In our previous post, we highlighted an upcoming NLB exhibition on Raffles’ letters.

As part of the exhibition, the NLB is also organising a lecture by Raffles scholar, Dr John Bastin. The details are as follows:

When: Saturday, 25 August 2012

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Level 16 – The Pod, National Library Building at Victoria Street.

Please register at this link.

The Lecture traces the events which led to the establishment of the British settlement of Singapore in 1819 and examines the roles played in its founding by Sir Stamford Raffles, the Governor-General, Francis Rawdon, 1st Marquess of Hastings, and Major William Farquhar, the first British Resident and Commandant. Raffles’s ideas for extending British power and influence in the Malay Archipelago are examined as well as the modification of these ideas following discussions with the Governor-General, Lord Hastings, in Calcutta. Also discussed are Raffles’s conflicts with the Netherlands colonial authorities in Jakarta and the British Government in London resulting from his belief that he had been appointed political agent as well as Lieutenant-Governor of Fort Marlborough (Bengkulu). Attention is focused in the Lecture on Raffles’s private letters to Lord Hastings.

This lecture is organised in conjunction with the “Raffles’ Letters” Exhibition, held from 29 August 2012 at Level 10, The National Library Gallery. For more details about the exhibition, visit:

About the Speaker:
John Bastin is Emeritus Reader in the Modern History of South-East Asia in the University of London. He was foundation Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the University of Malaya and subsequently Reader in the Modern History of South-East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He was a foundation Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies and the General Editor of the Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and is the leading authority on Sir Stamford Raffles and his circle.

Distinguished Speaker Series: “The Founder of Singapore” by Dr John Bastin
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