The old minute Look of the Armenian Church shows that on 8 January 1825, a meeting was held and a letter was written to one of the Archbishops in Persia asking that a priest might be sent to Singapore. The letter was signed by Johannes Simeon, Carapiet Phanos, Gregory and Isaiah Zechariah, Mackertich M. Moses, and Paul Stephens. On 23 June 1826, there was further correspondence with the Archbishop. On 23 September 1827, there was a meeting to decide about a place to hold the services when the priest should arrive; and subscriptions were collected.


During the Japanese Occupation, the Cathay cinema was renamed Dai Toa Gekijo (Greater East Asian Theatre) and the building housed the Japanese Broadcasting and Military Propaganda departments and the Military Information Bureau. In the post-war period it served as Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten’s headquarters. Cathay was the first cinema to reopen after the war with the screening of The Tunisian Victory (1944) on 23 September 1945. The building was ‘returned’ to its Cathay owners in November 1946.



The Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill was introduced in parliament on 25 August 1986 to tighten up the way the Law Society regulates the legal profession. The bill proposed to amend the Legal Profession Act in two areas. First, the bill required any legal practitioner who was suspended from practice for six months or more, or convicted of fraud or dishonesty, to be barred from holding office as a member of the council of the Law Society. Second, the bill sought to amend the legal profession’s disciplinary processes by introducing non-lawyers in the Law Society’s disciplinary committee so as to ensure impartiality in the review process. More than 400 lawyers, including the entire council of the Law Society, however, were unhappy with the proposed law. On 23 September 1986, the lawyers passed a motion in an extraordinary general meeting held by the Law Society to reject the bill.