At a farewell dinner with the principal merchants and British inhabitants of the settlement on 27 December 1823, William Farquhar was presented with a plate valued at 3,000 sicca rupees as a farewell gift. Shortly after, he departed from Singapore for Malacca, Penang and Calcutta en route to England. In his Hikayat Abdullah, Munshi Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir attested to Farquhar's popularity with the Asian and European communities with his account of Farquhar's departure from Singapore at the end of December 1823. The event was confirmed by a report in a Calcutta newspaper that described how, on the day of his departure, Farquhar was accompanied to the beach by most of the European inhabitants of the settlement as well as by a large following of Asians. As a compliment to him, the troops formed a guard-of-honour from his house to the departure point, and he embarked with the customary salute to his rank. Many Asian boats accompanied him to his ship, the Alexander, and as they sailed, some of the Siamese vessels fired salutes to him.

 


 

Typhoon Vamei, a rare typhoon that occurs only once in 100 to 400 years, hits Singapore on 27 December 2001.

 


 

 

Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) starts from 27 December 2015 (Sunday): Bukit Panjang – Cashew – Hillview – Beauty World – King Albert Park – Sixth Avenue – Tan Kah Kee – Botanic Gardens – Stevens – Newton – Little India – Rochor'