National Geographic : 1938 May
Photograph byEwing Galloway SIR THOMAS STAMFORD RAFFLES, WHO FOUNDED MODERN SINGAPORE ON A JUNGLE ISLAND, NOW SURVEYS AMETROPOLITAN SCENE His tiny statue in front of Victoria Memorial Hall faces a row of motorcars waiting for the green light. The martyr-statesman was censured for emancipating the slaves, and his widow was charged for the expenses incurred in founding Singapore. The obelisk gives English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil versions ofDalhousie's advocacy of local free trade. Fort Canning, now a signal station, crowns Government Hill (upper left). Beyond the tracklesstrolley isthe exclusive Cricket Club. Beside the many-columned Municipal Building (right) a new Supreme Court building is rising. The spire marks St. Andrew's Cathedral, built by convict labor in1862.