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  • Govindasamy Pillai

    Mr and Mrs Govindasamy Pillai

    P. Govindasamy Pillai is a successful businessman who made his mark with his string of PGP stores in Little India. He is well known for his acts of philanthropy to Singapore and the Indian community, with generous donations to institutions like the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple , Ramakrishna Mission, Indian Association and the Gandhi Memorial Hall. Govindasamy Pillai was also a founding member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and a Justice of Peace.

  • Founding of Modern Singapore

    View of a part of Kampong Glam

    The history of Modern Singapore began in the early 19th century with the arrival of the British East Indies and Sir Stamford Raffles. While Singapore had long existed in the centuries prior to the British arrival – as a settlement under various names such as Singapura and Temasek – it was the signing of the 1819 treaty that signalled the founding of Modern Singapore.

  • The Golden Era of Singapore Cinema

    A Scene from Lanchang Kuning

    The golden era of Singapore cinema occurred within a 25-year period from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, when hundreds of films were filmed and produced in Singapore by two major film empires, Cathay Organisation and Shaw Brothers.

  • Festivals in Singapore

    Mid Autumn Festival Light Up in Chinatown

    Modern Singapore is well-known to be a society where a hybrid of cultures and communities of different faiths and beliefs coexist in harmony. This rich and vibrant multicultural heritage of Singapore is celebrated through her many diverse festivals, spread over the calendar year.

  • Edmund William Barker

    E W Barker with Devan Nair at a football final in 1983 at the National Stadium

    Edmund William Barker was one of the prominent members of the ‘Old Guard’ that led Singapore from its early days of Independence. For 25 years, he served as the Minister of Law on top of other portfolios that included Home Affairs, National Development, Science and Technology, Labour, and Environment.

  • David Marshall

    David Marshall on a goodwill visit in Jakarta as Chief Minister

    David Saul Marshall was a top-notch criminal lawyer, best remembered for his strong oratorical skills and dedicated service to his country. His passion and talent led him to be elected the first Chief Minister of Singapore and founder of the Worker’s Party in 1957.

  • Bukit Ho Swee Fire

    Bukit Ho Swee Fire displaces 16,000 households

    On 25 May 1961, a massive fire raged through the Bukit Ho Swee estate, destroying schools, shops, factories and attap houses across a 100-acre area. The fire claimed four fatalities and left some 16,000 kampong dwellers homeless. The displacement of families would prove to be a key moment in the development of modern Singapore, paving the way for a massive shift towards the Government’s public housing programme.

  • Benjamin Sheares

    Benjamin Sheares at the 1972 National Day Parade

    Best known to most Singaporeans as the second President of Singapore, Dr. Benjamin Henry Sheares was a well-loved and respected man whose early career in the field of medicine saw him achieve numerous breakthroughs including the internationally recognised technique of the lower Caesarian section.

  • Black and White Houses in Singapore

    A Black and White Bungalow from the 1900s

    In land-scarce Singapore, the sight of one of the estimated 500 remaining Black and White Houses often conjures up memories of the colonial era in Singapore. Although a majority of these houses were built within a short span of around 25 years between 1903-1928, its uniqueness to the region and unrivalled architecture has made it an invaluable part of Singapore’s history.

  • Telok Ayer: Street of Diversity

    View from Mount Walllich

    Telok Ayer Street is one of the oldest roads in Singapore and was once the coastline and the first landing point for migrants who arrived by sea. Today, reclamation projects have pushed the coastline further from Telok Ayer Street, but the place and stories have remained.

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