is strange that only one small road, Farquhar Street, was named after him. Compare this to the many roads and buildings named after Raffles.

However, Farquhar Street (located behind the famous Seventh Storey Hotel in Rochor Road) was demolished in the mid-1990s to make way for urban renewal. Thus, the display of the Farquhar Collection paintings in the National Museum is the sole public tribute in Singapore to this great man.

Interestingly, before the Farquhar Collection was brought to Singapore it was kept in London for many years. In 1996, this 477-item collection was purchased by local businessman Mr Goh Geok Khim and donated to the National Heritage Board. Thank you, Mr Goh.

*An account of Farquhar’s life can be found in the book, “The William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings”. You can borrow this book from the National Library.

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Stamps: 2002 Feb and 2002 Mar

Note: Another two First Day Covers show Fishes and Birds
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Written by victorkoo

7 April, 2008 at 10:00 am

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