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Sir Thomas Stanmford Raffles

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Kenneth Chia

on 2 June 2011

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6 July 1781 - 5 July 1826
Sir Thomas Stanmford Raffles picture of Standford Raffles picture of Stanford Raffles statue presentation by :
Kenneth Ship of Ann The early life of Sir Stanmford Raffles Raffles was born on the ship Ann off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica, to Captain Benjamin Raffles (d. June 1797) and Anne Raffles (née Lyde). His father was a Yorkshireman who had a burgeoning family and little luck in the West Indies trade during the American Revolution, sending the family into debt. The little money the family had went into schooling Raffles. He attended a boarding school. In 1795, at the age of 14, Raffles started working as a clerk in London for the British East India Company, the trading company that shaped many of Britain's overseas conquests. In 1805 he was sent to what is now Penang in the country of Malaysia, then called the Prince of Wales Island, starting his long association with Southeast Asia. He started with a post under the Honourable Philip Dundas, the Governor of Penang. He discovered the world largest flower the rafflesia picture of Rafflesia The statue is located near the Singapore river Sir Thomas Stanmford Raffles
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