Using the native orchids of Singapore, the room fragrance Raffles Heritage was created to take the person indulging its aromas back to the time of a more colonial setting and the surrounding natural flora of the forest at that time. Sir Stamford Raffles and William Furquhar both appreciated the flora and fauna around them during their tenure in South-East Asia.
When Malacca was returned to the Dutch, Thomas Stanford Raffles went to find a new British colony to settle for the British East India Company. Many consider him to be the founder of modern Singapore and he made quite a few contributions to what was to become a thriving settlement. Raffles and William Furquhar arrived in Singapore in 1819 and they signed an official treaty with Sultan Hussein and the Temenggong, hoisting the Union Jack on the island.
The strategic geographical position of Singapore led to its establishment as a free port, in order to compete with other ports in the region that belonged to the Dutch. His town plan was conceived to remodel Singapore into a modern city and he was totally opposed to activities such as gambling, slavery, and cock-fighting. Peace and order were crucial to him and he also founded the resident Court for the administration of justice.
Even though Raffles was not particularly well educated, he believed in higher learning and he chose a site for the establishment of an institution of higher learning. The Bras Basah Road site was chosen and by 1837 the Singapore Institution Free School was opened. The Singapore Library was established within the same building in 1845.
In 1822, the first bridge of Singapore was assigned by Raffles to Lieutenant Phillip Jackson. Known as the Presentment Bridge, it was built across the Singapore River and was replaced in 1844 with another one.
Raffles had a significant collection of Indonesian antiquities and ethnography, most of which are at the British Museum.
Raffles left Singapore in 1824 but his heritage lives on in the city where a complex that takes up an entire city block is named after him. Unfortunately, as he was leaving Singapore much of Raffle’s collection was lost in a fire aboard the ship that he and his family were sailing on.
There is also a hospital, hotel and a number of schools that commemorate his contributions. There are also two statues in his honor, a white marble statue along the Singapore River and a bronze one at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
Raffles Heritage and the distinct fragrance of some of the most aromatic and therapeutic orchids from Singapore have gone into the creation of the room fragrance that everyone wants to take back with them as a souvenir or corporate gift. Singapore Memories is dedicated to ensuring that every visitor to Singapore learns about the orchid, its benefits and how it has contributed to mankind with its medicinal and therapeutic properties and how its perfection is a symbol for efforts to preserve and respect these beautiful plants that have been around for millions of years.