On 19 March 1855, the cornerstone of Saint Joseph Institution (SJI) was laid. With the laying of the corner-stone, the name of the school was changed from St. John's Institution to St. Joseph's Institution. SJI is a Catholic secondary school for boys and is the third oldest educational institution in Singapore.



The land that the former Sun Yat Sen Villa stands on was once part of a 404.7ha sugar plantation owned by Joseph Balestier, who went bankrupt in 1848. Ray Tyers (1976), in Singapore, Then & Now, mentioned an original grant of this land to Loh Jun Teck on 19 March 1856, by Conveyance No. 47, from The East India Company.




The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill was introduced in Parliament on 26 February 1993 and read a second time on 19 March 1993 when it was referred to a Select Committee of Parliament. The Bill is based on the UK Value Added Tax Act with some additions from the New Zealand GST Act.