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Unsung Heros - Dr Sun Yat-sen's Singapore Comrades

26 October 2012 – 17 April 2013
1/F, Exhibition Gallery,
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

Jointly presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Organised by
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum


After founding the Tong Meng Hui (Chinese Revolutionary Alliance) in Japan in 1905, Dr Sun Yat-sen proactively established branches overseas to promote the revolution and raise funds for uprisings. At that time, Nanyang had the largest population of overseas Chinese while Singapore was the transportation hub of the region. Dr Sun, therefore, founded the Singapore Tong Meng Hui in 1906 to serve as the centre for planning revolutionary activities in Nanyang.

Showcasing around 70 exhibits, this exhibition introduces and illustrates the connection between Singapore Chinese and the revolutionary movement of the late Qing dynasty. The exhibition focuses on the Prominent Singapore Trio comprised of Teo Eng Hock, Tan Chor Lam, and Lim Nee Soon. The Trio and their comrades supported Dr Sun wholeheartedly as evidenced by founding the Singapore Tong Meng Hui, establishing newspapers with personal funds, promoting the revolution, offering financial and material support to Dr Sun's uprisings, as well as investing funds to receive and support exiled revolutionaries. Exhibits include A Biography of Lim Nee Soon, Teo Eng Hock's memoir, Nanyang and the Founding of the Republic, Feng Ziyou's publication, Revolutionary History before the Founding of the Republic of China, photographs of the Trio, Wan Qing Yuan, and other images. Through this exhibition, visitors will gain a better understanding of the contributions made by Singapore Chinese in fostering revolutionary activities in the 1911 Revolution.