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Pioneering Rural Settlements: The Legacy of Lim Nee Soon



林义顺在黄梨种植业的成功, 让他享有“黄梨大王” 的美誉。他在新加坡和柔佛也分别拥有 6,000英亩和 20,000多英亩的橡胶园。他将积累的财富用来奉献社会,并于华社担任不同的领导要职。更重要的是,林义顺在新加坡北部的开发中扮演举足轻重的角色。他看到了三巴旺等荒地的巨大潜力并说服殖民地政府将土地租赁给他,允许他在该区建立新的村落。今日的顺义市镇(Yishun Town) 便是以他的名字来命名。


A travelling exhibition titled "Pioneering Rural Settlements: The Legacy of Lim Nee Soon" was held at NUS Central Library on Level 4 from 26 September to 25 October 2016. Curated by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and River Valley High School, this English-Chinese bilingual exhibition explores Lim Nee Soon’s early life and education, family, career and business enterprises, and his numerous contributions which left a lasting impact on Singapore.

Known as the "Pineapple King" for his success in the pineapple industry, Lim Nee Soon (1879-1936) also owned 6,000 acres of rubber plantations in Singapore and more than 20,000 acres in Johore. He also used the wealth he amassed to better society and served in leadership positions in various organisations. More importantly, Lim Nee Soon played a pivotal role in opening up northern Singapore for settlement. He saw the potential of uncultivated land in areas such as Sembawang and persuaded the colonial government to lease him the land to allow settlements to be built. Present-day Yishun estate is named after him, with "Yishun" being the hanyu pinyin pronounciation of "Nee Soon". 

In conjunction with the exhibition, an academic talk titled "The Ravages of War: The Decline of Lim Nee Soon's Family from the Eve of World War II and the Change in the Power-Structure within the Singapore Teochew Community" was held at NUS Central Library Theatrette 2 (Level 4) on 30 September 2016 (Friday) from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Chaired by Dr Tan Teng Phee (Curator of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall), the speaker was Associate Professor Lee Chee Hiang (NUS Department of Chinese Studies). The organisers were NUS Chinese Library, Southeast Asian Chinese and Modern China Research Group, NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. We welcome NUS staff and students to attend the talk.

Below is our collection on LimNee Soon:

Content updated on 25 Jan 2017

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