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Firm Lists

Lists useful in identifying firm chops

Lists of Companies | Number of European Firms in Singapore | Population of Singapore | References

Lists of Companies

Location
Year
Firms
Notes
Singapore 1824 25 Singapore Companies in 1824
Singapore 1827 14 Singapore Merchants and Agency Houses, Government Officials & European Inhabitants
Singapore

9 & 17

Companies that subscribed to the building fund for Saint Andrew's Church + A List of Agency Houses Established in Singapore by 1834
Singapore 1836 27 Singapore merchants who signed a letter to the Governor in 1836
Singapore
19
Companies that subscribed to the building fund for the new Seaman's Hospital
Singapore
29
Singapore Chamber of Commerce
Singapore
37
Subscribers to the Oriental Telephone & Electric Company
Singapore
177

Company names gleaned from the List of Qualified Jurors

Singapore
39
Company names
Singapore
231
Company names gleaned from the List of Qualified Jurors
Penang
89
Company names gleaned from the List of Qualified Jurors
Singapore
25
Armenian firms in Singapore
British Malaya
750+
Extracted fro a 1910 Directory: Singapore, Malacca, Penang, Johore, Federated Malay States, Pahang, The Negri Sembilan, Kwala, Pilah, Sungei, Ujong, Jelebu ,Selangor, Perak, Sarawak, British North Borneo, Kudat & Labuan 

Number of European Firms in Singapore

Date
European
Firms
Notes
1823
9

By January 1823 there were 9 European mercantile houses established in Singapore [M04p24][M04Vol2p344]

1824
12
There were 12 European firms the majority being agents for London or Calcutta firms. [T01p27]
1833
23
Firms owned by: British = 17, Portuguese = 1, Germans = 1 & American = 1 [M04p24] [M04Vol2p348]
1846
43
British = 20, Jewish = 6, Chinese = 5, Arab = 5, Armenian = 2, German = 2, Portuguese = 1, American = 1, Parsi = 1
1867
60
[T01p90]

Population of Singapore

NOTE: There are many discrepancies in the figure quoted by the various sources. My interest in population figures is as a guide to the amount of mail that these reflect. [More people (especially Europeans) = more firms = more firm chops] What I value more than the actual figures is the increase in numbers from year to year.

Date
Total Pop.
Europeans
Comments
1819 Jan.
150
-

When Raffles landed, the population was about 150 [M04, p21&26]

1819 May
5,000
-
Four months after landing, Raffles, estimated the population to have reached 5,000 [M04p23]
1821
4,727
29
[M04Vol2p355]
1824
Jan.
10,683
74

In January 1824, the first official Singapore census found there were 10,683 inhabitants of which 74 were Europeans and most of these British. 16 Americans, 14 Arabs, 4,580 Malays, 3,317 Chinese, 1,925 Bugis, 756 Indians. [M04p26] [M04Vol2p345]

1825
.
84
[H02p2]
1826
12,905
111
[M04Vol2p355]
1827
13,732
87
[M04Vol2p355]
1828
.
108
[H02p2]
1829
17,664
122
[M04Vol2p356]
1830
.
92
73 males + 19 females [H02p3]
1832
.
105
83 males + 22 females [H02p3]
1833
.
119
91 males + 28 females [H02p3]
1834
26,329
138
100 males + 38 females [H02p3] [M04Vol2p356]
1836
29,984
141
105 males + 36 females [H02p3][M04Vol2p356]
1840
39,681
.
[M04Vol2p350]
1841
33,943
167
[W04]
1844
40, 500
.
[C04]
1849
52,891
360
More than half the population was Chinese [M04p102]
Europeans: males = 243, females = 117 [M04p105] [W04]
1854
65,000
.
[C04]
1860
81,734
.
There were 2,385 Europeans and Eurasians [M04Vol2p251]
1869
81,700
.
60% were Chinese [M04 p103]
1871
96,114
922
Europeans: males = 623, females = 299 [M04Vol2p258]
1881
137,722
1,283
Europeans: males = 815, females = 468 [M04Vol2p258]
1891
181,602
2,302
Europeans: males = 1,434, females = 868 [M04Vol2p258]
1901
227,592
2,861
Europeans: males = 1,737, females = 1,124 [M04Vol2p258]
1911
303,321
5,711
Europeans: males = 4,091, females = 1,620 [M04Vol2p258] census
1921
420,004
6,206
[W04]
1931
559,945
8,125
[M05][W04]
1936
603,200
.
[H01]
1939
727,600
.
[H01]
1947
940,824
9,351
[W04]
1954
1,165,129
17,122
Singapore city = 830,615 outside of city = 334,514 total = 1,165,129 Europeans = 17,122 excluding military personnel [M04p27]

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