Singapore Free Press

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The Singapore Free Press
Founder(s)William Napier
Edward Boustead
Walter Scott Lorrain
George Drumgoole Coleman
Ceased publication28 February 1962 (not in circulation from 1869 to 1884)
Relaunched15 May 1946
HeadquartersSingapore, Straits Settlements
CountrySingapore, Straits Settlements

The Singapore Free Press was an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore.


The paper was founded as Singapore's second English-language newspaper by William Napier, Edward Boustead, Walter Scott Lorrain and George Drumgoole Coleman on 1 October 1835 as the Singapore Free Press & Mercantile Advertiser.[1] Napier edited the paper from foundation until 1846 when he returned to Scotland. Abraham Logan took over the paper in 1846 running the Free Press for the next twenty years. His brother, James, ran the Penang Gazette which produced cross-pollination of copy between the two papers and a mutual dislike of the East India Company. The Free Press, by then edited by Jonas Daniel Vaughan, remained in circulation until 1869 when increased competition from The Straits Times led to its closure. In 1884 the paper went back into circulation under the editorship of Charles Buckley.

The Singapore Free Press was bought over by The Straits Times and was revived with its first publication on 15 May 1946, it was published as a daily. The bought over was mainly to fend off competition from Malaya Tribune, which was launched in 1914. The paper merged with the Malay Mail in on 28 February 1962.[2]


  1. ^ Seow, FT (1998) The media enthralled: Singapore revisited, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Singapore. P7
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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