Wooden case containing painting of Lim Boon Keng

Dr Lim Boon Keng bridged the gap between the British and Chinese worlds in Singapore. As a Justice of the Peace, Legislative Councillor, Municipal Commissioner and Chinese Advisory Board member, he brought the plight of the city’s poor to colonial notice. Trained as a doctor in Edinburgh, Lim also visited brothels to treat prostitutes and certified the deaths of those who had died from infectious diseases. An enquiry commission he headed in 1896 revealed terrible living conditions for most of the city’s inhabitants and recommended sanitary improvements to public works.

Date/Period
Mid 20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: L 45 W 62.5 x H 6.8 cm
Accession No.
1999-02743-001
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Paintings