HistoriaSG - Enterprise: The Armenians of Singapore

Conspicuous in Singapore from 1820, individual Armenians have made their mark in the civic, social and economic life of Singapore. Two of Singapore's national treasures – St Gregory’s Church and Raffles Hotel, as well as Singapore’s national flower Vanda Miss Joaquim and its national newspaperThe Straits Times, owe their origin to this tiny, but enterprising community. In this illustrated talk, Australian-based author and historian Dr Nadia Wright will discuss the dynamics of the Armenian community, its origins and achievements.

Also, stay back after the talk for the official launch of Dr Wright’s latest book, The Armenians of Singapore: A Short History, by long-term resident of the Armenian community and violinist, Ani Umedyan. The book will be for sale at a special launch price and the author will be available for book-signing.

About the Speaker

Dr Wright is a retired teacher and active historian living in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focusses on the Armenians in Southeast Asia as well as the founding of Singapore. She is the author of Respected Citizens: The History of the Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia (2003); William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow (2017); The Armenians of Penang (2018); and The Armenians of Singapore: A Short History (2019). She co-authored Vanda Miss Joaquim: Singapore’s National Flower & the Legacy of Agnes & Ridley and has published numerous scholarly articles.

Image above: Illustration of Armenian Church by G. Madeley, 1840.
Sun Jul 28, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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The Salon, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore
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93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897 Singapore
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