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Dr Nathaniel Wallich (1786-1854)

The caption in the stamp states, “View from Mount Wallich in 1857”. Wallich was born in Copenhagen in Denmark and worked as a surgeon and botanist in Calcutta (Kolkata) in India before coming to Singapore.

The first Botanic Garden was set up by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822 on Government Hill (now Fort Canning). In setting up the botanic garden, Raffles was influenced by Dr Wallich who was in charge of the Botanic Garden in Calcutta.

The ‘Mount Wallich’ mentioned in the stamp no longer exists. Located near present-day Tanjong Pagar MRT station, Mount Wallich was cut down to provide soil to reclaim land from the sea. There is a street named after Wallich near this MRT station.

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Stamp: 1971 Dec
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Written by victorkoo

12 April, 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Philatelic Book

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