17th-century manuscript to be digitised shows Singapore was no sleepy village

Pages from Hikayat Raja Iskandar Dhulkarnain (Volume 1), which belong to a manuscript that dates back to 1816. It is a Malay epic about the adventures of Raja Iskandar Dhulkarnain, thought to be the ancestor of many Malay sultans.
Pages from Hikayat Raja Iskandar Dhulkarnain (Volume 1), which belong to a manuscript that dates back to 1816. It is a Malay epic about the adventures of Raja Iskandar Dhulkarnain, thought to be the ancestor of many Malay sultans.PHOTOS: ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

The last surviving copy of an early Malay language newspaper, one of the earliest Tamil works printed in Singapore, and a 17th century manuscript with the earliest map of the island are housed in institutions around the world.

Thanks to a new initiative, some of these items will soon be available for viewing online.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2018, with the headline '17th-century manuscript to be digitised shows S'pore was no sleepy village'. Print Edition | Subscribe