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    Jul 15, 2015

    Telling S'pore's STory through themes

    THE story of The Straits Times began on a humble note, before it became one of the region's most reputable and established English-language newspapers.

    It started with a kind deed by Armenian merchant Catchick Moses, who bought over a printing press from a friend, Marterus Thaddeus Apcar, who had gone bankrupt.

    A 29-year-old Englishman, Robert Carr Woods, landed the job as the paper's first editor, and its first issue appeared on July 15, 1845.

    Fast forward 170 years. The broadsheet has come a long way, having seen two world wars and changes in political leadership, technology and even its own name.

    At one point, in 1858, the paper was known as Singapore Daily News, before the name was scrapped in 1883.

    The newspaper will tell the Singapore story through an exhibition of stories and photographs that opens on Friday at the ArtScience Museum, as part of its celebrations to mark its 170th anniversary.

    Instead of going by chronological order, the exhibition will give visitors a taste of Singapore through themes.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will officially launch the exhibition - which is called Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow - today.

    The exhibition will be open to the public from July 17 to Oct 4, and is the first at the museum that is free to the public.