The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

Fears of Insurrection among Convicts in Singapore

Fears of insurrection among convicts in singapore

THE events of 1857 and the assumption of the British Indian Government that convicted rebels could be transported to the Straits Settlements (Singapore and associated islands) proved to be the final straw in an already uneasy relationship with the white community there. Concerned that a laxly run local Indian convict settlement swelled with rebel sepoys would become a real danger in their midst, the Governor of Singapore sent a series of concerned despatches to India from the summer of 1857 through 1858. Meanwhile, the inhabitants requested that the Government end transportation to their region. In October 1857, the white inhabitants petitioned the British Parliament, calling for the end of East India ...

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