On paper : Singapore before 1867

“On 28 September 2019, the National Library, Singapore, opened ‘On Paper: Singapore Before 1867’, an exhibition of over 150 paper-based records that recount our early history – from a 17th-century Portuguese navigational chart to the key document that established the Straits Settlements as a Crown Colony of Britain on 1 April 1867. Featuring the collections of the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore, the exhibition was further enriched by rare materials from 14 institutions in Singapore and overseas – many of which are being shown to the public in Singapore for the first time. This publication, also titled On Paper: Singapore Before 1867, features a small selection of items displayed in the exhibition, illuminated through essays written by scholars, librarians and archivists”—Foreword.


On paper : Singapore before 1867
1819-1826 Founding and early years
1826-1867 Straits settlements
National Library Board Singapore, 2019
Digital Description
application/pdf, 8261 KB, 98 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Table of Contents
Sejarah Melayu: beginnings of Singapura
The Mao Kun map
Chart featuring Melaka and Singapore Straits
The Selden map of China
Map showing battles in the Johor River and the Singapore Straits
The old and new straits of Singapore by Eredia
1819 treaty of Singapore
Letters to the Marquess of Hastings from Stamford Raffles
1819 plan of Singapore harbour
The Bute map
Letters to Farquhar 1818-1822
Map of Asia, used by A.R. Falck in London in 1824
1824 treaty of friendship and alliance
Franklin’s survey map of Singapore
1855 straits of Singapore chart
Syair dagang berjual beli and syair potong gaji
Early census of Singapore’s population
Jackson plan
Hikayat Abdullah
Drawings of the Singapore institution
A brief account of gambier production in early Singapore
Plan of Singapore town and adjoining districts
J.T. Thomson’s paintings
1854 riot map
A Russian traveller’s tale of Singapore
Sketches of Singapore by Charles Dyce
Four-part panorama of the Singapore River
Straits Settlements letters patent
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