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Roland John  Farrer

Roland John Farrer

Male 1873 - 1956  (83 years)


  • Name Roland John Farrer  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 02 Mar 1873  Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Residence Apr 1881  16 Devonshire Place, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1887 - 1892  Eton College Find all individuals with events at this location ; Scholar  [4, 5
    Residence Apr 1891  16 Devonshire Place, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Education 1892 - 1895  Balliol College, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5
    Degree/Qualif. 1895  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [5
    Occupation 1896 - 1931  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location ; Straits Settlements Civil Service  [7
    • Entered in 1896 as a cadet and until 1900 worked in Wellesley Province. After a period in the secretariat at Singapore, he returned to Wellesley Province in 1902 and remained there for some five years. [7]
    Residence 1896 - 1956  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 7
    Occupation Mar 1901  Civil Servant  [8
    Residence Mar 1901  Inveran Hotel, Rosehall, Sutherland Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    • with brother Arthur Richard & wife
    Marriage 12 Feb 1906    [9
    Margaret Jenkins,   b. abt 1883,   d. 11 Aug 1935, Singapore General Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1908 - 1911  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location ; Land Officer  [7
    • Mr. R. J. Farrer. Land Office Appreciation.
      At the Land Office yesterday afternoon a pleasant function took place in the shape of the reading and presentation of a valedictory address and photographic group to Mr. R. J. Farrer, who is leaving the Land Office to-day to Mr. Lornie, who is arriving by the "Arcadia" from Home, and Mr. Farrer takes up, from Monday, the appointment of Municipal Assessor. The address was read by Mr. Lambert de Souza, the chief clerk of the Land Office, and is evidence of the entente cordiale which has always existed between the chief and his subordinates. The address was as follows:
      To Roland John Farrer, Esquire. Acting Collector of Land Revenue and Registrar of Deeds, Singapore.
      Sir, We the undersigned, members of the staff of the Land Office and Registry of Deeds, are assembled here to-day with mingled feelings of joy and sorrow and for a double purpose: to offer you our hearty congratulations on your well-merited promotion to the Municipal Assessorship and to express our genuine sorrow at our impending misfortune in losing you.
      We are exceedingly glad and proud to find that your ability, zeal and loyalty to duty have received the recognition from Government, but at the same time we have to express our deep regret at the loss we are about to sustain by your transfer. During the time that you were in charge of these two departments you have always shown patience and kindness, with a strict sense of justice to every one of us, and we now take the opportunity of conveying to you our sincere thanks and deep sense of gratitude. We wish you every prosperity in your future career, and sincerely hope that your zeal and devotion to duty will receive yet more recognition, and that you will before long be promoted to an even higher post in the service.
      It now remains for us to wish you good bye. In performing this painful task we earnestly trust that you will occasionally give us a kind thought. On our part we will always think of you with feelings of the deepest gratitude and pray that the Almighty may bless you with long life and happiness.
      In reply Mr. Farrer thanked the staff for their good wishes and for the picture, which he would always keep. The workings of the Office had been greatly facilitated by their loyal cooperation, which he was sure would be given to his successor. He wished them good-bye and success in their careers.
      The photograph was taken by Lee Brothers of High-st and is quite an excellent souvenir. [Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 11 Aug 1911]
    Occupation 1911 - 1915  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location ; Assessor to the Municipality  [7
    Occupation 1915 - 1919  Kelantan, Malaya Find all individuals with events at this location ; Acting British Advisor  [7
    Occupation 1919 - 1931  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location ; President, Singapore Municipal Commissioners  [1, 7
    Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)
    Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)
    Extension of term of office as President of the Municipality of Singapore
    Decoration 1930  CMG  [7, 10
    Residence - 1956  St John's Island, Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Death 24 Jul 1956  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 11
    • Colony pays last respects to a devoted servant. 200 attend funeral of Mr R J Farrer.
      An Indian labourer in worn work clothes stood with bowed head in a crowded St. Andrew's Cathedral yesterday. He was one of about 200 people - including many Muslims, Hindus and other non-Christians - who attended a funeral service for the late Mr R. J. Farrer, a former Singapore Municipal President.
      Mr. Farrer died on Wednesday, aged 84. The presence on the Cathedral of so many people of different faiths was a tribute to his service to the country. After the service, the cortege left for the Bidadari Cemetery, where the burial took place.
      Present were the acting City President, Mr. A. Middleton-Smith, Mr. A. P. Rajah, City Councillor, and senior members of the Council Staff. ... Mr. George Thompson represented the Chief Secretary, Mr. W. A. C. Goode. The services were conducted by the Rev. Brian Barker.
      Mr. R. S. Farrer, the late President's son, who is a superintendent of of St. John's quarantine station, was chief mourner. Wreaths were sent by the Governor, Sir Robert Black, the Chief Secretary and officers of the Government Secretariat, the President, members and staff of the City Council, the Local Senior Officers' Association of the City Council, the City Council Services Union, the president and committee members of the Singapore Club and Singapore Cricket Club, Dato and Datin Roland Braddell, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Ong, and Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Kiat. [The Straits Times]
    Burial 26 Jul 1956  Bidadari Cemetery, SIngapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Notes 
    • not found in 1911 UK census
    • Of the Malay States Civil Service; now (1922) in the position equivalent to Mayor of Singapore; married. [Curtis]
    • Rotarians who have left a mark in Singapore, this beautiful Island home of ours. ... Our second Club President [1931-1932] was Roland Farrer of Farrer Road fame. ... It was at Farrer Park that Singapore's first racecourse was built and where the island's aviation history began. [Rotary Crossroads, 30 Jul 2007]
    • Farrer, Roland John born in London 02 Mar 1873; 7s. Frederick Willis, solicitor. Balliol, matric 11 Feb 1892, aged 18, from Eton [Oxford Men, 1880-1892]
    • Farrer, Roland John : b. March 2, 1873 ; s. of F. W. Farrer, of London. Educ. Eton (Sch.) ; Balliol 1892-5 (W.R.H., J.A.S.) ; 2nd Cl. Mods. 1893 ; 4th Lit. Hum. 1895; Assoc. XL (Sec). Brackenbury Soc. Civil Service, Straits Settlements, 1896 ; Head of Malay Coll., Malacca, 1901-4; District Officer, Penang, 1904-11. Address: 16 Devonshire Place, Portland Place, London, W. [Balliol College Register 1914]
    • Mr. R. J. Farrer, C.M.G., for many years president of the Singapore Municipal Commissioners, died suddenly at Singapore on Tuesday at the age of 83. Roland John Farrer was born in London in 1873 and was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a second in Classical Moderations and a fourth in Lit. Hum. He entered the Straits Settlements Civil Service in 1896 as a cadet and until 1900 worked in Wellesley Province. After a period in the secretariat at Singapore, he returned to Wellesley Province in 1902 and remained there for some five years. In 1908 he began a three-year term of duty in the Land Office at Singapore and then from 1911 to 1915 he was an assessor for the Singapore Municipality. For the next four years he was acting British Adviser in Kelantan and then in 1919 began his long term of office as president of the Singapore Municipal Commissioners, retiring in 1931. Having settled after retirement at Singapore he served as director of the manpower bureau there in 1940 and, being still in the city when it was overrun by the Japanese invaders, he was interned until the end of the war. [The Times, obituary, Fri 27 Jul 1956]
    • Farrer, Roland John. CMG 1930. Born London, 1873; s of Frederick Willis Farrer; died 24 July 1956. Malayan Civil Service, retired. Education: Eton; Balliol College, Oxford. Career: Cadet Straits Settlements, Civil Service, 1896; Province Wellesley, 1897-1900; Singapore Secretariat, 1901-02; Province Wellesley, 1902-07; Land Office, Singapore, 1908-11; Municipality Singapore Assessor, 1911-15; acting British Adviser, Kelantan, 1915-19; President Municipal Commissioners, Singapore, 1919-31. Recreations: Cricket, football. Address: St John's Island, Singapore. [Who's Who]
    Person ID I2441  Tatham | Richmond branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2012 

    Father Frederick Willis Farrer,   b. 07 Sep 1829, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Apr 1909, 16 Devonshire Place, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Mary Richmond,   b. 28 Dec 1837, Rome, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1916, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Marriage 18 Jun 1857  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Family ID F0593  Family Group Sheet

    Family Margaret Jenkins,   b. abt 1883,   d. 11 Aug 1935, Singapore General Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Marriage 12 Feb 1906    [9
    • marriage reg not found in E&W index, possibly in Singapore
    Children 
     1. Beatrice Farrer,   b. est 1908, Singapore? Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Roland Sylvester Farrer,   b. est 1910, Singapore? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1965, Singapore? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2012 
    Family ID F1553  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 02 Mar 1873 - Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - 16 Devonshire Place, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Scholar - abt 1887 - 1892 - Eton College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - 16 Devonshire Place, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1892 - 1895 - Balliol College, Oxford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1895 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Straits Settlements Civil Service - 1896 - 1931 - Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1896 - 1956 - Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Inveran Hotel, Rosehall, Sutherland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Land Officer - 1908 - 1911 - Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Assessor to the Municipality - 1911 - 1915 - Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Acting British Advisor - 1915 - 1919 - Kelantan, Malaya Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - President, Singapore Municipal Commissioners - 1919 - 1931 - Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1956 - St John's Island, Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 24 Jul 1956 - Singapore Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 26 Jul 1956 - Bidadari Cemetery, SIngapore Link to Google Earth
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    Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)

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    Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)
    Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)
    Reminiscences of the Good Old Days in Malaya

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Marylebone, 2Q1873.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 8

    4. [S31] Oxford University Alumni.

    5. [S20] School and College Registers, Balliol College.

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.

    7. [S05] The Times, obituary, 27 Jul 1956.

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 28 b London
      Civil Servant 2nd Notia In Schedule [?]

    9. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.
      MS note in SofG copy

    10. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    11. [S11] Newspaper, Straits Times, 27 Jul 1956.
      funeral report