British “memsahibs” at tea in 1920s Singapore. Adapted to suit the humid tropics, their homes and domestic habits were often created to remind the British of “home.”
The subject of the lives of these colonial wives and ladies has generated much interest, and has been described colourfully in books by Charles Allen (Tales from the South China Seas: Images of the British in South East Asia in the Twentieth Century) and Margaret Shennan (Out in the Midday Sun: The British in Malaya 1880-1960). A worthy attempt to demonstrate how these ladies lived full, active and helpful lives in the colonies is Margaret MacMillan’s Women of the Raj.
A Splendid Little Colony: British Singapore 1819 - 1963 | Singapore