|Fig 1 : Singapore Botanic Gardens|
Mr. Y. H. Hsien is a private collector of stamps, coupons and ephemera related to the economic and social history of Malaya and Singapore for over 30 years. He is the council member of the Singapore Stamp Club and an active volunteer of the the National Library and National Archives of Singapore. This exhibition is a collaboration between SBG's Library of Botany & Horticulture and and Mr. Y.H. Hsien.
|Fig 2. : Henry N. Ridley (1855-1956)|
The exhibition was launched on 24 October 2016, which coincides with 60 years of Ridley's passing. This exhibition is free entry and it will run to 31 August 2017. Please note that it is open on weekdays only i.e. Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm; Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays.
There are many types of artifacts on display from that era, from rubber seeds, books, share certificates, rubber export coupons, maps, brochures and many others.
A very special thanks to Mr. Y. H. Hsien for his invitation and a personalized tour of the exhibits.
|Fig 3 : The SBG Library|
|Fig 4 : Exhibition area|
|Fig 5. The seed that started it all, before rubber came along coffee was widely planted in Malaya,|
|Fig 6. Books and photos related to rubber industry|
|Fig 7. Some books on rubber trade if you want to research more.|
|Fig 8. A booklet commemorating the 150th anniversary of Singapore and developers of rubber industry in Singapore and Malaysia, published in 1969|
|Fig 9. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce is closely tied to the rubber industry at that time.|
|Fig 10. Information of rubber tycoons Lim Boon Keng and Dato' Loke Wan Tho.|
|Fig 11. Some background of Tan Kah Kee and Lim Kong Chuan|
|Fig 12. Postal artifacts related to Henry Ridley, note the special chop with "Henry Ridley" on the aerogramme.|
|Fig 13. United Malacca Estates - the very first big rubber estate companies in Malaya and Tun Tan Cheng Lock was one of the founders. He later went on to be the founder of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA)|
|Fig 14. Background on Tan Chay Yan, he was credited with the founding of the first rubber plantation in Malacca.|
|Fig 15. The book "Species" by Henry Ridley.|
|Fig 16. A world map on the rubber industry, printed in 1925.|
|Fig 17. Books and share certificates - including the Galang Besar plantation cert|
|Fig 18. Head lamps worn by rubber tappers. They have to start tapping as early as 5am, before sunrise.|
|Fig 19. Photos of rubber planatation and industry.|
|Fig. 20. Processing the rubber for export.|
|Fig 21. The name does sound very familiar - this is one of more unique share certificates with the picture of the founder/owner.|
|Fig 22. Share certificate on Swee Lam Estates Limited.|
|Fig 23. Rubber export coupons|
|Fig 23. Straits Settlements Coupon for 10 Katis, valid until 31 July 1935. And this is NOT LISTED in Saran's book!|
|Fig 24. Letters and documents pertaining to the rubber restriction scheme in Malaya.|
|Fig 25. Rubber coupons of Ceylon and Netherlands East Indies|
|Fig 26. Plantation tokens used in Sumatra.|