A Splendid Little Colony: British Singapore 1819 - 1963


A view of Singapore from the sea in 1850


A view of Singapore from the sea in 1850, barely three decades after Raffles arrived. Observe the different vessels in the harbour, the imposing white buildings, rising hills and vast skies above. A typical imperial scene.

Source: Wong Hong Suen. Singapore through 19th Century Prints and Paintings (2010).
"The view of Singapore from the harbour shows Mount Faber (originally Telok Blangah Hill) on the [far] left and Beach Road on the [far] right. Directly beneath the flagstaff one can see Singapore Institution (Raffles Institution). To its right are houses along Beach Road, with gardens fronting the sea, and St Andrew's Church. Among the tall trees growing to the left of the Padang are the Court House and the mouth of the Singapore River." – Wong Hong Suen.


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