The statue of Raffles at the front of Victoria Theatre in 1919
The unveiling of the statue of Stamford Raffles in front of the Victoria Theatre, in 1919. Originally located at the Padang since 1887, the statue was moved here to mark the centenary celebrations of the founding of Singapore. This grand occasion was graced by the colonial dignitaries of the day.
Source: National Library website
This statue remains there, in the same spot up till today. It was removed by the Japanese authorities in 1943 during the Occupation, but reinstated soon after the war ended. The white polymarble copy statue of Raffles was erected in 1969, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Singapore’s founding, and placed along the Singapore River, where it is believed Raffles first stepped foot.