Tag Archives for Benevolence

Wartime Charity from Singapore

On 1 October 1918, 96 years ago today, a short notice was printed in the Straits Times—a Singapore-based broadsheet—detailing the recent charitable efforts of the Singapore St Andrew’s Society. The Society’s Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, A.M. McNeil, had written to the publication to inform readers that recent donations from Society members to the Scottish Soldiers Comfort Fund had amassed a total of $5,540—a sum which was to be sent directly to the St Andrew’s Society in Edinburgh (Straits Times, 1 October 1918). A subsequent article about the charitable activities of the Scots in Singapore, printed the following … Read more

01. October 2014 by Lesley Robinson
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Expatriate Benevolence

In May 1933, within the walls of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Gordon Hall Caine addressed Phillip Cunliffe-Lister, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, on the issue of destitution in British Malaya. Given the ‘vast number of impoverished Europeans in Malaya’, Hall Caine pondered whether the Government was ‘taking any further action to repatriate those men affected who cannot be locally supported?’ Cunliffe-Lister’s response that, while there had been repatriations, the ‘present income of the European Unemployment Fund (EUF)’ was sufficient for ‘local relief without assistance from the Government’ was, in many ways, correct. Indeed, for a number … Read more

24. September 2014 by Lesley Robinson
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