Raffles and the Golden Opportunity, 1781–1826 by Victoria Glendinning

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April 2013, no. 350
Raffles’ prize

Raffles and the Golden Opportunity, 1781–1826

by Victoria Glendinning

Profile Books (Allen & Unwin), $45 hb, 366 pp, 9781846686030

Raffles and the Golden Opportunity, 1781–1826 by Victoria Glendinning

Reviewed by
April 2013, no. 350

In 1819, when Lachlan Macquarie was shaping New South Wales, Stamford Raffles established the settlement of Singapore, which was to fulfil his dream of becoming a great eastern ‘Emporium’ and which remains a key trade hub in the Asia Pacific region today. But that is about all most people know about the man who gave his name to so many institutions in the modern city-state, including the eponymous hotel where travellers go to drink Gin Slings.

Raffles’ prize

Raffles and the Golden Opportunity, 1781–1826

by Victoria Glendinning

Profile Books (Allen & Unwin), $45 hb, 366 pp, 9781846686030

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