Raffles, Farquhar and Crawfurd: Three names linked inextricably with founding of modern Singapore

Raffles is feted as S'pore's founder, but Farquhar and Crawfurd helped shaped the port city

Raffles, Farquhar and Crawfurd: three names linked inextricably with the founding of modern Singapore in 1819.

They could not have been more different individuals. Raffles, vainglorious and driven to seek fame; Farquhar, a self-effacing, pragmatic soldier and administrator; and Crawfurd, a physician, writer and diplomat with a reputation for parsimony.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 03, 2019, with the headline 'The clerk, the officer and the surgeon'. Subscribe