Published on : 17 Mar 2017
Announcing a new publication by the National Library Board that takes the classic 1923 text and updates it with annotations and recent research on the lives and times of various Chinese personalities in early Singapore. Visit BookSG at http://bit.ly/2jzQiGo
to read the digital copy.
We invite the public to participate and enrich this book by contributing relevant information and photographs on the Citizen Archivist website at www.nas.gov.sg/citizenarchivist
Since its publication in 1923, Sir Song Ong Siang’s One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore has become the standard biographical reference of prominent Chinese in early Singapore, at least in the English language. This fact would have surprised Song who saw himself primarily as a compiler of historical and biographical snippets. This annotated edition by the Singapore Heritage Society takes Song’s classic text and updates it with detailed annotations of sources that Song himself might have consulted, and includes more recent scholarship on the lives and times of various personalities who are mentioned in the original book. This annotated edition is commissioned and published by the National Library Board, Singapore.