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Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore, 1880 - 1889

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/2

Scope and Contents

270 x 205 mm (mounted on card). A view looking north across the Cavenagh Bridge from the south bank of the Singapore River (a photograph probably taken from the first floor of the Post Office). Built at the mouth of the river, the bridge was completed in 1869 and it was originally suggested that it be called the Edinburgh Bridge in honour of the recent visit of the Duke. In the event, the view of theTown Council that it should commemorate the last Governor appointed by the East India Company, Sir Orfeur Cavenagh, prevailed. On the far side of the river, partly concealed by trees, the Government Offices and the Town Hall can be seen. In the left foreground is part of Emmerson's Billiard Hall and Reading Rooms. Emmerson's Tiffin Rooms was established in 1866 and occupied part of Flint's Buildings, demolished in 1906. Charles Emerson (d. 1883) had first come to Singapore as a vet in 1860 and was also proprietor of the Clarendon Hotel (Makepeace, ii, 505) and Buckley, p. 681, 751, 752). Photograph probably by G.R. Lambert and Co.


  • 1880 - 1889


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from some fading at edges.


'One hundred years of Singapore', ed.Walter Makepeace, (London, 1921) and Charles Buckley, ‘An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore’, (Singapore, 1902).



Date information

DateText: [1880s?].


G R Lambert and Co (?)

Finding aid date

2002-04-04 14:52:01+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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