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 and the Golden Opportunity, 1781–1826
by Victoria Glendinning
Profile Books (Allen & Unwin), $45 hb, 366 pp, 9781846686030
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