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Episode 41: Lord Selkirk’s Tea Party

Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, University of Oxford

12-Aug-16 15:00

Episode 41: Lord Selkirk’s Tea Party

Lord Selkirk, UK Commissioner to Singapore, hosted James Puthucheary, Lim Chin Siong, Fong Swee Suan, and S. Woodhull at his official residence for tea at 4.30pm on 18 July 1961 - an event that become known in Singapore as the “Eden Hall Tea Party”. It was part of a long sequence of events that ended with the PAP splitting into two and the formation of the Barisan Sosialis. In this episode, PJ Thum tells the story of the Eden Hall Tea Party twice: first as we think we know it, then as it really happened; and demonstrates how history is not just about what is written down, but what is not written down - or indeed, what is deliberately left out.

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