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Merdeka and Much More: The Reminiscences of a Raffles Professor, 1953-67

K.G. TREGONNING joined the University of Malaya at Singapore as a lecturer in History in 1953, and in 1959 was appointed Raffles Professor of History. Upon leaving Singapore he became Headmaster of Hale School at Wembley Downs, Western Australia, a position he held from 1967 until 1988.

NUS Press (First printing, 2010)
120 pages including Index


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ISBN: 9789971694227 Product ID: 3031 Subjects: , Sub-subjects: , , , , ,

Merdeka and Much More: The Reminiscences of a Raffles Professor, 1953-67 is an anecdotal memoir of Professor Ken Tregonning during his years as a member of the Department of History in the University of Singapore, culminating as Raffles Professor, captures the mood and milieu of Singapore as the country emerged from colonial rule to become a self-governing independent nation. Arriving at the height of the Cold War, Tregonning was acutely conscious of the ongoing Malayan Emergency and of the political shifts taking place across Southeast Asia. He records meetings with a number of the region’s leaders, and encounters with students and colleagues who would later feature in Singapore politics, or become leading figures in the academic world. The result is an engaging and very personal account of a university and a professional, political and social environment that is very different from that found in Singapore today.

List of Illustrations

1. Home Port
2. The Campus
3. Merdeka
4. Kuala B’rang
5. How the Cold Storage Shaped World History
6. Borneo
7. The Padang
8. Tea Cups and Tokyo
9. Meeting the Mighty
10. Lee Kuan Yew
11. Home


Weight0.165 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 14 × 0.7 cm




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