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Respected Citizens:
the History of Armenians
in Singapore and Malaysia

 

 

The Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator (Singapore).

The Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator (Singapore).

Introduction

Armenians are one of the most scattered races in the world. Whether enticed by better prospects elsewhere or forced to flee by conquest, they have put down roots in many new lands. When conditions for some Armenians long domiciled in Persia became untenable, they looked for new homes, turning towards India and later, Penang and Singapore.

Although fewer than 830 Armenians ever lived in Singapore and Malaysia, they played a significant role in the social, civic and economic life of the early British trading settlements in both countries.

 Their achievements were quite incommensurate with their minute numbers. Not only did Armenian become respected citizens during their lifetimes, but four of Singapore’s icons owe their existence to them: the Straits Times newspaper, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, Raffles Hotel and the Church of St Gregory.

Based on extensive research from newspapers, church, cemetery and official records, interviews with Armenians and their descendants, this seminal book by Nadia Wright provides a documented social history of this hitherto neglected minority.


Author: Nadia H Wright

Paperback
Pages 350;
24 pp. black/white plates; maps, tables; 
bibliography pp. 316-330; index
Price $A40 (+ GST + postage)


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A new book

Vanda Miss Joaquim: Singapore's National Flower & The Legacy Of Agnes & Ridley

This book traces the origins of Singapore’s national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim using documented evidence. As an adjunct, the lives of Agnes Joaquim (Ashkhen Hovakimian) who hybridised the orchid, and Henry Ridley, who published the first account of it, are described within their Singapore context.

Illustrations, beautiful photographs, a comprehensive bibliography and an index complement this updated and readable account of Agnes’ exquisite orchid.

Title: Vanda Miss Joaquim: Singapore's National Flower & The Legacy Of Agnes & Ridley
Authors: Harold Johnson and Nadia Wright
Publisher: Suntree Media Pte Ltd
Place
: Singapore

Year: 2008
ISBN: 9789810803339

Available from Select Books www.selectbooks.com.sg and other leading bookstores in Singapore.


The creative team who designed our book Respected Citizens have launched a new web site: www.studio131.net


Stunning images of Singapore orchids are now available on Robert L. Lancione's web gallery.

Respected Citizens: the History of Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia

Respected Citizens: 
the History of Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both books
available from:

 Select Books Pte Ltd
51 Armenian St
Singapore 179939
Telephone: (65) 6337 9319
www.selectbooks.com.sg

 

 

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