Book launch: William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow

Entrepot Publishing is proud to be launching Nadia H. Wright’s thoroughly researched new book, William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow in both Singapore and Penang.

The Singapore launch is to be held in The Salon, The National Museum of Singapore, on Tuesday 30 May 2017, 6pm.

There will be an introduction by Professor Tommy Koh, The National University of Singapore, followed by a talk by Nadia Wright and official launch by Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner for Singapore. RSVP for the Singapore event to

The Penang launch is to be held at Penang Institute, 10 Brown Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang, on Saturday 3 June 2017 at 2pm.

This will take the form of a forum with a talk by Nadia Wright, Dr Ooi Kee Beng as discussant and Gareth Richards as moderator. The official launch will be by Dato’ Dr Anwar Fazal, Chairperson of Think City and Director of the Right Livelihood College.

Registration for the Penang event can be made at


PENANG launch

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The book

Nadia Wright’s in-depth study, with a foreword by Professor Tommy Koh, elevates William Farquhar’s role in the founding of Singapore from the obscurity cast by Raffles’ glorified shadow. A must for anyone interested in the facts of Singapore’s establishment and what actually took place between the two men during the settlement’s embryonic years. The book will be available in paperback and limited-edition hardcover on the day and Nadia will be available for signing.

Nadia Wright is a retired teacher living in Melbourne, Australia, having migrated from New Zealand. Her research focuses on the Armenians in Southeast Asia as well as the founding of British Singapore. She is the author of Respected Citizens: The History of the Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia, co-authored Vanda Miss Joaquim: Singapore’s National Flower & the Legacy of Agnes & Ridley, and has published related scholarly articles.

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