Dr Nadia Wright is a retired teacher and now active historian who lives in Melbourne. She specialises in Singapore’s colonial history and the Armenian community in Southeast Asia and Australia. She has written books and scholarly articles on Armenians, Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, and the roles of Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar in Singapore’s history.
Is the Vanda Miss Joaquim a human-made hybrid or a happy accident? In this cautionary tale, Nadia Wright, Linda Locke and Harold Johnson recount how fiction becomes truth when it is repeated often enough.