Donated to the National Library of Singapore in 2009 and 2013, the George Hicks collection comprises nearly 7,000 items on China, Japan and Southeast Asia. This book on the collection provides an overview of the life and career of George Hicks, including his contributions and a list of his edited and authored works.
The George Hicks Collection
When Stamford Raffles married the elegant Sophia Hull in February 1817, his family life seemed to be full of happiness. His earlier marriage, to Olivia Mariamne Devenish, a widow nearly ten years older than him, had ended with her untimely death in Java. Drawing on a wide range of sources including new findings from birth records, marriage registers, letters and wills, historian John Bastin makes an invaluable contribution to what is known about the members of Sir Stamford Raffles’ family. This book is a superb account of Raffles’ ancestry, immediate family and closest relations and how they intertwined with each step of his career.
The Bastin Collection on Raffles
One of Singapore’s most acclaimed multidisciplinary artists, Tan Swie Hian’s creative achievements span both visual arts and literature. In November 2016, the National Library Board, Singapore launched the exhibition “Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations”. This commemorative publication of the same name showcases the impressive breadth of Tan’s work – from painting to sculpture to poetry and translations – and more importantly their depth, as seen through his personal notebooks. The publication also features Tan’s never-before-published personal journals containing handwritten notes and sketches that provide intimate glimpses into his “free mind”.