The Parsis in Singapore

(Right) Mr Hormusji Mistri, younger brother of philantropist Navroji Mistri, laying the foundation stone of Singapore General Hospital's Mistri Wing, and (far right) inspecting a nurses' guard of honour with Singapore's director of Medical Services W
Mr Hormusji Mistri, younger brother of philantropist Navroji Mistri, laying the foundation stone of Singapore General Hospital's Mistri Wing.PHOTOS: ST FILE, NOSHIR MISTRI
(Right) Mr Hormusji Mistri, younger brother of philantropist Navroji Mistri, laying the foundation stone of Singapore General Hospital's Mistri Wing, and (far right) inspecting a nurses' guard of honour with Singapore's director of Medical Services W
Mr Hormusji Mistri, younger brother of philantropist Navroji Mistri, inspecting a nurses' guard of honour with Singapore's director of Medical Services W.J. Vickers.PHOTOS: ST FILE, NOSHIR MISTRI

The tiny Parsi community has made its impact on life in Singapore in different ways. Here's a sampling:

1845: Merchant Cursetjee Fromurzee partners Englishman John Little to set up Little Cursetjee and Company. It is now known as John Little, Singapore's oldest department store.

1953: Soft drinks tycoon Navroji Mistri donates $1 million to the Singapore General Hospital to set up a children's ward, named the Mistri Wing after him. He also leaves his fortune in a trust for various charities here and elsewhere. The government names Mistri Road, near his old factory, after him.

1978:Mr Pesi Davar dies, leaving his entire estate, worth about $2 million, in a trust with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, and Mr Nariman Bhaghat for educational and charitable causes here. Today, the trust continues to benefit people from all walks of life.1981: Mrs Nargis Medora raises money to build the Silra Home for former lepers.

1980s-1990s: Sisters Natascha and Kharmayne Ghadiali represent Singapore in gymnastics at four South-east Asian Games.

1991: Orthopaedic surgeon Jimmy Daruwalla is the founding president of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. He is still its president.

2001: Mr Rustom Ghadiali is elected president of the Inter-Religious Organisation. In 2015, he is elected its assistant secretary.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2015, with the headline 'The Parsis in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe