The Sarkies of Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Arratoon of Arratoon Road and the founder of Penang’s oldest stock-broking firm A.A. Anthony had one thing in common – they were Armenians. Centuries ago, Persian Armenians followed the East India Trading Company, who allowed Armenians to trade freely under their protection, towards the nascent Straits Settlements to set up shop and develop a life for themselves. No more than 830 Armenians ever lived in Singapore and Malaysia, but their achievements were quite incommensurate with their minute numbers. The community that gave its name to ‘Armenian Street’ in both Penang and Singapore played a significant role in the social, civic and economic life of the early British settlements in both countries. This seminal account of the Armenians of Singapore and Malaysia focuses on the dynamics of the community, the achievements of individuals and the families themselves. Since its publication in 2003, ‘Respected Citizens’ has always been a difficult to track down in Malaysia, but Areca Books now has limited stock.
About the Author
Nadia H. Wright is the eldest child of New Zealander Jack Meikle and his Armenian war bride from Egypt, Vera Deukmedjian. Graduating from the University of Otago, with an MA in History, she married Peter Wright and settled in Melbourne, Australia. In 1985 the family was posted to Singapore where Nadia began this research, and also completed an MA (English Language) from the National University of Singapore before returning to Melbourne in late 1988.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Armenians in Malaysia (Malacca, Penang, The Church of St Gregory the Illuminator, The Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Other Armenian Enterprises)
Part 3: Armenians in Singapore (Historical Overview, The Armenian Community, The Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator, Armenian Trading Firms in Singapore, Other Armenian Enterprises, Raffles Hotel, Other Hotels, The Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid)
Part 4: The Major Armenian Families in Singapore and Malaysia