Raffles and Farquhar kin meet at bicentennial show

William Farquhar's descendants (above, from left) Ms Jane Ready, 71, Ms Morag Sutcliffe, 56, Ms Sally Richards, 74, Mr Anthony Lumsden, 71, and Ms Heather Lumsden, 67, before his portrait. They and the descendants of Stamford Raffles are in town for
William Farquhar's descendants and the descendants of Stamford Raffles are in town for a new exhibition (above), An Old New World, at the National Museum of Singapore to which they contributed artefacts. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
William Farquhar's descendants (above, from left) Ms Jane Ready, 71, Ms Morag Sutcliffe, 56, Ms Sally Richards, 74, Mr Anthony Lumsden, 71, and Ms Heather Lumsden, 67, before his portrait. They and the descendants of Stamford Raffles are in town for
William Farquhar's descendants (above, from left) Ms Jane Ready, 71, Ms Morag Sutcliffe, 56, Ms Sally Richards, 74, Mr Anthony Lumsden, 71, and Ms Heather Lumsden, 67, before his portrait.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
William Farquhar's descendants (above, from left) Ms Jane Ready, 71, Ms Morag Sutcliffe, 56, Ms Sally Richards, 74, Mr Anthony Lumsden, 71, and Ms Heather Lumsden, 67, before his portrait. They and the descendants of Stamford Raffles are in town for
Mr Michael Stewart, 71, whose great-great-grandfather was Raffles' nephew, is the custodian of the Raffles' collection and loaned a chest, silver tea urn, silver teaspoon and teacup to the museum.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Families contribute artefacts belonging to the two historical figures to new exhibition

Their predecessors did not see eye to eye on how to run Singapore 200 years ago.

And yesterday, the descendants of Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar seemed also to maintain some distance at a media preview of a new bicentennial exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore to which they contributed artefacts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2019, with the headline 'Raffles and Farquhar kin meet at bicentennial show'. Print Edition | Subscribe