Evolution of Roman Catholic Communities in Early Singapore

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The British colonial practice of divide and rule of Singapore’s major ethnic communities plays a prominent role in the colonial historical studies of Malaya and Singapore. This has created an impression that these communities lived separately and did not interact.

In this talk, Dr Rerceretnam shares findings and new evidence of multiracial Roman Catholic communities in Singapore, starting in the early 1830s, showing how intermarriages were actually extremely commonplace and the possible reasons behind this. His research has inadvertently uncovered the creation of a native Peranakan bloodline starting from 1833, specific to Singapore.


Dr Marc Sebastian Rerceretnam is a freelance academic, author and historian. He specialises in the colonial history of Singapore as well as the origins of Christianity in the Malay Archipelago.

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