Debbie from Travel with Intent invites us to join in this challenge:
Statues along the Singapore River of old Chinese traders counting the sacks of food
From Chettiar to Financier : Chern Lian Shan Sculptor Singapore’s position as a center for trade led to the proliferation of financial institutions. The settlement’s first bank was the Union Bank of Calcutta established in 1846. Financial businesses set up their offices near the Singapore River to be close the the area’s many trading houses. Early services were always along ethnic lines. The money lending in the early days was primarily run by the Chettiars who came from South India. The Chettiars congregated at Market and Chulia Streets, and their offices were easy to spot. These usually comprised a clerk and a manager who sat behind a small low desk on a woven mat, as shown here. Clearing houses were the domain of the Chinese. . Clerks, like this standing pig-tailed man, were a common sight as they bustled to and from offices in Commercial Square (Raffles Place). Today major local and multinational financial institutions provided a wealth of sophisticated financial services. On the trading floor of the Singapore Exchange almost every day, are hundreds of traders, whose distinctive jackets have become the symbol of economic growth.
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