1st emerged in the late 2007, written footnote in "Dead Men Diary" written elsewhere in this blog found amongst collection of antiquities left by the demised owner, which happen to be my Grand Dad.
It has bring brilliant sparks to my chronic boredom and I started to search for this magnificient Palace onces existed in the east.
I took a dip into Google's world to find out about Tyersall, but nil, that time, there were very limited sources available, even inside the information's superhighways. Singapore's National Archive offer nothing except mislabelled information.
I started to be friendly with Singapore's self-proclaimed leading expertise to unexplained phenomenon who called themselves "sgfreakylinks".. perhaps people are right, due to their stupidity, everything is 'unexplained' to them..
I guess, the term 'stupid and arrogant Singaporean' is true.
I financed few visit for my JB's friend, 2 or 3 visits, none of it succeeded. 1st ventured by Hairizal Saiyan, then by Abu Dobingo then the last visit by Pablo.
Most of our communication failed while they are arriving in Tyersall compound. Came back empty handed.
Service interrupted lah, no coverage lah.. things like that.
Another friend of mine, En. Ezatt arranged a visit to a reaping old man, "Pak Raden" if I am not mistaken.. living in Kepong, who happened to be here and there, done this and that during his lifetime, one that you could considered knew everything on 'other' side of the world..
Again, seems like he doesn't dare to look at me at all. All he could do is merapu for many hours
until someone came to see him. He made an 'escape'... with his hand trembling. I do think he want to bitchslap me.. hahahaaa
Just the time I knew when I knew it.....
- Owned by HH Abu Bakar of Johore, resided in 64 acre estate once belong to William Napier
- Reported it was 'destroyed' by fire in 1905
- No remnant left, not even a single stone
- Become ‘unchartered territory’ in any produced commercial map of Singapore
the Esplanade for construction of Port and Private Quarters for merchants. Not the whole
Singapore just what we assumed.
Stamford Raffle did respect the Agreement until his demised.
It was William Farquhar that annexed the whole Singapore island from Temenggung and Sultan Hussin via new Agreement signed in 1824.
Temenggung and Sultan was forced to drop their ownership of the island, and relinquished all their right to their properties if they choose move from Singapore.
Temenggung and Sultan objected. However, William Farquhar delay their monthly allowance for 3 months which in the end, forcing them to sign the new agreement.
Due to this unfortunate event in Malaya's history, entire Singapore was sold, in 1824.
HH Temenggung Ibrahim started to move their family to reside in Johor Bahru. Meantime, they had not relinquish their ownership to Telok Blangah even the offer is attractive. They maintained their presence till now.
Meantime, when HH Abu Bakar move their Government Office to Johor Bahru, HH Abu Bakar did maintained to station closest relative in Telok Blangah.
It is believed that Tyersall Estate is not comprising 64 Acres that time. "1 owner shall not have more than 34 Acres for personal property" as what Singapore's Land Code stated in 1830's.
Balance 30 Acres of Tyersal Palace might belong to Captain B. Ross, a vigilante's that stormed the Sultan Brunei's Castle in 1870's. These old records shows that Woodneuk was built by Captain Ross.
HH Abu Bakar made an offer for his land infront of Telok Blangah to British, and parcel of land in Forbidden Hill for Station Master.... with certain condition :
... to void the clause V and VI in 1824's Agreement with British
The new Agreement in 1864 made HH Abu Bakar a sovereigned Ruler for the State of Johore.. and Telok Blangah... and any of his property in Singapore.
With the new Agreement, Tyresall Estate which he bought in 1857 become a “State Property of Johor” similar to Telok Blangah.. in other hand, Tyersall Estate andTelok Blangah 'is' the State of Johore.
The mystery of Tyersall Palace is began.
It is the only personal resident that has been supplied with electricity in 1890 with its own 'air conditioning' system comprised blocks of ice underneath the artificial palms along the Ballroom even the British Resident General's house was not equipped of such facilities.
The last party was held few months before departure of HH Abu Bakar in 1895. There were few notable pictures taken at Tyersall compound :
From left front row:
1. Chao Chom Manda Jum Krairiksha
3. Sultan of Johore
4. Her Majesty Queen Sri Bajarindra
5. His Majesty King Chulalongkorn
6. Sultanah of Johore
7. H.R.H. Prince Damrong Rajanuphab
8. A lady (unknown)
9. Sister of Sultan of Johore
Back row: 1. Phraya Anuchitcharnchai (Sai Singhaseni)
2. Phraya Burutrattarajpunlop (Nop Kriariksha)
3. H.R.H. Prince Sanpasartsubhakitch
4. Phraya Thamjanya Nukulmontri (Tongdee Chotikasathien)
5. Phraya Patipatphubal (Ko-Yu-Lae Na Ranong)
6. Secretary of Sultan
7. Datoh Montri
Most people assumed that Tyersall Palace was totally destroy by fire in 1905 caused by electrical failure.
At night of the fire around 2.00 am, burning start at Grand Ballroom, where all the expensive upholdstries and carpet was installed.
A British officer nearby reported that engine generator and electrical supply was still running during the fire at 3.00 am. Should there be caused by electrical sparks, led to power trip, the generator should be stop and there will be no electricity at all.
It could be a sabotage. I suspected it was perpetrated by a British themselves.
1. The surrounding was upkept by foreign engineers
2. Tyersall heavy 'damages' was widely publicized by British newspapers.
3. HH Abu Bakar is a formidable man, when he's demised, HH Ibrahim become as powerful as his father. His influence far reached the Colonial Office in UK. By destroying this Palace, a venue where he demonstrating his power, his influence would be depleting.
It would not be the case... Tyersall Palace is still standing for more than 30 years after the fire.
This was taken sometime in 1930's. Standing unscatched.
I have taken trouble to redesigned the palace.
You might found the damaged area at the bottom of the sketch.
Unrecorded Guess Room & Private Quarters
Guess Room located at the Ground Floor on the left, while Card and Billard Room at the Right wing of the Building.
HH Abu Bakar requently visited by his friend and hosting them at Tyersall Palace. Left Wing and Back portion at Ground Floor where his Private Quarter was, is absent from any record in 1892 as it was limited to the member of the household only.
Located drawing room, halls of antiquities, a lounge and a Grand Ball Room via left wing. Right Wing was off-limit as it was the Office section of Johor Government.
- Impress the visitor, as they had to go around the Palace in complete circle before leaving.
- Again, Tyresall was made to impress. Visitors, mostly invited for a Ball would had to go thru the Drawing Room (which HH Abu Bakar display his collection of famous drawings) and right wing (where HH Abu Bakar store his treasures) to the Grand Ballroom situated at the 'back' of the Palace.
They were few picture in 1910's showing Tyersall Palace still standing.
Later that year, they had trying to buy the Tyersall Palace, with budget costing to repair the damaged Ballroom of $75,000.00, However, it was not agreeable by Sultan.
- Fire in 1890 destroyed the "Tyersall House"
- Fire in 1905 destroyed Grand Ballroom of Tyersall Palace
- Fire in 1942 destroyed an army hospital along with 400