Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Margaret Trudeau has Malay relatives in Singapore!
There is this popular television series on Canada's CBC called "Who do you think you are?!". It is about finding out who your ancestor were. Well one of the famous personalities featured was Margaret Trudeau, wife of the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who was one of Canada most illustrious Prime Ministers.
Margaret Trudeau found out that her great, great, great grandfather, believe to be on her mom's side was stationed in Singapore and was a rival to Stamford Raffles. Margaret Trudeau's ancestor lost the personality battle with Raffles and was sent to other colony. But he did leave his Malay wife and five children! He left them with a piece of land, and they were well taken of for a while.
Margaret, was able to meet the descendant of those five children while making the series. In fact they held a birthday party for her in Raffles Hotel. The series I was told was quite well done!
So there, you will never know who your ancestors are unless if you care to do some research. An English lord told his genealogist to stop further the research when he found out he has African blood! Very funny, eh!
As for me we have Dutch blood on my mother's side I was told and I have to stop my research right there, as I have always claimed to be a proud and full blooded Minangkabau! Sigh!
Posted by Pasquale at 1:32 AM