W. Hullett (1879-1906)

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R. W. Hullett, the first and longest serving principal of Raffles Institution, came from Cambridge University. For 36 years, he made progress in improving the education in Singapore, with notable success in revamping the irrelevant curriculum subjects such as astronomy and chronology and introducing the first copy of "Rafflesian" in 1887.

In 1886, C.S. Angus and J. Aitken, both Eurasians from Raffles Institution, emerged as the first two winners for the Queens Scholarships. The following year, both the winners again came from the school. The Institution became well known for producing many more Queens Scholars in the Straits Settlements in the years to come. In 1901, the first uniformed group of the school was set up-the cadet corps. In 1903, the government took over the administration of the school after a report claiming unsatisfactory management by the trustees and the lack of funds affecting the school. R.W. Hullett retired in October 1906, and left the Straits Settlements for good.

  • He died in 1914 in England and his name lives on through the Hullett Memorial Library and the Hullett scholarships.