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Thomson’s Maps of Singapore
16 Jan 2020
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
John Turnbull Thomson (1821 - 1884) served as Government Surveyor of the Straits Settlements from 1841 to 1853. He made numerous contributions to Singapore during his 12 years on the island, such as producing maps of early Singapore and the design and construction of buildings and public infrastructure.
In this presentation, Mok Ly Yng will review Thomson’s mapping work in Singapore chronologically, highlighting selected items and maps. He will also examine the legacy of Thomson’s surveys and maps.
Mok Ly Yng is a map research consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in the field. He has worked in the Singapore Armed Forces Mapping Unit as well as the National Archives of Singapore. He has provided
mapping consultancy to several map exhibitions, books and heritage projects and has given numerous talks.
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