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The Balestiers - The First American Residents of Singapore


Sat Jun 25 2016, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Toa Payoh, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: shermanwongth

The Balestier family were the first Americans to take up residence in Singapore when they arrived in 1834 from Philadelphia.

Although the name Balestier resonates in our precinct today, the full story of the family has not been told until now.

Through his rigorous historical research and superb narrative skill, the speaker will bring to life the fascinating story of this pioneering family during his lecture!

About The Speaker

Richard Hale retired from a long career in international commercial banking in 1995. Remaining in Singapore, he then added “research into Singapore’s mercantile history in the 19th century” to his existing interests of ornithology and philately. He published The Balestiers: The First American Residents of Singapore in April 2016.