24 Jun '13, 7am

The Matilda House is one of the oldest relics in #Singapore. This is its story #property #lifest…

The Matilda House is one of the oldest relics in #Singapore. This is its story #property #lifest…

Located in Punggol, the Matilda House is one of the oldest houses in Singapore and was owned by the Cashins; one of the oldest families to have settled on the island. Originally from Ireland, their family history in Singapore can be traced as far back as the 1840s. Joseph William Cashin - scion of an old Irish family and eventual patriarch - had made a fortune investing in opium farms which were legal in the 1880s. The money allowed the family to own and invest in numerous houses including about 400 shop-houses all over the island. The real estate investments continued with son, Alexander Cashin as opium ultimately became illegal. By then, the family had already accumulated substantial wealth to acquire the 350ha of land to build the historical house. An immigrant song Among all of their properties, the Matilda House was the only one that rose to achieve historical signifi...

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