Raffles’ prize

Raffles’ prize

Raffles and the Golden Opportunity, 1781–1826

by Victoria Glendinning

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

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.

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Published in April 2013 no. 350
Paul Madden

Paul Madden

Paul Madden has been British High Commissioner in Australia since 2011. He was previously High Commissioner in Singapore, and has also served in Washington and Tokyo. His book Raffles: Lessons in Business Leadership was published in 2003.